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Thunder Point, home to a hardworking, close-knit, multi-generational community of people, has some new residents. Devon McAllister and her three-year-old daughter, Mercy, have escaped the confines of a strict, religious commune, though they have no ties to the outside world and nowhere to go. When Rawley Goode picks them up on the side of the road and offers them a place to stay, he opens up doors to Devon’s future that she hadn’t even dreamed possible.

Spencer Lawson, recently widowed and the father of a ten-year-old boy, Austin, finds himself a new home in Thunder Point as well. After losing his wife to a years-long-war with cancer, he finds himself needing a fresh start. He accepts the position of high school football coach in Thunder Point and experiences the added benefit of living closer to some surprising and unusual family connections. Spencer feels pretty stable and content until he meets Devon and realizes he’s ready for more.

Devon’s experiences mean she is reluctant to trust anyone. But when the people of Thunder Point unconditionally open their arms and hearts to her, she finds the surprising joy that comes from loving fearlessly. Spencer’s challenges also lie beneath the surface. He’s been through more loss than anyone knows and has yet to allow himself a moment to grieve. As a result, though normally a solid, dependable kind of guy, he suddenly finds himself questioning his commitments and unintentionally hurting the already vulnerable Devon. But when events conspire to further complicate Devon’s new found peace, Spencer is given the opportunity to prove himself trustworthy; and Devon, the opportunity to trust.

In addition to all this drama, we get to reconnect with former Thunder Point characters, all of whom continue to play important roles in the novel. There’s a much anticipated wedding; the further development of the relationship between Ashley and her bio-dad, Eric Gentry; and the deepening of Cooper’s roots as he begins to develop and expand his business. I’m torn between which story I want next. That of the lonely Dr. Scott Grant. Or the newly single, ex-con Eric Gentry.

The Hero is my favorite Thunder Point novel so far. The romance was a little more intense than in past books, likely because more was at stake. And there was some surprising, and rather heavy, action towards the end. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read. Carr’s story and character development are flawless and she continues to provide good, solid comfort reading. I definitely recommend the Thunder Point series.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin MIRA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.