My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr

Title:  My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River #20)

Author:  Robyn Carr

Genre:  Contemporary Romance series

Published:  October 2012 – Harlequin/MIRA

My take:  Angie LaCroix cannot spend another minute under her parents’ roof. She’s grateful that her mother took care of her after a terrible car crash several months earlier but she can’t take the micromanaging where her future is concerned. She decides to get out of town for a few weeks and heads to Virgin River where her uncle Jack and other relatives live.

Patrick Riordan landed in Virgin River to take some time and figure out if he wants to remain in the Navy or take his life in a new direction. He’s staying at the cabin of one of his brothers – he has four and most live in the area. Patrick is dealing with PTSD after his best friend (and wingman) was shot down in the middle East. He feels responsible and has pledged to look after his friend’s wife and child – maybe even marry her.

What Angie and Patrick don’t count on is meeting each other. It’s an instant attraction that can’t be ignored – even if they tell each other it can’t be permanent.

Well, this is a romance. A Robyn Carr Virgin River romance. You can guess where this story will go and Robyn Carr doesn’t disappoint. It was hard not to smile while watching the love story unfold. It was fun to see appearances of characters from earlier books in the series – most of them relatives of Angie and Patrick who provided a lot of comic relief. There’s also a heart-warming subplot within the love story. It allowed Angie to shine and find a bit of herself she thought was gone.

If you’re a fan of the series I think you’ll enjoy My Kind of Christmas as much as I did. If you like Contemporary Romance but haven’t read a Virgin River book I recommend starting with book one and enjoy getting to know the people of the small California mountain town. It’s my favorite CR series.

Disclosure:  I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review.

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18 thoughts on “My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr

  1. I just read this one last week and I really enjoyed it. It was my first Virgin River book, I am looking forward to reading more books in the series. I fell in love with all of the great characters.

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    • I think that’s what I enjoy most about the series, Anne. Her characters are like people you might know even if their stories aren’t 🙂

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  2. Another seasonal book to make a note of though as it was only published last month I don’t suppose our library will have a copy even if it has been published here in the UK. Oh well, there’s always next year.

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  3. I love the sound of this one, and I am always on alert for great Christmas reads to go through during the holiday season. I will have to remember that this is a good one, and keep it in mind when I am shopping.

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  4. I’m anal about reading in order lol but this is a series I’ve been wanting to start. Really enjoying contemporary romance, does Robyn Carr write ‘hot’ romance (like Jill Shalvis) or a more ‘sweet’ variety?

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    • Hmm, I’d say more like Jill Shalvis but, at the risk of offending some JS fans, I think Robyn Carr is the better storyteller. I like JS but I like RC more 😉
      I also prefer to read a series in order. Most of this series are strong but I thought a couple less so. Still, she’s an auto buy author for me.

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  5. It is already on my TBR shelve. I love Robyn’s VR series. I am a big fan. i love books about small towns and she never disappoints. She makes me want to live in one… There are so many great authors out there that write about people who live in such great communities, like Jill Shalvis, Lorii Wlide, Sherryl Woods, and there are so many more.. They will always be on my TBR shelf.

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