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Shelter Mountain (Virgin River #2)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  12,249 ratings  ·  672 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, Pre
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published May 1st 2007)
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 28, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Jess the Romanceaholic
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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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
I enjoyed seeing a new side to Preacher. His protective friendship with Paige was heartwarming; and his paternal relationship with Paige’s son, Chris, was very moving. I loved the pacing of their story and watching the gradual transition from friendship into something more.

Unlike Virgin River, this story caught my interest from the very beginning and I read it non-stop. Also unlike Virgin River, this story didn’t seem to focus just on the main protagonists. This story embodied a majority of side
Book #2 in the Virgin River series and this series MUST be read in order as the characters develop more as the series progresses.

I like this authors writing style because she doesn't just focus on the two main characters, there aren't any flashforwards, backwards...sideways (what a relief). There aren't any mystical powers, werewolves, vampires and sometimes I just get tired of reading about that, too. Her transitions between scenes are very well done, her characters seem like normal people jus
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
Michelle [Helen Geek]
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!
Brenda (b)
I love the characters in this series. Robyn Carr makes them come alive for me. Preacher was refreshing in that he wasn't a ladies man and I liked the touch of having him use the internet to search for info on all kinds of things.

Shelter Mountain is everything and more that I've come to expect from this author: tears, laughter, and lots of love.

Strong and silent Preacher has found his match in abused wife and mother, Paige who finds her way into his bar with her young son after she makes a wrong turn one wet and stormy night. Terror follows Paige to Virgin River in the form of Wes, her abusive husband. But Wes didn't count on Preacher standing in as not only her protector....but a whole lot more!

This is my favorite
A fantastical wish fulfillment book where all the men are perfect even when they have faults (the good ones, at least. The bad ones are monsters). They're strong, big men who protect their women from their abusers, cherish them, do good by them. Everything was just to so soft and dreamy. Yes, the book deals with some serious issues, but still, it felt soft.

The idea of the book was good, the ideas of Paige and Preacher as characters were good, but the book fell short for me. It was weak. Plus, ev
In Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr, the saga of the small mountain town of Virgin River continues. This time, we're into Preacher's life. Preacher, also a former marine, is a large man of few words. He is the cook in the bar that his marine buddy, Jack, owns. He makes these amazing meals and even though he doesn't have a lot to say, everyone loves him.

As he's closing up the bar one rainy night, a woman carrying a sleeping child comes into the bar. She's VERY lost (as is just about anyone who find
I really, really enjoyed the hero in this book. He's shy and not particularly clever, but he's kind and deliberate in his actions. He's quick to acknowledge when he's out of his depth, and part of the conflict between him and the heroine resolved around him being unsure of how to proceed. There were a lot of sweet moments.
If the book had just been about Preacher and Paige, I would have been happy. But it feels like they're side characters in their own book. The conflict - Paige is on the run fro

I’m really enjoying Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, and while this installment was as well-written as Virgin River, it wasn’t quite as subtle.

Some characters were blatantly introduced in preparation for the next book, rather than being seamlessly integrated in the current story, and other scenes that were so sudden and jarring that they were obviously included in set up for coming events.

That said, I otherwise love the feel and flow of Carr’s writing and the characters who come together in a t
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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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