Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Review: The Chance by Robyn Carr

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Thunder Point #4
Publication Date: 25th February 2014
Pages: 368
Book Source: Harlequin & NetGalley

Synopsis: With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.

Eric Gentry is also new to Thunder Point. Although he's a man with a dark past, he's determined to put down roots and get to know the daughter he only recently discovered. When Laine and Eric meet, their attraction is obvious to everyone. But while the law enforcement agent and the reformed criminal want to make things work, their differences may run too deep; unless they take a chance on each other and find that deep and mysterious bond that belongs to those who choose love over fear.

Karen's Thoughts: 
I found it really hard to write this review honestly, because Robyn Carr is a favourite author of mine, an auto-buy author, so I will read anything she publishes. I adore her Virgin River series and have likewise loved the Thunder Point series.

I don’t consider this a negative review as I didn’t dislike The Chance, I just didn’t love it, in fact the book really didn’t evoke much emotion in me at all.

If you read this book as a stand alone I think you'd feel a bit disappointed. To me it felt like a ‘filler’ read in the series, a stop gap to the next book. It started very slow, picked up in the middle with the introduction of Laine’s father and his issues, but then before I knew it the book ended and certain things were tied up too quickly and neatly for me to appreciate.

I didn’t feel any kind of chemistry between Eric and Laine. I liked Eric, he’s a lovely guy. He met Laine, they went out and very quickly formed a relationship.

She had found him in January, moved him in with her in February. It was the middle of April and he still looked at her as if she were brand-new. It hadn’t been that long, really, but still…There was something about that look, that twinkle, that smile that promised he would see her that way forever.

I was disappointed that we didn’t get a lot of interaction between Eric and his daughter Ashley. Eric only found out about Ashley recently after Ashley’s mother sought him out for some medical history. He moved to Thunder Point to get to know his daughter and be involved in her life yet we don’t get to see a lot of interaction between them. I was also looking forward to reading more about Landon and Eve to see where they are at these days and whilst there was mention of them and their graduation, there was nothing new to read of their relationship. Likewise with Cooper and Sarah.  

There are a few unresolved story lines at the end of The Chance and I’m looking forward to these being tidied up in future installments.

If you have so far enjoyed this series then you will want to read The Chance, but maybe like me you’ll just be waiting for the next installment due for release in June 2014. I'm excitedly anticipating The Promise, single father of two, Dr Scott Grant’s chance to find love again after the sad loss of his wife.

Guest review by Karen


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13 comments:

  1. Bummer :( I have read all the other Thunder Point novels ... but hadn't gotten this one yet ... will have to see if I do :(

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    1. Julie, I would suggest you do read it if you have enjoyed all the other Thunder Point novels. I know with Robyn's Virgin River series there was the odd book that to me just didn't have the oomph of the others but I look at them as just another instalment in the journey.

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  2. Weren't you a little disappointed with book 3 too Karen? Hopefully the next installment will be right back up there :)

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    1. I think the last two books have just been okay reads Teddyree. I'm not too worried because Robyn's a great author so I am sure there are more great reads to come. I'm very excited about the next book because Dr Scott Grant has been a lovely character intermingled in previous books.

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    1. I do hope you get a chance to read this series Mystica.

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    1. Robyn has written some really wonderful stories Blodeuedd, I hope you get to pick one up some time soon.

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  5. I have heard this was the weakest of the series :( I will get to it. I have been getting these. Figured this was a good RC series for me :)

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    1. The last two books have gotten some really mixed reviews, I've seen a few 1 star and plenty of 5 star. I think its just one that you have to read and decide for yourself. Sometimes I think the way I feel about a book could just be contributed to my mood at the time.

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  6. Bummer. I hate when a series starts having books that miss the mark.

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    1. I agree stacybuckeye…especially if you've been waiting and waiting for the next release.

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  7. A very fair review, Karen. I liked it a bit more than you but agree with most of what you wrote - hmm does that make sense? I thought she did a good job with the Laine and her father story line but the book seemed to end abruptly. I hope we get more of the boys' story in future books. Can't wait for Dr. Grant's book. I've been waiting for that!

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