Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Moonlight Road, Promise Canyon, Wild Man Creek, Harvest Moon, & Bring Me Home for Christmas by Robyn Carr

Goodreads Description for Moonlight Road:


So she's hitting the pause button on her life and holing up in a secluded (but totally upgraded --- she's not into roughing it!) cabin near Virgin River. Erin is planning on getting to know herself ... not the shaggy-haired mountain man she meets. 

In fact, beneath his faded fatigues and bushy beard, Aiden Riordan is a doctor, recharging for a summer after leaving the navy. He's intrigued by the pretty, slightly snooty refugee from the rat race --- her meditating and journaling are definitely keeping him at arm's length. He'd love to get closer ... if his scruffy exterior and crazy ex-wife don't hold him back. 

But maybe it's something in the water --- unlikely romances seem to take root in Virgin River ... helped along by some well-intentioned meddling, of course.

My Rating:

My Review:

You met Erin in her sisters book and for me I wanted to see her let loose and take care of herself instead of her siblings!  I was so happy to read this book and finally see her take control of her life and let her siblings take control of theirs!  I loved the chemistry between Erin and Aiden and I laughed out load a lot in this book!  I didn't expect some of the twists in the plot especially where Aiden was involved and the ending what both shocking and superb!  And as always you get a few updates about the Virgin River residents which are always nice to read! Highly Recommend!

Goodreads Description for Promise Canyon:

After years spent on ranches around Los Angeles, Clay Tahoma is delighted to be Virgin River's new veterinary assistant. The secluded community's wild beauty tugs at his Navajo roots, and he's been welcomed with open arms by everyone in town--everyone "except" Lilly Yazhi.
Lilly has encountered her share of strong, silent, "traditional" men within her own aboriginal community, and she's not interested in coming back for more. In her eyes, Clay's earthy, sexy appeal is just an act used to charm wealthy women like his ex-wife. She can't deny his gift for gentling horses, but she's not about to let him control her. There's just one small problem--"she" can't control her attraction to Clay.
But in Virgin River, faith in new beginnings and the power of love has doors opening everywhere....
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My Review:
I loved the new blood in Virgin River and the new romance!  Robyn Carr certainly knows how to keep a series going and kicking!  Clay had an interesting life and needed a chance when the local Virgin River Vet and his long time friend calls and asks if he knew of any Vet Techs who were looking for a job he jumped at the chance!  He never expected to meet a blue eye'd hopi goddess!  Lilly had to grow up at age 13 and it was a hard transition for her!  Due to her early advancement into adulthood she has issues trusting men, especially gorgeous Navajo men!  Clay and Lilly's romance is interesting to read and I really liked the Native American aspects to this book!  The ending was sweet and I can't wait to read more about the couple in subsequent books in the series!
Goodreads Description for Wild Man Creek:
Colin Riordan came to Virgin River to recuperate from a horrific helicopter crash, the scars of which he bears inside and out. His family is wonderfully supportive, but it's his art that truly soothes his troubled soul.
Stung personally and professionally by an ill-advised affair, PR guru Jillian Matlock has rented an old Victorian with a promising garden in Virgin River. She's looking forward to cultivating something other than a corporate brand.
Both are looking to simplify, not complicate, their lives, but when Jillian finds Colin at his easel in her yard, there's an instant connection. And in Virgin River, sometimes love is the simplest choice of all....

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My Review:
Colin's military career is ended to early due to a stupid commercial airplane not knowing where it was flying.  It flew into his Black Hawk during routine practice on base an Colin now has burn scars and rods and bolts in his body.  He then got addicted to prescription medication and was put into rehab. He goes to Virgin River to try and come to grips with his new life and paint, something he's been doing for a hobby since his teens.  He wasn't prepared for Jillian.  Jillian got blind sided by her boyfriend who was only dating her to get her job.  She has to take a 'leave of absence' from her career and goes to Virgin River to be alone and just try to figure out what has happened to her.  Hope died and Jillian finds out her old house is for sale and she decided to be impulsive, which isn't unusual for her, and buys it to start her own farm.  Colin and Jillian don't seem to have much in common but they have a hot an fantastic relationship.  Such a great page turner! One of my favorites in the series!
Goodreads Description for Harvest Moon:
Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock's sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she's retreated to her sister Jillian's house in Virgin River to rest and reevaluate. 
Puttering in Jill's garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly's starting to feel a little too unmotivated...until she meets Lief Holbrook. The handsome widower looks more like a lumberjack than a sophisticated screenwriter--a combination Kelly finds irresistible. But less appealing is Lief's rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. She's the reason they moved from L.A., but Courtney's finding plenty of trouble even in Virgin River. 
Kelly's never fallen for a guy with such serious baggage, but some things are worth fighting for. Besides, a bratty teenager can't be any worse than a histrionic chef...right?
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My Review:
Ever since Jillian and Kelly visited Virgin River I knew they'd both get their own books.  This book is Kelly's book.  She's an impressive chef who fell in love with the owner of the restaurant she works at and is a chef himself.  Problem is he's married.  She loved her fast face job until one day changed everything.  She goes to Virgin River to regroup and figure out what she wants in life.  She discovers a lot about herself and Lief.  Lief is a Widower with a teenage step daughter.  They have a lot of issues that are dealt with in this book and it's a pretty good view into the mind of a teenager who's had some traumatic things happen to her in her life.  Lief is an amazing man and dad and is very dedicated to Courtney, even though they aren't blood related.  Kelly and Lief's story is good but not one of my favorites. I felt there was a lot of things that weren't very important and just made the story lag.  I enjoyed reading it to see what happens to Kelly and Lief, who is introduced in a previous book. 
Goodreads Description for Bring Me Home for Christmas:
This year, Becca Timm knows the number one item on her Christmas wish list: getting over Denny Cutler. Three years ago Denny broke her heart before heading off to war. It’s time she got over her silly college relationship and moved on. 

So she takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Virgin River, the rugged little mountain town that Denny calls home, as an uninvited guest on her brother’s men-only hunting weekend. But when an accident turns her impromptu visit into an extended stay, Becca finds herself stranded in Virgin River. With Denny. In very close quarters. 

As the power of Christmas envelops the little town, Becca discovers that the boy she once loved has become a strong and confident man. An the most delicious Christmas present she can imagine.
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My Review:
This book is about Denny, who was in previous books, and his ex girlfriend Becca.  Denny had a very hard few years, his mother died of breast cancer, his mother tells him the dad he had wasn't his real dad, he breaks up with his true love to rejoin the marines.  After his tour he finds Becca but she says it's too late so he goes in search of his dad, who is Jack or so his mother says.  Becca is dating a great guy who is going places and has a rich family in Cape Cod.  She can't stop thinking about Denny so she tags along with her brother on a hunting trip Danny is hosting.  Danny and Becca seem like opposites but through the story you see why they love each other.  Becca hurts herself and is stuck in Virgin River after the hunting weekend and Danny steps up to take care of her.  It's a fairly predictable story line and happy ending.  It wasn't a favorite for me and I could have lived without reading it.  I don't know why but I never really got emotionally invested in Danny from the other books. Still a good read if you are like me and reading through the series.

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