Virgin River (Virgin River #1) by Robyn Carr

Virgin River (Virgin River, #1)Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Title: Virgin River
Author: Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Purchase
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Sexual Meter: sex scenes, acts of sensuality

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Synopsis

“Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.”

When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.

But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans…and a former marine cements them into place.

Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.
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Review

I downloaded the first 4 books of the Virgin River series onto my Nook a long time ago.  I just hadn’t gotten around to reading them until just recently. Then I’ve been in a reading/reviewing dry spell.  So now here is my review, better late than never 🙂

Mel Monroe moves to Virgin River after the death of her husband to help out the aging town doctor.  When she get’s there she finds that the Doc wants nothing to do with her and is trying to force her out.  She also meets Jack Sheridan, bar owner, former Marine and overall good guy.  Just watching Jack and Mel fall in love is so much fun.  Add in all the secondary characters that make Virgin River what it is and you  are in for an endearing and sometimes comical read.

The drama that is added to this story and the authenticity of the midwife scene’s really made me enjoy this book even more.  I guess my only quirk with the book was that at some points I just felt that there was a little bit too much information being provided.  I also thought that in some of the scenes with Jack and Mel there was a tich to much “cheese” added.

Overall, Virgin River is a great start to this series and I’ve already continued on.  I’m on the 6th book in the series and I’ve only found 1 book in the 6 I’ve been through that I didn’t care for at all.  Please check out this series.  It’s way worth the investment 🙂

Rating: B

The Paper Shredder Files #1

I have decided that since I’ve read a couple of books lately that I just could not bring myself to finish I am going to do mini-reviews for them in what is now going to be called The Paper Shredder Files.  If you check out my review policy, Paper Shredder is a DNF for me.  But just because these books didn’t work out for me doesn’t mean that they might not work out for you.

EdenTitle: Eden
Author: Keary Taylor
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopia

My Thoughts:  If you check out the Goodreads page for Eden you’ll see  a lot of really favorable reviews for this book.  A lot of the reviews compare this book to The Hunger Games and books like the Uglies.  Some say that they were sucked in from the first page.  It just seems like everyone liked if not LOVED this book.  Then there is me…

The problem that I had with Eden is that I didn’t connect with ANY of the characters in the short little bit of the book that I did read.  I NEED to connect with at least 1 character to continue on reading. I did not find that in Eden.  I also found the pace of the portion of the book that I did read to be to slow for my liking.  I don’t need breakneck, I just need something a little faster than I got from Eden.

From the short little bit of the book that I did read, the most positive thing that I found was the beginning of the book.  It maybe absolutely morbid but I LOVED how the author started this book off.  I’m not going to tell you exactly what that is because that would be a spoiler and I don’t do that here 🙂

A Virgin River Christmas (Virgin River, #4)

Title: A Virgin River Christmas
Author: Robyn Carr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Virgin River #4

My Thoughts:  This is another book that a lot of readers seemed to enjoy a lot too.  Personally, I LOVED the first 3 books in the Virgin River series.  And to be honest this one had promise.

The heroine, Marcie, in this book started off really strong and didn’t take any guff off of the “hero, Ian.”  Then that  strong and “didn’t take any guff of the hero” attitude turned into needy and annoying.  Which turned into me losing interest in Marcie.  I NEVER connected with Ian at all.  I saw rough, gruff, mountain man and that is just not the image you want when your trying to connect with a character.

The upside to this book was that the same host of characters from the prior books are all in this book as well, at least from the bit of it that I read anyway.  I LOVE the people of Virgin River, I just didn’t understand this story at all though.