The Newcomer by Robyn Carr ( web | tweet )
Part of Thunder Point Series.
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Target audience: Adult romance
Keywords: small town, exes, heartbreak, extended families
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks also to Little Bird Publicity!)
Summary: So much happening in Thunder Point: Sarah has a secret about her job that could affect her brother, Landon, who is about to start his senior year in a good school (finally!). Mac’s ex-wife is back in town after 10 years since she abandoned their children. Gina’s daughter, Ashley, is dealing with heartbreak after a surprise breakup with her college boyfriend. Double the romance, secrets, and friendship!
When I reviewed The Wanderer back in March, I figured the multiple storylines served as an introduction to the series and that once Book 2 came out, Carr would follow the typical romance novel format and dedicate each book to one character. Instead The Newcomer followed its predecessor by jumping between the lives of those we met in Book 1. And you know what? I liked this a whole lot. Not only was it a bit more seamless in this book but, as a reader, you are able to grow more attached to the characters and that’s never a bad thing.
So now I can tell you what I loved so much about The Newcomer. There are a good amount of intertwining storylines but the standout for me was Ashley, a teenager dealing with an awful breakup with her college boyfriend. She’s totally blindsided because he was always so devoted and the series of events that followed were heartbreakingly authentic. I wanted to simultaneously punch her ex in the face, and hug her until it stopped hurting. One thing about Carr: she does not shy away from incorporating teens in her books. This is so refreshing, and a great reason for YA fans to try her out.
For all the drama (crazy exes, convict fathers, sexting), there is so much to enjoy about the Thunder Point gang (coolest hottest sex scene EVER, proposals, sweet surprises). By the second chapter, I felt like I was already hanging out with some old friends of mine. Can’t wait for book 3! (I quite literally can’t; I was screaming NOT YET! when I finished.)
Psst. Feel free to read these books out of order.