I love Robyn Carrs novels. She writes such wonderfully witty romances with completely realistic characters that I wish Virgin River were a real place.
Here, the heroine is divorcee Leslie Petrusco, who has left Grants Pass to avoid constantly running into her narcissistic ex-husband and his newly pregnant wife. The divorce was hard enough on her, but the pregnancy hits Leslie like a gut punch: her ex told her that he didnt want kids with her. However, hes decided that he wants to be friends. Leslie has other ideas and when an old friend, Paul Haggerty, offers her a job working in Virgin River for Haggerty Construction, she jumps at the chance and becomes the office manager.
Danson Connor (who is now known as Connor Danson) has also escaped a bad marriage to a sex addict, but also has more problems: hes the only witness to a murder in Sacramento and his hardware business was burned to the ground in an effort to silence him. He arrives in Virgin River and also begins working for Haggerty Construction.
Connor and Leslie meet and theres definitely some chemistry between them but a misunderstanding leaves them at odds with each other.
Neither Leslie nor Connor seem to want a relationship, but their friendship catches fire. In one of the loveliest scenes, Connor brings Leslie flowers: that is, he brings perennials and flowers to plant around her rental house. Connors devotion to his sister (a widow) and her two boys, who all live in Vermont, is also nice to see. Carrs characters are never one-dimensional. Katie, Connors sister, is the main character of Redwood Bend, the next novel in the series. Her romance is hinted at in this book.
Fans familiar with the Virgin River series will welcome back recurring characters like Dan Brady and Brie Valenzuela while getting to know Leslie and Connor. Leslies ex is goofy and self-centered, and his new wife, Alison, is appropriately rude and obnoxious. How Leslie deals with her ex following her into Virgin River in a vain attempt to (re) gain her friendship is hilarious. Highly recommended.
When Connor Danson arrives in Virgin River, he doesn't want to be there. He is the sole witness in an upcoming murder trial and the police are trying to keep him alive so he can testify. With the help of Brie Valenzuela, he has a new identity and a new job. He just has to keep a low profile. That is easier said than done when he meets Leslie Petruso. Leslie is newly divorced and starting over in Virgin River. Even though Brie told Connor not to get involved with the locals, Connor falls hard for Leslie. With the whole town rooting for the romance, it's hard to keep a low profile.
This is book number 17 in the Virgin River series. It's a cute contemporary romance and certainly kept my interest. I loved Leslie and her fire extinguisher. I also like how Connor came to love the small town. My rating: 4.5 Stars.