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Welcome back to Virgin
River
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While the
Riordan brothers have a reputation for being rough-and-tumble, Patrick
has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. But his easygoing manner
is tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot, and for the Riordan
men, when the going gets tough…the tough find the love of a good
woman.

Angie LeCroix wants to spend Christmas in Virgin River
relaxing, away from her well-intentioned but hovering mother. Yet
instead of freedom, she gets her uncle, Jack Sheridan. If he had his
way, she’d never go out at all. And certainly not with Patrick
Riordan. But Angie has her own idea of the kind of Christmas she
wants—and the kind of man.

Patrick and Angie thought they
wanted to be left alone this Christmas—until they met each other.
Now they want to be left alone together. But the Sheridan and
Riordan families have different plans for Patrick and Angie—and
for Christmas, Virgin River style!

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Reviews for My Kind of Christmas (A Virgin River Novel):

5

Oct 28, 2012

Three years and 20 books later I'm still loving Jack Sheridan and the rest of the Virgin River gang as much as I did when the series first started. Kudos to Robyn Carr for her amazing imagination and to the awesome narrator Therese Plummer for bringing the citizens of VR to life!

Road to Virgin River



Jack's Bar



Luke & Shelby's house



Jack & Mel's house



Colin & Jillian's house



Noah & Elly's church



Virgin River's Tree




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Aug 11, 2012


Against her parents' wishes twenty-three year-old Angela LaCroix delays her return to her medical studies and travels to Virgin River to spend time with her family there. After nearly dying in a car accident and sustaining severe injuries, Angie wants time out to reevaluate her life.

Patrick (Paddy) Riordan is a Navy pilot. After his best friend and wingman is killed in a mission over Afghanistan, he's been given leave to deal with the stress and assess his career.

It was really lovely to go back
Against her parents' wishes twenty-three year-old Angela LaCroix delays her return to her medical studies and travels to Virgin River to spend time with her family there. After nearly dying in a car accident and sustaining severe injuries, Angie wants time out to reevaluate her life.

Patrick (Paddy) Riordan is a Navy pilot. After his best friend and wingman is killed in a mission over Afghanistan, he's been given leave to deal with the stress and assess his career.

It was really lovely to go back to Virgin River for a while and catch up with everyone. I'd forgotten how much I love these stories. Because I haven't read the past few titles there were some people that I didn't recognise, but that was no real problem. Jack and Mel, Preacher and Paige, Mike and Brie (and others) make appearances, some just briefly. Jack is Angie's uncle and plays a bigger role.

Paddy is the youngest of the five Riordan brothers and the last to get his HEA. He's always been the most stable and settled. But with the death of his friend and his friend's widow to look after, and being dumped by his girlfriend, Paddy is in desperate need of some R&R. Angie may be a bright but she's socially awkward, always striving academically. But her warmth, strength and love of life quickly draws Paddy in. Theirs is a sweet and gradual falling-in-love and written believably.

These Virgin River contemporary romances are comfortable reads. This one's no different and I don't think it offers up anything new. Maybe the town of Virgin River is a little too rosy and both Angie and Paddy just too good, and the stories just a little too predictable. But this was still a really sweet read. Bottom line, I enjoyed it a lot.

Steam: 2.5


ARC courtesy of Harlequin (Mira) via NetGalley


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5

Oct 21, 2012

Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

4 1/2 Stars! Feel good, comforting...loved spending time in Virgin River!! This is definitely MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS!!

This is book is everything that is good about the Virgin River series. It has just the right balance of drama, romance and in the end; you feel a sense of comfort and satisfaction.

Two charming characters are featured in this 20th book of the series, yes 20th and still going strong. Angela is Jacks niece and has come to Virgin River to Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

4 1/2 Stars! Feel good, comforting...loved spending time in Virgin River!! This is definitely MY KIND OF CHRISTMAS!!

This is book is everything that is good about the Virgin River series. It has just the right balance of drama, romance and in the end; you feel a sense of comfort and satisfaction.

Two charming characters are featured in this 20th book of the series, yes 20th and still going strong. Angela is Jack’s niece and has come to Virgin River to re-think what she wants to do with her life after recovering from a devastating car accident. She’s sassy, spirited, bold and very determined…a real breath of fresh air. She spots Patrick as he’s watching her, while the residents are raising the annual Christmas tree in the town center. They make eye contact, and you know the saying “you had me at hello”, well …it applies here. They dive head first into a relationship full well knowing that it will come to an end when Patrick heads back to his life in the Navy, and embarks on promises made to his fallen comrade and best friend. Neither has any expectations, but never anticipated to have so much in common and to feel the sparks of love. While they have different reasons for coming to Virgin River, finding that special someone was not in the plan. Angie wants to experience more because of a near brush with death and contemplates her life, while Patrick is having trouble moving forward because of a death he’s witnessed and deems himself responsible for. He’s hell-bent on keeping promises made, even though he’s misconstrued the meaning of them. Through it all they are supportive of one another, enjoy their time spent, are totally taken by each other, but know that letting go was part of the deal…or is it?

In true Virgin River style, there is a hardship story that involves a family that was initially presented in previous books. Angie takes them under her wing and it becomes her mission to find the funds for young Megan’s much needed surgery. What I loved most about this book is that we got to visit with so many of our favorite characters, which adds to the sense of familiarity and made for many humorous moments throughout the book. We get to go back to Jack’s bar, a setting that I always enjoy. I can almost taste Preacher’s home cooking, feel the warmth of the fire, the hum of chatter, the laughter, all while enjoying an ice cold beer. I am among friends and it feels good. The ending was sugary sweet, sappy, romantic and just PERFECT!! Oh…and as usual Jack was right and always has the last word…go figure!

Overall this was a truly enjoyable read that brings home the meaning of family, and the understanding that sometimes tragic events have a way of showing us the true meaning of life and what is really important. Grab onto happiness and love when you find it, because our time on this earth is so short.


*ARC courtesy or HarlequinMira via NetGalley*

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5

Aug 13, 2012

Oh my my my...one of the best books of the series! I loved it! Love those Riordan men...and Patrick ("Paddy" to his friends)...YUM!)
And combining the Riordans with the Sheridans? Brilliant idea!
Can't say much more yet...full review coming closer to release date. This book really touched me...towards the end I was tearing up.

Here's my idea of how Navy pilot 'Paddy' Riordan looks...



And 'Uncle" Jack Sheridan (can't believe he's 48!)...
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Jan 18, 2017

Aahh, what a pleasant surprise this turned out to be, especially since I had just read another Christmas story by the same author and wasn't as thrilled with it. This time around, the writing flowed, the story was intriguing, and everything just sucked me in. I connected with the characters and couldn't wait to find out how it would be all wrapped up neatly at the end. Haven't had a five star read in a while, so this was a breath of fresh air. Reminded me why I enjoyed the other books in the Aahh, what a pleasant surprise this turned out to be, especially since I had just read another Christmas story by the same author and wasn't as thrilled with it. This time around, the writing flowed, the story was intriguing, and everything just sucked me in. I connected with the characters and couldn't wait to find out how it would be all wrapped up neatly at the end. Haven't had a five star read in a while, so this was a breath of fresh air. Reminded me why I enjoyed the other books in the Virgin River series so much. ...more
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Aug 12, 2012

Congratulations Ms. Carr! This is the twentieth installment and I, along with thousands of others, still love visiting the small town of Virgin River, surrounded by all its majestic beauty and the camaraderie of its citizens. Youve created a magical place that has me longing to be there and sit a spell in Jack Sheridans bar while indulging in one of Preachers home cooked meals. I also like catching up on all the news and happenings of all those Ive come to know and love. After each visit I come Congratulations Ms. Carr! This is the twentieth installment and I, along with thousands of others, still love visiting the small town of Virgin River, surrounded by all its majestic beauty and the camaraderie of its citizens. You’ve created a magical place that has me longing to be there and sit a spell in Jack Sheridan’s bar while indulging in one of Preacher’s home cooked meals. I also like catching up on all the news and happenings of all those I’ve come to know and love. After each visit I come away happy, feeling refreshed and looking forward to my next stay.

Virgin River has grown since its beginning and the inclusion of the Riordan brothers have been some of my favorite reads. My Kind of Christmas includes the youngest Riordan brother, Patrick along with Jack’s niece, Angie LeCroix. Both have come to Virgin River seeking solitude. They each have major decisions to make concerning their future. And while different in content, their past includes pain. Another common denominator is their limited time. After a few short weeks, they’ll be off again, jumping into their future with both feet running.

But there’s a crimp in this visit and that is the burning hot chemistry between these two and it’s not to be denied. Soon, all thoughts of solitude are forgotten as they share their time together. As the days fly by, time for Patrick and Angie is running out. They each knew leaving was their future. What they didn’t expect was the depth of new feelings and how hard it would be to say goodbye.

This is another great installment in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and one that I enjoyed! Who can resist a sexy, hot Riordan and Angie is a heroine that I like and admire. Real life issues are faced with courage and fortitude. There’s heartache and grief along with uplifting hope and renewal. With all that is given the author still manages to make this a fun and at times a laugh out loud read. She includes family moments that are so real to life they feel like my own. Above all, it’s a tender, touching love story with a charming HEA, all woven around family, friends and the Christmas Holidays.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting Virgin River, I would still recommend this holiday romance. It’s one of the best I’ve read and though you won't have the background of the secondary characters, you’ll not be lost. For all those who love this small town series, you’ll not want to miss this one!


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Oct 03, 2012

4.5 stars

Wow, I forgot just how much I enjoyed these books. It's been a while since I read the last one, but when I noticed this one on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it. And I wasn't disappointed.
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This story is about Angie (Jack's (Virgin River) and Brie's niece) and Patrick Riordan (brother to all those other Riordans running around :D ). Now I have to admit that it took me a while to remember all the relationships between the characters, to put them all in a neatly 4.5 stars

Wow, I forgot just how much I enjoyed these books. It's been a while since I read the last one, but when I noticed this one on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it. And I wasn't disappointed.
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This story is about Angie (Jack's (Virgin River) and Brie's niece) and Patrick Riordan (brother to all those other Riordans running around :D ). Now I have to admit that it took me a while to remember all the relationships between the characters, to put them all in a neatly titled boxes in my mind, but it was worth it. Coming back to Virgin River, is a true delight.

So, we have Angie. She has been in a bad car accident, and is suffering from PTSD. She is also not sure what she wants to do with her life. She was always so focused on studying, never really had time to form deep friendships or relationships. But now, when she's aware just how short life can be, she needs to reexamine her future. True, she does want to be a doctor, but not at the price of her private life.
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And then there's Paddy. After his best friend was killed, he's been drifting. He promise to take care of his friend's widow and son, but other than that, he doesn't know what to do. Does he stay in the Navy or do something else? No idea, but what he doesn't need - a beautiful woman 10 years his junior, a woman he could so easily come to love.
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I love their story. True, Patrick did have his moments, mainly clinging to his promises as a way to protect himself. Angie did irk me a little at times. Even so, I loved them. And the falling in love part - astounding. They love each other because of their imperfections, not in spite of them.
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Christmas tree (not the one from the story, but it's as pretty as I imagine the one in the story is)
And all the denizens of Virgin River are as amazing as I remember. :D And their Christmas tree sounds great.

Can't wait for the next installment.

P.S. Couldn't resist posting the pretty Christmas pictures. :D

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Nov 18, 2012

Meh. This story never really took off for me.

Naval aviator Patrick Riordan is on a six week leave after suffering the loss of his best friend during a mission of which Patrick (Paddy) was the leader. He's going through PTSD and grief and he has an unhealthy obsession with taking care of his best friend's widow and young son. I get it, he's going through a horrible time and his actions aren't necessarily logical. But then he needs to go through it. His phone conversations with the aforementioned Meh. This story never really took off for me.

Naval aviator Patrick Riordan is on a six week leave after suffering the loss of his best friend during a mission of which Patrick (Paddy) was the leader. He's going through PTSD and grief and he has an unhealthy obsession with taking care of his best friend's widow and young son. I get it, he's going through a horrible time and his actions aren't necessarily logical. But then he needs to go through it. His phone conversations with the aforementioned widow are redundant. Again and again they say pretty much the same things to each other in a vaguely different way. Nothing pushes him to the next stage of his transition. We just go along the same track for the entire book.

Erstwhile med school student Angie LaCroix (Jack Sheridan's niece) is in town seeking recovery as well. She suffered traumatic injuries in a serious car accident and now she's rethinking her original life's plan. Just like Paddy.

They fit well together, I liked that they got along right away. I liked Angie quite a bit, particularly when she was purposefully getting under her uncle's skin.

But Paddy's story sucks the life out of it. It was unemotional and just laid there until the very end. When he was with Angie, it was great. When he was in any other scene he was annoying and watered down. Which was disappointing because he was a very promising leading man at the start.

My favorite Virgin River book is Virgin River Christmas. I love a good holiday story and that one has all the appropriate angst and provides a powerful emotional arc for the hero as well as for the heroine. This one has similar traits, but doesn't come close to measuring up. ...more
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Sep 09, 2017

5 My Kind of Christmas Stars

I am sad to see this series END!!! *Cries*

But what a way to go!! This book was like all the book rolled into one. I epic romance, old friends and new ones. I loved it so much and its around Christmas, my favorite time of year. :)

I loved that we get to see Jack be so protective of his niece and that she finds love in Virgin River its kind of like full circle.

Patty is a Riordan!! I mean hello all the Riordans in this series are HELLA hot soooo of course Patty is the 5 My Kind of Christmas Stars

I am sad to see this series END!!! *Cries*

But what a way to go!! This book was like all the book rolled into one. I epic romance, old friends and new ones. I loved it so much and its around Christmas, my favorite time of year. :)

I loved that we get to see Jack be so protective of his niece and that she finds love in Virgin River it’s kind of like full circle.

Patty is a Riordan!! I mean hello all the Riordan’s in this series are HELLA hot soooo of course Patty is the same.

I am in awe of this series and I hope other choose to read them because they are hella awesome and the narration a huge favorite of mine!

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*
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Dec 13, 2014

3 ½ to 4 stars

These books are the perfect "getting into the holiday spirit" type of read. They have a quaint, almost Hallmark-movie type feel to them that leaves me feeling uplifted. That said, I don't think I'd have the patience to read them, as they're not as couple centered as I prefer in my romances. However, I've loved listening to them as I go about my day.
5

Dec 25, 2016

so but so lovely! when you feel like you are into the story.... it is like revisiting family and friends.

the story of Paddy and Angie is so heartwarming, so real, that you find yourself wanting that these two stay together at the end, with all the big package they carring.
Time for healing and time to find a love for life.
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Oct 13, 2012

After his best friend is killed in combat, Patrick takes medical leave from Navy. He heads to Virgin River to get himself together and plan his next move. Angie is in Virgin River after a catastrophic car accident which left her questioning her life direction.

Both will be in Virgin River for the month leading up to Christmas. In the few weeks they are together they fall in love and come to rely on each other. But their time is short, Patrick has committed himself to looking after his friend's After his best friend is killed in combat, Patrick takes medical leave from Navy. He heads to Virgin River to get himself together and plan his next move. Angie is in Virgin River after a catastrophic car accident which left her questioning her life direction.

Both will be in Virgin River for the month leading up to Christmas. In the few weeks they are together they fall in love and come to rely on each other. But their time is short, Patrick has committed himself to looking after his friend's widow, and he needs to get back to Navy. Angie's needs to decide if she is returning to University or changing her priorities in life.

What I liked

I really liked the story arc of Angie organizing plastic surgery for little Megan whose face was badly scarred after an accident. I think Ms Carr could have stripped down the story a little and just focused on Angie, Patrick and Megan's story and that would have worked well.

What I didn't like

Robyn Carr often puts characters in her books that will get their own story down the road. I can only assume that she has plans for Marie (the widow) in a future book because she didn't really add anything to this story.

Overall, this is very good contemporary romance. It's light and fluffy, relentlessly optimistic and upbeat, it's a great book for Christmas.

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Mar 09, 2017

Angie LeCroix just needs to get away, her families constant attention is beginning to feel stiffling. Angie heads to Virgin River to figur out if she wants to finish her medical degree or find another path in life. After a horrific accident Angie isn't sure if her path still includes becoming a doctor.

Patrick Riordan has been broody since his best friend in the Navy died and he saw it. Now Patrick doesn't know if he wants to continue his career in the Navy, not to mention he is torn on what to Angie LeCroix just needs to get away, her families constant attention is beginning to feel stiffling. Angie heads to Virgin River to figur out if she wants to finish her medical degree or find another path in life. After a horrific accident Angie isn't sure if her path still includes becoming a doctor.

Patrick Riordan has been broody since his best friend in the Navy died and he saw it. Now Patrick doesn't know if he wants to continue his career in the Navy, not to mention he is torn on what to do with his best friends widow Marie and how to give her the support she needs.

When Angie meets Patrick, everyone has an opinion stay away. Not because Patrick is not a good man, just because he is older and not who her family perceives is right for her. Angie and Patrick have a spark and when they decide to act on it, they know where each other stands but will it last more than a few weeks during the holidays?

This was a delightful story, you have two characters who are at a crossroads in life. I liked Angie, she is a spitfire and is ready to be treated as an adult which is what Patrick offers. Patrick has a tough choice that he is making thinking he is doing the right thing. Robyn Carr's books always have a unique story and a ton of characters that you love. ...more
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Nov 24, 2012

This was pretty sweet. Not as good as Virgin River Christmas, which I LOVE with all of my heart and soul. But I did like it...until the end. This book deserved a really good ending. The H needed to do some MAJOR groveling after leaving the woman he loved, and that did not happen. And instead of an intimate and emo resolution, there was a weird speech in front of a bunch of people. Very strange. Oh well.

Grade: B

It's sort of hard to top Ian's story in Virgin River Christmas. It's full of beardy This was pretty sweet. Not as good as Virgin River Christmas, which I LOVE with all of my heart and soul. But I did like it...until the end. This book deserved a really good ending. The H needed to do some MAJOR groveling after leaving the woman he loved, and that did not happen. And instead of an intimate and emo resolution, there was a weird speech in front of a bunch of people. Very strange. Oh well.

Grade: B

It's sort of hard to top Ian's story in Virgin River Christmas. It's full of beardy excellence! :^) ...more
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Nov 01, 2012

Cover & Title - 3 out of 5
Favorite line - "This one is not a weiner," Mel said "Hei's a Riordan. If anyone can match the passion of the Sheridans, it's a Riordan."
Favorite Character - Angie

I am wishing that i could of read the other 20 books in the series too after reading this one! I am going to have to slowly work my way through the rest of the series. This book was amazing, it really lived up to the hype Robyn Carr's books get. She really know's how to write a great book.

What a Cover & Title - 3 out of 5
Favorite line - "This one is not a weiner," Mel said "Hei's a Riordan. If anyone can match the passion of the Sheridans, it's a Riordan."
Favorite Character - Angie

I am wishing that i could of read the other 20 books in the series too after reading this one! I am going to have to slowly work my way through the rest of the series. This book was amazing, it really lived up to the hype Robyn Carr's books get. She really know's how to write a great book.

What a beautiful & emotional story. It was so fantastic reading Angie's lust for live after such a horrific accident & reading just how far Paddy was willing to go to support his friend. I feel all warm and squishy inside, like i have just been hugged for a few hours straight.

This book is not too Chirstmasy, just the right amount. It has a hell of a lot of feel good factor. It is the perfect book to read over the holidays, especially if you can do it infront of a open fire with a mug of cocoa :) ...more
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May 28, 2012

I think that I spent my whole time reading this book with a goofy grin on my face. It was hard not to smile, Angie was fun, sweet, and surprisingly down to earth. Part of what was great about Angie was her attitude. With what happened to her she could have sank into a pit of self pity, instead she did the right thing and took time to rethink her life and the best place to do that...Virgin River of course. I really liked that Angie escaped to VR, to the safety of family.

It was fun to see Angie I think that I spent my whole time reading this book with a goofy grin on my face. It was hard not to smile, Angie was fun, sweet, and surprisingly down to earth. Part of what was great about Angie was her attitude. With what happened to her she could have sank into a pit of self pity, instead she did the right thing and took time to rethink her life and the best place to do that...Virgin River of course. I really liked that Angie escaped to VR, to the safety of family.

It was fun to see Angie assert herself as an adult to both Jack and Brie. Of course it went over better with Brie than Jack, Angie had to give him a stern talking to. I liked seeing Angie work with Mel, it helped her with realizing what path she needed to get back on.

Patrick/Paddy was fun. I have been waiting to see how the last Riordan would fall. I hated learning what brought him to Virgin River, hated that he was struggling with dealing with that. I loved how Paddy reacted to seeing/meeting Angie, it was sort of a love at first sight thing. I loved how both Angie and Paddy went along with the attraction, that both were honest with the other where their head and in their lives. In fact they entered into their fling wholeheartedly, knowing there was an expiration date, making the time spent together all the more precious.

It was fun to see all the Riordan brothers weigh in on Paddy's relationship with Angie, they were pretty harsh. It got even more funny as more and more of all the extended Riordan and Sheridan families and moved to the insane when all the men started taking bets on Paddy. I felt sorry for him at this point.

I hated the ending, that Paddy was able to do what he said he was going to. I hated what Angie was going through, but loved that she had the Sheridan clan to be there for her. I worried that that was going to be it and was sad for both of them. Then my goofy grin got bigger somehow with the caravan that arrived at Jack's house, leading to a really great ending!! ...more
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Dec 20, 2014

This book is pure do-gooder porn. If your socks get knocked off by others doing any and many arbitrary good deeds for other random people then this is the book for you. Me, I need a little more than that in my reads. I picked this up as a recommended Christmas read and by the 13th chapter, I was wishing an STD on someone or maybe for someone to accidentally shit in their pants in public. Something other than this drivel. With that being said, I'm a big fan of helping people out and doing good This book is pure do-gooder porn. If your socks get knocked off by others doing any and many arbitrary good deeds for other random people then this is the book for you. Me, I need a little more than that in my reads. I picked this up as a recommended Christmas read and by the 13th chapter, I was wishing an STD on someone or maybe for someone to accidentally shit in their pants in public. Something other than this drivel. With that being said, I'm a big fan of helping people out and doing good deeds but these people just wanted to make me vomit. I kept waiting them to leave Virgin River to check out Whore Mountain for some type of real excitement.

Quick Rundown: Chick, after surviving full treatment from a bad car accident retreats to a town where some of her relatives live to get away from her overbearing mother. She's thinking of putting off med school after one year to make more of a difference in the world and low and behold, she comes across Dude on day one who is suffering a potential life change himself. One mild sex scene and a few cuddling scenes and lots of gratuitous do-gooding ensues and we have a boring ass story that was not inspiring or tear inducing. Just a bunch of lameness.

Characterization: Pretty one dimensional though the Dude was a little deeper than the other characters. I read this as a standalone and all the other characters (about 20) were all interchangeable. You couldn't tell one from the other. I'm guessing they had personalities in previous novels but as the two MC's were pretty light on personality in this book, I certainly won't be looking for their individual stories. I would also like to note that the Dude was completely delusional and the Chick was quite the Mary Sue.

Plot: Snoozefest.

Narration: I listened to the audio version and it did this book no favors. The Chick sounded like a teenager. All the male characters sounded the same. There were only 3 scenes narrated that I felt were genuine. All the rest felt phoned in like the narrator wasn't paying attention or didn't study what she was about to act out. There were supposed to be two hispanic accents and those were so sad- I could have done better.

Overall: A huge waste of an Audible credit. This book verged on Christian Romance and while I don't have to have sex in my reads, I do need something of significance. I need to feel something and the only thing I felt here was, "when will it be over?"

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Jan 09, 2013

I saw this book on someone's 'recommended reads' list and decided to check it out. I'm so happy I did. This was a beautiful story and I loved it!
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Oct 22, 2012

Jingle Bells, Jingle BellsCan you hear the sleigh bells ringing yet? No doubt some of us are already seeing Christmas-themed commercials on TV and, boy, does that get me in the moodfor some Christmas-time romance novels (get your brains out of the gutter, ladies!).

My Kind of Christmas¬ will get you in the holiday spirit, but its also a really great example of what is, in my opinion, a classic Robyn Carr novel. Its the 20th entry in the Virgin River series, and even after 19 other books, the Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing yet? No doubt some of us are already seeing Christmas-themed commercials on TV and, boy, does that get me in the mood…for some Christmas-time romance novels (get your brains out of the gutter, ladies!).

My Kind of Christmas¬ will get you in the holiday spirit, but it’s also a really great example of what is, in my opinion, a classic Robyn Carr novel. It’s the 20th entry in the Virgin River series, and even after 19 other books, the characters can still surprise you. More importantly, they can still make you laugh.

In this installment, we meet Angie and Patrick. Angie comes to Virgin River in the same way most people do: troubled. See, a few months ago, she was in an awful car accident and she was severely injured. She was a med student before, but now she’s questioning that path. She’s always been the excellent student, valedictorian, and perfect daughter. No doubt she had a bright future as some kind of brilliant doctor ahead of her, but now she wants to put that on hold, live life, experience more, appreciate everything, and get out of the classroom. Of course, her mother is not on board with this so Angie goes to Virgin River so that she can take some time, be by herself (but still be close to aunts and uncles) and just think.

Her first night in town, she goes into her Uncle Jack’s bar and sees a man that instantly intrigues her. She does something she’s never done before: She goes over and TALKS TO HIM!!!! *Gasp!* His name is Patrick Riordan and he’s on leave from the Navy. He’s a Navy fighter pilot (insert dreamy sigh here) and recently witnessed his best friend, Jake, get shot down during a flight over Kandahar.

Patrick has a decision to make: Re-up with the Navy and continue on with his career or give it up altogether so that he can fulfill his obligation to Jake and take care of Jake’s wife, Marie, and her son. He promised Jake that he would look after them and make sure they were okay, as many military men do. He’s thinking that maybe the best way to do that would be to marry Marie. No, he’s not really in love with her, but they’re great friends and isn’t that what is most important in a relationship? But when Angie introduces herself to him, she starts them down a path that will change them and their destinies.

That’s kind of an overview. Here’s some nitty gritty: The way these two met was great! I loved this scene! Angie goes up to Patrick a day or two after she first sees him in the bar and is pretty bold, at least for her since she used to be shy and socially awkward. She’s asking him these questions and isn’t accepting his evasive answers. She’s kind of combative but in a really cute way, sort of teasing him and jerking his chain a little bit. And Patrick is just kind of bowled over. I felt like he was somehow sort of in awe of her. Here’s this girl and she’s so young, but she’s doing what she wants and is honest and caring and he wishes he could be more like that. After chatting over coffee in the bar and chatting the next day during the raising of the town Christmas tree, she’s gotten under his skin so they make their first “date.” She goes to his place for chili and they spend a lot of time talking about their respective childhoods, getting to know each other. Angie loves it; she has a blast. Patrick is really interested in her, but he knows it can’t go anywhere since this is all temporary until he either leaves for the Navy or leaves to help Marie.

There’s also an underlying theme about family in this book. This seems par for the course for the Virgin River series—the idea that family can and will drive you insane, but they love you, want what’s best for you, and will be there through thick and thin. I think we probably all wish there were more aspects of the Virgin River families in our own families from time to time!!

Bottom Line
This is a sweet Christmas story that could be enjoyed anytime of the year. Although it’s #20 in a series, you do NOT need to have read any of the previous books. If you like slow, realistic romances, this book is for you. If you like a LITTLE bit of Sexy Time mixed in with your romance, this book is for you. If you like Wham, Bam, Thank You, Ma’am with crazy intense animal sex, this book is probably not for you. LOL! And don’t blame me if you fall in love with the town of Virgin River. I already have!

Rating: Solid B

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Oct 13, 2012

Reading a VR book makes me want to go back to the beginning and read them all again. With 20 books now in the series I am not sure how practical that is!


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After some time away from the main families in Virgin River, the focus swings firmly back on them in this book.

Jack Sheridan was the first Virgin River hero and there has not been a book since where he hasn't made an appearance, usually as a pillar of the small community that he is at the heart at. When Reading a VR book makes me want to go back to the beginning and read them all again. With 20 books now in the series I am not sure how practical that is!


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After some time away from the main families in Virgin River, the focus swings firmly back on them in this book.

Jack Sheridan was the first Virgin River hero and there has not been a book since where he hasn't made an appearance, usually as a pillar of the small community that he is at the heart at. When his niece Angie LeCroix comes to stay for the holidays, she just wants a chance to decide what she wants to do with her life. Everything has always been very clear to her - study hard and become a doctor - but after being involved in a serious car accident which nearly killed her things are not quite as clear cut as they used to be. However her overbearing mother can't accept that just because Angie is less driven than she used to be that it doesn't mean that she is not still suffering mentally from the trauma of the accident.

Patrick Riordan (the last remaining single yummy Riordan brother) is also in Virgin River trying to clear his head. He is on an extended period of leave from the Navy after his best friend Jake was killed in combat and he needs to decide if he is happy to go back to the Navy of if it is time for him to move on. He is also very much conscious of a responsibility to his friend's widow, Marie and her small child. He has promised that he will visit them for Christmas and so he is only in Virgin River for a short time and then, well let's just say he has a very odd idea of what it means to look after his friend's widow.

When Patrick and Angie meet and it becomes obvious that there is something between them, Jack does his best to warn her away from him. He is too rough around the edges, he is too much a warrior, too old for her....too everything really. For Angie though, he is someone who seems to see her for who she is and is accepting of the questions that she is asking of herself. Part of the charm of these books is the humour and depth that Carr manages to inject around serious subjects. For example, at one stage Jack tries to warn Angie away from Patrick by saying he has PTSD and Angie looks at him and basically say 'so do I. Did you think only vets could have it?' (paraphrasing of course!)

With both the whole Sheridan clan sticking their noses in and the Riordan brothers as well, there are plenty of people to tell Patrick and Angie what they should and shouldn't be doing, but when it comes down to it these two need to decide what it is that they want out of life, and whether they can do that together. And their strong family groups are there to interfere and support them every step of the way.

One thing I did like is that whilst there are definitely patterns of behaviour for her characters throughout the series (like the fact that there are so many ex servicemen, so many people who are just in town for a short time, people only making it so far out of town before they have to come back to declare their true and forever lasting love etc) Carr recognises that and even at one point in this book even has the other characters placing bets on one of these aspects.




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5

Aug 11, 2012

I am a HUGE fan of Robyn Carr and the Virgin River series. It is one of my absolute favorites and I anxiously await each new release. Every time I start a new book in the series, it makes me want to go back and reread the series from the beginning. It is like visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. I just love to wrap myself up in the comfort of these stories.
I have reread the Virgin River series more times than I can count and will continue to do so.

I was so not disappoint in My Kind I am a HUGE fan of Robyn Carr and the Virgin River series. It is one of my absolute favorites and I anxiously await each new release. Every time I start a new book in the series, it makes me want to go back and reread the series from the beginning. It is like visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. I just love to wrap myself up in the comfort of these stories.
I have reread the Virgin River series more times than I can count and will continue to do so.

I was so not disappoint in My Kind Of Christmas. It was everything that I look forward to and love about this series. I don't think that I have gotten through a book in this series without being emotionally affected~in some way~by the struggle of such wonderful and lovable characters and their journey towards a HEA.

Oh...Patrick *sigh* I just loved him and Angie so much right from the beginning. They were perfect for each other and captured my heart. I loved how each of them gave the other exactly what they needed. Patrick was able to find the peace he so desperately needed in Angie and she was able to find the strength and confidence she was lacking in Patrick. I was so rooting for their HEA!!!

The Riordan brothers are so funny and loving and dysfunctional. I love how they interact with each other and especially with their mother.

Each book in the Virgin River series continues to be fresh and new and I will never get tired of reading them or looking forward to more. As with every other book in this series, I was able to lose myself in the story and I wasn't ready to leave Patrick and Angie and look forward to reading more about them through out the series.

What I find myself loving about Robyn's writing and why I continue to come back to this series is the hope. In each of the books the hero and/or heroine are struggling with some tragedy/trauma in their lives and hoping to come to Virgin River to find healing and peace. What they find, usually pretty quickly, is the love of their life and so much more. That in this little tiny town, they find everything that they didn't even know they needed. Love this!! :)
I want Virgin River and these characters to be real and even as I say good~bye at the end of each book, I do so knowing that I will be returning. Thank you, Robyn, so much for that!! :)

Obviously, My Kind Of Christmas is going into my keeper pile alongside the rest of this series to be reread. BEST OF THE BEST rating.

****ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA~Thank you so much!!! :)

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5

Sep 23, 2012

Another Virgin River book that I couldn't put down. Number 20 in the series and each and every book makes me feel like I am wrapped in a warm blanket, cozy and not wanting to move until I am finished. And I really didn't want this book to end.
Whether welcoming new characters, or returning beloved characters from her previous novels, Ms. Carr always tells an exciting and magical story.

In this novel we are introduced to two new characters that have family in Virgin River. Patrick Riordan, a Navy Another Virgin River book that I couldn't put down. Number 20 in the series and each and every book makes me feel like I am wrapped in a warm blanket, cozy and not wanting to move until I am finished. And I really didn't want this book to end.
Whether welcoming new characters, or returning beloved characters from her previous novels, Ms. Carr always tells an exciting and magical story.

In this novel we are introduced to two new characters that have family in Virgin River. Patrick Riordan, a Navy fighter pilot suffering with PTSD, is on leave after the devastating loss of his best friend during a mission. He meets Angie LeCroix, who is recuperating from a traumatic accident, when she arrives in Virgin River to visit family and to escape her overbearing mother after deciding to drop out of medical school. Both are in Virgin River to rest and make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. When they meet sparks fly and the chemistry between the two is undeniable. They decide to spend the next few weeks together until they both have to leave and carry on with their lives.

I love going back to Virgin River with each and every book!

Thank you to Harlequin MIRA and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this advanced copy.

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Sep 19, 2015

This was a really good book. I most definitely loved all the characters, their personalities, the plot, and the ending was perfect. Something I wouldn't mind reading again. This covered all the emotions and was written well. Another series I'd like to read more of. These families are definitely interesting and hunky to boot! ;) Open...Read...Enjoy!
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Sep 25, 2016

Excellent finish to a series I enjoyed. I've re-read several, especially the first three and Sunrise Point (love that one).

This one the final Rioden found his mate, it's a sweet story as usual you have two torn up adults that are just trying to breath deeply but find they can do it better together.

Nice finish to a series, everything was tied up in a neat tied bow.
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Dec 29, 2019

3.5 stars rounded up. It's a good Christmas story, very enjoyable for the season. There are some problems with what is essentially idiotic thinking by the hero, but overall it works out. The final scenes are swoon-worthy.

And of course Therese Plummer is always a pleasure on the audiobooks.

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