The Newcomer by Robyn Carr
The Newcomer (Thunder Point)
Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can't get enough of one another.
And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They're wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure...but they are not going down without a fight.
The Newcomer is the second book in the Thunder Point series. I really enjoyed the first book, but this one was a bit more...almost too melodramatic for me. The way it was written was a bit much for me at times. Overall I still enjoyed it, I was just disappointed it was not as good as the first book.
The story starts off not with Mac and Gina, but with Cooper and Sarah. Really this book is as much about them as it is about Mac and Gina, and their kids. I actually liked that in this series. It is something I normally don't like. I normally like the story to just focus on one couple, but with this it just worked to have the story be about everyone. Sarah finds out pretty quick that she could be reassigned to the east coast. She doesn't share this with anyone, not wanting Cooper to have to give up her or his business, and not wanting Landon to worry about his senior year of high school. Throughout the book Sarah struggles with this decision, to go if it comes to that or to retire, and once she finally tells Cooper what is going on everything is so much better. They are really great together, and Cooper has some drama of his own to deal with.
Mac and Gina are super close, having gotten together in the last book. Mac's ex-wife shows up in town suddenly, so Mac does some sleuthing to find out why she is really there. The synopsis makes it seem like she stirs up lots of drama, and maybe disrupts Mac and Gina, but she really doesn't. She causes some, but Mac never wavers from his love for Gina.
The main storyline in this book? The one I didn't really like because it seemed too over the top? Ashley, Gina's daughter. She was dating Downy, who is away at college, only to suddenly have him break up with her when he finds another girl in college. The way everything is written about the breakup and how Ashley deals with it was just so...it was just too much for me. I could take that she takes this not well, and need help, needs counseling, but the way it is spoken about was just too much. Gina finds out that Downy broke up with Ashley while Ashley is on her way home from seeing him. It is then many paragraphs about how horrible this is, how her daughter is going to be so distraught, how this is the worst thing to ever happen we are all going to die. Well not that last bit, but it was so....I understand parents being upset when bad things happen to their children, but the way it was written was just like it is the end of the world! It is hard to find the right words to describe it. If it was just taken down a notch it would have been fine, but since it was a huge storyline in this book it made me not like it as much as I would have otherwise. It was just a bit over the top for me the way it was written. I would have liked to have had more story of the adults in this book.
Overall the synopsis is a bit misleading. It is really the story of Ashley, Gina's daughter. Yes, Mac and Gina are in there, as well as Cooper and Sarah, but Ashley really seems to take center stage. It was just an alright read, and a bit disappointing since I liked the first book so much. I will give book three a try to see if it gets better, which hopefully it does.