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Review: Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr

22 Feb

Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
Harlequin/MIRA (Feb. 28, 2012)
Mass Market: $7.99; ebook: $7.99
ISBN: 9780778313106

Favorite Lines: “My God, he thought. Did she take nothing seriously? Here they’d romped the night away in complete carnal pleasure and at first light he’s caught naked in her bed by her children! They’d be in therapy until they were twenty. But of course they hadn’t seen anything…He was covered, Katie claimed to have slept in the other room and the clothes he’d left on the living room floor the evening before were neatly folded on the top of the chest of drawers, his boots standing politely on the floor. Even the dresser drawer where she kept all the extra condoms was closed; no wrappers on the night side table.” (p. 150, egalley)

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.

If you love the calm world created by Robyn Carr you are going to love her newest book Redwood Bend. Carr excels in writing feel good romances about people looking for and achieving successful second chances in life. Book 16 in Carr’s Virgin River series introduces us to a well-rounded widow raising twins who is ready to reenter the world of dating. She meets a child movie star turned business owner on the verge of disaster who rocks her world.

Dylan isn’t looking for love. He’s a love ’em and leave ’em type of man. Until he meets Katie and discovers a bond in a place he never expected–a single mother of twins and in Virgin River.

The trials of dating a woman with children from both the woman and man’s point of view is given in a sometimes hilarious fashion. The children in Carr’s book are actual characters with quality page time which doesn’t take away from the romance building between the hero and heroine. For the most part the lives of the characters revolve around the children. It doesn’t make for an exciting story, but it does make an excellent finding love story when you’re not a virgin twenty something.

Redwood Bend is a traditional romance which focuses on two people facing their own fears before combining to form a strong relationship. It features steady pacing and a passionate grown folks type of love. It’s what I’ve come to expect from Carr.

I love the down to earth romances Robyn Carr writes. While I haven’t read all of Carr’s books, I do read them whenever I want a comfortable contemporary romance to warm me. I was not disappointed with Redwood Bend.