I’ve got to be honest. I love this longstanding series and it’s one of my favorites; but this installment was rather b...more3 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
I’ve got to be honest. I love this longstanding series and it’s one of my favorites; but this installment was rather bland and a little boring. Dylan acted somewhat immature and self-indulgent and the romance between him and Katie didn’t feel very genuine to me. It’s probably my least favorite of the series. I hope Sunrise Point gets things back on track.(less)
This is a great addition to the Virgin River series. I really enjoyed the romance between Conner and Leslie, and the i...more4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance
This is a great addition to the Virgin River series. I really enjoyed the romance between Conner and Leslie, and the inclusion of several key players, including Jack, Brie, Mike, Paul, Preacher, and Dan, as well as some new characters, showcased some of the strengths that have made this such a great, longstanding series. I’m looking forward to Katie’s story next in Redwood Bend, and I have high hopes for Nora finding her HEA in Sunrise Point.(less)
Carr’s Virgin River is one of my favorite contemporary romance series that never fails to deliver intensely emotional, d...more4 stars – Contemporary Romance
Carr’s Virgin River is one of my favorite contemporary romance series that never fails to deliver intensely emotional, deeply heartfelt, achingly romantic stories. Promise Canyon didn’t quite meet my high expectations and is my least favorite book in the series, but I still enjoyed it. Even though it’s not the finest Virgin River installment, there is no denying that Robyn Carr’s writing is among the very best in the genre.
Clay Tahoma is looking for a fresh start away from his ex-wife and her elitist family’s horse farm in Los Angeles. When his friend Nate needs a veterinary assistant for his practice and horse ranch in a small community in Northern California, it seems the perfect opportunity for a much needed change of pace. It also brings Clay closer to his sister’s family and son living in a nearby town, allows him to use his skills as a “horse whisperer”, and the remoteness, serene beauty, and quaint charm of Virgin River appeal to Clay’s Navajo roots. After being burned by love twice in the past, he never expected to find a woman that would tempt him to take a chance again on a romantic relationship, but Lilly Yazhi, the local feed store owner’s daughter and delivery driver does just that.
Lilly is a fiercely independent, modern woman who often finds herself at odds with her family’s native Hopi roots and traditions. After being deeply hurt in the past, she’s become guarded and has vowed to never let an alpha, Native American man capture her heart again. She feels an immediate, intense attraction to Clay, but she refuses to act on it. If only he wasn’t so darn sexy and tempting with such strong muscles, beautiful bronze skin, and exotic, long, silky hair! How can any woman resist that? When Lilly begins to realize that Clay is thoughtful, respectful, a devoted, caring father, and different from other men she’s known and that they share a love for and unusual gift with horses, it becomes even harder to deny her growing attraction and feelings. Can Clay convince Lilly to open her heart and take a chance on love? And will the reappearance of Clay’s manipulative, emotionally needy ex-wife shatter Lilly’s tentative trust in their relationship?
Clay and Lilly are wonderful characters, and I really liked them together. There just wasn’t quite enough romantic development or emphasis on their relationship. It seemed like things progressed rather erratically and rapidly from mutual attraction and her being resistant to dating Clay (or any man for that matter) to them being involved romantically. But I think their relationship is believable, considering it resulted from strong physical attraction, explosive sexual chemistry, and the friendship and connection they forged while working together to heal a couple of wounded horses. I just wish there had been a bit more of it because their moments together were passionate, beautiful, and tender.
The overall story was somewhat disjointed at times and the deep sense of community that was so prevalent and powerful in previous installments felt a bit lacking, but there were a few side storylines to keep the association with the town happenings in Virgin River. The death of an important local resident and a mysterious newcomer make an impact on bar owner and town leader Jack Sheridan (my favorite Virgin River hero), and a tragic accident involving one of the Riordan brothers provides the background for the next book, Wild Man Creek, which I’m really looking forward to because I love the sexy Riordan men!
Although Promise Canyon isn’t my favorite Virgin River installment, it’s still a great read in a wonderful series that exemplifies the charm and strong sense of community in small town life, and the romance between Clay and Lilly is sweet, touching, and oh so satisfying. It’s worthy of solid 4 stars!
This was an ARC, received courtesy of NetGalley.com.
They've been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, teetering on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more tha...moreThey've been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, teetering on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.
Cassie has sworn off romance after yet another bad date. Yet deep down, she's still looking for Mr. Forever. A long-haired biker doesn't figure into her plans, so where's the harm in touring the back roads of Sonoma on a Harley with Walt Arneson?
Julie, married too young to her high school sweetheart who can get her pregnant with a glance, wonders how her life became all about leaky faucets and checkbook balances. Maybe love isn't enough to sustain the hottest couple in town.
Marty's firefighter husband has forgotten all about romance, and an old flame begins to look mighty tempting.
Beth, a busy doctor trapped in a body that's betrayed her yet again, is becoming a difficult patient and a secretive friend.
Life can change in an instant...or a summer. And having old friends to lean on can only up the chances of happily ever after.(less)
This is another sweet, dramatic, moving, emotional, and romantic addition to Carr’s superb Virgin River saga, which rema...more5 stars – Contemporary Romance
This is another sweet, dramatic, moving, emotional, and romantic addition to Carr’s superb Virgin River saga, which remains one of my top favorite series.
Aiden Riordan is such a husband worthy hero, and although his relationship with Erin Foley developed rather quickly, the connection between them felt genuine and their moments together were innocently tender, touching, and passionate. The way Aiden was so determined to please Erin...Ahhh and Yowza!
Like in previous installments, we also got updates on other Virgin River couples and residents, including Marcie and Ian Buchanan from A Virgin River Christmas, Maureen and George, Luke and Shelby Riordan, gentle Art, and the foundation couple of the community (and series), Mel and Jack, who encounter some marital discourse related to a disagreement over expanding their family. Jack is one of my all-time favorite contemporary romantic heroes, and Mel irritated me so much in this that I wanted to throttle her at times! Jack of course was understanding, patient, and loving as always, and thankfully Mel eventually, reluctantly came to her senses.
I just can’t say enough...I loved it! And of course, the ending made me cry, which is my pretty standard reaction to all the wonderful characters, heartfelt emotion, and devoted relationships in this ‘Soap Opera-ish’ saga.
The Virgin River series continues to amaze me, and I just hope there are more books in store. After all, there are still two more Riordan brothers, Colin and Patrick, who deserve their own stories. Not to sound too much like Field of Dreams “If you build it, he will come”, but Ms. Carr, if you write ‘em, fans like me will gladly keep reading them! Big 5 stars! (less)