“Let’s spend every drop. On the kids, on our families, on your patients, on the town. On people we don’t know yet and the ones who have been our good friends forever. On each other. Let’s spend our last drop as we’re taking our last breaths.” p. 371
It’s been months since I’ve actually written a review for a book I’ve read and it’s about damn time I get back into the groove of doing so. I suppose I could blame everyday life – full-time job, part-time college, two dogs wanting constant attention, family who wants it too…yeah, let’s just go with all that shall we. Well, even though I haven’t written a review in a long while I have been getting some reading in since my last post back in November (The Awakening by Nora Roberts). I finally got myself caught up with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, including the spin-off, Black Dagger Legacy, and even the first book in the new BDB Prison Camp series, The Jackal. But I’ll get into all that in a different post. This particular one is going to be dedicated to book eleven of the Virgin River series, Moonlight Road.
This is another series that I’ve finally come back to and have plans to finish before moving onto something new. For a while I would read two or three books in the series and then switch it up for a bit but I decided that I’m just going to push on and finish it all out with no breaks in-between (which really won’t be a hardship, I assure you). Ten books to go (not counting the novellas that is)!
I’ve loved the Virgin River series since the first book and I haven’t been able to get enough of them, however, this particular one wasn’t so great. It wasn’t terrible, I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t love it like I have the ones before. I actually about gave up on this book after the first two chapters because I was annoyed with it. The sentence structure was extremely choppy and it just didn’t capture my attention all that well. The characters weren’t all that great either. I’m always thrilled for a happy ending, that’s one main reason as to why I’ve been reading the Virgin River series as they’re chalked full of happy endings, but when it came to Moonlight Road, it was all too forced. The details were artificial, the plot lacked thrill, and I had a hard time finding a connection with the main characters, Erin and Aiden. I was glad that others were included in the story as that’s what I look forward to with a series, being able to continue to read more about characters that were in previous books; I want to know how much their getting on in life as much as getting sucked into the lives of someone new.
Erin was supposed to be an uptight woman who doesn’t take shit from anyone, however, she didn’t really hold true to that very long. Once Aiden came into her life it was as if her entire character fell to pieces which was down-right disappointing. I wanted to have a bit of a struggle between Aiden and Erin when it came to their relationship. If there was more conflict between the two instead of them just throwing up their hands and giving into everything, the book would have held my attention a hell of a lot more. It probably would have taken my usual two days to read it than the four it did. There wasn’t even a true argument between the two of them. I live for the tension of an argument! Not to mention the make-up that happens afterwards (wink wink). I was wanting Erin to be a bitchy character who expected to get her way in every situation as that would cause some good, much needed, tension between her and soft-hearted Aiden, however, that didn’t turn out to be the case.
Some excitement was meant to be had when it came to Aiden’s ex-wife, Annalee, but she didn’t bring much thrill to the plot either. She was meant to be off-her-rocker crazy but she wasn’t anything more than a con-artist playing men for money. And just like any swindler all she did was demand money from Aiden, show up at Erin’s place demanding to be given back her husband, threaten Aiden some more, and then at the end show up with a gun demanding the money she had yet to get her hands on. Nothing really stood out about Annalee to make her any different from any other hustler. There could have been so much more to her character and how she acted to add tension and drama to the story but there was no luck with that either.
Then comes Aiden, who was just as flat of a character as the others. I was really hoping to get so much more out of him but all he did was ramble around through the woods – which we didn’t even get to enjoy those adventures – cause Erin to get a concussion, and then fall head-over-heels in love with her in the matter of just a month. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, I’m all for love at first sight situations, but the vibe of Moonlight Road was not giving me a love at first site feeling. For all the crap that the both of them had been through in life it should have taken them at least a couple of months to get to the point of love and then marriage, instead it happened with the snap of a finger. Aiden makes Erin go on a few outings with him to get her to find her “true vacation” self, I guess you could say, but then it was just them having a smooth relationship from that moment on. Pretty much after the first five chapters, tops, there were no ups and downs to the storyline so it pretty much flatlined even more for me at that point.
There was no true connection to anything when it came to this story and that just makes me disappointed. I want books to tear at my emotions. I want laugh-out-loud moments, I want parts that clog up the throat and make it hard to swallow, I want bits that crush my heart and make tears flow from the eyes, and I want parts that I get so angry that I want to scream at those within the story and throw the book (which I haven’t ever actually done as I don’t like to risk damaging the book but I do at least think about it). I’ve come across a few in the Virgin River series that have done all that and more but sadly, this one didn’t even come close to any of that. Do I still believe that it should be given a chance, yes, but only so the reader knows how Aiden and Erin’s relationship came to be in case they come up again sometime later on in the series; which I expect they will since there are still some single Riordan brothers out there, but other than that don’t expect too much from it. Oh, and lets not forget about the new babies to add to the mix!
About Moonlight Road
With her beloved younger siblings settled and happy, Erin Foley has got empty nest syndrome. At age thirty-five.
So she’s hitting the pause button on her life and holing up in a secluded (but totally upgraded, she’s not into roughing it) cabin near Virgin River. Erin is looking forward to really getting to know herself…not some shaggy-haired mountain man she meets wandering the woods.
In fact, beneath his faded fatigues and bushy beard, Aiden Riordan is a doctor, recharging for a summer after leaving the Navy. He’s intrigued by the pretty, slightly snooty refugee from the rat race—meditating, journaling and definitely keeping him at arm’s length. He’d love to get closer…if his scruffy exterior and crazy ex-wife don’t hold him back.
But maybe it’s something in the water—unlikely romances seem to take root in Virgin River…helped along with some well-intentioned meddling, of course.
A list of Robyn Carr’s books can be found on her site here – Book List