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Reviewed by A.D. Cole

Laine Carrington is fresh off an undercover assignment and recovering from a gunshot wound when she decides to take a year off to recuperate in Thunder Point, Oregon. The job that got her shot happened to take place not far from Thunder Point and during the course of her work, she became friends with several of its citizens. In need of some rest and reflection, she can think of no better place to spend her time. It also helps that it is as far from Boston and her cantankerous father as she can get.

Eric Gentry has only been in Thunder Point a little while. When he discovered his teenage daughter and developed a relationship with her, he decided to open up his auto body shop there to be closer to her. With his shady past never far from his conscious thoughts, Eric is daily determined to work hard and be a better person. He’s fairly satisfied and content until the beautiful and mysterious Laine Carrington arrives in town. Now he’s out to take a chance on her.

The Chance is the fourth book in the Thunder Point series and so far, my least favorite. The thing to understand about this series is that it is full of characters, all of whom are important in Carr’s storytelling. There is a central romance story line, but then you also get to catch up with all the other residents of Thunder Point as well as meet some new folks.

The issue I had with this novel was that I didn’t find the central romance very interesting. At least not until about the eighty percent mark when there was finally some conflict. That’s a long time for a story to go without conflict. Laine had conflict with her father, of course, and that element of the story was carried out well because it ultimately culminated to become the thing that was driving a wedge between her and Eric. But until that point, I was beginning to wonder where the story was.

I did enjoy seeing some of my favorite characters from past books and I think (hope) she has just set up Dr. Scott Grant as the hero of the next novel, but I was a little jarred by the entrance of Al. He wasn’t introduced until later in the book and then suddenly it became the Al and Ray Ann story for a while. I wondered if I’d suddenly entered into a new novel and somehow forgotten about it.

So overall, I suppose my complaint was with the flow of the story. I still say read it if you’ve read this far in the series. It wasn’t bad. It just didn’t hold up to the standards of the first three novels, in my opinion.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

A.D. Cole is a homeschooling mother and aspiring romance novelist. She lives in the Ozark foothills and spends her free time reading, writing, baking and pondering life’s little mysteries.

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