[ [READ] Wild Man Creek ] AUTHOR Robyn Carr – cheapugg.us
Dd up to great romance Might as well shoot me because I m going to say it againthis is my favorite book in the series I really mean it this time LOL It might have taken Robyn Carr 12 "Books To Get Everything Just Right But She Succeeded In "to get everything ust right but she succeeded in so with Wild Man Creek This is my favorite because1 The heroine Jillian Matlock is NOT a bitch She gets totally screwed around by her boyfriend and is forced to take a leave of absence from her Home Remedies joba software manufacturing business that she helped build from the ground up Going from a 60 hour workweek to not working at all Jill hasn t a clue what she is going to do so she packs her bags closes up her townhouse andust starts driving Remembering a uaint place where she and her sister had stopped briefly the year before Jill heads to Virgin River She rents an old 3 story Victorian style mansion and needing something to take her mind off how badly she was betrayed she puts to use the teachings of her grandmother and starts tending the massive gardens2 The hero Colin Riordan is not the typical ex serviceman residing in VR He is not ready to settle down with a wife and have childrenhe is there only until his body has healed from a near fatal helicopter crash and his mind has healed from
The Dependency He Developed dependency he developed the pain killers Colin loves to fly and is determined to do so again Painting wildlife is his second lovea natural talent he has nurtured since childhood Setting up his easel paints on property he thought was uninhabited Colin realizes his error in Defender for Hire (Heroes for Hire, judgment when he encounters a most unhappy inhabitant3 The relationship between Colin and Jillian is not encumbered by any past secrets or future expectations When they become lovers it is with the complete understanding that the situation is temporary for they both have dreams that as yet are unfulfilled They are compatible in every way however and bring out the best in each other They laugh together cook together share endless stories and experiences have over the top mind blowing sex andwellthat last compatibility is pretty much the icing on the cake Before long Colin and Jill are living together still fully aware that their relationship will be ending when Colin leaves for So Africa at the end of the summerust living each day to the fullest4 There isn t a secondary relationship taking up space When we encounter other Virgin River dwellers it is either at Jack s bar or a Riordan family get together This way Carr gives us the best of both worldsour focus stays on the main couple yet at the same time we get to find out what everyone else has been up to And absolutely no one is left out Jack Mel Preacher Paige Mike Brie Paul Vanessa Luke Shelby Rick Liz Cam Abby Sean Franci Aiden Erin Ian Marcie Noah Ellie Clay Lilly Dan the ex pothead Art Walt Muriel George Mrs Riordan The only side story involves the young man Denny and his tentative relationship with Jack Unfortunately that did not turn out as I had hoped5 The ending is absolute perfection I have listened to the audio books for the entire series and I am keeping Wild Man Creek on my ipod ueue permanently ust so I can listen to the ending over and over again Possibly the best HEA everAlthough the series continues indefinitely I do think RC could have ended it right here Everyone I care about see 4 is in a good place in life and adding new characters will have the population of Virgin River bursting at the seams But I say all this before reading the next installment Harvest Moonthe book that who knows ust might be my favorite of the series This was not my favorite Maybe because I thought that the romance between the two leads Jillian Matlock and Colin Riordan was a foregone conclusion so reading about how Jillian was being so strong and whatever made me roll my eyes Or maybe I ust read too many of these books back to back and it put me in a mood Hard to know I love romance novels Absolutely adore them But I think I can pinpoint that right around this book or the next I started to see a slide in the series and I was pretty disappointed with the next couple of ones and then the last book in the seriesThere is honestly not much to say here except I thought the whole thing that brings Jillian to Virgin River was dancing towards absurd and her new chosen profession decides she will start to do an organic farm came out of nowhere and did not fit her at all Jillian is a Vice President for Corporate Communications for a software manufacturer and due to a workplace harassment issu. Orate brand Both are looking to simplify not complicate their lives but when Jillian finds Colin at his easel in her yard there's an instant connection And in Virgin River sometimes love is the simplest choice of all. ,
Unfortunately UnappealingJillian Matlock lived for her ob as Vice President for Corporate Communications for a software manufacturer So much so that she had no time or energy for a social life beyond the office That s why she was dating a coworker and subordinate even though it was against company policy She had in fact been dating him for months until she walked into the office one Monday morning and found out that her erstwhile boyfriend wasn t interested in her he had Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings just been setting her up for a sexual harassment suit that would get him loads of cash and herobForced out of the company she loved and helped build Jill takes off to lick her wounds and get her head on straight and ends up in the small town of Virgin River where memories of childhood and a determination to work her way through her issues takes her life in a
BRAND NEW DIRECTIONWRAPPED UP IN HIS OWN PROBLEMS AND new directionWrapped up in his own problems and slowly recovering from the helicopter crash that almost killed him Colin Riordan is in Virgin River to paint and get his body back into shape so he can get back up to the sky he so loves When he had set up his easel
and paints in the empty field he found his thoughts were focused on the natural paints in the empty field he found "his thoughts were focused on the natural not bears that would be newly out of hibernation Those "thoughts were focused on the natural not bears that would be newly out of hibernation Those uickly turned to bears though when the bushes started rustling Thankfully he d come prepared and he pulled out the gun he had loaded up for ust that contingencyInstead of a bear it was Jill pushing her way thorough dense undergrowth to stare up at him He almost shot her It s a good thing he restrained himself as her light laugh and indomitable spirit draw him to her like a moth to a flame Soon he can t stop thinking about her nor she him but their idyllic summer fling has an expiration date and when that date hits he ll be gone No matter how fond of her he grows or how much she comes to mean to himThis twelfth book in Robyn Carr s Virgin River series is my first experience with Carr s books and despite the wild popularity of the series I had some issues with this one in both style and content While the plot was okay conceptually the narrative had some problems There was a lot of repetition and readers are told again and again about things ranging from Jill s experience with gardening as a child to Colin s plans when he leaves to Jill s plans with the high end veggies and And when the narrative isn t bogged down with repetition it s overburdened by excessive exclamation None of the characters seemed to say or think things they say or think them as if everyone was either perpetually cheery or consistently emphatic Not only did that get old uickly for me as a reader but it stripped away much of the emotional range that rounds out characters making them seem rather two dimensional and superficial And exclamations were especially off putting in Colin s dialogue That s probably a personal preference though I like my big broody men to be big and broody and the exclamations ust seem too darn chippyBeyond that I had a lot of trouble liking either of the main characters Within pages I knew I was going to have trouble with Jill not for getting taken in by the erkwad boyfriend but for calling him again and again when she learns of his duplicity The lack of common sense and appalling disregard for dignity really bothered me I had higher hopes for a woman of obvious intelligence and competence Thankfully she improved but the improvements lead to other issues I ll mention laterThere was also little to recommend Colin as a romantic lead I found him arrogant self involved and abrasive when he dealt with his brother not that I liked Luke either for how he treated Colin and so very shallow in all other areas His constant assertions about getting back to flying didn t make him seem dedicated to me they made him seem oblivious and ungrateful for his many gifts And I m sorry but when he was thinking about his sexual past I actually shuddered when I read thisHe had never had a shortage of female company that s for sure One of his favorite things was to wash lipstick off his favorite organ in the morning after showerSeriously This is the character that is the romantic lead in this contemporary romance A guy who plans to leave and reiterates those plans again and again throughout the book and who not only thinks with his oystick but devotes favorite pastimes to it There ust wasn t much that could be done after that to redeem his character for me Not that much was tried And that leads me to another bo. Colin Riordan came to Virgin River to recuperate from a horrific helicopter crash the scars of which he bears inside and out His family is wonderfully supportive but it's his art that truly soothes his troubled soul. Ne of contentionThere was no growth in the characters and no conflict in the story to spur that growth either internal emotional conflict or external plot based conflict In fact beyond the issues that drove them to Virgin Creek to begin with absolutely everything goes exactly their way Jill decides to start gardening professionally and everything falls into place beautifully She s rich and a hard worker but come on the lack of any obstacles was boring And where was the angst over the past It seemed like once she got to Virgin River and dug around in the dirt a bit she was "completely unaffected by what had happened to herThen there s Colin He was "unaffected by what had happened to herThen there s Colin He was scarred physically and almost died in a helicopter crash was a drug addict for all of a month uhyeah and did time for buying on the streetbut he didn t have so much as a single moment of emotional trauma to get over before he got groiny with a woman who might be put off by the scars or his historyand didn t so much as a flinch before he flew again Really And he s such a good artist that the first art gallery he goes to agrees to sell his work and he makes over a thousand dollars right awayMaybe I m adedno wait I know I m Carrying the Greeks Heir jaded but stillthe absolute lack of conflict for the main characters made them and their relationship hard to believe and impossible to relate to The only significant conflict between them at all ended up being the inevitable parting at the end of the summer and that wasn t enough for me to hold my attention through the bookThere was one source of conflict in the book besides Colin leaving but as it turns out it didn t involve the main characters at all There was a subplot with a couple of secondary characters that added a bit of complexity to the plot but it also served to highlight a tendency for characters to overreact in sometimes sweeping overemotional ways that weren t very appealing Denny the young man involved became a completely different character than he d been portrayed to that point and Iust found it to be a bit too much to be believedWithout a doubt the second half of the book was better for me than the first There was still a lot of exclamation in the narrative and the story bounced along on the no personal struggle highway but there were some highlights that were nice I did come to like how Jill and Colin were together as their relationship progressed and I enjoyed Jill s relationship with her sister when she came to visit I appreciated the supportive nature that Jill had when talking to Colin about the future and thought that she handled it better than I would have in that situation While I never totally warmed up to Colin it was uite obvious that he was a better person with Jill in his life and that was also a nice thing to seeUnfortunately the few rays of sunshine didn
T DO ENOUGH TO WARM MY do enough to warm my to the book any higher than two stars Carr is obviously wildly successful as an author and with this series in particular You can t get to twelve books and not have amassed a loyal following For me though this book didn t have enough to keep me interested in the series and it had some things that turned me off the writing style entirely I was left with very little to no interest in anything else that occurs in and around Virgin River or to the characters created to be there Disclosure This book was provided to me free of charge through the com Vine program for the purpose of an honest review All thoughts comments and ratings are my ownFind this review and at One Good Book Deserves Another I really uite enjoyed this book I have to pick and choose Virgin River books carefully I don t read them all I m not going to lie sometimes her heroines fall way short are really uite bitchy They are either really
Lovely Or Really Not Lovely or really not lovely m also not going to lie I really really don t like Mel Why on earth would Jack the perfect guy fall for such a cow She had about two tiny little bits of dialogue in this book and she managed to say something bitchy both times After that little mini rant I really liked this heroine Jilly a lot The hero Colin was a pretty good guy too although was a bit slow on the uptake took the whole book to finally get there idiot But it is a sweet romance A another great addition to this series These characters have become family to me I love being part of each new romance as it develops visiting with series characters in each book Realistic plotlines low angst romance with a little sizzle lots of emotion awesome setting all Stung personally and professionally by an ill advised affair PR guru Jillian Matlock has rented an old Victorian with a promising garden in Virgin RiverShe's looking forward to cultivating something other than a corp.