Angel's Peak by Robyn Carr
Series: Virgin River #9
Also in this series: Virgin River, Whispering Rock, Virgin River, A Virgin River Christmas, Second Chance Pass, Second Chance Pass, Second Chance Pass, Temptation Ridge, Paradise Valley, Forbidden Falls, Forbidden Falls, Forbidden Falls, Promise Canyon, Wild Man Creek, Promise Canyon, Harvest Moon, Bring Me Home for Christmas, Redwood Bend, Sunrise Point, Shelter Mountain, Moonlight Road, Moonlight Road
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: January 26, 2010
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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FOUR YEARS AGO, AIR FORCE SWEETHEARTS FRANCI DUNCAN AND SEAN RIORDAN REACHED AN IMPASSE. SHE WANTED MARRIAGE AND A FAMILY. HE DIDN'T. BUT A CHANCE MEETING PROVES THAT THE BITTER BREAKUP HASN'T COOLED THEIR SIZZLING CHEMISTRY.
Sean has settled down in spite of himself --- he's not the cocky young fighter pilot he was when Franci left, and he wants them to try again. After all, they have a history ... but that's not all they share.
Franci's secret reason for walking away when Sean refused to commit is now three and a half: a redheaded cherub named Rosie who shares her daddy's emerald-green eyes. Sean is stunned --- and furious with Franci for the deception.
News travels fast in Virgin River, and soon the whole town is taking sides. Rebuilding their trust could take a small miracle --- and the kind of love that can move mountains.
Oh, why, Robyn Carr? Why?
This book was going along pretty well. I didn’t really like Sean b/c he’s a total douche, but other than that I was into the story. Then comes a scene where Franci and Sean’s moms are talking. About sex, baby. So I’m imagining these two 60 year old women sitting in a living room talking about Viagra and menopause and how it’s hell on the ‘ol body. That in itself wouldn’t have been too bad. It was when I read this that the ick factor came in.
For we ladies, the symptoms of menopause hound our sex lives–we get so dry.
You’re going to go there? Seriously? I know that Virgin River is supposed to be about real people with real problems, but the scene just reeked of medical text re: menopause. I want to know about characters going through menopause about as much as how Sean and Franci have sex during her time of the month. Never.
While reading the last few books in the series, it’s been in the back of my mind that every single character that comes through Virgin River has to have their HEA. Life just doesn’t work that way. I’m happy that Cheryl (the town drunk) got sober. I’m happy that Shelby got pregnant. Yay for meddling moms. But life isn’t a fairytale and it’s not realistic to think that everyone will be happy.
Sean and Franci were together for two years before Franci told Sean she wanted marriage and children. In return, Sean gave Franci an ultimatum, never thinking that she would actually leave. She took it to heart and took off. Now, four years later, Sean is shocked when he sees Franci in a restaurant he happens to be in. Sean now thinks of Franci as the one who got away. He thinks it must be a sign that they should get back together.
Franci isn’t as happy to see Sean as he is to see her. When she left him, Franci was pregnant. After hearing his view not only on marriage, but on children she knows that she can’t tell him. Franci always intended to tell Sean, but she kept putting it off. Now she is backed into a corner. She knows it’s time to tell him.
To say that Sean is shocked to learn of Rosie’s existence is an understatement. His reaction is what I imagine any man’s reaction would be. Denial followed by anger followed by acceptance. I didn’t like Sean up to this point. When he meets Rosie, I warmed up a little. Until this (and this was the FIRST day he met Rosie):
Just thinking about that other Franci got him a little riled, and he thought it was completely reasonable that since he’d played good daddy all day, he might score tonight.
Played good daddy? Might score tonight?
It was with some surprise that at the end of the book, I actually ended up liking Sean. Not only that, but he turned out to be a great hero. In the end, he put the needs of Rosie and Franci first. Not for anything in return, but b/c that’s what a parent/partner does.
I’ve accepted the fact that to me, the first three books in this series will always be my favorite.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.