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Shelter Mountain (Virgin River #2)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,371 Ratings  ·  741 Reviews
Welcome back to Virgin River with the books that started it all…

For the second time in a year, a woman arrives in the small town of Virgin River trying to escape her past

John "Preacher" Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of the wet October night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published May 1st 2007)
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I want to live in Virgin River!

Loved sweet, gentle Preacher! Paige and Christopher went through so much they deserved a strong, steady, loving man like him. Her ex-husband was a monster! So was her jerk of an older brother!

I was thrilled that Jack and Mel's story continued in this installment, and I got to be in on such a wondrous event with them!

Rick and Liz's story was sad and tragic. I didn't really get a read on Liz, not much of a personality here, but Rick was amazing. My heart just broke
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 28, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read w/Ian, Michelle and Sea
Losing friends in...


2.5 stars. Yes, I know. Everyone loves Virgin River. Yet again, I've found another train I won't be jumping on. *cue sadface*

I didn't read the first book, so my opinion of the series is only from book 2. Shelter Mountain was a buddy read that I couldn't pass up because of a dear friend and my curiosity to learn about this person's similarities to a character in the book.

And that was the best part of reading - getting to see this person's book alter-e
Oct 23, 2010 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate myself. I read this entire book in a few big gulps rather than working on the novel that is already late to New York. Go me.

Why? Well, for starters, I've gotten really attached to the whole damned town of Virgin River. I had to see what would happen to Mel and Jack and Preacher and Paige and their buddy Mike and poor Rick and Liz.

The book weaves together all of these couples and their story lines, and it's told from a myriad of perspectives. So while the story ostensibly focused on Preac
5+ stars – Contemporary Romance

This second book in the Virgin River series about a rustic small town with a population of roughly 600 people finds ex-marine John “Preacher” Middleton, a mountain of a man, providing shelter in more ways than one for an abused wife on the run with her three-year-old son.

When Paige seeks refuge from a storm in Virgin River’s local tavern while passing through town with her son Christopher, Preacher immediately recognizes that she’s a troubled woman in need, and she
Beanbag Love
Jan 10, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really going to review this one too much. It's good. The story is very engaging and hard to put down. I think this series would be better described as a 'serial'. It's like a soap opera. There's been a romance in each of the first two books, but so many other stories are being told that it's like watching an ongoing, multi-threaded show. Hence my likening it to a soap opera.

Not that I'm disappointed in that. I'm enjoying it very much. I had a very hard time not just going straight into
Duchess Nicole
Quick review...

Love how Preacher is such an unconventional man...big, shaved bald, ex marine who now is a cook in his buddy's bar, and perfectly fine with his life. Love even more how instantly protective he is of this woman and little boy.

This book danced the edge of brutal in the abuse department. There are no allusions...this punk comes after Paige with a vengeance, and right in the middle of Virgin River. Big no-no there! She's under the protection of not only Preacher, but the whole town.

⊱ Irena ⊰
Let's get something out of the way first: I liked this book. Whatever bothered me doesn't make this less well written.

There is a reason why I am not overly fond of women's fiction genre. It doesn't have to be a sole driving force behind the plot, but in 98% cases there is cheating involved (view spoiler). Fortunately, the first book didn't have that or I wouldn't have read this one. Let me be clear -
This is Part II of my Defence of the Romance Novel. Part I is here, and if you want to know why I feel compelled to do this, well, take a look here. And just for NGE because she means so much to me:

Here I want to talk about quality of writing. To do this, I'm going to have to compare two extracts.
Extract 1

A fierce and unseasonably cold September wind blew chilly rain against the windows. Preacher wiped down the bar, and while it was only seven-thirty, it was already dark. No one in Virgin Rive
May 03, 2008 jenjn79 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: Romance Series Lists group
Spent most of today reading this book since there wasn't anything else to do (except laundry), and because it hooked me in pretty quick. I love Preacher. Such a great character; the kind of guy I think a lot of women would be glad to have.

Picking up Shelter Mountain after reading Virgin River is kinda like going home and seeing old friends again. I loved that Carr didn't relegate Mel and Jack to the background in this book. They had actual POV scenes which I thought really enhanced the feel of t
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Dec 19, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robyn-carr
Wet from the rain and carrying her sleeping child, Paige Lassiter happens upon Jack's Bar and Restaurant seeking shelter. John "Preacher" Middleton was just about to close for the night when this battered and bruised young woman walked in, plainly in need of aid. Paige has had enough of her husband's abuse and with an unborn baby to protect, she's determined to finally escape. Preacher knows this woman is a flight risk, but he welcomes her to spend the night and does all he can to watch over her ...more
I had lots of mixed feelings when reading this book, so I thought I would break down my review by my opinions on the good and the bad.

The Good:
- Abuse is a hard topic to swallow when reading a novel, and this book was no exception to that. I always admire authors that step outside the happy-happy-joy-joy topics found in so many books in Romancelandia. I believe that Robyn Carr did a decent job with the heroine in this book facing demons in the form of an abusive ex-husband, though in some ways
Apr 17, 2010 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as well. This is an amazing series. I couldn't put this book down until I was finish.

Preacher was a great hero. Although not the alpha dominant kind, but the kind who are strong, shy and not very talkative, but when it comes to protect their ladies there isn't anything they would do. I loved him.
Paige was great and I loved how she got to get through her problem with John's support. They made a great couple and the baby boy was definitely a plus.

I'm very surprised of how much I
Jun 02, 2016 Litzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, virgin-river
bueno, he tenido sentimientos encpntrados con este libro. La historia de predicador y de Paige me ha encantado. Predicador es tan tierno...
La parte que menos me gusto es la hisyoria de Rick y Liz. No me gusta la pareja, puede que sea porque no .me gusta nada Liz.
La pareja Jack y Mel es omg... me encanta. es una pareja perfecta.
y el predicador es todo un padrazo!
por todo lo demas es un libro magnífico, ya tengo ganas de leer el libro de Mike y Brie.
2.5 to 3 Upon reread
I went back and reread this book because the first time I was going thru a book slump and thought maybe I was just being extra critical. Upon a reread I could give it another star or half star because I did like the man couple and the hero was so totally awesome. The problem for me is when a book series when it reminds me of a soap opera in that you have so many side stories and don't totally focus on the main couple. It makes the book longer of course but it can work against
Feb 17, 2011 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the first time a Beta male has actually stolen my heart! John ("Preacher") is as close to a real life perfect man as it gets! Big, huge, muscly, ex-military, who is quiet, devoted, doesn't care to sleep around, cooks, cleans, is somewhat shy but very affectionate and protective - sigh...... We get to watch him as he befriends, then falls in love with a young mother who is running away from a very abusive husband. The storyline isn't particularly original and most of the book is predictab
Carly Ellen Kramer
I waited and waited for this book on inter-library loan, and have already read most of the Virgin River series. This is my absolute favorite Virgin River book!
Jonel Boyko
Carr is one of those rare authors who can rip out your heart, and put it back together all the better for the events you’ve lived through in the lives of her loveable characters. She shows that hope exists in the darkest corners of our lives. This well written novel brings Virgin River to life in an excitingly suspenseful manner that had me on my toes while also completely engaging my emotions. The beautiful scenery combines with the exciting yet also low key lives of the characters to paint a q ...more
Jul 09, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd in the Virgin River series.
After reading the first book, I was excited to keep reading the series.

Preacher is Jack's partner in the bar--a big, burly, scary-looking guy that plans on being a bachelor for life. He really is a big teddy bear, but he knows he looks scary and people stay away from him for that reason. One night while getting ready to close up the bar, in walks a beautiful young woman holding a little boy. It is obvious a fist has recently been in contact with her face. Preache
Penny Watson
Nov 18, 2009 Penny Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gentle-giant
Quickie Review of Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr

Shelter Mountain is the second of the Virgin River Series and was recommended to me by some nice folks on the Amazon boards. Although I am not a big contemporary-lover, this book really sang for me. Carr has created some amazing characters. Preacher is a fantastic hero, right up my alley. From the very first chapter, I was totally hooked on him, and on the story itself. (He is a big, bald, sexy gentle giant of a man. Swooning!!!!) His touching, slo
What do you get when you have an abusive woman on the run + a cute little kid + a hero you can't help but love + a town full of interesting characters? You get this wonderful, moving story!

I won't bother to summarize the plot, because I think it's pretty easy to find. All I can say is I laughed out loud in parts and I sobbed in parts, and I can't wait to read the next story in this town.

Preacher is one of the best heroes I've read about all year, and I loved Paige, too. I was a little disappoin
The second in the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. I was curious about Preacher in the first book, Virgin River, and I think already a little in love with him. Paige is an abused wife and escaping her husband with her son. This story and the Virgin River series as a whole is not your typical romance. Sure, you have girl meets boy and so on but the series continues the lives of the characters met earlier and more characters are introduced. For such a small town, there sure are a lot of people. ...more
Amanda Sheila
I want to give this book 3 stars so bad, but I can't. I just can't.

The basic plot is pretty cliche, and I don't mind because I love cliche, but the writing is.. Oh my lord, it's killing me! I know, I admit that I haven't read book 1, but after reading Preacher's story for about.. 20%, I get it. I actually planned to purchase book 1. BUT! When the point of view of this book keeps getting more and more "crowded" without any marks separating them, I got really, really confused.

I'm dying to finish
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jan 25, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, nook-tbr
4 stars.

I just loved it. Enough said. On to #3. These are some wonderful stories that hit close to home and warm your heart. Nothing cheesy at all. Very good. You want to watch these people and pray all turns out well for them.

Happy Reading!
ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
3.5 stars.
I enjoyed this series but I docked it half a star for the cop out actions with Lizzie. The author took the easy route. And for some reason this book dragged towards the latter 1/4th.

Perhaps I made a mistake by reading this book without having read the first in the series. But the synopsis made it sound like the story was independent of the first one so I thought it would be okay. And to some extent it was. There were obvious references to things that had happened in the first book, but some were explained fully enough not to lose much. Some however, were not explained enough at all. The Rick & Liz story was given a good background. I had some holes when it came t
I have to say I was surprised by how much I loved this book. There were so many different story lines going on it would have been really easy to get lost. One thing that I really liked was how much the previous characters played a part in the story, which doesn't always happen, usually you only get a glimpse.

I absolutely loved Preacher and Paige. I was horrified by Paige's experience and have to say that for getting lost she ended up in the right place. Preacher's quiet manner and self deprecati
Jan 18, 2016 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read for August 2015:

I wrote this lovely long review and lost it, so I'm sorry here is the abbreviated version.

Shelter Mountain is a great book, has a great cast. Paige is running from an abusive marriage with a small child in tow and Preacher is just the man to protect her and her son. Preacher is bigger than life, shy, big hearted, gentle but someone you want in your corner in a fight.

Paige, is strong yet vulnerable. I know a contradiction, but it takes a great deal of courage to run with
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Dec) What a lovely story! I really enjoyed watching the dance between shy, somewhat awkward Preacher and Paige. I enjoyed even more once Preacher discovers what an awesome lover he is!! I was not expecting so much of Jack and Mel in this book, but I liked them in in their own book so I liked seeing more of them here. Not a fan of Rick and Liz, and while their story took a sad and painful turn (tears for sure), I think it worked out best for them. I assume we'll see more of them later in the ser ...more
Jul 01, 2008 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
What a wonderful series so far! It just made me feel good to read the first two books. Shelter Mountain, the second of the series, had so much to offer. It was emotional and heartfelt. I really love the way that the characters from the first book played such a large role in Shelter Mountain. The story was every bit as much about Jack and Mel Sheridan from the first book, Virgin River, as it was about Preacher and Paige, who were portrayed as the main characters in the book synopsis. The continua ...more
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A RITA award-winning author of 25 novels, Robyn Carr has found a whole new following with her stories about the independent women and former marines of Virgin River."

RT's Career Achievement Best Author Award winner (2010) for Contemporary Romance.
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“You know, you own a bar and you don't keep alcohol at home," she said, breathless. "I could have had a shot--it sometimes slows labor."

"We'll have some on hand for the next one."

"You keep talking like that's gonna happen," she said. "How ridiculous."

"I think my record speaks for itself. But Mel. I just want to make them, not deliver them."

"I hear ya, buddy".....

-Jack and Mel”
“He shook his head again. 'I just can't figure out why anyone in his right head would bother these Virgin River women.'

'Yeah. Makes no sense.' Jack said.”
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