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Temptation Ridge

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Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr
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Lots of plot threads and lots of sex

  • Feb 20, 2011
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Temptation Ridge is Book 6 in Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series. If one goes online to check out any of Ms. Carr’s books, they will find themselves awash in comments from devoted followers. Why the adulation? Because Ms. Carr delivers on a theme readers the world over, love. Brave military men and the women who love them who live to a code of honor, seemingly missing in today’s gimme, gimme, entitlement era.

I love that this series provides new characters with their struggles while keeping us informed on the previous characters who inhabit tiny Virgin River, her fictional town in the Humboldt County redwoods. That said, I have a few issues with this particular book. While the characters, old and new, are interesting and developed so that I want to see what’s happening next, this is the book where I got a little jaded at the pages and pages of hot, mind-blowing sex. I’m no prude, but there comes a point when a good thing can be overdone, and I found myself skipping pages to get to the plot. Also, and I understand that it is one person creating the scenes, but each character in the boinking episodes seems to do and say the same things as other characters in previous books. I would have preferred some variation on the theme (one of the reasons I really liked the story of Preacher and Paige–he wasn’t a jaded Lothario, used to sex anywhere and everywhere. That made him rather endearing.)

Okay, this is the story of (mainly) Luke Riordan, eldest brother of five Irish American boys. Luke is thirty-eight, recently retired from an Army career flying Black hawks, a veteran of five conflicts and having been shot down three times. He’s also the veteran of a very brief, painful marriage that has left him scarred on the inside, unable to commit to any woman. He meets General Walt Booth’s niece Shelby McIntyre as she arrives in Virgin River to spend time at her uncle’s. It’s instant attraction for both Shelby and Luke, but Luke figures she’s a teenager and off-limits. Shelby is young, just twenty-five, but after years of caring for her ill mother, she’s ready to see life and the things she’s missed. She’s never had a boyfriend, never had sex, and she wants Luke to be the first. Luke attempts to discourage her, but not very hard–after all, this is Virgin River and the author is Robyn Carr.

As Shelby and Luke get better acquainted, friendship turns to something much more satisfying. I found Shelby quite refreshing as an inexperienced girl who knew what she wanted. Luke was harder to warm up to until his gentle side emerged. I liked the way he took Art Cleary, a young man with Down’s syndrome under his wing.

Meanwhile, Walt is falling for retired actress Muriel St. Claire, and the feeling is mutual, even though the five-times-married Muriel wants only an affair.

Early in the story, we’re treated to Joe Benson’s marriage to flight attendant Nikki. Nikki’s and Vanni’s flight attendant friend Abby is a member of the wedding party and she hides the fact that her own marriage is over–has been over for quite some time. She seeks solace in the hotel bar and runs into Dr. Cameron Michaels. They talk, have drinks, and end up in his room for a night of sex. Michaels awakens in the morning and Abby has gone. But Cameron cannot forget Abby and he goes to great lengths to track her down.
Ms. Carr does a fantastic job of tying each of the threads into a finely woven ending, but you’ll have to get your own copy to see how she does it.

As I said earlier, I found the almost nonstop sex a bit tedious, but Mr. Carr redeemed herself with some good conflict, danger, great insight into the human psyche and enough sweeteners to make me anticipate the next story.

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