REVIEW: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
With multiple romances taking flight in unison in Thunder Point, you’ll find an excellent beginning to a brand new series by Robyn Carr. You’ll laugh and cry until the end. Outstanding recommended read!
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr
Series: A Thunder Point Novel, Book 1
Publication date: March 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Stars
Book and review courtesy of Romance Junkies.
Hank Cooper learns of his good friend’s death from a stranger, who calls to tell him that Ben has left him something. Ben was the best helicopter mechanic an army pilot could wish for which made them immediate friends. Cooper has flown all over in the service, and privately for oil companies. In other words, he’s wandered—never staying in one place too long.
Cooper loads up his toy hauler fifth wheel and drives to Thunder Point, Oregon to find out for himself what brought about his friend’s untimely death. Just like anywhere else that he wanders, he doesn’t plan to stay, but since he’s in-between jobs, Cooper is not in any hurry either.
Cooper meets up with Deputy Sheriff McCain at Ben’s place. He had thought Ben ran a bait shop, but finds out it was much more than that including a bar, Laundromat, bird sanctuary and two hundred acres, with beach front. Ben’s death was classified as an accident but Cooper and McCain are both skeptical about the coroner’s ruling. Ben had fallen down stairs to his death. He wasn’t a clumsy man. Cooper decides to stay for a few days to question the locals who may know more about his friend’s personal life than he does. One of his first acquaintances is the mysterious Rawley who had called him with the news of Ben’s death. Rawley stops by, doesn’t say much, but produces Ben’s will. Cooper has inherited everything and hasn’t a clue what Ben expected him to do with it.
Sarah Dupre moved to Thunder Point with her younger brother to start fresh after her messy divorce. Sarah has raised her brother, Landon, from the age of five after their parents’ death. Thunder Point is quiet and safe—a good place to put down roots and forget their past. Sarah is a helicopter pilot with the Coast Guard and although they know many people in this town, neither of them have made what she’d call good friends, yet.
Landon is in more need of a friend than Sarah and he’s the first to receive some of Cooper’s good sense and protection. It’s Landon’s quick relationship with Cooper that puts Sarah on guard enough to confront the stranger. What is a man his age doing with a teenager? It doesn’t take long for Cooper to push Sarah’s temper and her flight instincts. They both recognize their attraction to one another and a friendship of the relationship kind is the last thing Sarah wants. Can Cooper break down the walls that Sarah is determined to defend?
The characters’ sense of humor is something that I enjoyed most in this novel. Cooper and Sarah’s relationship, that whole push and pull, getting to know each other and trying desperately not to fall in love is riveting. They’re perfect for one another and how Cooper handles Sarah’s fears is often laugh-out-loud funny. He teases her in such a “bare all” truthful way that you can’t help but laugh. Plus, their relationship is smoking hot, desire pushing them forward where friendship could not. Adding to the frenzy, the ladies in town created a nickname for Deputy McCain that’s hilarious. It’s blurted out every once in a while and always made me laugh. Once Cooper finds out, he’s not about to let the Deputy rest without hearing his nickname in the most opportune moments. Of course, Deputy McCain and Landon need to sort out their women problems as well.
Can these new friends create a lifetime of memories and build a town safe for all?
Robyn Carr is a master at characterization—I became so easily drawn into these characters’ lives. With several romances at different stages in this first book of the THUNDER POINT series, there’s so much to look forward to in future novels. I really enjoyed how this story was told from the man’s point of view as much as the woman’s. I felt as if I knew them all by the end of the novel—they were so realistically portrayed. I rated THE WANDERER as a Recommended Read because it’s the perfect beginning, favorably dissimilar from other small town series. It has romance—plenty of it, but it also fulfills the woman’s fiction lover’s desires as well. Filled with mystery, humor and heart-wrenching storylines in a setting as rugged as the people who reside there, I can’t wait to find out what happens next in THE NEWCOMER!
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