I can always depend on Carr to provide an excellent romantic escape with seamless story-telling, endearingly flawed...moreANOTHER SMALL TOWN KNOCKOUT ROMANCE
I can always depend on Carr to provide an excellent romantic escape with seamless story-telling, endearingly flawed characters, and a touch of suspense.
Much like her previous series, Virgin River, this book takes place in Thunder Point – another small town community with characters of various ages, occupations, in wide variety of challenging life circumstances. It’s never overwhelming, though, to read Carr’s stories because she only gives gentle hints to the minor romances forming in the background and the lead characters grow and change in their own starring romance.
True to form, Carr keeps away from soap-opera dramatics and unsuspecting suspense and focuses on community, friendships, and romance - but don’t write this book off if you love those things. Her easy-going way of sprinkling in mystery is superb and only adds to an amazingly heartwarming and occasionally steamy read.
Mid-forties Cooper (Coop)- a helicopter pilot for the Army- inherits beach land property and a run-down bait shop after his online friends death, taking him to Thunder Point, Oregon, on an unexpected task of deciding what to do with his newly inherited land and shop. He’s had a few women in his life, but they left because he was married to his job – and he was quite happy staying single until he met Sarah, walking her dog on the beach one day in a red slicker right after a thundershower. Cooper eventually finds himself pulled into the community as people surprise him by looking out for one another, including him, and he becomes a mentor to Sarah’s younger brother she’s basically raised since their parents death. Coop’s friend’s murder remains a mystery, until toward the end – it’s a community effort to pin the suspect, but love and justice wins in the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Wanderer and am looking forward to reading the remainder of the series. I don’t say this of many authors, but I highly recommend ANYTHING Carr writes. She’s just one of those rare jewels you know will always deliver an excellent, quality read.
I liked this book, but the hero wasn't one of my favorite characters. I guess since Bruce was a preacher I was expecting him to have more skeletons in...moreI liked this book, but the hero wasn't one of my favorite characters. I guess since Bruce was a preacher I was expecting him to have more skeletons in his closet to make the story more interesting. Instead, he was the standard gentleman who was straitlaced and had not much of a shady past all. The only thing that distinguished him as a hero was that he was protective, sexy, and he falls in love. The heroine was much more colorful. She was a former prostitute running from the past. She shows her strength and determination throughout the book. She is a woman to be admired for her courage and tenacity. This was a great story because what are the odds of a preacher and a prostitute falling in love? It is forbidden, so it makes the story even more appealing. I just wished the hero would have had some former "sins" of his own. Or maybe I just like reading about bad boys!(less)
I liked this book, but it was not especially original like the other books in this series. The hero, Conner was a rough-around-the edges character. Hi...moreI liked this book, but it was not especially original like the other books in this series. The hero, Conner was a rough-around-the edges character. His best traits were that he was honest and reliable. The heroine, Leslie was trying to start her life over in Virgin River. Her best traits was that she was also reliable, but had a sense of humor that helped her through life's rough patches. Although this was a good story, I had a hard time believing that BOTH of their ex-spouses were unfaithful and right off the bat they trusted one another. To Carr's credit, she did interject a scene where Conner thinks Leslie is sleeping with a married man and Conner and Leslie do discuss their trust issues, but other than that, it seems like they should have had more trust issues to deal with. This book was great, but didn't spark my interest like many of the others in this series. I won't be re-reading this one any time soon. (less)
Other than Catherine Anderson, I think I have found a new favorite author. Diana Palmer outdid herself when she wrote this book. The hero is amazing a...moreOther than Catherine Anderson, I think I have found a new favorite author. Diana Palmer outdid herself when she wrote this book. The hero is amazing and he kept my interest throughout the book as a former desperado turned lawman who is surprisingly unconventional for the time he lives in. He isn't exactly a charmer and he has a dangerous edge to him which makes him especially appealing. He is an Alpha male posing as a Beta male. I later find out that he not only has a heart of gold, but has much more substance and honor than his arrogant step brother Andrew. Noelle was barley a woman when she was attracted to Jared, the hero, 18 years her senior. At first the age difference freaked me out, but then I realized that this book was written in the time of 1902, when women married well established and mature men that were wealthy. Jared and Noelle were painfully honest with each other, which was refreshing. Their arguments were very entertaining and only added to the charm of the book. This book is one of my favorites. A cowboy/lawman Alpha male. What's not to like?! (less)
This book was just okay. Although it had a great story, I found myself skimming most of the book because alot of unnecessary story was told. Okay, I g...moreThis book was just okay. Although it had a great story, I found myself skimming most of the book because alot of unnecessary story was told. Okay, I get that Lucas was a former SEAL. But do you really have to bring it up constantly throughout the book? That was a little annoying. I found Madeline to be a likable heroine and admired her honesty with her feelings toward Lucas. I still think she should have made Lucas grovel a bit more than she did. The sad thing about this book was that it could've easily been a 4 star book if only Ross had focused less on Lucas' past of being a SEAL and more on the relationships. Especially the one between Pheobe and Ethan.(less)