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Shelter Mountain (Virgin River #2)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  13,649 Ratings  ·  753 Reviews
For the second time in a year a woman arrives in the small town of Virgin River trying to escape the past.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Mira Books
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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
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
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
Oct 12, 2016 NMmomof4 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 39%

Well, I at least made it past my 30% mark!

On a positive note -- I really, really enjoyed this H. He was awkwardly sweet and protective, and don't get me started on his relationship with the h's son!! He was awesome.

I didn't get that much feel for the h (except pity for the situation she is in), to have an opinion one way or the other about her. I didn't expect her to jump into a relationship right away, but it is just moving way too slow for me. I felt like there was just too much goin
Beanbag Love
Jan 10, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
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.

ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jul 16, 2014 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it liked it
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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Dec 19, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 03, 2008 jenjn79 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Songbyrd *aka SB aka Byrd*
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

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
Jun 08, 2016 Carly Ellen Kramer rated it it was amazing
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
Penny Watson
Nov 18, 2009 Penny Watson rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2016 Canan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pam Nelson
5 Shelter Mountain Stars

John aka Preacher, former U.S. Marine turned owner/co-owner of a bar/restaurant keeps to himself. He does what he does and he is content with his life.

Paige, is on the run with her son from an abusive husband. She has tried to leave before but this time she was afraid he would kill her.

She literally couldn’t drive any longer and ends up in this small town bar/restaurant and this big man who looks scary only wants to help.

I think what I liked most about this book was tha
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
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.
Apr 16, 2014 Emmy rated it it was ok

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
Jul 09, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
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
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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.

RWA's Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 2016
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  • Temptation Ridge (Virgin River, #6)
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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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