WILD MAN CREEK
For fans of the Virgin River series, Carr’s latest book is like slipping on a comfy pair of slippers. With the familiar and favorite characters as a backdrop, the newest couple stars in a well-done story of opposites attracting.
Colin Riordan is physically recuperating from a horrible helicopter crash while soothing his soul by painting wildlife, which leads him to PR guru Jillian Matlock. They meet when she discovers him looking for inspiration on the property that she’s renting and turning into a large garden. Jillian is working to recuperate, too, from a disastrous affair that broke her heart and may have ended her career. From the start, Jillian and Colin agree that their relationship is a temporary one because they each have plans to return to their “old” lives. But plans were meant to be changed as their hearts turn to love in Virgin River. (MIRA, Feb., 368 pp., $7.99)