Length: 12 hours and 51 minutes
Series: Virgin River #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Mira Books Pages: 376
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Also in this series: A Virgin River Christmas , Second Chance Pass , Temptation Ridge
Also by this author: Virgin River, Whispering Rock , A Virgin River Christmas , Second Chance Pass , Temptation Ridge
For the second time in a year a woman arrives in the small town of Virgin River trying to escape the past.
John “Preacher” Middleton is about to close the bar when a young woman and her three-year-old son come in out of a wet October night. A marine who has seen his share of pain, Preacher knows a crisis when he sees one—the woman is covered in bruises. He wants to protect them, and he wants to punish whoever did this to her, but he knows immediately that this inclination to protect is something much more. Paige Lassiter has stirred up emotions in this gentle giant of a man—emotions that he has never allowed himself to feel.
But when Paige’s ex-husband turns up in Virgin River, Preacher knows his own future hangs in the balance. And if there’s one thing in the marines’ motto of Semper Fidelis—always faithful—has taught him, it’s that some things are worth fighting for.
Barb and I decided to continue on in the Virgin River series this month because we are both a fan of Preacher from the show. Let me tell you he is very different in the book! After seeing what I have to say go see what Barb says about it on her blog Booker T’s Farm!
Here is what I thought
John “Preacher” Middleton was closing up the bar one night when a young woman with a small child comes in. He can tell something is wrong right off the bat and she is very skittish. Preacher does his best to make her feel safe and that he is not someone who would harm her. That is hard to do when he is a giant of a man.
With some soothing words he finally gets her to settle down and sleep in his spare room because the child looks sick, he tells her she can get the kid checked out by the doctor and that there is a midwife in town if she would like to see her. It takes a lot more talking to get her to stay in Virgin River while she heals up. He always makes it clear she can leave at any time, but he could use some help at the bar.
Preacher quickly takes to Paige and everyone in Virgin River can see it but Preacher. He sees it as just wanting to keep Paige safe from her husband, soon to be ex-husband, who beat her so badly she almost died and that was why she had run. When Paige’s ex comes to Virgin River after her it riles up fierce protectiveness in Preacher that nobody would want to get in his way.
I love Preacher he is a big ole softy! He has always thought of himself as a person who would always be alone and so when Paige comes into his life there are a lot of things he is not real sure about. He knows he is growing fond of her but he has never been in love and he isn’t sure how to approach things with Paige. I often would get a little aggravated at his slow moving pace when it came to Paige. Thank goodness he has good friends to telling him all about what he can’t seem to see! Paige is a great character too. She is a loving mother to her child and just wants to be loved by someone who doesn’t think hitting comes with it. She quickly falls for the gentle giant but often wonders if maybe he doesn’t feel the same because he never tries to make a move.
There are also some other storylines going on in this one and actually seemed like it packed a bunch in for being a shorter book that the first one. We get more of Jack and Mel who are my very favorite people! There is also more about Liz and Rick which ended up being a very sad part towards the end! 🙁 Rick is so young and I am very curious to see how things go with him later on in the series as he gets a book eventually. 🙂
Overall, I really enjoyed it though there some aggravating moments and this Preacher isn’t to much like my TV show Preacher…lol.
I enjoyed the narration by Therese Plummer a lot more this time than with the first book. I think it was because Hope wasn’t in this one and I didn’t have to listen to her try to do an old lady voice…lol. 🙂