The last thing Jillian Matlock expected when she went to a meeting with her boss at her high-powered marketing job Monday morning was consequences from what turned out to be a not so wise affair. Luckily, she had fond memories of her and her friends visiting Virgin River a few months earlier.
Colin Riordan’s still learning how to cope with the near fatal helicopter crash that left him not being able to have the life he loved. At least healing in Virgin River he won’t think about the 25 year olds waiting for his spot or suffer pitying looks from co-workers and well meaning friends. He has his over-concerned big brother and his family to think about while he enjoyed his love of wildlife painting.
Jillian rents Hope’s renovated house and begins to settle in. Her ambitious plans bring town visitor and handyman, Denny, more into the spotlight. She also meets and befriends Colin. Their soft friendship naturally turns into an adult romance with enough commonalities to take it further. Their chemistry and sexy banter makes the reader want them to succeed in bed and out.
This outing is what’s expected on a Virgin River visit. Denny’s reason for stopping in Virgin River also comes out as he helps Jill adjust to her temporary home and he too prepares to dig in. The usual suspects are out in full force welcoming new residents and getting their threads updated. However, this reader found the updates and introductions of new characters a bit jarring at about 67% into the read.
The platitude of ‘life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans’ is alive, well and leads into the contemporary dilemma of second careers. It plays well into this town and is a great set-up for these thirty-somethings kicking life right back.