This one was a mess I loved the first 3 books of the series but this one was simply awfulThe heroine was a total bitch She was rude pushy selfish ungrateful nosy and completely unfair I simply couldn t stand her and I don t get how we re supposed to believe anyone else wants to be around her Ugh The hero was a pushover with no personality The side story on his side was cringy and totally unrealistic The fact that they got together ust 2 months after Vanessa s husband s death which coincided with her giving birth to his baby too seemed strange and unrealistic I think any mom of such a young baby would be focusing on maternity rather than pining for someone and trying to settle her love life let alone a recent widow And this one was even actively throwing herself at the man and banging him over the head for taking so long to make a move on her Unbelievable The heroines from previous books behaved unnecessarily disrespectful rude and bitchy toward their spouses as well Especially Mel It felt like she doesn t appreciate Jack at all He s such an amazing husband and he doesn t deserve such treatment Major disappointmentThe bridesmaid side story was super cringy as well The dude was a total gentleman and everyone ganged up on him for no reason The girl behaved like an idiot Why he would want anything to do with such a crazy person after being put through all of this is beyond me Well not what I expected at all This series has made a turn I m not interested about I really wanted to like this books because for me books 12 and 4 were amazing But book 3 and this one were not goodFirst I got extremely bored with the beginning of the book As Vanni and Paul knew so well each other we did not have all those moments where the main couple gets to know each other which are the best IMHO Then they were constantly complaining and searching for reasons not to be together I mean at the beginning it was bearable because you could sympathize with them for all they had went trough but after 250 pages in the same way you get so annoyed you Elena's Conquest just wanna burn up the bookThen there was the fact that we got to read about Jack and Mel in this book than even the main couple I mean their book was great my fav so far but it is over She should not spend so many pages with couples that already got their HEA Getting flashes from previous couples is cute but reading half a book about them is boring as hell We already read their HEAs so why read half a book about themI don t know Iust think that she should focus much in the main couple Same thing happened with me in book 3 I felt like I wanted to read much about the main couple but couldn t I Sister of My Heart just hope next book is better I will give this series another try because so far I have liked books in it than not But if next is as this one this will be the end of this series for me It has never happened to me that in a same series I love some books and hate otherslol this is the first time I only gave this book 2 stars because I still love everything about Virgin River and the boys in there I think the plot is terrific and the whole thing is great Iust don t like how the author focuses some of her stories 25 starsHaving read many reviews of Robyn Carr s Virgin River series up to this book I am aware that many readers have had problems with the prevalence of women s health and pregnancy content throughout these books Up until Second Change Pass I did not count myself among their numberWith the central character of Mel being a nurse practitioner and midwife I found it for the most part to be in keeping with her profession and if at times it could come across a little preachy it never dimmed my enjoyment of the books and I could even appreciate the realism of it on some level until nowAs a mother I have gone through the roller coaster of pregnancy and breast feeding etc so I understand how messy consuming and difficult these things can be Like any woman I have had to take responsibility for my health and endure intrusive and uncomfortable procedures Apart from all that I am a pretty broad minded person and open to most things ButI think the author made a major misstep in this book There was one particular scene that I found incredibly uncomfortable reading Not uncomfortable in a challenging and thought provoking way but uncomfortable in a disturbing way I didn t expect to be confronted with that sort of scene and in a romance novel of all things and it left a very bad taste in my mouth no pun intendedThat I will remember this novel most for that one scene is NOT a good thing It still leaves me feeling disturbed to remember it and I think there were much better ways of handling that situation within the covers of this book I can t even begin to imagine how the readers who have had issues with the pregnancywomen s health issues up to this point reacted to that sceneUnfortunately that was not my only problem with this book This was supposed to be Vanni and Paul s story and I had issues with it at the outset In Whispering Rock pregnant Vanni s husband Matt was killed in Ira His loyal best friend stepped in to support Vanni for the remaining two months of her pregnancy and the birthIt is now 5 months since Matt s death the baby is 3 months old and Vanni has decided that she is ready to move on with Matt s best friend Paul even though she doesn t realise he has been in love with her since they met I know grief is a very personal thing but I couldn t help feeling that 5 months was far too uick to be moving on so seriously Not only that but both Vanni and Matt s families were actively wanting her to find someone new Just wrongApart from that Vanni was a very moody and unappealing character In fact most of the female characters in this book were unlikable Paul is in a complicated position with another woman and she turns out to be a stereotypical bitch Although her storyline played a significant role she disappears entirely without her circumstances being resolved for the reader Paul seemed like a nice guy but even his character was fairly nondescript and both he and Vanni disappeared from the story about two thirds of the way through There was far too much going on in this one Apart from Vanni and Paul there were three other developing romances lots of revisiting the existing couples with their own activities and drama and also external events affecting the town All the Virgin River novels always have a lot going on but this one took it way too farAll that said I still love this series I like Carr s writing I love the setting and most of the characters and I will definitely be moving on with the rest of the series I King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies just hope this one was the only aberration I think I said it after reading A Virgin River Christmas but it still stands true reading a new Virgin River novel is like coming home to old friends You get to catch up with all the previous characters see how they are all doing and what s new in Virgin River Plus meet new characters It sust nice to read and Robyn Carr does a great ob with the continuity of this seriesIn Second Chance Pass readers finally get the resolution to Vanessa and Paul s relationship Years ago Paul and his best friend Matt saw the same woman at the same time Bot. In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband Matt and gave birth to their son breaking her heart while filling it with a whole new kind of love But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't exist
Ent And no matter how much they tried to ustify it their relationship had a bit of an ick factor attached I was much interested in the JoeNikki hookup the RickLiz buildup the TomBrenda separation and the WaltMuriel possibility Add to that the continuing never a dull moment stories of JackMelinda JohnPaige MikeBree then wondering about a CamTeri possibility or perhaps a CamShelby match because Cameron is Class of 92: Out of Our League just too damn good looking to go without his own story plus visits from the Doc Hope and the stranger in the black SUV out of breath wellI was completely able to stick Paul Vanessa into the nether parts of my mind and not drop the book to 4 starsNormally I am distracted by a clutter of characters in a romance noveltoo many introductions too many sideshowsnever as interesting as the hero and heroine Even Susan Elizabeth Phillips whom I love but who always weaves a terribly long side story has me skimming pages to get back to the leading Hh story Robyn Carr however can introduce 10 new characters with 5 separate stories add the 5 or so relationships she has already established put them all under one cover and actually make it work No clutter at allHave I scared you off because it sounds so bloody overwhelming It really isn t Carr gives you small doses at a timeintroduces new characters by easing them in instead of focusing on them And before you know what s hit you you ve become a part of the Virgin River community as well You can see the beautiful untouched land that surrounds the town the brilliant skyamb packed with stars You want to know what Preacher is making for dinnerif anyone is up for a little fly fishingif Joe really slept with Vanessa s maid of honor LOL If you ve ever followed a soap opera on TV this series gives you that same feeling of eagernessanxietyanticipation of what lies ahead However unlike Pine Valley where everyone is sleeping with everyone else s wife brother best friend or Erica Kane Virgin River residents are loyal to love practice fidelity so far They also have no problem keeping the bedroom door open for the readers This ain t no Christian RomanceOverall this series is primarily based on one ex Marine sargeant s fabulous story and the sub stories of the men who served in his regiment Big handsome strong honest men who are tighter than brothers a little wild and a lot singleuntil they make their way to Virgin River where destiny awaits each of them in the form of a woman who will become the mother of his children and the greatest love of his lifeLOL I guess you can tell I m psyched about this series and urge those of you that haven t read it to give it a go someday You ll be lining up to thank me for the rec D 5 stars Contemporary RomanceSecond Chance Pass is another bittersweet heartrending addition to the engaging Virgin River series with its portrayal of uaint small town community life soap opera worthy drama uirky characters love and humor This one had multiple storylines going on involving all the previous characters as well as This is like a 360 I Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story just really didn t love this one as much as the others It was engrossing but most of the time I was frustratedIt s the women For some reason in Second Chance Pass they re all crazy or bitchy or stupid or a combination of all three It s very annoying I ve liked the female leads in all the books up until this one Most of the women notust Vanni were practically howl at the moon nuts And the men came off as whipped than usual which is far from my preferenceThere were a lot of stories woven in this time It felt like a skim over the populace rather than a fully realized arc but then Carr s Virgin River series isn t organized in strict arcs anyway Second Chance Pass ust seemed to have focal points though Three romances total that all related back to the title two births several goodbyes and a Big Event that wraps it all up That s a lot for one bookI love the new building going on in Virgin River I love that people are coming to the town and falling in love with it I don t know what new characters that popped up in this one will pop up in further books but there are a lot of new possibilities now I didn t out and out sob reading this one although the conversation between Rick and Jack almost did the trick Keep the tissues handy though Just because I didn t weep uncontrollably doesn t mean my throat didn t tighten up at several moments Your mileage may varyThe best thing about this series is that you come to know the characters so well that even if they ust show up in the background you feel like you ve really checked in with them And you feel like the town s a part of your own experience which is a very impressive accomplishment for CarrNo I didn t love this installment I do love the series though and I m anxious to move on to the next one I ll get there but after a few other books in the TBR And I will definitely have the tissues in easy reachETA There are some mild spoilers in the comments Woo boy This one really didn t work The main couple Vanni and Paul sucked but Carr decides to force in romances for a friend of Paul and Vanni s and then we have too focus on Jack and Mel and then we have Walter and a retired Hollywood actress and I know I am blanking on someone else We have appearances by Mike Preacher and Paige I have no idea why Carr didn t focus on the main couple And I have to say that some of the asides in this book about how Jack doesn t feed firefighters who are the felon suads ticked me off Sure these men are out there trying to keep your home from burning but don t deserve free food Carr ticked me off again when she has Mel pro home birth and doesn t talk about the dangers at having home births We do have something happen but it s like a blip and forgotten This book went on way too long Was so glad to be done with itSecond Chance Pass has Paul Haggerty reeling from the fact he has fallen for his best friend s now widow Vanessa Rutledge He has been there and helped Vanessa as she s now trying to raise her baby son and is scared if he tells her how she feels she will reject them However something from Paul s past may cause the couple problems than anticipated We also have Mel and Paige both pregnant and readying themselves for their births The book umps around to too many characters for you to get a sense for anyone Vanessa started to annoy me and definitely bugged me after she got on Paul s friend Joe s back about him starting up a romance with a friend of hers who acted like a loon This was the first book when I started to get a bit turned off by Virgin River and it s characters I felt that too many of them were so aggravating I couldn t imagine being around them for than 5 minutes Jack is in everyone s business and he and Mel are similar to a soap opera super couple There was no real tension in this one I thought Just a lot of people being dumb about getting together with each other It took me until 39% before major frustrations with Paul and Vanessa s romance cleared and I was able to relax a little bit I still was on edge view spoilerabout an issue with Paul until around 51% I ll also say that I don t think I would ve been as understanding with Terri and what she did So not okay with me hide spoiler. Has staked her claim on him a claim that will be tough to escapeWith courage humility and not a little meddling from the good folks of Virgin River Vanni and Paul might ust get a second chance to have the love they both desire and deserv.
H wanted her but it was Matt who took the initiative and eventually married Vanessa Paul never stopped loving Vanessa but he would never come between the two Then Matt was killed while fighting for his country and Paul stayed with Vanessa through it and the birth of her and Matt s child Now Vanessa has realized her feelings for Paul have grown but she thinks he sees her like a sister And Paul believes she s not ready for him to reveal his feelings Things get complicated when an occasional lover of Paul s tells him she is going to have his baby So it seems like everything is against them working it outAnd elsewhere in Virgin River babies are being born lovers must say goodbye forest fires threaten Some people are moving on others are standing still and others are stuck in the past There s never a dull moment in Virgin RiverThis was such an enjoyable book to read I loved the characters the setting the different storylines With the exception of one or two small things I loved every part of this book It was great to read Vanessa and Paul getting their happy ending After everything Vanessa had been through and Paul s unreuited love they both deserved a happy future together I liked the way things developed with them all the complications It made the resolution Whew I loved it ust as I knew I would This latest in the Virgin River series had a lot going on There were at least three new romances as well as updates on some longer standing ones a couple of very touching births a couple of near tragic deaths of some major characters a funeral lots of heartbreak lots of happiness a oyous wedding and even a forrest fire that came close to destroying the town and taking the life of one of it s leading citizens Something was always happening in tiny Virgin RiverAlthough this book was mainly about the love between newly widowed Vanessa Rutledge and best friend of her late husband Paul Haggerty I think almost eual time was given to well known characters from the previous books in the series especially Mel and Jack Sheridan who was like a superhero in this book Which was fine with me I love revisiting the lives of Mel and Jack I love reading about their inspiring love story their commitment to one another and their family and their commitment to the town of Virgin River I also found Jack s relationship with young Rick a boy he s mentored for a few years very touching We also get a glimpse again into the lives of Preacher and Paige Mike and Brie and young Marine Rick and Liz as well as watch new relationships develop for fellow Marine Joe Vanessa s father Walt and her teenage brother Tom Lots of lovin goin on in tiny Virgin RiverI loved the story of newly widowed Vanni whose husband Matt died tragically in Ira and how she was able to stay strong even though she was left with a newborn to raise Loved the friendship she had with Matt s best friend and former Marine buddy Paul who had loved her from the minute he first set eyes on her years ago but was reluctant to fight for her I did not like how Paul almost blew a chance for happiness with Vanni and let her almost get stolen away from him by a handsome pediatrician I was very relieved when he finally got up the gumption helped along by some advice from his friends to reveal his long standing feelings for Vanni and even liked how he went all dominant on her it was Moonrise just what the hot tempered and stubborn Vanni needed While their love affair was not without a few bumps along the way including the possibility that he may have fathered a child by another woman you could feel the love and obvious connection that these two characters had I especially loved Paul he wasust such an honorable all around good guy and I really wanted him to have a HEAAs far as the subplots there was some hot moments for teenage Tom Rutledge and girlfriend Brenda and I m sure we ll be reading about them once Tom graduates from West Point and moves on to a career in the military Will these young lovers be able to stay together even though Tom s military path is sure to keep them apartI also loved the plot about Paul s achitect friend Joe Joe s the last of the Marine buddies who s still single and he finds his possible soulmate in Virgin River But after a wildly passionate night together she disappears breaking his heart I was ust heartbroken for this guy he didn t deserve that kind of treatment But by the end of the book things look like they finally may be turning around for him which made me very happy Hopefully there will be for him in a future book Even Vanessa s father widowed Army General Walt finds a surprising new love interest Although his story is left open ended I m sure his budding romance will appear in a future bookWhat can I say without giving away some spoilers If you love the Virgin River series you ll adore this book The characters are beautifully written you feel like you ve known them all your life The writing is so descriptive you feel like you can see Jack s Bar right in front of your eyes down to the mounted trophies on the wall You know the characters so well their hurts become your hurts and bring tears to your eyes And their oys become your oys and you ll cry for them as well There were many times while reading this book that I ust had to put it down for a while because I was tearing up so much If you haven t read any books in the series I suppose this book could be read as a stand alone but please don t do that to yourself Start with the first book in the series Virgin River you ll want to inhale every factoid about this tiny California town and the awesome men who treat their women like ueens and the brave spunky women who adore them Although the heat factor in this book isn t real high in uantity compared to some other books the few love scenes are hot and the romance makes up for the rest I think this is one of the best contemporary romance series out there and I hope Robyn Carr never stops writing about the men and women of Virgin River I highly recommend this book and the entire series and give it a big 5 stars Second Chance Pass is the 5th and IMO the most touching story in the Virgin River series to date It also reaffirmed my belief that Jack Sheridan is the best hero to have ever graced the pages of a romance novel Not one to slink away uietly after his story was showcased in Virgin River book 1 of the series Jack and his wife Mel have continued to figure prominently in each book sinceparticularly in this one Jack s love and appreciation for his close friends and family his over the top insane love for Mel and his babies his zest for lifehas me with my fingers crossed that he continues starring or at least co starring in the remaining installments of the VR series He can evoke so much emotion from me it s pathetic Then again how can anyone stay dry eyed when Jack is praying to God begging actually for Him not to take Mel when she is hemorrhaging after childbirth although he didn t live up to his side of the bargain by donating a million dollars to the church lolSCP is supposed to star Paul Vanessa yet they are easily upstaged by the other couples Vanni was a bit of an ill tempered shrew and Paul was Mr Everydayguy so they didn t spark a lot of excitem. Aul Haggerty lives by the marine motto Semper Fi Ever faithful to his best friend he's done right by Matt's widow as best he canconsidering he's been secretly in love with her for years Now ust as he's about to make his move another woman.