Virgin River, #6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Recorded Books
Narrator: Thérèse Plummer
Date of Publication: January 20, 2010
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 13 hrs and 22 mins
In RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr’s Temptation Ridge, two lonely hearts are surprised by love while visiting the close-knit mountain community of Virgin River. Shelby, a sheltered and idealistic 25-year-old, doesn’t want to fall for a man like Luke. And 38-year-old Luke, a battle-hardened Blackhawk pilot, fears being hurt by a young lady like Shelby.
I am a blurb reader. I admit it freely. I am picky about the books that I read and especially for well established series, I will read blurbs from several of the books to see where it headed. If I am going to invest some significant time into a series, I want to be really sure that it will be worth the energy for the long haul. All this is to lead up to the fact that I am dreading the next book, Paradise Valley. So I was a major procrastinator for this book. Why? Because the next book deals with a young man in the series that I have come to adore and I am just not ready for the emotions that I am anticipating.
Of course, if I had known what was going to smack me in the heart at the beginning of this book, I would have probably still been waiting to read this one too. Looking back, the signs were there, but in the moment... I was saddened to the point of tears. Do you know how hard it is to work out at a gym when all you really want to do is cry? Yeah, this was definitely NOT something to be read in public, at least the first half of the book.
I don't know why I was so surprised though. The author hasn't pulled any punches before this; whether dealing with an assault, a miscarriage, a stillbirth, date rape... the list goes on. This is a series about real life and the experiences and choices that shape our own lives and those around us. Its part of the reason I really like this series. We don't just get the romance and a fade to black Happily Ever After. This series shows us the struggles and challenges of keeping that romance going in the day to day of real life.
Thérèse Plummer did another great job of really nailing all the different character voices. She makes them each distinct, changing not only the pitch of her voice, but the rhythm, cadence, tone and accent to make each one unique. Additionally, her emoting for the characters is right on target, neither under or over done.
I really enjoyed this book, except for the parts that made me cry, and even those were well done. I just didn't want what happened to happen. Understand? Clear as mud, right? HA, no spoilers from me! I will say that I wish the blurbs would give a little more about story besides the main romance portion. This book was about Shelby and Luke, yes, but there were also sub-plots dealing with two other couples, as well as some overall town issues. None of which is mentioned in that blurb (or the one for the actual paper book). I am going with 4 stars and some space to gird my heart for book 7.