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With warmth and sensitivity, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr shows readers that falling in love can be the bravest act of all. In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can't be worse than what theWith warmth and sensitivity, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr shows readers that falling in love can be the bravest act of all. In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can't be worse than what they've left behind. Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible. Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need. As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship. But he's not looking for anything else. Instead, he's thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point's high school football coach. Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he's gentle and kind...just the kind of man who could heal Devon's wounded heart. Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it...and sometimes, you find a hero....

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The Hero Reviews

  • Ruth
    2019-03-17 13:48

    I hate writing negative reviews. I always try to look for something positive in every book I read and review. For this one, the cover is the only positive thing about it for me, which goes to show that you probably shouldn't always rely on a nice picture on the cover before reading a book.This was one of the most drearily dull romances I've read in ages. Reading it felt like watching the most tedious soap opera that ever existed in the history of TV, and I was tempted to pinch myself to reassure myself that, yes, I was alive.It is set in a small town called Thunder Point in Oregon, which is a great name, but alas is actually a creepily perfect community, rather akin to Stepford (as in, Stepford Wives). Every single inhabitant has had a hard-knock life, although they are all blissfully happy now, a revelation which made me wander if they were all taking some kind of drug (no mention in the book..), one side effect of which was to kill off people, because it felt that Thunder Point had a higher than average spousal death rate. I mean, anywhere that your new neighbors of less than a week always greet you with a hug, like you are their long-loss child, strikes me as very, very odd and not a little bit surreal.So, what else didn't I like?- There is a cast of thousands. There were Macs and Coopers and Erics and Lous and Sarahs and, well, so many people, all with such similar charactesr, that I lost count and lost interest. It was just too difficult to keep track of them all.- The heroine was a huge wet blanket. She has a pretty sad backstory (but then, everyone did, so you couldn't say it was stand-out awful, just depressing), and really, nothing good had happened to her ever, but having a dripping wet heroine doesn't really make for a compulsive story. There has to be something in a character to hook you in and not only wish better for them, but to believe that they have the guts to grab that something better. Now, choosing Laine (one of the other characters) as the heroine would probably have made for a fabulous story, but no, we're stuck with Devon.- The writing is boring, boring, boring. This author has churned as a lot of books (none of which I've previously read, so I'm not prejudiced), but there is practically no style, no flow, nothing to pull you in and make you care. It was a long chronological screed of what a long list of characters did.1 star. I didn't like it.

  • Jen
    2019-03-17 13:34

    This is the third book in Robyn Carr's small town series, and it seems that the books are getting better as each installment comes out! This series takes place in the small town of Thunder Point, and now that I am on book three, I have settled in nicely in getting to know the people that live there. Robyn Carr does a wonderful job of creating that small town feeling. You know how everyone knows each others business! I suppose that could get quite annoying; but the thing that is nice about these towns is that when there is trouble on the horizon; the people join together and protect one another. That is what I love about these series, and being able to follow the lives of so many different kinds of people. Of course, we get romance thrown in, and "The Hero" is about Spencer and Devon, and their journey into love.Spencer is the high school football team coach who just moved to Thunder Point with his son. His wife had passed away, and when she did there was a secret that had come out about Spencer's son. This brought Spencer to the town for his son to live closer to Cooper who was a character that was focused on in a previous book. Spencer is lonely, but not actively looking for any kind of relationship.In walks in a mysterious young woman by the name of Devon. She has a small daughter with her, and she has fled a commune that reminded me of that show "Sister wives" on TV!! I have to say that this storyline really intrigued me, and I became absorbed in it from the start. Of course, there is an attraction that comes eventually between Spencer and Devon..but what I like is that it wasn't love at first sight. Their attraction came as time went on and a friendship developed first.The storyline this time stuck mainly to the two characters that were in love with one another. There was other side stories that went on too; but on the whole this book was about Spencer and Devon.We do get treated to a couple's wedding; and a few updates on some of the other characters..Of course there is interactions with all of the town, and there were only a few times where the story dragged a bit. Not many though. In fact, towards the end things became very exciting!All in all, this was my favorite one so far, and I'm looking forward to the next installment.I have always enjoyed Robyn Carr's books, and I am certainly glad that I gave this one a chance!

  • Philip Newey
    2019-03-20 07:54

    I have never read any of Robyn Carr’s novels before. This is the third book in what is, apparently, a new series, the Thunder Point series. I take it that Carr’s books are quite popular: this was the number one bestseller in the New York Times bestseller list when I purchased it. It is a fantasy. Oh, you won’t find it in any catalogue of fantasy novels. I suppose it is categorized as a ‘romance’. It is, nevertheless, a fantasy.The Hero tells the story of Devon McAllister and her three-year-old daughter Mercy. Devon, now in her late twenties, has spent the last four years of her life living within a religious commune, The Fellowship, run by the increasingly autocratic and erratic Jacob. Although Jacob probably genuinely regards himself as some kind of messianic figure, the commune is a front for growing a large marijuana crop. Jacob draws vulnerable young women into his circle, generally beds them and fathers children by them. Although he is apparently ready to let the women escape, if they want to, he is very possessive of the children. Devon escapes with her daughter, with the assistance of Laine who is, unbeknownst to her, an undercover FBI agent. Devon escapes to a small town, Thunder Point, on the northwest coast of the USA, where she gradually begins to regain her self-confidence, build a new life for herself and Mercy, and, yes, find love in the arms of Spencer. For a time she lives in fear that Jacob will come searching for his daughter, which eventually he does, leading to a quite interesting, but hardly unexpected climax.The novel is populated with the various characters who inhabit this small coastal town, including Rawley, a rough old Vietnam vet, and various other men and women who tend to blur together. Each has a back story of some kind, variously interesting or not. The story is fairly predictable, but not badly written. That is to say, all the words are in the right place and spelled correctly. The real problem for me is the people who live in this town. Each and every one of them is simply too good to be true. There is scarcely a bad deed to be seen, a nasty word spoken, or a bad thought entertained. In this town, everyone is nice to everyone else, everyone is on their best behaviour, and everyone is just right neighbourly. As I said, this is a fantasy. The bad guys, chiefly Jacob, are, of course, outsiders. There are a couple of nasty-ish FBI agents who come to question Devon. These, too, are, of course, outsiders. The only character who really interested me at all was Laine, the undercover FBI agent. She at least has some gutsy moments. As I was reading, I couldn’t help thinking that here was yet another perfect American town, which, were one of its inhabitants to go berserk and start shooting people, would be in shock that such a thing could happen in their perfect, safe, quiet little community. There were times when I wanted to pick up the gun myself. I find it hard to understand why such an unremarkable book would reach the number one bestseller position. Perhaps I find it worrying, too. It seems so difficult for American culture to embrace a realistic view of itself. It would rather entertain and perpetuate this fantasy. The good guys on one side, the bad on the other; nobody with a bit of the bad mixed in with a bit of the good. No society will ever grow up until it begins to perceive and understand itself realistically, warts and all. As a piece of writing this is okay. As a story, it is predictable, but okay. As an exposition of human nature, it is appalling. If you believe in elves, the Good Witch Glinda and the tooth fairy, you will believe in the people of Thunder Point. I give this a begrudging three stars.

  • Obsidian
    2019-03-10 12:39

    I would recommend that readers do not start with this novel since they will be spoiled about events that occurred in the previous novels.Robyn Carr's "The Hero" centers around Devon McAllister and her 3 year old daughter Mercy running from a cult. Coming upon Rawley (which readers will know from previous books) he takes Devon and Mercy back to Thunder Point and shelters them. Spencer Lawson and his son Austin newly moved to Thunder Point are still dealing with the recent death of his wife and Austin's mother. Spencer is also readjusting to the fact that Austin is not her biological son but Cooper's.I feel really bad right now. It only took three books for me to completely give up on ever reading anymore of Robyn Carr's "Thunder Point" series. I absolutely adored book #1, The Wanderer and found book #2 average except for one story line.The reasons why I gave this novel zero stars is as follows:Too many story-lines:I honestly don't mind when a book has too many story-lines. The problem is that sometimes without meaning to one story-line will overpower the other ones and a reader can end up getting sick of all of the other "filler" story-lines. I am assuming that some of the story-lines will be followed up in subsequent novels, but I have absolutely no intention of infliction another one of these books upon myself again. It also didn't help that tying all that went happened in this book into one coherent storyline did not work at all. I also seriously started to just lose track of everyone in this novel. It didn't help that we got introduced to two whole new characters who I am sure are going to appear in book #4 The Chance.No Romance at all:I was willing to overlook the luke-warm love scenes in the previous book since I thought that the major plot-line that was going on redeemed it. However, in this novel there is literally no chemistry at all between the two main characters in this novel.The other two major couples in this novel, Coop and Sarah and Gina and Mac should just be brother and sister considering the lack of any type of sexy times occurring. It really disappointed me especially because in book #1 I thought that Coop and Sarah had the best relationship out of any of the couples.Majorly Annoyed by Main Romantic Storyline:The major romantic storyline was hands-down utterly ridiculous.You had a woman (Devon) who just escaped a cult. Where she had no ability to actually be independent and was expected to do all manner of things. She escapes to Thunder Point. And she in a matter of a week seems to transform into a whole new person. She should have been afraid and reluctant to even start up a relationship with someone new.And it makes no sense that Spencer a mere three months after he lost his wife is falling in love with someone else. I wished at one point this was a romance/zombie book so that his wife would rise up out of that grave and eat him and the new love of his life. Spencer as written in book #2 was absolutely in love with his wife. One of the scenes mentions him telling Coop that he holds his wife or sleeps next to her in a cot if she is in too much pain. I wish that we had this guy in this novel instead of some meat-head who after hearing Devon's voice becomes utterly obsessed with her and jealous of anyone that she is spending time with.It would have made sense and I would have been on-board if Robyn Carr had them not moving forward in their relationship, taking time with each other and we could have followed it up in subsequent books. If you are writing a series there is absolutely no need to have all of the pairings happen in that book. It didn't help that Coop of all people (speaking as Jack from Virgin River) was all smug about Spencer and his relationship with Devon. I wish Spencer had punched him in his face. Coop would have deserved it.Disappearing Kids:I know that Robyn Carr can write children and teenagers quite well. Why she barely shows any interaction between Austin and any of the other teen characters besides someone telling Landon or someone else to watch Austin for them I have no idea.To sum, I would not recommend this novel and would say just stick with book #1 and pretend that was the first and last Thunder Point series novel.

  • A (Is For Awkward)
    2019-02-28 12:30

    I don't really want to review this but I feel the need to grumble because I have got to stop trying with these authors. As before, Robyn Carr has a lot of potential, ruined by her complete inability to let a side character stay a side character. I have no problems with small town sagas with connecting characters between books, or even alternate perspectives. But she doesn't write secondary characters. She writes primary characters for a future book, or a past book, and lets their story randomly take over. I have read 2 books by her that were just the story as advertised, but everything else the story in the blurb makes up maybe 60% (sometimes less.. one time much less) of the book, with 4 or 5 other stories randomly taking focus. Stories from past books characters, setup for stories from future books, etc. Maybe this kind of writing works well for readers with shorter attention spans who like to to bounce around, but for me it undermines the narrative, and limits the actual time spent on each story. This isn't a 380 page romance, it is a 200 page romance with 180 pages of random vignettes from past books characters and previews of future books shoved in. Worse, the 200 pages was written like it was part of a 400 page romance complete with secondary characters and a large cast. So even those 200 pages were diluted. Aka this author is her own worst enemy. She has so many characters and she tries to write them all without stopping to finish the story she is currently on. She feels the need to constantly introduce and setup all these characters now, even though they aren't important, because she is already onto the next 5 books and needs to hurry up and get there. Strangely this doesn't make the book feel rushed. It makes it feel BORING. Like here is a character, and here is a character, and here is another character, oh and here is another character, lets not forget this other character, oh or that one and that one and that one, can I stop and talk about this couple from 3 books ago for another 20 pages? Okay back to talking about the main character, and also here is another character.. And oh lets focus on the character for 3 books from now and maybe the one for 20 books from now, and back to the main story. Where we talk about more characters.Seriously. Stop. Keep a profile of your characters for yourself. Don't pollute the current story with everyone.

  • Anne OK
    2019-03-16 14:39

    A unique and a total surprise with this installment. It caught me off guard and was a rare treat. I love the Thunder Creek series - just like I've loved most all the others by Robyn Carr. Whenever I'm in need of a "comfort" read, her books are an immediate go-to.

  • Dee
    2019-03-14 12:46

    Much better!....Finally no teenage angst!

  • Delta
    2019-02-26 15:48

    3.5 stars

  • Andrea
    2019-03-10 15:38

    Just not for me.Started out interesting (heroine escapes from a crazy compound that's a front for a drug deal ring), but then there were too many side-plots (I couldn't even keep their names straight), and the entire relationship between the main couple took place off-page. I stopped caring at about 80% in, and 'm guessing either the evil leader will go after the heroine and kidnap either her and/or the kid, or the FBI will raid the compound. Since I don't care about what happens in either case, I just gave up.Also, I disliked both main characters. She walked away from what amounts to a sect, trusts the first stranger who picks her up on a highway to not take advantage of her AND her daughter, doesn't think the kids father would bother to take away his kid, and manages to, of course, land in the perfect little town that is filled with people who seem to all be divorced, widowed, single parents, and/or raising someone else's kid, where she is accepted with open arms by all the perfectly nice and sweet people. I also didn't buy her miraculous recovery from years of brainwashing and being made to believe she was worth nothing. Plus she actually wonders why the hero is pulling away from her after she drops her little "want to be my kid's guardian?" after knowing him for just a few months. I just didn't understand her at all and wished there was more development on her end. The hero was too perfect for my taste. He was nice, and caring, raised a kid that wasn't even his, moved across the country so the kid could be near his biological dad, too... I like nice, average people, but theses two were so upbeat and damn happy and sugary sweet all the time, I stopped caring about what happens to them. Also, one tiny, little thing: the man just buried his wife after a long illness not even half a year ago, and he's already ready to fall in love again?

  • Ian
    2019-03-20 07:35

    The Hero After escaping from a cult, Devon finds herself in Thunder Point where she takes her first tentative steps at building a new life with her daughter. She finds a job and a small home in a run down part of town and she can finally see a bright future. Recently widowed, Thunder Point is a chance for a fresh start for Spencer and his son. He's still mourning the death of his wife so at first he pushes thoughts of the beautiful blonde out of his mind, but as the weeks pass they take baby steps towards building a relationship and perhaps in the future maybe even a life together. But both have baggage. Both have young children. And Devon still has an obsessive and manipulative cult leader on her trail. The Hero is pretty much what I expect from Robyn Carr. Well written and entertaining stories about people pulling together. This book is about Devon and Spencer but it's about much more than just them. We catch up on stories from previous books and the foundation is set down for future stories. This book reminded me a little of Shelter Mountain (Virgin River, book 2). That's not a bad thing, Shelter Mountain is my favorite book in the Virgin River series and I enjoyed this one nearly as much. Many thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC

  • Mariann {at} Belle's Book Bag
    2019-02-23 14:38

    I have been not so patiently waiting for this book since reading The Newcomer. I was left with several unanswered questions and I couldn’t wait to read more about Spencer and all of my other favorite characters.I’m so addicted to this series and each book keeps getting better and better. Even though I loved the other books in the series, this is definitely my favorite so far. I’m hoping that the series continues as I am not nearly ready to leave Thunder Point and these fun lovable characters. I loved Cooper and Sarah - their story was so sweet and funny and I was so happy with the way things turned out for them. I also loved Mac and Gina, although, they didn’t have that much of a storyline in this book. LOVED LOVED LOVED Devon and Mercy. Devon’s story was so unique and unexpected that I was pulled right in. I loved the relationship that Devon and especially Mercy had with Rawley~so cute. And Of course, I loved her and Spencer as a couple. Even more so after he stopped being an asshat!! lol But he so made up for it in the end. I just loved the ending!!I’m keeping my fingers crossed for books for the Dr. and especially for Eric (just love him) as they each deserve their HEA as well. There is so much to love about this series and I am so looking forward to more. ***ARC provided by NetGalley. Thanks :) BEST of the Best rating!!

  • Ezinwanyi
    2019-03-03 09:31

    3.5 stars.I liked this one but I expected more character building for Spencer. I mean he is a really good guy who is responsible for Cooper's relationship with his son Austin. But maybe the author figured she has been introducing Spencer for the prior two books and decided to forgo that part in this book. His behavior after Devon's request was out of character.Speaking of Devon, she seems like she isn't the type to be part of a commune like she was. As I got to know her, it didn't fit. But she was rescued by Rawley. Rawley made this book over a 3stars. He was awesome and caring. He was the scene stealer in this book. I am still enjoying the series and look forward to book 4.

  • BJ Rose
    2019-03-03 11:30

    This was really a 3.5* read for me, but I upped it to 4* because I loved the fleshing-out of Rawley, the more-than-taciturn Vietnam vet who rescued Devon and her daughter and took them in.

  • Julianna
    2019-03-19 11:26

    Reviewed for THC ReviewsThe Hero is the latest installment in Robyn Carr's new Thunder Point series. Although it was an enjoyable read, I didn't feel that it was quite up to the caliber of some of Ms. Carr's other work. I found the story and the characters rather bland, particularly when taking into account the serious subject matter of a young woman who escaped a cult and was essentially hiding out from them while trying to start a new life. This should have lent itself to some really gripping storytelling, but nothing of this nature even comes into play until the final pages of the book. Instead, the story embodied a lighter tone with an almost soap-opera-ish feel as the residents of Thunder Point merely go on with their every day lives. I also thought the technical aspects of the writing were lacking Ms. Carr's usual polish. As a writer who has been guilty of this at times, I couldn't help but notice the author's overuse of the word 'just.' There were some other more minor repetitions and some places where the narrative didn't flow as well as it could have. However, since I was reading an ARC of the book, I'll allow that perhaps some of these problems were corrected before the final printing, or at least, I hope so.Devon is a sweet young woman who was duped by a cult leader at a particularly vulnerable point in her life. She went to live in his compound and gave birth to his child, only to discover that she wasn't as special to him as she had originally thought. Instead, she was only one of many women with whom he slept and impregnated. By the time she found this out, it was too late. He would have allowed her to leave, but not to take her little girl with her. So Devon stayed for four years, biding her time, until a woman who was relatively new to the compound offered her a way out. She eagerly took it and escaped unharmed with her child, but essentially had to go on the run. An unexpected offer of help brings her to Thunder Point, where she finds a job, a home, friendship, and love. Devon was a strong person to do the things she did. She was also a wonderful mother who would have done anything for her child, and little Mercy is as cute as a button.Spencer very recently moved to Thunder Point to take a job as the new football coach at the high school. This part of the story has a bit of a Friday Night Lights vibe, as football is extremely important to the residents of this small town. Spencer chose to make the move after the discovery in the previous book that his son is actually the biological son of Cooper. Spencer's wife also died following a long bout with cancer, and not long after, both his parents passed away as well. In essence, he came to Thunder Point looking for a fresh start for himself and his young son away from the pain and grief of the past. Devon and Spencer were very nice, likable characters, but as I already mentioned, they didn't really capture my imagination. I felt like their characterizations were somewhat underdeveloped. Both of them have a lot of baggage and yet it doesn't seem to affect them in the way one might expect. Devon appears to suffer few, if any, ill effects from her time in the cult compound. She essentially picks up her life and continues on, barely giving it another thought until the familiar black SUVs come to town one day, but they aren't even looking for her. It's not until after this event, which occurs late in the story, that she even has to deal with her past. For his part, Spencer doesn't fully realize the depth of his grief until Devon makes an unexpected request of him which freaks him out, but even still, he comes back around fairly quickly. Their romance was a little lacking as well. Devon and Spencer have virtually no interaction until well over a hundred pages into the novel, but then things seem to take off fairly quickly in spite of there being little indication that either of them was even attracted to the other prior to that point. They share some nice moments, but none of the deep romantic interludes that I know Robyn Carr is capable of writing. I realize Ms. Carr isn't known for steamy love scenes, but usually you can count on at least a few in her books. Devon and Spencer have only one moderately descriptive love scene. Unlike the previous two books of the series, there are no scenes of this sort for any other characters either, even though there were opportunities where throwing one in would have made perfect sense. Although I don't require love scenes to enjoy a romance, having one or two more could have really helped to increase the intimacy and romantic feelings.The Hero, as with all of Robyn Carr's stories have many common characters with other books of the series. Cooper and Sarah finally come to a decision about her Coast Guard career, tie the knot, and move forward with their lives together. This is the culmination of their relationship that has been hanging in the balance since book one. Mac and Gina are there but mostly in the background. Mac's aunt Lou also takes the next step in her romance with Joe. All the key townspeople put in appearances at one point or another too. It was clear that Ms. Carr is setting up some newer characters as potential heroes and heroines for future books in the series. Scott, the new, widowed town doctor and Devon's boss, is clearly ready to find love again, while Gina's ex and Ashley's biological father, Eric, is looking at a possible move to Thunder Point. There are also a couple of female FBI agents and another escapee from the cult compound who I could see as potential new heroines. (Breaking news: Eric and one of the female agents will become the hero and heroine of the next book of the series, The Chance.)The one secondary character who really stood out this time around is quirky, Vietnam vet, Rawley, who is the only logical choice as the object of the title. Once again, I found this packaging choice a bit odd given that he is merely a supporting player, albeit a fairly important one in this particular book. I also had mixed feelings about the author's characterization of Rawley in this book. I've noticed that Ms. Carr has a penchant for creating characters who are purportedly very shy and reserved but make a rapid turn-around to become more outgoing. In the first two books of the series, Rawley is extremely quiet, barely stringing two words together when talking to anyone, even Cooper, who is essentially his only friend. What he does for Devon is certainly in his nature as a generous, kind-hearted person, but him being so talkative while doing it seemed at odds with his characterization up to this point. I think it's great that Rawley was finally able to connect with someone like Devon who he now views as family, but the dramatic changes to his personality seemed a little off to me. I was also a bit bothered by a brief moment in the story when Rawley reveals that he has a decent nest-egg stashed away, when in the last book he supposedly didn't have enough money to pay for his own father's funeral, which led to Cooper stepping in to do that. This inconsistency is brought up, but then kind of brushed off in a way that left me unsatisfied.The Hero admittedly had some weaknesses that I don't often see in Robyn Carr's novels, but overall, it was still a story that managed to give me some warm fuzzies. I've fallen in love with the town of Thunder Point and its residents, and can't help but look forward to seeing what new things might be in store for them and who might be moving to town next. I'm not sure if there are going to be any Christmas novellas in this series like there were in Virgin River, but I'd love to read one if there is. If not, and if Ms. Carr continues on her typical publication schedule, the next Thunder Point novel should be released sometime in early 2014, and I'll definitely be there to buy and read it.Note: I received a copy of this book from the author's publicist via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Leea
    2019-03-13 13:34

    3.5 stars...The Hero finally showcases Ms. Carr for the fantastic storytelling she is. Her ability to weave these 'simple' relationships into this small town setting is one of the reasons i've been such a fan of hers since getting my hands on Virgin River several years ago. It's no secret that I haven't been smitten with the pervious books in theThunder Point Series but this one brings us fans back to what makes Ms. Carr so unique and special.The Town“I haven’t been here too long, Devon, but there’s something I know about this town. Unless you’re a really bad person or someone who stirs up a lot of trouble, they just hope things work out. That’s all. They want their kids to be safe and make something out of themselves, they want their neighbors to get by all right, they want their friends to be happy and they want to be blessed with work. Everyone around here seems to work real hard. They seem to always be pulling for the good guys. It’s so uncomplicated.”The whole series centers about the make believe town on the Oregon coast, close to Bandon. Where people are friendly, hardworking, real and kind at heart. This backdrop, ocean with people quietly wondering the beach then grabbing a meal at Coopers is packed with small town feel and unity. It's this foundation that gives Ms. Carr the staying power. I often joke with my friend Regina that at time of stress we should just run off to Virgin River (Carr's other series, also set in a small town in Northern California). It's where you wish you lived, if not just for a little bit. In The Hero we get a clearer picture of Thunder Point, where it's situated on the coast and how people keep finding there way here. I really enjoyed that part.The landscape of Thunder Point is going to change with Cooper building along the hill, so imagine sitting in those chairs staring at the hillside while he and Sarah build their home. I have a strong feeling their house wont be the last but the start of many to come. The People The people of Thunder Point are just regular hardworking folks. They're always welcoming with a smile and a good morning and always willing to help. In The Hero we meet Devon a mother who fled a commune because she's afraid for her daughter, Mercy. They leave the middle of the night and make their way towards the coast. Devon finds herself in Rawley's truck and on the way to Thunder Point. He's really the unexpected Hero of this story and I really enjoyed getting to know the man under all that gruff. Rawley helps Devon and Mercy keep their secret and keep them safe from the Fellowship. Watching Devon transform from this scared woman to one who found strength in a town that stood behind her, was very beautiful to read. Devon puts her life together and in the process finds Spencer a widowed father in the process. You can't help but feel all the wheels working in Thunder Point.Maybe it’s not a choice between either yielding my free will and identity to The Fellowship, or experiencing complete devastation and danger on my own. Maybe there is a place in the middle.There are several side stories that seem to be setting us readers up for future books. Erick, Ashley's long lost father is planning to make a move to Thunder Point. Laine, the woman who helped the other fellowship woman escape. I know there is more in store of her. Plus all the young love, some are getting ready to graduate and leave for collage. Some much potential in the coming books and I can't wait to read where Ms. Carr takes us.Why 3.5 stars... Well, I felt that my standards were set very love coming off reading the Newcomer and although I loved the direction that The Hero went. It didn't blow me away as some of her previous books have. This really was my last try at this series, i'm glad that Carr stuck to one storyline with snippets of other people on the side. I made this book read smoothly and I can't wait for what comes next for the Thunder Point Series.ARC courtesy of Harlequin via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Beth
    2019-03-08 11:49

    Robyn Carr has a way of creating beautifully human, home town stories that touch your heart and make you want to know her characters more.The Hero is a remarkable story of Devon McAllister’s escape from cult life with her small child. Taken in by the grumpy, kind hearted, Rawley, Devon begins a new life in hiding at Thunder Point. Encouraged by the friendliness of the people around her, she begins to live with the self assurance that she lost years ago to the cult.Spencer Lawson is a recent widower. Loosing both his parents and his wife in the last year or so he is reluctant to let his heart open to anyone new...afraid he might have to suffer another loss. When he meets Devon, something clicks and a friendship slowly blossoms into more.When both Spencer and Devon’s carefully recreated lives are threatened will they learn to lean on each other and find the hero inside?This was a completely wonderful story. I loved seeing a new side to Rawley, experience Devon’s adjustments from cult follower back into the real world and seeing Spencer come to terms with his inner grief. The only issue I had with this story would be a spoiler, so I’m just going to say that I found the final antagonistic action came out of no where...otherwise I found this The Hero entertaining and enchanting. The Hero brings the feeling of being home at every turn of the pages.I received this ARC copy of The Hero from Harlequin MIRA in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 27, 2013.Written by: Robyn CarrSeries: Thunder PointSequence in Series: 3Paperback: 384 pagesPublisher: Harlequin MIRA Publication date: August 27, 2013ISBN-10: 0778314596ISBN-13: 978-0778314592Rating: 4.5Genre: Contemporary RomanceAge Recommendation: AdultRobyn Carr's WebsiteFind this book on:Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  • Sally906
    2019-03-15 12:53

    My thoughts: THE HERO is the third book in the ‘Thunder Point’ series and once again I was swept into the community. The people who live at Thunder Point are just ordinary everyday people with problems just like you and me. They all smile and say g’day, and they all know each other’s business, but when there’s trouble they all roll up their sleeves and join in to help. Spencer has just moved her after the death of his wife from cancer; he is the new football coach. He and his son are looking for a fresh start after all the trauma of the past few years. Devon and her young daughter have fled from a commune called ‘The Fellowship’ run by the increasingly obsessive and manipulative Jacob who has bedded all the women and is the father to all of the children and is on the run from the government. She is essentially a ‘sister-wife’ complete with one long braid and dowdy clothing. Devon escapes with the assistance of one of the other women. With the help of the gruff and silent Rawley, an old Vietnam veteran, she finds a new home, a new job and a fresh start; she also meets Spencer. Trouble is the fellowship is not done with her and when lives are on the line a Hero steps forward to help – well a few of them really but the one she loves is the least likely hero. I loved how during the story Devon grew as a character from a woman who jumps at shadows and is scared of being found, to a confident kick-arse amazon who fights alongside the men at the showdown. The support acts are good to – some of the characters that we have met in the previous books are back and we can see what they are up to but thankfully THE HERO is about just one set of love struck couple. With thanks to Harlequin (Australia) and the author for my copy to read and review.

  • Marleen
    2019-02-26 11:35

    In all honesty, the 3rd book in the Thunder Point series by Robyn Carr disappointed me; it felt rather bland, hurried and the plot of a young woman escaping a commune didn’t exactly appeal to me. Nothing personal, I just didn't buy it.The main characters; Devon and Spencer didn’t have that special connection the author tried to infuse. I didn’t believe in their attraction. Their coming together simply wasn’t credible. They both lacked the charisma of the earlier protagonists in this series. Sure, I was happy to be reacquainted with this wonderful coastal Oregon town and their inhabitants Mac, Gina, Cooper and Sarah, Lou, Rae Anne, Carrie, Rawley, and wish they would have been even more present on the pages of this instalment. Especially Mac and Gina – those two I believe in. On a good note, I liked that old Rawley started to come out of his shell, being more communicative, revealing more of his past. I can only imagine he's the HERO the author attributed the title to - I don't really see who else?I’m actually very curious if Robyn Carr will be able to bring back more credibility to her lead characters and her stories for the next Thunder Point books?

  • Wendy
    2019-02-27 08:38

    Robyn Carr's one of my all-time favorite authors and her Virgin River series I could read over and over again.Small-town romance is this author's specialty and in the Thunder Point series she takes us to the coast of Oregon."The Hero" is the heart-warming story of Devon McAllister's escape from a cult with her 3 yr old daughter.Picked up and taken in by grouchy, kind-hearted Rawley, Devon begins a new life in Thunder Point. Encouraged by the warmth and friendliness of the people in town, she begins to live with the confidence that she lost years ago. Spencer Lawson lost both his wife and his parents in the last year. Reluctant to open his heart to anyone new he then meets Devon. Both starting new lives, their friendship quickly blossoms into more. But with one last terrifying moment to overcome, connected to Devon's past, before they might be able to reach out and grab the happiness that awaits them. I loved revisiting all of the characters that have come to mean so much to me and I look forward to "The Chance" the next book in the Thunder Point series.

  • Pam Nelson
    2019-03-20 07:52

    4.5 The Hero Stars- ❤ Audible Review HERE ❤Well I’ll be! This book was not what I was expected yet what I needed. Rawley who we meet in the previous books was only one half of the hero of this book. Spencer was the second for me. He comes and save the football team when they needed it most but he also helps save Devon just as much as Rawley did. I am loving this series, it’s a little like Virgin River but it’s also its’ own charm. I don’t think I was ready for that. Too like it almost as much as I like Virgin River.Devon and her daughter have been through the ringer and if you think about it so has Spencer and his son. I think I like that they needed each other. I do wish we had more interaction with Austin Spencer’s son especially when his dad starts dating. I kind of want to know how he felt. Again gushing here about Therese Plummer she is amazing again bringing each person a voice. I just love her work.*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  • Mohamed Omran
    2019-03-21 07:28

    Plot spoilers should be banned from giving so called reviews that give away the entire plot of the book. Every review here is a plot spoiler, including those who brag how they got their book for free for their 'honest'review. What a laugh. We all know you will give a 'glowing' review for that free book, but the rest of us has to buy that book and you just ruined pal, by telling everything that happened. Who wants to read a book knowing every detail before it happens? I sure dont. And before some smart aleck pops off don't read them....i don't, but when they run on for miles, and you have to scroll past them, its hard not to see something that ruins the story. Think about the other readers before you ruin the book for them. Just leave a few lines saying if its good or not. That's all you need to do. You don't have to regurgitate the book.

  • Jolie Vines
    2019-02-25 14:37

    Continuing the saga of the residents of the beautiful Thunder Point, Oregon, we start this tale with a new character – Devon. She’s a member of a cult, having fallen for the leader Jacob and gotten pregnant with his kid. By the time she realizes he isn’t a one woman kinda guy, she’s living in his compound with his other women and kids and unable to leave. Men with guns ‘protect’ the fenced off land, and the only time Devon is allowed out is to take their crops to a farmers market. Her kid, Mercy, isn’t allowed to go.Luckily there’s a mole on the inside. Laine helps her escape and Devon runs away with her daughter, to be picked up by the side of the road by Rawley, resident of Thunder Bay. Now Rawley was featured in the first two books. He’s an old fellow, ex-military, having served in Vietnam, and he knows what it is to be homeless and wanting. He takes Devon and Mercy home and looks after them.Now forgive me while I have a WTF moment that nobody raised an eyebrow at this. Old loner picks up a pretty girl and asks nothing of her? Doesn’t even think about it? Hmm. Suspending disbelief was hard. Well, Rawley is honorable and sets Devon up with all she needs. Soon she’s got a job and a boyfriend and her life has changed. In the background, the cult is starting to fall apart and Laine is helping others to escape.In the foreground, Spencer, new resident and co-dad to a son he shares with Cooper is struggling with his feelings for Devon, his wife only having been dead a few months. The new doctor, Scott, wants a girlfriend, but isn’t over his dead wife either. Lou decides she’s moving out of the madhouse at Mac’s, now he’s married to Gina, and Gina’s daughter Ashley is getting along just fine with her runaway father. Ashley and Frank are now a thing, which I missed seeing the tender moment when that happened, and Landon and Eve are still going strong, but those relationships don’t much feature.So much happens in these stories. It’s like a pic and mix of family drama. Everyone knows everyone else’s business. We head hop around to keep up to speed, and there’s never a dull moment.That said, I’m not sure I’m going to continue with the series. I loved immersing myself into the town in book one, with the dramatic and beautiful beach scenery and slow burn romance, but now I just feel like I’m reading a soap opera. I still like a lot of the characters, but their stories have been told. Also I dislike the thin veneer of old fashioned role values that creeps into the storylines e.g. in this one Sarah giving up her important career entirely and without attempting a middle ground, so she can stay home with Coop and have a baby. Why can’t she do that and have a career? Her ‘job’ becomes designing their new house he’s building, but Coop’s dominating all of that too. Basically Sarah now has no life and nothing to do all day. Except she’s going to become a mum so that’s all right then. Nothing wrong with being a full time mother-that is an excellent and valuable career choice, but don’t give me a coastguard helicopter pilot then dismiss her career as too hard to mix with family life.There’s drama in the cult that needs dismantling, Devon and Spencer are the main couple who need to sort themselves out, and there’s all kinds of happiness at the end for you HEA lovers out there. The series is still going strong with another six books after this one, but this reader is happy to leave Thunder Point to take care of itself.Rating: CFirst reviewed here: http://redhotbooks.com/2017/06/review...

  • Marlene
    2019-03-10 11:50

    Originally published at Reading RealityThe titular hero of this third entry in Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series and the romantic hero are not the same person. Surprise! But a very excellent surprise and also totally in keeping with the way that this small-town romance series has been developing.I think I’ve fallen in love with Thunder Point, Oregon. The more of this small, beachfront town that we explore, the easier it is to understand what makes this place so special.The important relationship in The Hero isn’t the romance, it’s the adopted father/daughter relationship between the withdrawn Vietnam vet Rawley Goode and Devon McAllister, the woman he picks up on the road escaping from a psychopathic cult leader.Rawley remembers all too well what it’s like to be on the run, down and out and feel like the weight of the world is on his shoulders and it’s all his fault. People helped him when he had nothing but the clothes on his back; he sees Devon as a way to pay those people back, to “pay it forward”, although he doesn’t call it that.And Devon has a child with her, a little girl. Her daughter Mercy. Seeing how frightened Devon is makes Rawley question everything he’s ever seen about the religious commune known simply as “The Fellowship”.He gives Devon and Mercy a home. Safety. And a chance for Devon to take back the life she gave up when she was young and scared and naive. She reaches for that opportunity with her arms flung wide.She gives Rawley the family he might have had if he hadn’t come back scarred from his war. A daughter. A granddaughter. A reason to reach out to the community that took him in. Not just peace, but fellowship and friendship. Belonging.Devon remakes her life. She gets a job. An apartment. Makes a home. Develops new friendships with women in the community. And even though it scares her and she’s none too sure that her judgment is sound, starts a relationship with the new high school football coach, Spencer Lawson, who is every bit as uncertain about his own readiness to start a relationship, although for entirely different reasons.But just when she’s starting to feel secure, Devon’s life goes to smash. The cult kidnaps her daughter. And that’s when everyone in Thunder Point finds out exactly what kind of hero Rawley Goode has always been. Because Devon needs a hero to rescue her daughter from the crazed drug dealer who fathered her.Escape Rating: B+: The utterly marvelous thing about the Thunder Point series is how each book just flows right into the next one. Although there is a story with a beginning, middle and end, there is a whole lot of catching up with the people you’ve already met. And this series is still early enough that it’s easy to catch up. Also very much worth it.While there is a romance, that wasn’t center stage in this story. The creation of the made-up family between Rawley, Devon and Mercy was a much more compelling story than the romance between Devon and Spencer. Also, we’re more invested in Rawley getting, if not an HEA, at least becoming more integrated into the town; he’s been odd man out for quite a while. He’s got quite the snarky sense of humor once he finally starts talking!Devon’s escape from The Fellowship and her blossoming into independence was a terrific character arc. I loved that she never wimped out, which was what made the romance the less important story. Devon needed to get herself back together, and that story was too important not to take a huge amount of time. It would have felt less empowering if a romance had saved her, she needed to save herself first.But the threat of the Fellowship coming back to haunt her hung over her like the theme music from Jaws. The action at the end was edge-of-the-seat compelling. Wow! What a wild ride!

  • Nancy Crocker
    2019-03-06 13:29

    In The Hero (Thunder Point #3) by Robyn Carr: We find Rawley Goode giving a stranger and her three year old daughter a ride after finding them walking on the side of the road. He offers to take them wherever she would like to go, but a slow plan enters Rawley's head and it includes getting Devon and her little girl Mercy to Thunder Point. Devon McAllister has left the compound with her daughter Mercy with nothing more than a backpack and forty dollars. Anything will be better than what she has been living through the last few years. She accepts a ride from a stranger and when he takes her to Thunder Point everything just feels right. Devon cannot believe how kind and generous everyone is. She soon finds work and eventually a small home for her and Mercy, but fear is always at the back of her mind.Spencer Lawson finds himself instantly drawn to Devon. He doesn't let her know at first that he overheard her conversation with Rawley. Being a recent widow he isn't sure he is ready for anything more than friendship. He starts settling in as the new high school football coach. But he cannot deny the growing attraction he feels for Devon.We also learn more about Rawley, while he was in the first two books we never really knew to much about him. I have to admit I was impressed where his back history went. Also enjoyed a few laughs regarding his finances. We also learned what a true friend he can be and defiantly someone you would want in your corner. I loved the direction his character went in this book.Another thing I love about Robyn Carr books is how the community comes together almost like a big family. We see this again in this book, along with a handful of friends helping to make Devon feel welcomed. The last third of the book had me on pins and needles I don't want to get to carried away, but there were a number of surprises and yes more than one Hero in my opinion.Here is the list of books in the series so far:The WandererThe NewcomerThe HeroI love the Thunder Point series so far and I am looking forward to the next book ... The Chance5/5 starsI received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Renae Pérez
    2019-03-19 07:55

    This being my second low-rated read from Robyn Carr’s Thunder point series, I do believe I’m going to call it quits. There are some things to enjoy about these books, but there’s far more to be frustrated with, and though I didn’t outright hate The Hero, I really didn’t like it, either.The big problem is that Carr, like so many other authors of contemporary romance, suffuses her stories with sex shaming, gender essentialism, and heavy-handed reinforcement of gender roles. Probably she doesn’t mean to be sexist, but I was very disquieted by a lot of things I read. The woman who wears form-fitting exercise clothes is a whore! If people are going on a hunting trip, obviously the woman is only there to cook—guns are for boys and kitchens are for girls! That kind of thing is disturbing and toxic, and I have no use for it in my fiction, seeing that I deal with these issues so prevalently in my daily life.Beyond that, I was unhappy with the central romance itself, between Spencer and Devon. It felts rushed and underdeveloped, with a dramatic crisis at the end that seemed unnecessary, considering all the other drama going on. Namely, a cult.Yes, there is a cult in The Hero, and I wasn’t impressed with how Carr handled it. Of course, cults and closed communities are interesting topics, but I really didn’t buy into The Fellowship as it appeared in this novel. As I’ve complained about previously with books in the series, Carr seems to enjoy creating plots that are a cross between and after-school special and a telenovela. I prefer my romances to be far more low-key and character-focused than this. By and large, The Hero really pushed the limits of believability.I think I have enough evidence now to conclude that the Thunder Point series is not for me. Robyn Carr’s portrayal of women strikes me as rather antifeminist, her romances are boring, and her plots are melodramatic and overwrought. The Hero was eyeroll-inducing and difficult to read, and I’m left with no good reason to revisit the series after this.

  • Jonel Boyko
    2019-03-03 08:26

    What a story! Carr takes a concept that many of us never think about and turns it into an unforgettable romance. The contrast between the Fellowship and Thunder Point was so poignant that it not only captured my attention, but definitely had me thinking a mile a minute. The way in which she developed all aspects of the story, tying the intertwining lives of the characters together, gives you the big picture, while also allowing you to enjoy the story as the characters live it. Romance and suspense, danger and friendship all make their way into this intricately crafted tale.Devon was quite the heroine for this story. Her worries and fears are so real. Her loyalty to her daughter at all costs made me smile, while the little bit of happiness she took for herself gave me hope. Not only did Carr let readers know how Devon ended up with The Fellowship, she also made it very clear why she stayed there. Our hero Spencer, however, made me want to scream into a pillow at times, and hug him at others. He was your stereotypical male, all in until it’s too much then gone again. Despite that, I really enjoyed getting to know him on all fronts. Rawley goes from a minor character that I didn’t quite know what to do with to a completely developed individual with unexpected depths. I absolutely loved getting to know him so much better. He was one of my favourite parts of the story. Once again Carr has created a story that had me on pins and needles throughout. I love how emotion pours from the pages as I get to experience the lives of her brilliant characters.

  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2019-03-20 10:43

    I am quickly growing to love the Thunder Point series as much as Virgin River. Really! Thunder Point is a refuge for those who need help, and the new face in town, Devon, has found the right place. I thought her scary situation was a nail-biter. Devon was a strong and smart young woman, and it just goes to show how someone’s life can spiral out of control, placing her in a dangerous position. While in Thunder Point, Devon hooks up with Spencer, a widower/single father, and while I don’t feel like their chemistry was a strong as previous couples, I do think they were good for each other. They’ve both been through A LOT, so it’s not surprising that there was hesitation between them at first. Overall, THE HERO was a suspenseful read and an enjoyable continuation of the Thunder Point series. 4 stars!

  • ♥ℳelody
    2019-03-07 08:47

    Not much of a romance story at all. Everything is summarized, the entirety of the couple's relationship happens completely off the page. For a book titled 'The Hero' the aforementioned hero is missing 80% of the story. Like...WTF? He's pretty much treated like a B character and plays 3rd fiddle to everything else. Really weird. And why is everyone in this town either a widow/widower, single parent, or divorcee with a long lost child?? Totally unrealistic. The author also had the annoying habit of focusing on mundane things and tiring conversations between a handful of secondary characters that crowd the book and have no relevance to the main story whatsoever.

  • Dee
    2019-02-21 10:45

    Two-haiku review:She escaped from cultHe lost wife three months agoNeither looks for loveThunder Point is greatLove catching up with old friendsAnd meeting new onesRereading series August 2015. Still love it

  • Tanya
    2019-02-24 14:35

    Not awful or anything but just kind of dull. I don't know how she managed to make an escape from a commune full of drug dealers boring but she did. That really takes effort. I still like the series but this was just blah.