I have been a fan, to some extent, of HDR since the beginning. It allows us as photographers to capture something that really isn't possible even with the modern sensors in our cameras. However, since Lightroom 4 came out and now LR5 I have found myself doing less and less HDR. Why? Because the power of these programs allows me to create an HDR without a third party program. Take a look a this video and you can see what I am talking about.
In the video I use a preset I created. If you get a chance take a look here: http://www.ephototraining.com/lightroom-presets/
They are available to purchase and will help you with your workflow among other things.