About the Book:
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!
This book was very typical of the Virgin River series. Patrick is military and has been given extended leave after an accident in which his best friend was killed. He is trying to decide whether to return to the Navy, or to marry his best friend's wife (not that he has consulted her about this). Angie is an academic overachiever who, after a serious accident, has decided to pursue the social side of life. They meet and .....
Like the other Virgin River books it contains pre-marital intimate scenes and when they start, both characters characterize their relationship as a fling.
Like most books that are part of a series, this one contains a large cast who play little role in the story. However, the story is simple enough and their appearances brief enough that it really doesn't matter if you've read the other books. Unlike many Christmas romances, this is a full length book.
I like the Virgin River books, so I liked this one. If you have read and not liked others in the series, this one is just more of the same. Grade: B.