Carr’s second novel in her Thunder Point series shows off brilliantly her ear for dialogue and ability to seamlessly weave together multiple storylines (that are best enjoyed after reading the first book). While exploring difficult and important topics, Carr maintains the humor of the characters and situations, keeping the book well-balanced and real. It’s another hit series for Carr.
Single dad and deputy sheriff Mac McCain and Gina James have finally accepted they’re meant for each other. But merging two families isn’t easy, especially when Gina’s daughter’s heart is broken and Mac’s ex-wife shows up. Finding a new strength together, there are no more excuses for waiting to make the ultimate commitment. Meanwhile, Hank Cooper, the new owner of a beach shop, and Coast Guard pilot Sarah Dupre, who is raising her brother, wind up in a deepening relationship neither expect. Navigating these new waters is tricky when Hank finds out about a son he never knew he had and Sarah keeps mum about an upcoming transfer. Getting everything into the open finally lets them work on creating a new future together. (MIRA, Jul., 400 pp., $7.99)