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Shelter Mountain (Virgin River #2) by Robyn Carr

Shelter Mountain (Virgin River #2) by Robyn CarrShelter Mountain by Robyn Carr
Published by Mira Books on May 1, 2007
Genres: Romance
Pages: 399
Source: Borrowed: ebook

John “Preacher” Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of a wet October night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when he sees one—the woman is covered in bruises. He wants to protect them, and he wants to punish whoever did this to her, but he knows immediately that this inclination to protect is something much more. Paige Lassiter has stirred up emotions in this gentle giant of a man—emotions that he has never allowed himself to feel.

But when Paige’s ex-husband turns up in Virgin River, Preacher knows his own future hangs in the balance. And if there’s one thing in the marines’ motto of Semper Fidelis—always faithful—has taught him, it’s that some things are worth fighting for.

This ended up being one of my favorite reads for the Virgin River series. We have a nice long burn of a romance novel and though some of the secondary plots were too much (and there were a lot of them it felt like in this one) if you look at just the main couple (Preacher and Paige) then the book gets high marks. Unfortunately we get everyone, and I do mean everyone in this book and I think 3 or maybe 4 B plots so the whole book just kind of feels scattered in parts. And this also started my long slow dislike for Jack Sheridan (Virgin River #1). This was the beginning of his whole I am just going to tell people like it is and everyone else telling him to shut up (or really just his wife though Preacher does with fits).

Paige Lassiter is on the run with her 3 year old son Christopher. After suffering another beating at the hands of her husband she’s finally willing to run, hide, and change their names to get away from him. Getting lost she ends up stopping in Virgin River and meets the cook at the local bar, John “Preacher” Middleton. Of course Preacher looks scary, but inside he’s a shy guy who can tell that something has Paige scared and decides he will do what he can to keep her and her son safe.

The majority of the book is Paige and Christopher slowly opening up to Preacher. Though I do say that Christopher warms up to the gentle giant faster than Paige. And Paige rightfully has a ton of issues to work through in this book. I do applaud Carr for not rushing this romance. I would have been so upset if she had. Being in an abusive marriage for years has Paige rightfully leery of men, especially big ones like Preacher. However, these two quickly understand each other and she realizes that Preacher is going to do whatever he can to keep her and Christopher safe if she stays in Virgin River. I am surprised that Carr took on a topic like this one in a contemporary romance. I think most authors would steer clear of it since I don’t know if they could right a romance featuring that as one of the plots. Heck, I still remember to this day the romance book I read where the heroine after running from her abusive husband, gets stranded, gets picked up by the hero, and they are both off and having sex with each other an hour after meeting each other. I DNFed that book so hard I left marks on it.

I liked Paige a lot. We see her slowly grow and change once she realizes that she can start a new life in Virgin River. And we get to see Preacher becoming more vocal and not just Jack Sheridan’s shadow. Did I already say that Jack stuck his nose in and Preacher gave him a black eye for the trouble? Yeah he did. I was happy about that.

SPOILERS from Virgin River #1

We have secondary characters from the first book still brought up in this one. We get more about Rick Sudder and Liz Anderson and boy oh boy that whole storyline is just. Ugh. Reading about how she was a 14 year old girl on the make for a guy was off-putting as anything in the last book. In this one we have Liz pregnant and the two of them thinking they can raise the kid (on what mind you) together and Rick being angry that everyone was talking abortion and adoption. Once again I applaud Carr for actually having that brought up by the adults in this book because I think a lot of people would have steered clear of it.

We also get updates with Jack and Mel and they have their first child together. I did forget to mention in the last book that I hated the whole thing with Mel being infertile, but Jack and his super sperm somehow got past her infertility and she got pregnant. Once again, Jack was better than Mel’s dead husband. Poor dead husband.

We also get re-looks at Mike Valenzuela and Brie Sheridan.


There really felt like a cast of thousands in this book. And some parts of it read a bit too Lifetime for me, but all in all I did love it a lot. Probably because at one point I was hoping a tornado would touch down on Virgin River so I could see if Jack would somehow lasso the thing and tame it. Okay I am being a total jerk right now but I can’t help it.

The writing was once again very detailed. Virgin River comes alive though it feels like the only places anyone goes are the medical clinic, Jack and Mel’s cabin, the bar, and shopping for supplies.

The flow was a struggle in this one. I kept wanting to get back to Paige’s story. However, it was very realistic to show how long it takes most domestic violence cases to settle. If everything had been wrapped up in a week I would have been really irritated.

The ending was done better in this one with things wrapped up quite nicely I thought.


Virgin River (Virgin River #1) by Robyn Carr

Virgin River (Virgin River #1) by Robyn CarrVirgin River by Robyn Carr
Published by Mira Books on April 1st 2007
Genres: Romance
Pages: 430
Source: Borrowed: ebook

"Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included." When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.

But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans...and a former marine cements them into place.

Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.

So the thing is I read parts of this series a few years ago. I didn’t start right at the beginning though. In fact the first book I read in this series, was Paradise Valley (Virgin River #7). I was totally lost on who everyone was, but I liked the idea of a small town and having the same characters to read about, so I went and got book #8, then #9, and then read the whole way up until the last book, “My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River #18) and by then I was pretty much over most of the characters. I think it was because the books started to feel rushed and I was honestly tired of people getting way too involved in other people’s personal business. I always meant to go back and read the books I skipped over and I am really glad that I did.

The first book in the Virgin River series focuses on two people who will become well known to the series, Melinda (Mel) Monroe and Jack Sheridan.

Mel touched me from beginning to end in this book. Mel takes on a new job away from Los Angeles after she realizes that she is never going to get over her late husband’s murder if she stays in the same home doing the same job she has been for years. Relocating to Virgin River seems like a good place to start over. However, she quickly realizes this may not be the best idea ever after seeing how tiny the town is, and the home she is supposed to live in is a dump. Mel ends up catching the eye of local bartender/owner of Jack Sheridan who falls hard for Mel at first sight (instant-love sigh). Though Mel resists all attempts at a relationship with Jack, due to her still grieving the loss of her husband, we get to see how perfect the two of them could be for each other.

That said, Jack kind of got on my nerves which is one of the reasons for me that I gave this book 4 stars. Jack is jealous that Mel is just not getting over her dead husband. He loves her, so she should be in love with him and just move on. I am not kidding people. There’s a scene where he asks Mel’s sister to just tell him something terrible about Mel’s dead husband so he can feel better about things.

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I should have realized that I would feel this way since Jack ended up being my least favorite character by the time I got to the end of this series. He’s pushy and possessive and I was just all over him. Things don’t get better though for me though.


When Mel admits she realizes she feels more for Jack than she ever did for her dead husband. Why do authors do this??? If you are going to have a widowed character, you can definitely have them fall in love with someone else after their spouse is dead. I should have thrown this in as a trope I hate from the other day, but I hate this trope. Turning dead spouse into a terrible or less than great person after you hear how great they are in order to make readers get on board with the new romance. Stop it. Stop it now. People can understand how someone can have feelings for someone standing in front of them after their husband/wife are dead.


Jack is a former Marine and be prepared for most of the book to depict former Marines, police officers, Black hawk pilots, etc. I honestly thought it worked for this book, but I thought it was odd how much of the series has people in this series being shipped overseas like five seconds after they are out of basic training. That to me didn’t read very realistic since I have friends and family members in all branches of the military and I know how rare it is for people to just just go immediately to a war zone.  Jack is very much an alpha romance hero, so if that’s your thing have at it. I much preferred the heroes in books #2, and #3 because they were total opposites to Jack.

We get some limited background on secondary characters like John “Preacher” Middleton and Mike Valenzuela who will get their own standalone books in this series. Both are friends with Jack and all served together. The women (there are barely any in this besides Mel and her sister Joey) are bare bones for the most part.

The writing was very good. Carr does an excellent job of having you picture what the town of Virgin River looks like. She gives a really good background on other characters in this book too such as Preacher (he will be up in the next book) Mike, (book #3) and others. She was also quite descriptive in describing Mel having to go and deliver babies in this book too. Probably a bit too much for me at times. I maybe got a little bit squeamish.

The flow was good, I just thought at times things dragged and the book should have ended a bit earlier than it did. That’s because there’s another plot point that is thrown in and the book started to run too long for me. That is one thing about this series, there are usually two to three different B plots happening. Since this was the first in the series, you are getting a lot of people thrown your way and dealing with their issues. For example, a teen boy who looks up to Jack and Preacher, Rick Sudder (he is 16) gets involved with 14 year old Liz Anderson. I just could have done without that whole story-line. However, since I read about them in book #7, it was nice to see their beginning.

The ending was great, though definitely leaves things up in the air.

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