Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can't get enough of one another.

And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They're wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure...but they are not going down without a fight. 


The Newcomer is the second book in Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series. I really enjoyed this installment, but the title is more than a bit deceiving because the “newcomer” doesn't even visit Thunder Point until close to the end of the book. In fact, the decision to become a “newcomer” didn’t happen until the very end.

This story is actually the continuation of two romances, Cooper and Sarah’s, and Mac and Gina’s. The story takes place nine months after The Wanderer and I enjoyed seeing where the couples are – or are going – in their happily for nows and ever afters.

Ms. Carr is such a terrific writer! The stories she tells are tales of real life trials and triumphs, the kinds of things things that bring friends and family closer and make relationships stronger. I love everything she’s ever written and find myself awaiting each ‘next’ book with happy anticipation. One thing’s for certain, I can always count on her to deliver stories that capture my imagination with characters I love, whose happily ever afters leave me with a smile on my face. Robyn Carr is truly one of the greats in Contemporary Romance.

What keeps this from being a 4 or 5 star read, in my opinion, goes back to how misleading the title is and how distracting it is to not know who the newcomer was. I know... very odd, and it's probably just me, but I have to be honest and that's how I feel.

3.5 stars

My thanks to Harlequin MIRA for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. As always, it was such a pleasure!

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