by Robyn Carr
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Goodreads: Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he's never had. In the quiet coastal town he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes.
Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks' house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie's health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn't want to answer.
When Charlie enlists Blake's help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.
Kritters Thoughts: Another episode in the Thunder Point saga and I didn't realize there was a hint in the last book that would lead us to the female lead in this book - Lin Su Simmons. She moves to town to become a nurse for Winnie Banks who has ALS and knows that her health could deteriorate fast and needs help. Lin Su has had an interesting childhood and even adulthood and is slow to trust and can't handle anyone else in control. In walks a star athlete who also loves control and doesn't know that buying a home in Thunder Point will turn his world upside down.
Again another great solid romance from Robyn Carr. This one moved at a much slower pace, but I loved it. I loved how slow and steady this book went. It felt right for these characters not to jump too soon. Of course, the reader knows from the beginning who will most likely be our lovers in the book, but it isn't disappointing to know who because you don't know how or when.
I think these books can be read on their own, but they are so much more when you read them in order so I suggest starting at the beginning, don't fret that this is book 9, they read fast!
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.