Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr

Title: My Kind of Christmas 
Author: Robyn Carr
My RatingA

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Virgin River #20
Main Characters: Patrick and Angie
Release Date: November 2012
ISBN: 9781459244375
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:

The Riordan brothers may have a reputation for being rough-and tumble, but Patrick has always been the gentle, sweet-natured one. These days, his easygoing manner is being tested by his high-octane career as a navy pilot. But for the Riordan brothers, when the going gets tough…the tough find the love of a good woman.

Except the woman who has caught Patrick’s attention is Jack Sheridan’s very attractive niece.

Angie LeCroix comes to Virgin River to spend Christmas relaxing, away from her well-intentioned but hovering mother. Yet instead of freedom, she gets Jack Sheridan. If her uncle had his way, she’d never go out again. And certainly not with rugged, handsome 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 meet each other. Then 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!

My Review:
I'll admit, I've gotten behind on this series, but I make the holiday books a priority because it was a holiday book that I made me first fall in love with this series (I think it was book #4). That's the nice thing about these books...they all stand independently so you can read any of them at any time (as long as you don't mind spoilers about who winds up with who). (Although, I would recommend that any new reader to the series read at least book #1 because Jack and Mel are the backbone of this little town of Virgin River and appear in every book.)

This book features another one of those sexy Riordan boys...*sigh*.... Patrick is a fighter pilot on leave after his wingman and best friend is shot down and killed. He's in Virgin River for a month for some R&R and to get his head on straight. 

Angie is there trying to escape her mother. She's had a life-altering accident that almost killed her. Now she's re-examining all her priorities and has dropped out of med school. Her mother is frantic over the huge life changes that Angie is making seemingly out of the blue and hovering. So Angie runs to Virgin River to escape.

Both of these characters have had really traumatic, life-altering events happen. They find a friendship through that, which leads to other things because of their chemistry. They both quickly realize that their relationship is so much more than they'd planned, but they also both realize that they have life commitments that aren't going to change to accommodate this relationship. So for both of them, they are just trying to savor the time they have and not worry about how much it's going to hurt later. Honestly, I liked the fact that they are truly never not a couple in this book once they hook-up. It would have been really easy to create conflict by the two of them deciding to stay apart. But that isn't the way that Robyn wrote this one. Instead the conflict comes from the fact that they know that their time together is finite and they just have a couple of weeks. It makes it a really happy book to read because there isn't stress between the two of them, besides the deadline looming on their relationship.

Like with any of the Virgin River books, there are some fabulous moments in this book that involve the town. I loved the glimpses of all of Patrick's brothers and how they all are giving the baby (Patrick at 33) a hard time about his girl. I also really loved the moments with Jack and his unease about this relationship. Angie is his niece and only 23...he's not happy that she's becoming involved with one of those wild Riordan boys, especially since he's so much older than her. Mainly, though, I loved Angie. She's had this huge thing happen to her that shows her that she needs to live her life while she can because you just don't know what's around the corner. She's not a natural grab-life-by-the-horns kind of girl and has to work at it, but she knows it's important. I liked that life-affirming attitude!

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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