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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr

Wild Man Creek by Robyn Carr
Publisher: Mira
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (361 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

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….

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.