Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Origins: From Publicist for Review
Synopsis: Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he's never had. In the quiet coastal town he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes.
Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks' house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie's health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn't want to answer.
When Charlie enlists Blake's help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.
Review: WILDEST DREAMS is the ninth book in the Thunder Point series and while the main protagonists were supposed to Lin Su Simmons and Blake Smiley, Lin Su’s son Charlie stole the story. It is easy to tell the author did a lot of research into ALS, home health care, and triathlons in order to write WILDEST DREAMS. While I enjoyed all the details which gave depth to the characters, the plot and relationship development was slow-going. I do like how the author intertwines a lot the characters we’ve already met in the Thunder Point series into each subsequent book. Charlie is an extremely smart kid who is mindful of his limitations, but is ready to come into his own. I loved how much he matured throughout the story. I liked Blake and Lin Su both and their relationship was more realistic. While WILDEST DREAMS isn’t necessarily my favorite Thunder Point novel; it is definitely a solid addition.