Patrick Riordan always thought that nothing could match the adrenaline rush he gets from his job. But this Christmas, Patrick’s pulse is really racing…
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!
Is this the end for the huge – and hugely popular – Virgin River?
I read an interview a number of months ago where Robyn Carr suggested it was time to move away from California’s most popular community for a while. If My Kind of Christmas is anything to go by, I’d say this is definitely the case.
Unlike Carr’s other Christmas offerings, this one is for long-time Virgin River fans rather than for drive-by readers. While the two lead characters here are virtually unknown to any of us, all of the secondary characters will leave your head spinning. If you’re looking to ease your way into the series with a Christmas book, try A Virgin River Christmas – a great book.
Robyn Carr is one of those authors whose books I know I will always enjoy. I definitely have my likes and dislikes in this (eighteen book, three novella) series, but I can always count on her for humour, warmth, and some good old romance. This book is no different, bringing us two characters who have hovered around the edges of the series for years, who finally find a happy ever after together.
If Carr wants to leave Virgin River here, I think she did a marvellous job with wrapping things up. The Sheridans and the Riordans have been the two most prominent families in the series, and so bringing together Angie LeCroix (whose mother is a Sheridan) and Patrick Riodan was a perfect way to allow us to catch up on many of the books’ favourite characters without shoving them all in our faces. Even often-overlooked Brie and Mike got some page time!
I loved the humour between these two characters, and the way they were both going through some crazy things in their personal lives, but still managed to be really decent people. I’ve liked so many of Carr’s pairings recently; if anything they’re getting better.
Of course, this is a Christmas book. Christmas books are going to have certain themes, however I wouldn’t run screaming from this one if schmaltzy family values aren’t your thing; Carr manages to avoid that.
My Kind of Christmas was a fun Christmas romance with a few more serious issues thrown in. I’d say it’s a definite read for fans of the series; I don’t see how you could be disappointed.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.