Title: Redwood Bend
Author: Robyn Carr
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Size: 337 pages
Release Date: February 28th 2012
Stand Alone or Series: Virgin River #18
Publisher via NetGalley
First Line: Katie Malone quit her job and packed up her little Vermont House.
Summary (from GoodReads):
Katie Malone and her twin boys’ trip along the beautiful mountain roads to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, the rain has set in, the boys are hungry and Katie is having trouble putting on a spare. As she stands at the side of the road pondering her next move, she hears a distinct rumble. The sight of the sexy, leather-clad bikers who pull up beside her puts her imagination into overdrive.Dylan Childress and his buddies are on the motorcycle trip of a lifetime. But the sight of a woman in distress stops them in their tracks. And while the guys are checking out her car, she and Dylan are checking out one another.In one brief moment, the world tilts on its axis and any previous plans Katie and Dylan might have had for their futures are left at the side of the road.
I’ll preface my thoughts by saying that this is the first in the series that I have read…I am not sure if jumping in at book 18 was a detriment…but I honestly didn’t feel like I missed out on anything or was lost by not knowing the back stories of the other characters.
In this novel we meet the widowed Katie and her two twin boys as they move to the small town where her brother Conner lives. She then not only has to worry about settling in and making a new life for herself and her boys but also deal with the attentions of “bad Boy” Dylan.
This book was well written and flowed very nicely. I also loved the rural setting and could easily imagine myself living there. All of the characters and supporting characters were lovely although not very strong presences.
The romance and subsequent “obstacles” to be overcome were a bit annoying…but I find this typical with a lot of romance books where the only real obstacle is thick-headedness. I tend to prefer books where there is more of a pressing or dangerous obstacle rather than one that could be solved by a simple conversation or self examination.
All in all this was a very pleasant and enjoyable read. I can see why this series is so popular…this book was an easy comfortable read…perfect for summer.
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