Wildest Dreams (Thunder Point Series #9)

Wildest Dreams (Thunder Point Series #9)

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by Robyn Carr
     
 

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Get swept away with Wildest Dreams, an all-new story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr. Filled with honesty, humor and heartfelt emotion, Carr's latest installment in her beloved Thunder Point series should not be missed!

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Get swept away with Wildest Dreams, an all-new story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr. Filled with honesty, humor and heartfelt emotion, Carr's latest installment in her beloved Thunder Point series should not be missed!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/13/2015
This sweet (but occasionally sour) contemporary is the ninth novel set in the tiny Oregon hamlet of Thunder Point (after A New Hope). Single mother Lin Su Simmons, a hardworking and somewhat impoverished nurse, is doing her best to keep herself and her young son, Charlie, afloat while caring for Winnie Banks, who is suffering from ALS. Champion triathlete Blake Smiley also understands hard work; he grew up in a tough neighborhood where he learned to run for pure survival, not fun. When he moves in next door to Winnie, sparks fly between Blake and Lin Su, and Blake takes Charlie under his wing. But when Lin Su realizes Blake and Charlie have kept a huge secret from her, it threatens to destroy their budding relationship. While Lin Su sometimes comes off as judgmental, inflexible, and frankly unlikable, in the end she gracefully rises to meet new challenges. Returning fans will be delighted by updates on other couples in the series. (Sept.)
Library Journal
08/01/2015
Iron Man athlete Blake Smiley has come a long way from his rough Baltimore roots, but he hasn't forgotten how hard he's had to work to get where he is—and he's not afraid to share his story. On the other hand, all private care nurse Lin Su Simmons seems to want is to ignore her complicated past and keep it hidden, especially from her asthmatic teenage son, Charlie. But Charlie is searching on his own, and, with his computer skills, finding what he's looking for is only a matter of time. VERDICT A proud, prickly heroine who needs to come to terms with her past and a perceptive, protective hero struggle to find common ground in a poignant, heartfelt, often funny story that redefines the meaning of family, updates the lives of continuing characters, and adds another memorable chapter to this popular series. Carr (One Wish) lives in Henderson, NV.
From the Publisher
"Carr's new novel demonstrates that classic women's fiction, illuminating the power of women's friendships, is still alive and well." -Booklist on Four Friends

"A thought-provoking look at women...and the choices they make when they realize their lives aren't exactly what they expected-or thought they were." -Kirkus Reviews on Four Friends

"Carr's gift for writing lovably flawed heroes and heroines is evident on every page."

-Publishers Weekly on The Homecoming

"An engaging romance that is sexy, funny and intensely touching."

-Library Journal on The Chance

"The captivating sixth installment of Carr's Thunder Point series (after The Promise) brings up big emotions."

-Publishers Weekly on The Homecoming

"In Carr's very capable hands, the Thunder Point saga continues to delight."

-RT Book Reviews on The Promise

"A touch of danger and suspense make the latest in Carr's Thunder Point series a powerful read."

-RT Book Reviews on The Hero

"With her trademark mixture of humor, realistic conflict, and razor-sharp insights, Carr brings Thunder Point to vivid life."

-Library Journal on The Newcomer

"No one can do small-town life like Carr."

-RT Book Reviews on The Wanderer

"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
-Library Journal on the Virgin River series

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778317494
Publisher:
MIRA
Publication date:
08/25/2015
Series:
Thunder Point Series , #9
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
90,989
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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Not much that happened on the beach got by Charlie Simmons. He was fourteen and his mother was the nurse who tended Winnie Banks, a lady with ALS who lived on the hill overlooking the beach. Charlie came to work with his mother every day. He hung out around the house, the town, the beach. He was, more than anything, a practiced observer. More observer than participant, something he'd change if possible.

It was the third week of August, the house next to Winnie's was complete inside and out, and a moving truck had finally backed up to the garage. Charlie had seen the new owner back when he'd first looked at the house. He'd ridden across the beach road on a bicycle—a very expensive-looking road bike. He'd visited with Cooper on the deck that faced the bay. They went into the house together and didn't come back out, at least on the beach side. Cooper had later reported the guy with the bicycle was interested and made an offer.

When the moving truck pulled up and began to unload, Charlie went out front to have a look. All the houses along this ridge backed up to the Pacific, with the perfect view from their decks and living rooms, but their front doors and garages faced the road at the top of the hill. Charlie saw Cooper talking to the movers so he waited patiently until he was finished.

"Just be sure that gym equipment goes downstairs—it's heavy. He's making the game room on the lower level his workout room. Living quarters on this level. You should be able to identify the master bedroom, kitchen, living room, bath, on this floor for everything else. I'll be down at the bar when you're ready for me to sign off on delivery."

When Cooper was walking back to the bar that he owned, he passed right by Charlie. "Who's moving in, Cooper? The guy with the million-dollar bike?"

Cooper grinned. "The same. He's out of town right now."

"In a race?" Charlie asked.

"Big triathlon in Australia."

"Holy smokes," Charlie said. "He's an Ironman?"

Cooper laughed. "He is."

"What's his name?" Charlie asked.

"Blake Smiley. You going to look him up?"

"It's what I do, Cooper. You want me to fill you in?"

"I think I have enough information, but thanks."

"You ever want to compete in a triathlon, Cooper?"

"Absolutely never," he said, clearly amused. "Not that I don't admire the folks that can do that…"

"When's he going to be here?"

"I'm not sure. Any day now, I guess."

"I'm going to track the race. Do you know where in Australia?"

"No, I don't know where. Can there be a lot of them?" Cooper asked.

Charlie was on it. He got out his laptop and looked the guy up. This was what Charlie had been doing for a long time—finding information and learning on his laptop because he didn't have a lot of friends and couldn't run and play like the other kids. Charlie had suffered from some serious allergies and asthma as a little kid and was therefore confined to a quieter life. He believed it was his frequent bouts of bronchitis and pneumonia when he was younger that resulted in him being a little undersized for his age. Either that or his Vietnamese roots through his mother's side of the family. But then one day someone passed on an old laptop, showed him how to use it and all those indoor days had resulted in a smarter than average fourteen-year-old.

Charlie's mother, Lin Su, was Amerasian. Since Charlie's biological father was white American he supposed that made him Amer-amerasian. He could see Vietnam in his black hair and dark eyes.

He looked up Blake Smiley. The man had been racing for fifteen years. He went to college on a scholarship and was thirty-seven years old. Smiley was a triathlon champion many times over having scored his first win in Oahu; he held a couple of records, had a degree in biology and physiology and was sponsored by a few corporations and even made a commercial for a fancy juice mixer. A juice mixer? Charlie wondered. Smiley was also a coach, consultant and sometime motivational speaker. Charlie was in love with TED Talks; he'd love to be smart enough or experienced enough to teach or inspire people with his accomplishments. "He's a god," Charlie muttered to himself. And then there was his size. He was five-ten and one hundred and fifty pounds. Not huge. Charlie found that encouraging.

He'd seen the guy. He looked so strong. So ripped. He saw him ride his bike down the beach road, pick it up and jog up two flights of stairs to meet Cooper on the deck of that house he bought. But as pro athletes go, he was small.

The second thing to intrigue him—Smiley had to teach himself to swim. He gave speeches about how he built his athletic career on survival instincts and practice.

Charlie couldn't swim. His mother freaked out if he even ran and he sure hadn't had a pool in the backyard. He wanted to swim. He'd spent the summer hanging out here on the beach watching the older kids paddleboarding and, lately, windsurfing. He'd had a ride on a paddleboard with someone else paddling. And he'd been wearing a life vest…

Charlie closed the laptop and went to Winnie's bedroom. He knocked lightly on the door. There was no telling what was going on in there. It could be bathing, primping, reading or maybe Winnie was sleeping. "Come in," his mother said.

He pushed open the door and saw that his mother had been giving Winnie a manicure. Winnie loved manicures. Winnie had become a good friend; they spent a lot of time on their laptops together, talking, figuring things out.

"You are never going to believe this," he said, pushing his glasses up on his nose. "The new guy next door? He's an Iron-man!

Blake arrived from Australia late at night. He'd slept on the plane so he was up for a few hours knowing that in the next couple of days jet lag would kick his ass. Then it would pass.

He was creaky and stiff. His body had become a little less responsive in the past few years. Things like prerace training and international travel were beginning to take their toll. And it was odd going home to his own house. It was his first. People wouldn't guess that. He was almost forty and had never owned a home. Not even a condo or town house. He'd given the location a great deal of thought. He wanted to be near the ocean; he liked the cold of the Pacific. As a workout it was more taxing than warm water; the unforgiving nature of the ocean was more realistic than a lake or pool for training. He needed altitude training and he had that in Oregon. Everywhere he looked…mountains. He had seriously considered Boulder or Truckee but at the end of the day he liked this little spot. When he wasn't racing he was training and when he wasn't training, he was living. He could get his training done here. And while he might keep up with the training for life, he wasn't going to race professionally forever. For living he wanted a quiet place that wasn't overrun by professional athletes and Olympians. Shake a tree in Boulder or Truckee and ten Olympic contenders fell out.

He spent his first day unpacking, arranging his gym and doing a short workout to keep from stiffening up after a seventeen-hour plane ride. Then he drove into a larger town to the grocery store, rounding up his food. He stuck mostly to organic vegetables, legumes and grains, including quinoa. He ordered his supplements online. He wasn't a vegetarian. For his purposes he found it served him best if he cooked up a little poultry or beef to add to his vegetables and grains. Cooper had suggested that if he got friendly with Cliff, who owned the seafood restaurant at the marina, he could get fresh fish, crab and other shellfish.

When he was training, which was almost year-round, he avoided or at least limited his favorite things—cheese, simple starchy carbs, the most flavorful fats like butter and cream. He limited his alcohol to the occasional beer. But when he was off-season and his training was moderate, when he was relaxing for a little while, he indulged. Not too much, of course, because no one was more disciplined. But a good, greasy pizza was the best thing in the world as far as he was concerned. And yes, he could make his own vegetarian with a gluten-free crust, but if he was indulging that wouldn't do it. The way he grew up, he still longed for those things he couldn't have and pizza and beer were a couple of those things.

His second day home he woke up too early, blended up one of his protein drinks, stretched out, dragged on a wet suit and hit the bay. It was eight-thirty but the sun wasn't quite up, given all that sea fog, and the water felt icy. He didn't know the exact distance across the bay but after a fifty-minute swim he'd have an idea. He had already measured a couple of cycling and running routes before making an offer on the house.

He loved the house. He'd looked at a hundred of them, at least, in a lot of places, including Hawaii. Hawaii was tempting; the lifestyle was alluring. But he thought most of his future work would be in the US, and while he didn't mind travel, he'd like to be able to have a base less than ten hours away. If work took him to Chicago or New York or Los Angeles he could get home to Thunder Point in six hours or less. Boulder, being in the center of the country, was practical but wasn't as tempting as this unpretentious little fishing village on the ocean. There was a house on Cape Cod he liked but the East Coast beyond the cape wasn't as peaceful or traffic friendly as Oregon. He remembered asking Cooper, Doesn't anyone know about this place yet? The freeways weren't clogged, the air was clean, there were some wide-open spaces… When he was ten years old, the idea that he could live wherever he wished had never occurred to him. But then, when he was ten his most urgent concern was eating and staying warm.

He set the timer on his watch, walked into the water, dove, swam out past the haystack rocks and began swimming from end to end across the bay. When the timer went off he'd made seven trips across the bay—he judged the distance across the beach as slightly more than a quarter of a mile. Maybe four-tenths of a mile. He had a laser measuring tool and later he'd check to see how close he'd been, but even those devices weren't perfect. By the time he exited the water, the sun was shining. He'd ride for a few hours today; tomorrow he'd go for a run. He'd do one test triathlon before the next competition, only one.

There was a kid sitting on the beach stairs to the house next door to his. He had a laptop balanced on his knees and wore black-framed glasses. Blake shook off the excess water and pulled off his hood and goggles. He walked up to the kid. "Hey," he said, a little breathless.

"Hey," the kid said. "You came in second in Sydney."

Blake smiled. "I had a good race."

"Your times were good but McGill beat you. He beats you pretty regular."

"You stalking me, kid?"

"Nah, just looked you up. So, what made it a good race?"

"First, what's your name?"

"I'm Charlie," he said, sticking out a hand. And with one finger on the other hand he pushed his glasses up on his nose.

"Nice to meet you, Charlie. I guess you know me already."

"I asked Cooper who you were and he said you were racing in Australia and I looked you up." He shrugged. "You have a pretty good record."

"Thanks," Blake said, raising a brow in question. In fact, he had a great record. "What else did you find out about me?"

"Well…you had to teach yourself to swim."

"That's right."

"How'd you do that?"

"The same way I learned almost everything—survival. I fell in a pool. Or maybe I got pushed in, I can't remember. And I couldn't swim. Went down like a rock."

"Did you have to get rescued?"

"Nope. It was in college and I was at a pool party. I don't think anyone was paying attention. I held my breath and walked out. My lungs just about exploded."

"You walked out?" Charlie asked, astonished.

"That was my only option at the time. I was an expert on depth because I couldn't swim. Every time I was near a pool I made sure I knew where the shallow and deep ends where. I fell in the middle, eyeballed the shallow end and walked. It was slow. Nobody knows the depth and contour of a pool like a kid who can't swim. Then I taught myself to swim because walking out in water over your head isn't a good experience. I read about swimming, practiced it. I watched some video of little kids taking lessons."

"That pool you walked out of wasn't that big, I guess."

"Any pool when you're in over your head is big. After that I learned to tread water and then, since I knew nothing, teaching me to swim was kind of easy—there were no bad habits to unlearn."

"They start you out with a life jacket?" Charlie asked.

"Nah, that's not the best way to learn to swim. Best way to stay alive if you have an accident, though. Even experienced swimmers will wear flotation jackets under certain circumstances. The best way is to learn to respect the water, learn the moves, breathe right, understand buoyancy. They teach babies, you know. They don't use any flotation devices. They teach them to hold their breath, fan the water, to kick, to roll over on their backs to breathe, to. Hey, you swim, right?"

Charlie shook his head.

"You live on a beach and don't swim?"

He shook his head again. "I don't live here. My mom works for Mrs. Banks. Since I come with her to work every day, I'm going to go to school here in town but we live… We live a few miles away."

"And you don't swim," Blake said again.

Charlie shook his head. "That never came up before."

Blake laughed. He understood that completely. "So, what's up with Mrs. Banks?"

"ALS. She's doing good. She's not end stage," Charlie said, as if he understood such things. "She still walks a little bit but never alone and my mom is optimistic. But she needs a nurse and it's not my mom's first ALS patient. I'm really sorry she has ALS but I think I'm going to like the school. Well, for as long as my mom works for Mrs. Banks."

"Hopefully a long time," Blake said.

"Yeah, for her sake, for sure. So what made it a good race? You got beat."

"Gimme a break, will you? I came in second—that's a damn good show. Like you said, McGill beats me regularly. This time, though, he announced his retirement." Blake made a face. "Gonna really miss that guy." Then he laughed. "Seriously, I had good times. I was close to my personal-best swimming and, in case you haven't figured it out, that's not my easiest sport. But I run like the wind."

Meet the Author

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.

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Wildest Dreams 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good story by the author. I waited a time for this one, but it was worth it. I especially liked the relationships of the characters and the love shared. I'm looking forward to reading other stories by Robyn Carr. LA-TXN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked fhe people in the story but thought the story line about the races were boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a good book. I have loved Robyn Carr's bks, but not this one. Poorly written and very hard to get through. So disappointed!!
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Enjoyed all the books. Looking for I he series to continue.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr is an excellent read. I haven't read any Robyn Carr books in a while and none from this series so it took me a bit to get the characters straight, once I hit that point it was smooth sailing. Lin Su and Blake's story is loaded with awesome characters. I just loved Charlie! Wildest Dreams is full of humor, drama and just a little heat. As expected this book is well written and I look forward to reading more from Robyn Carr in the future. Wildest Dreams is book 9 in the Thunder Point Series but can be read as a standalone. Personally it made me want to go back and start at the beginning of the series. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I won a copy of this book from Writerspace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this addition. Lin Su is s super woman.
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Wildest Dreams is about overcoming, forgiving and moving forward. With lovable and sometimes amusing chracters to move things along. Lin su, however is a challeng to like.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Champion triathelete Blake Smiley moves to Thunder Point and into a house next to Grace and Troy Headly. Grace’s mother Winnie has ALS and lives in the house too. Winnie has to have care by a dedicated nurse named Lin Su Simmons. When Lin Su’s son Charlie sees Blake, he is in awe. Charlie has suffered from asthma all of his life and his mother is overprotective. Too much so that she has not allowed him to participate in many sports or activities and he sits around with his computer. For Blake, all it took was one glance for him to see that Lin Su was for him. He just has to convince her of this and she is one hardheaded woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved the other books in this series but was disappointed in this one. I found Lin Su to be a rather unlikeable character.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, great story and characters, love Thunder Point. Robyn Carr always writes wonderful characters and story lines. Love her books.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Wish I Could Give A 10 - If you like hot sexy stories don't buy this book... But, if you want to read an exceptional book about life, love, humility and forgiveness you will never find a better story... ... This is a beautifully written story, by a gifted author, about people living real lives.. People with both serious and wonderful experiences that happen to us and our neighbors... I cannot begin to describe this book or the powerful impact it had on me reading it... As an avid reader I can only say that this is a truly great book... Definitely one I will read again and again...
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BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
A great life lesson in the story, how you can overcome the most difficult situations in life, if you determined to do so. This story, while the blurb indicates is about Blake and Lin Su, is more of a summary and an update on all the previous characters in the series. Blake and Lin Su's relationship is really slow to develop, they go from dislike to interest to a first alone meeting by 70% of the story. Blake is truly the perfect hero. He is not only handsome, sexy and successful. He is also kind, patience, caring, generous, all around great guy. His development with the training is shown with a great detail, also his mental and emotional development is evident, how he leaves his past relationships, and wants to build something more solid, permanent, life-lasting. I loved his relationship with Charlie, Lin Su's son. It was genuine, mentoring, and real. Charlie was the absolute star of the story, such a charismatic and charming young man. Lin Su is not easy to like. She is stubborn, inflexible, and headstrong. To the point that she is willing to uproot her life, just to make a point. She has an extreme need for constant control, doesn't listen others well, and at times her stubborn streaks come off selfish. I wanted to shake her so many times. With lots of detailed updates with the people from the series, there was also detailed training information into triathlon and Ironman competition. I found it interesting, to the point, but I wish there would have been more about the relationship developing between Blake and Lin Su. They get surprisingly little time and focus in the book, considering there's also time for a great conflict in their shortly viewed romance. A conflict that came to such an abrupt ending, overcome by just a one hug. And since there was pages, if not chapters devoted for triathlon training, and so many detailed visits with the secondary characters, that didn't have anything to do with the main story line, I kind of expected more developed relationship as well. ~ Three Spoons
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to Thunder Point, a small town with a real big kick! Carr brings romance and the trials of living to life in a big way. Her descriptions invite readers to the Oregon coast. The interwoven stories that make up this novel allowed me to get even closer to characters we’ve previously met while falling in love with new ones. I loved the look at an Iron Man from the competitor’s side. Carr makes it approachable while still showing the intensity and stress of it. I love the way that Carr develops people. Their true selves really shine through. The different yet similarly hopeless pasts of the main characters that they rise above, in epically different manners, added a sense of convergence to the tale. Lin Su’s personality definitely made her stand out even more. Charlie’s increased presence in the tale was also a big hit with me. I loved seeing him come into his own. I found the complexity of Blake’s character so endearing. There was just so much more to him than meets the eye. I loved it. Carr has definitely created a winner with this one. This novel will definitely become a staple in my library, being read & re-read time and time again. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to all those who enjoy small town romance. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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christalvp More than 1 year ago
Blake Smiley, a professional triathlete, has decided to call Thunder Point home. His new neighbor Winnie Banks, has a daytime nurse who intrigues Blake. Lin Su Simmons has had a rough life, but has done very well for herself and her son by becoming a nurse, even though they still struggle financially. She's done everything herself and resents help that is offered that she sees as interference. Blake has to show her that he can be the man she and her son Charlie need. The Thunder Point Series has a hold on my heart, and I love each new book. While I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and loved Blake, this was probably my least favorite of the series to date. I found Lin Sue frustrating at times. I understood where some of her feelings came from, but she took so long to get past them! I loved the relationship that developed between Charlie and Blake. Charlie has been an intriguing character in the last few books, and I enjoy him! I felt that the ending on this one was a bit rushed. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in return for an honest review.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Lin Su and her son Charlie have been drawn into the Thunder Point crew, well ever since Lin Su took on the care of Winnie’s battle with ALS. Blake is a professional tri-athlete who moves next door to Winne. He and Charlie instantly hit it off, but Lin Su is extremely leery of Blake. When Blake’s actions puts Charlies asthma condition at risk, Lin Su flips her lid only to have a battle of wills develop between Blake and Lin Su. Charlie also decides to delve deep into his mother’s past which draws out scars that Lin Su doesn’t want to acknowledge. I am a huge Robyn Carr fan. I’ve read all her published books and that is saying something because there are a lot. That being said, Wildest Dreams is probably my least favorite of all her books so far. I mean I liked it but Lin Su completely rubbed me just WRONG! The saving grace was Charlie. I did really like Charlie and his plight to become more than what life hands him. I thought Blake did over step his bounds with how he interacted with Charlie against Lin Su’s will. But ultimately, I just couldn’t get past Lin Su’s personality. I would still recommend Wildest Dreams to any Robyn Carr fan, especially if you are a loyal follower of the Thunder Point series. But the normal Carr coming home connection to the characters that I always love was inhibited by the abrasive Lin Su. I received this ARC copy of Wildest Dreams from Harlequin - MIRA in exchange for a honest review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars I love Thunder Point series. There is one couple who fall in love but there is such a good cast of characters that you get to see and know again. There is fun, drama, romance and deals with real problems. We met Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son Charlie when she came to be Winnie's nurse. She hides her past and trials she is going through. But no one lets her do that. Charlie has a lot of health problems mainly asthma. He loves his computer and looks forward to going to school in Thunder Bay than his old school. He and Winnie really get along. Blake Smiley has bought the house next to Winnie's He runs Ironman races and trains really hard. He is also giving back too. He likes Charley right off the bat. Winnie suffers from LS. Winnie was a champion skater. She has moved to Thunder Point to reconnect with her daughter Grace. Grace and Troy live in the bottom of the house too. Also Grace's Olympic coach Mikhail has come to stay and be with Winnie in this time of her life. We see Grace, Iris & Payton have there babies. I will read more books by Robyn Carr in the future. I have read all of Thunder Point series & Virgin River series . I was given Wildest Dreams to read by Net Galley & Harlequin. In return I agreed to give a honest review of Wildest Dreams.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3 stars---WILDEST DREAMS is the ninth installment in Robyn Carr’s contemporary, adult Thunder Point romance series focusing on the people in and around Thunder Point. This is triathlete Blake Smiley, and single mother/home care nurse Lin Su Simmons’s storyline. WILDEST DREAMS can be read as a standalone; any important information from previous storylines is revealed where necessary. Told from third person point of view WILDEST DREAMS is an ensemble storyline that focuses on Lin Su Simmons and her relationship with the people of Thunder Point-and more specifically Winnie, Grace and Winnie’s new neighbor Blake Smiley. Lin Su is Winnie’s nurse; a health care worker who tends to Winnie’s needs as her symptoms of ALS begins to worsen. With the arrival of Winnie’s new neighbor-triathlete Blake Smiley-Lin Su’s son Charlie begins a complicated friendship with the newest resident of Thunder Point. As Charlie’s friendship with Blake deepens, Lin Su finds herself oddly attracted to the first man in her life in close to fourteen years. Lin Su is an over protective single mother whose only child has some issues with asthma and breathing difficulties. As Charlie begins to assert his independence as any fourteen year old wants to assert, Lin Su is reluctant to give up control of her son to anyone including Blake Smiley who assigns himself Charlie’s mentor and trainer. Lin Su, like many heroines, has a past clouded in betrayal and heartbreak, and with it comes the inability to trust or open her heart to new possibilities. Lin Su’s acerbic and vitriol attitude towards Blake was off putting and a big negative to my overall enjoyment of this storyline. The relationship, and thusly the storyline, was very, very slow to develop. Blake’s attraction to Lin Su is immediate but our heroine is less than receptive to Blake’s smile and charms. As a character, Blake felt more like a secondary or supporting character rather than the storyline hero as the majority of the focus was on Lin Su’s relationship with Charlie, Winnie and the people of Thunder Point. The limited love scene is mostly implied. WILDEST DREAMS is an ensemble storyline that also looks at several continuing stories from previous installments; there are three impending births, and Winnie’s health continues to deteriorate over time. If you are a fan of the Thunder Point series you will enjoy revisiting the cast of characters; if you are new to the series, there may be some confusion as to the ‘relationships’ and connections but Robyn reveals some of the background and history of these other characters. I did have some issues with this particular storyline. The ending felt a little rushed in comparison to the rest of the book; there was a big reveal and a promise for the future that basically leaves the reader hanging wondering what will happen next. The conflict between Lin Su, Blake and Charlie, once again, revealed a caustic side to the storyline heroine that was troublesome and problematic. The ‘physical descriptions’ of Blake and Lin Su were limited; the character development was interesting but I need a starting point from which to ‘imagine’ my storyline characters. I had a difficult time picturing Blake from the start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago