Temptation Ridge

What I read: Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr

Why I picked it up: I’ve been slowly reserving the Virgin River books from the library and this one was next.

How I read it: On paper in two days after I finally started. I told myself I was going to start reading and then realized I had a bunch of ebooks with expiring loans, so I needed to read those first.

What it’s about: Shelby and Luke are the primary characters in this story. She’s moving to Virgin River for a few month’s break after her mother’s passing before med school, he’s there to finally fix up the property he bought with his brother seven years ago. They’re not what each other’s looking for, but it ends up it’s just what they need.

What I liked: I like visiting the town again. While each book has its own primary story, the real story is Virgin River. Everyone makes an appearance, and I like that kind of series!

What I disliked: Nothing.

Genre: Virgin River, small town, open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes, but I think only as part of the series. There’s so much backstory.

Second Chance Pass

What I read: Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr

Why I picked it up: I’m working my way through the Virgin River series!

How I read it: On paper over a couple of days.

What it’s about: So many things happen in this book, babies born, couples getting together, tragedies occur! It’s an entire series of events.

What I liked: I appreciated how many stories were told, and how many of these characters we’ve been introduced to before came up here again.

What I disliked: The incident with Nicki was so odd and randomly tragic. It didn’t need to be and then everyone else jumped to the worst conclusions of Paul.

Genre: Small town, open door, grief, Virgin River.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and yes, but I think you might need the others in the series for this one to make sense.

A Virgin River Christmas

What I read: A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr

Why I picked it up: Since I finished my other very long series, I decided to continue on my way with this one.

How I read it: On hardback.

What it’s about: Macie and Bobby knew they were meant for each other when they met at 14, then he came home from Iraq injured, and she cared for him for three years. Now, a year later, she’s still searching for the guy who saved his life, maybe he’s in the mountains near Virgin River.

What I liked: She helps him find his way back to himself, and while he’s struggling with a lot of trauma, the kind man he is remains.

What I disliked: I had a hard time with the timeline. In the book before this Vanessa has her baby, but then she shows up still pregnant in this book. It’s like this takes place simultaneously with book #3.

Genre: Small town, slightly open door romance.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and sure, and I think it could be a stand alone Christmas novel (maybe that’s why the timeline doesn’t really add up or count).

Whispering Rock

What I read: Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr

Why I picked it up: I decided to start the Virgin River series and number 3 came in on my holds list.

How I read it: On paper.

What it’s about: The main characters here are Mike and Brie, but updates from the entire gang are included. The main theme of the book is sexual assault, prosecuting it, and healing.

What I liked: I like how the book recalls every character at once. Some stories continue, others begin, it’s like going to visit with old friends.

What I disliked: This physical book was not my favorite, not big enough margins, and the library copy is a hard cover of a mass market paperback, just not a well put together copy.

Genre: Sexual assault, small town, open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and as part of the series.

Shelter Mountain

What I read: Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr

Why I picked it up: I started this series and when I got to the place for a pedicure it was the best one of the bunch I’d picked up from the library that morning.

How I read it: On paper.

What it’s about: One rainy night when he’s locking up, a woman with a bruise and a toddler walk in to the bar looking for shelter. The simple act of putting her up changes Preacher’s life and introduces him to real love. There are also a series of other storylines, the Virgin River series seems to be an ensemble cast and I’m here for it.

What I liked: I liked catching up on many different storylines. I’ve got the actors cast in the Netflix series in my mind, but the storylines in the books are a lot better.

What I disliked: I wish I had book #3 on hand to start immediately, but alas I’ve got a bunch of other holes in line ahead of it.

Genre: Small town, sexual assault, birth, grief, open door.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and this series just keeps getting better and better, but best to read number 1 before diving into number 2.

Virgin River

What I read: Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Why I picked it up: The ebook was 99 cents awhile ago so I downloaded it, but I’ve been putting off reading it because I liked the Netflix special so much.

How I read it: On kindle in two days, staying up too late tonight.

What it’s about: Mel decides to run to the country from her problems, but she finds more than she’s looking for when she meets Jack. He upends her world for the better.

What I liked: There are elements that you can see in the book and the series but the story in the book is way better. Also the entire plot of Charmaine and the twins doesn’t exist!! Thank goodness because it’s annoying!!

What I disliked: I wasn’t the biggest fan of Doc here, I hope he gets a bigger story later.

Genre: Small town, open door, romance, grief.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I think it’s worth it.