Wild Man Creek (Virgin River Series #14)

( 293 )

Overview

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.

Stung personally and professionally by an ill-advised affair, PR guru Jillian Matlock has rented an old Victorian with a promising garden in Virgin River. She's looking forward to cultivating something other than a corporate ...

See more details below
Paperback (Mass Market Paperback)
$7.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (224) from $1.99   
  • New (11) from $4.31   
  • Used (213) from $1.99   
Wild Man Creek (Virgin River Series #14)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$5.99
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$6.99 List Price

Overview

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.

Stung personally and professionally by an ill-advised affair, PR guru Jillian Matlock has rented an old Victorian with a promising garden in Virgin River. She's looking forward to cultivating something other than a corporate 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….

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778329312
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Virgin River Series , #14
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 361
  • Sales rank: 89,524
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.

Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

It gave Jillian a sense of relief to pack a few bags, lock up her small town house in San Jose and just drive away. Nothing could make a woman want to run for her life like being used and betrayed by a man.

To appease Kelly, she drove only as far as San Francisco for her first leg of an unknown trip. That night she had dinner in her sister's restaurant. It was so hard to get a table in the five-star restaurant where Kelly was the head sous-chef that those people willing to wait usually stood around the bar for two hours after checking in with the maitre d', and that was if they had a reservation. The chef de cuisine was a man named Durant, known only by one name, and he was regionally famous. But Jillian was seated immediately, and at an excellent, semiprivate table. Then she was served every specialty the restaurant had by the best of the waitstaff. Kelly must have called in a lot of favors to make it happen.

After dinner, Jill drove over to Kelly's small San Francisco flat where she planned to stay the night. Kelly didn't get home from the restaurant until well after one in the morning, so the girls had their chance to visit over a late breakfast together. Kelly asked, "What now?"

"Many possibilities," Jill said. "Maybe Tahoe. I've never been to Sun Valley, Idaho. The point is not where I'm going so much as just driving. Watching the miles stack up in the rearview mirror—figuratively and literally putting things behind me. I'll stay in big, comfortable, anonymous hotels or resorts, relax, eat good food, watch all the movies I've missed over the past ten years and do many, many bookstore prowls. Before I go back to the grind I'm going to see if I can remember what having a life was like."

"You have your phone, of course?"

Jillian laughed. "Yes. I'll keep it charged in the car, but I'm not taking calls from anyone except you and Harry."

"Will you do something for me?" Kelly asked. "Will you please just text me in the morning every day and let me know where you are? And can we talk before I start work in the kitchen? Just so I know you're all right?"

Jillian was so far from all right it was almost laughable. She felt like an utter nutcase. Her attention span and focus were so disturbed that driving was probably not a great idea. But traveling by air to a vacation spot like Hawaii or Cancun, or being held prisoner on a cruise ship were so unappealing that she rejected those ideas immediately. She wanted her feet on the ground; she wanted to get her mental awareness back. She felt almost as if she didn't know herself anymore. The inside of her car, alone, made total sense to her. There she could think, undisturbed, and try to get things in perspective.

But she put on a brave face. "You bet," she said to her sister. Then she smiled. "If you call, I'll answer if I have a signal."

Right after they said their goodbyes Kelly left for work and Jillian got in her car and immediately drove east. She was halfway to Lake Tahoe when she remembered the vacation she'd taken with Kelly and two girlfriends the previous autumn. They'd driven to Vancouver—which was an excellent option for right now—but on the way home they'd stopped off at some dinky little town in the mountains—she couldn't even remember the name. While they were there they'd wandered into an estate sale and the old house where it was held reminded her of the house she and Kelly had grown up in with their great-grandmother. Nostalgia had flooded her and she'd become almost teary with remembering, even though the two houses had very little in common. The other image that came to mind were the little cabins along a river where they'd stayed for a couple of days—nice little cabins, remote yet comfortable. They had left the windows open at night and slept to the sounds of nature, the river rushing by, the wind whistling and humming through the huge pines, the quacks, caws, honks and calls of wildlife. They'd put their feet in the icy river last fall, watching trout jump and turning leaves flutter into the water. It had been lovely. Soothing.

With those thoughts in mind, Jill made a turn and headed north. She'd go up through Napa—that would point her in the right direction. Those little cabins weren't like a motor lodge or Holiday Inn, not the kind of place you could show up at midnight asking for a room. It was owned and run by a guy named Luke and his young wife; they lived on the property.

Jill spent the second night on the road at a little roadside inn in Windsor, probably halfway to her destination. First thing in the morning, she headed north again. Even a phone call to Kelly hadn't produced the exact name of the town, but Jillian knew roughly where it was.

A couple hundred miles and a few wrong turns led Jill to a remote intersection in Northern California where she saw a couple of guys had parked their pickups at odd angles. They were clearly just passing the time. She pulled up alongside. "Hi, guys," she said. "There's a little town back in here somewhere. I had dinner at a place called Jack's—I think—and there are some cabins along a river run by a guy named—"

One of the men pulled his hat off his head and smoothed his thinning hair over his freckled scalp. "Luke Riordan owns those cabins in Virgin River. Luke and Shelby."

"Yeah!" she said. "That's it! Virgin River! I must've missed the turn, never saw the sign."

The other guy laughed. "Ain't no sign. You didn't miss it by much," he said. "Up 36 a quarter mile. It's a left. But to get to Luke's you're gonna wanna go another left after 'bout another mile and a half up that hill. Then you'll go down again, then around a curve at the bottom of the mountain. Your second left ain't marked, but there's a dead sequoia stretched out by the side of the road right where you turn. Big mother. Then you'll prolly see the river. Take that road along the river to the cabins. Ain't far."

She laughed. It might've been one of her first belly laughs in a couple of weeks! Yeah, she remembered the dead tree, the up, down and around of the road. "I remember now—I remember the dead tree. Thanks. Thanks so much!"

Off she drove in the direction of the first left and then the dead tree, laughing as she went. She was laughing at how different it was! She might as well have traveled to a different country—these people were as removed from iPhones and iPads and daily stock reports and board of director meetings as she was from fly-fishing and camping. And now that she'd seized on this idea and spontaneously

found herself in Virgin River, of all places, she realized hardly anything in her baggage was going to be right for this kind of break. Thinking she might end up at some hotel resort in a place like Sun Valley she'd packed her country club casual—clothes she had on hand for corporate events or company picnics. She had linen slacks, a couple of stylish but casual dresses, wraparound skirts, sweater sets, that sort of thing. Low heels; lots of low heels. She had exactly one pair of Nike walking shoes and two sweat suits, and they both had designer labels.

As she recalled, Virgin River was very rugged, not to mention cooler. And boy, was it wet! It was early March; it had been drizzling on and off all day. It was a little bleak—except for the new green growth on the trees and the eruptions of plant life all along the side of the road.

Also muddy! Her pretty little Lexus Hybrid was splattered and filthy.

Jill followed the road along the river and when she came into the cabin compound she saw that Luke was on top of one of the cabins doing a little roof repair. He turned toward her as she pulled in. She stopped the car, got out and waved at him.

He smiled before climbing down his ladder. "Hi," he said when he got to the bottom. He grabbed a rag out of his back pocket to wipe off his hands.

"Any chance you remember me, Luke?" she asked him. "I came up here last fall with my sister and girlfriends. We spent a couple of days in one of your cabins. You invited us to the estate sale—that old woman's house."

He laughed. "Sure I remember you, but I don't remember your name."

"Oh—sorry. I'm Jill. Jillian Matlock. I apologize. I didn't even call ahead. I just thought if you had a vacancy…"

"This is a lucky time of year for vacancies," he said, grinning. "Lucky for you, anyway. Good time of year for me to make repairs anytime the rain lets up. You have your choice of cabins. The key's hanging on a hook inside the door."

"Thanks, I remember. Hey, if I stayed a few days, would that be okay?"

"No hunters, very few fishermen and the summer folks don't show up until June. June through January are busy for me, but early spring is a light load. What are you going to do around here for a few days?"

"I don't know." She shrugged. "Rest, sleep in, explore… It is safe to explore, right?"

"If you stay away from marijuana grows, but they're usually hidden. Bear aren't all the way awake yet. Fish?

You fish?"

"Not since I was about seven or eight," she said.

"Art will teach you," Luke said. "There's an extra rod and reel in the shed. Art knows where. In fact, anything you might need, we probably have an extra one. Just remember—the river is up—snow from the mountains is melting. And the weather is wet two out of three days. Just let us know what you need." He looked her up and down. She was wearing jeans, heels, a silk blouse and suede blazer. "Um, Shelby's got some waders she'd let you borrow. Those shoes will be wrecked in no time."

"That's so nice of you, Luke."

"Just want you to enjoy yourself and be comfortable, Jillian."

Jillian knew she would have to buy some knocking-around clothes; stuff that could hold up for long walks, fishing or sitting under a tree with a book. The next day she drove to a bigger town and texted her sister from the parking lot of the Target in Eureka.

You'll never guess where I ended up! Virgin River! Remember Virgin River?

Jillian was trying on jeans before a response came back. Kelly's text said, Why?

To relax and unwind and think, was Jillian's reply.

Jill bought some lace-up boots for possible hiking, jeans, cargo pants, sweatshirts and sweatpants without designer labels, a rain slicker and a hoodie, some warm pajamas and a bunch of socks. She was going to just decompress in the natural, cold, wet beauty. She wasn't giving up civilization altogether—she had her laptop, portable DVD player, iPad, iPhone and several DVDs she'd been meaning to watch.

But relaxation was easier said than done. Jill had fantasized for years about taking time off, having a break, but after a few years of such fantasies she had to admit that wasn't what she wanted at all. She wanted to work! Perform! Compete! Knock herself out! Win! She thrived on success, on the praise of her staff, her boss.

Jillian had been fresh out of college with a brand-new marketing degree and a bunch of credits toward her MBA when Harry Benedict offered her a low-paying job in a start-up firm. His start-up capital was limited, but he needed a few key people—a CPA, a software engineer and someone to pull together marketing demographics for his software products. Jillian could be that marketing person if she was willing and able to take a gamble. Harry had a good track record; he'd successfully started several companies, all of which he subsequently sold. What he offered her was an opportunity—to learn from him, get in on the ground floor of a new, high-tech manufacturing business and grow professionally.

Kelly was right about her—she was impulsive. She'd jumped at the chance. She had not been in a hurry to land the biggest job on the planet but the one with the most challenge and excitement. Plus, she liked Harry; liked his gruff, no-nonsense ways; liked his confidence and experience. His drive was addictive. She remembered one late night when they were still working at four in the morning, he'd said, "When we stop having fun, we're outta here, right?" She bet on him just as he bet on her. And she missed him so much.

There was nothing more fun than helping to build a company. She became close to the Benedict family, rose in Harry's software development and manufacturing business and, in fact, helped to formulate the company from its start-up to the day it went public. At the age of twenty-nine she had been made the vice president of Corporate Communications with a full staff and had become one of Harry's inner circle execs. Along the way she'd collected bonuses, stock options and her salary grew along with her responsibilities. Careful investments meant that she had a significant portfolio that was well diversified.

Over the past ten years the only vacations she was successfully able to indulge in were those with her sister and their two best friends from high school. They were four women of diverse occupational interests who were all hardworking, ambitious, competitive and single. They managed to get away once a year for a week to ten days. Other than those vacations, Jillian didn't know what to do with time off.

The thing that had always worked for both Jill and Kelly was hard work to turn their big dreams into successful realities. Kelly's plans had been more focused right from the beginning—culinary school to line cook, to line cook in better and better restaurants, to sous-chef, to head chef to her own restaurant one day. Jillian's path had never really wavered. After college, she jumped into the first opportunity that felt right. But both their paths proved to work. Kelly was definitely going in the direction she'd always planned and Jill had a nice nest egg from her ten successful years at BSS.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 293 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(144)

4 Star

(75)

3 Star

(48)

2 Star

(15)

1 Star

(11)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 295 Customer Reviews
  • Posted July 15, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Wild about this book!

    For the first time since she graduated college, Jillian Matlock was at a loss about her career. Asked to take a leave of absence by her mentor, the CEO of her company, because of dirty corporate tricks, Jillian ended up in Virgin River to regroup, take some time to think and reassess her career options. She ends up renting Hope McCrea's Victorian home and resumes the gardening that Hope had so diligently maintained.

    Colin Riordan, second oldest of the Riordan brothers, is recuperating from his injuries resulting from a helicopter in-flight accident and a stint in rehab because of his addiction to his pain meds. With the Army having retired him and the rehab on his record, his opportunities to continue flying looked bleak. At the urging of his family, he decided to finish his recuperation in Virgin River, renting a cabin deep in the woods but not one of his brother Luke's. Colin spends his time painting, a talent he's had since he was six.

    Jillian and Colin are so likable both individually and as a couple. They don't waste time feeling sorry for themselves but are committed to resurrecting their careers, he not ready to be grounded and she still feeling like her time in the corporate arena isn't over. Their romance just sizzles, both reveling in their "uncommitted" relationship that is a wonder to them both but ultimately poses a challenge as their feelings deepen.

    Typical with this series, we meet up again with old friends from Virgin River, including Jack Sheridan who has someone from his past show up unexpectedly. Aiden and Erin plan their wedding as well as Clay and Lilly. Life moves on in this town and this is another opportunity to check in and see what's new with the residents. The magic of the series is reflected in this story as yet another of the Riordan clan "bites the dust." This is another gem of an installment in this series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Check out all of the series...

    I love the Virgin River series. This is a good book but i recomend to start with #1 and read them all, they are a good series....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Robyn Carr continues to get it right.

    I love the whole Virgin River Series.
    Great love story about another Riordan brother fighting to not get caught by love. But he meets his match when he stumbles across Lilly,a women trying to handle a big life change just as he is trying to do the same. A couple of parts really tugged at the heart strings and one actually made me cry, but cant say why or it would ruin the surprise.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Recommended

    Love her stories. Not the sex but the rest is interesting about the new people in town. Love how everyone helps any who needs help. Wish it was like that in real life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 1, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    great

    wild man creek by robyn carr
    She is on leave for several months when her, what she thought boyfriend. files a sexual harassment suit against her. Her boss knows she is not to blame at all and suggests the months off til the company can get rid of him.
    Jillian heads to Virgin River and stays at a local place where the building belongs to the town, it was gifted to the town for all to enjoy. She really enjoys playing in the dirt and brings life back to the garden.

    Denny helps her with the fencing and bulbs and grading of the ground.
    She gets permission to expand and is planning on having greenhouses to start plants during the winter months, and exotic fruit and vegetables that she can then sell to the best restaurants in big cities.
    He now has tracked down his real father and they hook up and make a date to get to know one another and to have a paternity test.

    She meets Colin in the pastures and he patches her up as he had drawn his gun on her, knowing the local bears are roaming around.
    Colin is a painter, mostly rare animals and birds from photos he's taken or by viewing them firsthand.

    The book also brings us uptodate with the other locals and how they mingle with Jillian and Dan's lifes.
    Colin's life in the military is now a thing of the past, he can no longer fly. He tells Jillian all about his rehab and the drug addiction and all the problems.

    I love the down to earthness of this book: someone saved up and gave her egg cartons to use to start her plants in the greenhouses. I use the same thing when I start my garden plants in the house in Feb/March.
    She still refuses to tell him why she no longer has a boyfriend.

    Luke talks him into watching the baby so he and his wife can have a night out.
    Colin brings Jillian with him and Luke doubts what's going on with him. Shelby tries to reassure him.

    She opens up to him and explains what happened in her past. They head out to his brothers wedding and the festivities as the house she's been living in is being shown to prospective buyers. The flowers are starting to bloom and she hopes she can buy the house. She wants him to follow his dreams and travel to get the shots he needs.

    Seems a few men are leaving, heading off into their own directions to find what is missing in their lives.
    Love how this book catches up with everybody in Virgin River, can't wait to read the next one.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 10, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Good but not great

    What I enjoyed: I'm not an emotional reader but I cried several times while reading this book. It really stood out to me that in the previous book the hero is considered to be 'emotional' and it's a very sexual book and this book where the hero is considered to be 'outgoing' the book was very emotional. I loved it. I always love it when the characters don't realize where they need to be and screw up horribly. (I do prefer not to see it in person though.) I really enjoyed reading about Jillian's gardening business and how she just toughs up and moves on instead of whining and lamenting.

    What I didn't enjoy: Honestly, this was a terrific book but there were some things that irked me a bit. I love that we keep up with past character and that there is a set-up for the next book but there were times in this book that I got a bit confused and I know who everyone is. There was a LOT going on. This is a series that I do not think it's a good idea to just pick up a book and start reading. I've not yet read the first four and know that sometimes that hinders me from understanding certain aspects of the books and the characters. So, yes, I'd suggest reading this book but only if you've read at least a few books already or if it just doesn't bother you to be a bit lost at times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 23, 2011

    very good

    This is yet another great job in the Virgin River Series. This series is a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 21, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I laughed, I cried

    wonderful story as always. This is jillian and colin's story, of course the whole town of Virgin River is there. I love going back to this town, seeing characters i love and meeting new ones.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2011

    Excellent but not as wonderful as the earlier books

    This was very well written and worth the money spent. However, it isn't as well written as the others. it seems as if the author is running out of steam.

    The characters didn't seem to have that seamless mesh in prior books. However it was an enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    Jillian Matlock and Colin Riordan, both healing from traumatic, life-changing experiences, agree-we're temporary, we're in transition, we're upfront with each other, we're enjoying each. Thus begins a love story that whets the senses and touches the heart, and makes breathtaking memories.

    If you have not been to Virgin River with Robyn Carr, Wild Man Creek is a great book to start with. If you have been there before in her other books, then you will find this book a super addition. Not only does it sweep the reader into the exquisite love story of Jillian and Colin, it also gives the reader a good visit with characters that seem like acquaintances and friends from times past. It's like a special homecoming with lots of humor, love, and strong sense of community. Jack's Bar is still the place to go to find out what's going on and to feel the pulse of Virgin River.

    As Jillian gardens, reviving skills learned from her great-grandmother, she cries for a career she loved and lost, hating the idea she was setup and used.

    She talks to her sister Kelly, the chef, who has always been her confidant, her "rock" through the years. While Jillian has always been impetuous, Kelly is cautious, and steady. They recognize each other's strengths, and nurture them-even if misgivings creep in at times. Kelly gets a shock when she finds Jillian, who likes to compete, perform, win, and did so in the high tech world of Silicon Valley, is diving into gardening with the same fervor with no guarantee she can succeed. When Kelly comes to check things out, she soon relates to the people in Virgin River and sees that Jillian is healing and reaching out for a new way of life.

    Blackhawk helicopter pilot, Colin Riordan, recovering from a near-fatal crash, has no intention of staying in Virgin River but comes there to give his body more time to heal. He paints creating remarkable pictures while he plans his trip to Africa late in the summer. He's going in hopes of getting his old life back. He longs for the wildness, recklessness, and the adrenaline rush. His relationship with his family creates tense sub-scenes from time to time while his relationship with Jillian sends the heart racing.

    Robyn Carr's writing style, smooth and non-intrusive, teases the senses, thrills the heart, and engages the mind with actions that bring out the fears, doubts, hopes, and dreams of the lifelike characters. Her vibrant characters make Wild Man Creeks throb with life. She pulls the reader into the unique community of Virgin River with humor, home-truths, down-to-earth attitudes, and most of all with the incredible love story that captivates and lets the reader share a special slice of time with the population of Virgin River.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    NOT AS GOOD AS OTHERS

    I have read all the Virgin River books and I loved them but this one I found boring. Maybe because around 300 pages were about gardening. Hope the next one is better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 9, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Passions that Really Matter!

    Public relations expert, Jillian Matlock, travels to Virgin River in Northern California, forced to leave her job because of a sexual harrassment charge. Nothing could be further from the truth, but Jillian decides this is the time to follow a new dream, one that is slowly evolving and with which she is becoming more and more excited. She's smart, sassy, and unafraid to try anything. At least she is until she meets Colin Riordan.

    Colin is a wounded warrior, a former pilot blown out of the sky in a Black Hawk helicopter who has been through the mill physically, mentally, and emotionally. But all of a sudden, he's initially intrigued first and then slowly attracted toward this go-getter lady who begins to move him beyond his hobby of painting natural wildlife scenes for his own peace. The story doesn't stay in a stereotypical pattern at all and continues to thrill the reader with subplots that are offbeat, original, and engaging on every page.

    Gardening, fine food, new discoveries, traveling abroad, and so much more endear and challenge Jillian, Colin, families and others!!

    Love is complicated yet really simple, when all is said and done.

    Very nicely done novel, Robyn Carr!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 24, 2011

    Wild Man Creek

    Very enjoyable, love Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, when I finish a book I always say I'm going to miss my friends, but with this series it's a continuation of a very nice town with people I would love to be neighbors with. I give it 5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 20, 2011

    not bad

    Not a bad read, but not the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Fantastic!

    I have read all of the VirginRiver booksThe characters continue to touch my heart. Robyn, is my favorite Author and the book just proved to me even more why she is!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 29, 2011

    why is ebook release date diffrent?

    great book good read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 13, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Is Love enough, meet this couple and find out in your next MUST READ

    Colin Riordan loved being in the wild blue yonder until one day it all came literally crashing and burning around him over him and through him. It's taken months of intense therapy and a scrape with illegal possession but he's on the right track. Jillian Matlock has had few certainties in her life and one of them had been her career, but add one unscrupulous man and the world as Jill's known it ceases to exist. Together Jill and Colin find what neither ever thought they would, the question is, are they smart enough to hold on to it and keep it.
    Ms. Carr extends our Virgin River family with the addition of Jill and Colin who both have ties to the community some stronger than others. In this episode in her continuing series she doesn't give us natural disaster, or crime to chew on. No she gets right to the heart of the matter, she gives us a couple who experience the once in a lifetime "grand passion" we all read about and then goes about seeing if they're smart enough to recognize and grow it. So it's the epic story of boy meets girl but can he keep her and vice versa. I have to admit that so far these are my favorite hero and heroine in her series, why, because the challenges facing them are something that every one of us could easily face, there's no big time disaster looming making them closer, it's just plain old life that gets in the way. And she does it with such compassion and grace that her readers can't help but fall in love with the characters and feel the pull when they fall and the heat when they love. She let's us catch up on the former goings on in her beloved Virgin River so as not to leave anyone out and she brings us a side story that's been percolating for a few novels between Jack and Denny, but I won't give any of that away. Her romance is sensual, earthy, and heady and her love scenes will put the flame under the coldest of hearts.
    So enjoy the trip back to Virgin River, catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other. Experience the small town problems and solutions that our residents come up with. As someone relatively new to Virgin River I think you can read this as a stand a lone, but I for one am going back to the beginning to experience it all from the start and I know then I'll make heads and tails out of what I missed. And I suggest that for you as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 28, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    The latest Virgin River romance focuses on love as a major healer

    The helicopter crash left Colin Riordan severely injured. While his body heals, he paints wildlife scenes to help his mind mend too. Seeking inspiration he wanders onto property rented by public relations expert Jillian Matlock, who is also healing but her pain is from a broken heart and a probable second order effect of a broken career. To heal, she is working a garden.

    Jillian and Colin are attracted to each other and agree to a tryst while they heal in Virgin River. Once either returns to their previous world, the affair is over. However, as they spend time together each learns the answer to How To Mend a Broken Heart (Bee Gees) is love that could let them live again if they take a chance.

    The latest Virgin River romance focuses on love as a major healer, a theme used in previous series tales like Whispering Rock. The entertaining straight forward story line contains two likable leads needing emotional and mental recovery from recent trauma. The census aside, seemingly the fastest growing area in the country, Wild Man Creek is a fine tale that Robyn Carr's Virgin River readers will enjoy.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    #14 Virgin River series, read all 20 in this series

    #14 Virgin River series, read all 20 in this series

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Hazelfur

    Oh alright

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 295 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)