45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2010
Erin is at a crossroads in her life. For the first time since she was a teenager she has no responsibility for her younger siblings. Her brother is now a doctor and her sister is married and expecting her first child. She's been focused on work and her family for so long that she doesn't know how to have a life! So she decides to use her brother-in-law's cabin in Virgin River to rest and try to figure out exactly what to do. That's before Aiden Riordan startles her out of her contemplations. An emergency room trip later and things start to heat up.
Aiden is a Navy doctor who is on leave and also trying to figure out what to do with his life. His brothers are happily married and his mother is shacking up with a man, traveling the country in a RV (something Aiden is still trying to accept). Aiden tried marriage eight years ago, only to find himself married to a woman with what can only be called sanity issues. But something about Erin makes him think he's finally found the right woman and for the first time Erin finds herself truly falling in love. Just when everything seems perfect, the nightmare of Aiden's first wife drops back in their life. Can they work though the havoc she stirs up?
Erin and Aiden might be my favorite Virgin River characters since Jack and Mel (who also appear in a subplot that is not to be missed). Readers of the Virgin River series will definitely love this one and new readers will find themselves as addicted as the rest of us! Full of laughs and romance Moonlight Road shows that Robyn Carr simply ROCKS!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Although never a mom, attorney Erin Foley feels the empty nest syndrome as the younger siblings she raised have moved on. Taking a time out to reassess her life, she plans on a summer vacation in Virgin River.
After fourteen years with the Navy, Dr. Aiden Riordan has left the military. He comes to Virgin River to visit family with plans to stay around until his sister-in-law Shelby gives birth.
When the two visitors meet, sparks fly and not just from heads clashing into inanimate objects. Still she prefers some alone time and he never moved past his horrific former marriage to Annalee. When his ex wife demands reentry into his life and much more, Aiden goes back into his solitary confinement.
The latest return to Virgin River is a pleasant tale filled with humor and poignancy as neither the lawyer nor the doctor are ready for love, but love is ready for them. The support cast as always is solid with everyone except Annalee rooting for Erin and Aiden to find happiness with one another. Although Annalee and her antics are over the top of Mount Tamalpais, fans will enjoy the latest visit to Virgin River.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2013
Robyn Carr is a wonderful writer who knows how to breathe life into every character she writes. I have read all of the books in her Virgin River series and Angel's Peak and Moonlight Road were far and away my favorites. The dialogue is funny and well written, the characters are appealing and Carr blends just the right amount of romance, sex and action to keep you interested from the first page to the last.
Aiden Riordan is a doctor who has recently separated from the Navy and is visiting his brother who owns a bunch of cabins near Virgin River, while he considers his next career move. While hiking through the woods one day, he comes upon a cabin and a beautiful young woman whom he scares to death because of his ragged appearance and the huge machete he is carrying. When Erin hits her head on the deck and is knocked unconscious, Aiden takes her to the hospital and so begins an unlikely romance between an uptight lawyer who hasn't had a vacation in years and a laid back, scruffy looking OB/GYN who is thinking that it might just be fun to rattle Erin's cage a little to see if he can break through that cool exterior. But when Aiden's psycho ex-wife turns up, things get really crazy and Aiden finds himself fighting for his sanity and his chance to have a life with Erin.
The cast of supporting characters like Aiden's brothers and his mother and Erin's younger sister Marci who we met in A Virgin River Christmas, as well as many of our favorites from previous VR books make the story all the richer and each visit to this little town seems to get better and better. A solid five stars for Robyn Carr's Moonlight Road.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2012
I'm slowly making my way through the Virgin River series and so far, this is one of my favorites.
The two main characters - Erin & Aiden are fabulous characters. Robyn Carr has given interesting depth to Erin, which further explains her deep connections to her siblings and her past reactions (which appear in a previous book). And Aiden has been fleshed out as not only a genuine,sensitive,caring man (as most men in this series are!) but one who is also cheeky (in the way we all love) and who has very human responses to frustrating events in his life, which we don't always see written in these sensitive types.
There's also a slightly sinister slant in this novel with the inclusion of Aiden's ex-wife. I was genuinely anxious in a few spots with the slow build up to the final scene with this truly cold-hearted character but I loved that Carr can write in so many different aspects of human nature in her series that make each book stand out on its own.
I also loved the appearance of past characters in this novel, which Carr consistently does. (Some times there's too much taken away from the main characters but I thought this novel had the right mix.) We not only get to re-visit some favorite characters, but Carr also further develops them, which is not a focus for all authors. There's really great development of Jack and Mel (from book #1) and at one stage, I was getting really frustrated with Mel but Carr has a wonderful way of presenting characters with all their flaws, and yet providing depth of understanding as to their motivations, taking the reader on the full journey. So all is right in the world by the end!
Overall - Great read. Great character development. Emotionally engaging story. Can't wait to start the next one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
Erin Foley returns to Virgin River for some long overdue R & R....in fact, she hasn't taken a vacation in at least ten years. Erin first appeared in A Virgin River Christmas when she tried to retrieve her sister Marcie from Ian Buchanan's rustic cabin. Now that Ian and Marcie are married and living on their own and brother Drew has finished medical school, Erin can take some time for herself. The problem...she has no idea how to relax. She renovated Ian's cabin to have all the creature comforts but she's bored out of her mind and has three months of this "bliss" to look forward to.
Aiden Riordan is separating from the Navy after more than ten years of service and has decided spend some time in Virgin River before he decides his next career move. He's an OB-GYN and hasn't even decided where he wants to live. He's roughing it in the woods, scruffy beard and all, hiking through the town's mountain trails.
Aiden surprises Erin during one of his hikes when he suddenly appears at her deck, causing her to fall and have a concussion. He takes her to the hospital where she continues to assume he's a laborer and he does nothing to discourage her misconception. Aiden continues to visit her cabin, handling her gardening. He finds her intriguing...she is oddly attracted to him. It's not long before they begin a romance.
What's charming about Erin and Aiden's relationship is that they are both at crossroads in their lives, and not just their careers. Aiden wants what his brother,Luke, has found with Shelby and Erin wants what her sister Marcie has with Ian. They recognize something's missing but didn't see each other as the solution. Aiden doesn't take Erin as seriously as she takes herself and she learns to just breathe because of his influence. Their romance evolves so naturally, with lots of humor and great banter.
This story does include some tension as issues related to Aiden's first marriage surface. Other characters from the series make an appearance, which is part of the Virgin River charm. You cannot help liking this couple and pulling for their relationship. There is a scene involving a bear you don't want to miss, too.
I loved the story, Aiden and Erin, and the continued spirit of community in Virgin River. This is a worthy installment of the series and I'm off to the next one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Moonlight Road is another in the multi-series Virgin River books by talented Robyn Carr. This is my third in the series, and though not in order, I'm enjoying the recurring and new characters as much as if I had started with the first book. As with her other books, Moonlight Road is characterized by strong, well-written characters, interesting and realistic plots and enough emotion to keep the reader choked up or smiling. Sometimes both. Ms. Carr is a master storyteller, and it's easy to see why the Virgin River series has gained many followers.
Attorney Erin Foley needs a break from duty. She's been the rock of support for her family since she was eleven, first assuming her mother's role when that woman died, then becoming a parent to her two younger siblings when they lost their father. All the while, she cooked and cleaned, studied and passed the bart exam, then worked nonstop as an tax attorney in Chico, CA. Her brother and sister have finally left home, and Erin who never took time for herself has decided to spend the summer in her sister's and brother-in-law's remote cabin just outside Virgin River. First, though, she has the rustic cabin remodeled with indoor plumbing and electricity.
Almost immediately, she runs into Aidan Riordan, who is hiking in the woods nearby. Startled by the bearded man who appears to be a smelly vagrant, she bumps her head and falls onto the deck. Aiden treats her bruises, then insists she let him drive her to ER for a medical checkup in case she is concussed.
Aiden, fresh out of the Navy, is taking some much needed time off until his sister-in-law delivers her baby, then he plans to find an OB/GYN clinic to set up shop. However, he lets Erin think he's merely a medic. The two clash at first, but after he comes back to check on her, they begin to enjoy each other's company.
Amid their growing interest in one another, the reader is re-introduced to the large and gregarious Riordan clan, Erin's sister Marci and her husband Ian, and several other Virgin River residents. As is typical in a Robyn Carr book, there are several ongoing stories revolving around the main love interest, all designed to keep the pages turning.
Erin's and Aiden's road to romance turns rocky when his ex-wife shows up. Erin at first has doubts about Aiden, but then decides this gentle man whom she has come to love is worth fighting for.
Do yourself a favor and pick up Moonlight Road and get to know the fascinating characters who live and love in Virgin River. Two thumbs up for this warm love story.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2010
I had decided after the previous book to no longer purchase or read Ms. Carr. I said that this Carr had run it's course and I wouldn't be driving it anymore. However, being the OCD type about book series, instead of canceling the Amazon pre-release order, I kept it.
Kinda glad I did. This one was better than the last 4. Tighter plotting, less jumping around among competing story lines, some depth of a secondary plot. I don't know how people new to this series could have understood it very well as Ms. Carr (no doubt to satisfy us long-term VR readers) mentioned at least once almost every character who has ever appeared in the series. At least she didn't go into 1-2 paragraphs updates about'em though. The kept the disconnected feel found in the previous books to a lower level.
I suspect, however, it was because of Jack/Mel's substory that I like this one better. These two characters have far more depth than the newest additions to the town. Also, this one actually took place in VR AND the title of the book was actually relevant to the story! Carr did give even more gynecological tutorials in this one. Sigh. That must be some kind of passion for her and I appreciate that. It does seem to be kinda repetitive after a while, though.
The primary story about Aiden and Erin was ok too. Nice to see some "mature" behavior from leading characters. The ex-wife thing was ok. Didn't do much for me but did provide the "test" of a relationship that is required by the genre. Never do feel completely sold when a character is portrayed as completely evil. It is much more interesting to me to have the 'bad' guys (or girls) display some redeemable qualities or other character traits that can call forth some sympathy. There was a real opportunity for this with Annalee - briefly mentioned at the end but then abandoned.
I guess that I'll give Ms. Carr another chance - will drive a little further. She has been warned, though: No more shallow word dumps that are called novels!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2015
I have to say that Jack is the guy for me but after reading this book, Aiden is a close second. This is what “did it” for me (spoiler alert): tending Erin’s pathetic garden, giving her a “prom” night and being a perceptive, patient and proactive partner in bed. I don’t think I’ve read a romance novel (and I’ve read a lot) where the guy was as attentive to his partner’s response and willing to go the distance, something she wasn’t used to getting. Way to go Aiden! Usually it’s sparks, can’t get enough of you and everything’s awesome. This book portrayed an astute man who wasn’t willing to give less than she needed and wanted. Loved it!
on March 27, 2015
Moonlight Road is by Robyn Carr. It is a Virgin River novel. It has realistic characters and situations.
Erin Foley has spent the majority of her thirty-five years taking care of her brother and sister and building her law practice in Chico. She kept the family going after the deaths of their parents and had done a very good job of it. However, it had been to the detriment of her social life. Her sister was married and expecting her first baby in a couple of months and her brother was in his residency. Erin now had time to finally take a vacation. She had asked her brother-in-law if she could spruce up his cabin in the mountains and use it as a vacation spot. He said it was now part hers since she was now family and she could do what she wanted but to please keep the essence of the place intact. She managed to do this by email and was pleasantly surprised when she got to the cabin. Now she just had to figure out what she was going to do while at the cabin.
Aiden Riordan had just gotten out of the Navy and was taking his long needed vacation. He was staying in one of the cabins belonging to his brother Luke and spending his days hiking in the mountains. He wanted to stay close by as his brother Sean was coming home to pick up his wife and daughter and take them to the next base where he was assigned. His mother and her “friend” George were coming also so the family would be together for the first time in a long time. He also wanted to stay until Shelby, Luke’s wife, had her baby, his first nephew.
While he was out hiking, he came upon Erin’s cabin and scared her. She hit a pot and it fell and knocked her down and she had a cut on her head along with a slight concussion. Until she was in the ER, she didn’t know he wasn’t a vagrant as he was dirty and smelled. Besides, he was carrying a big pole and a machete. He didn’t tell her until later that he was an OB/GYN and was looking into hospitals and clinics around the area. He definitely was between jobs. Little did he know what a role she would play in his life.
Erin wasn’t looking for a partner simply because she didn’t think she would ever find someone now. Her law practice was her life along with Ian and Macie and her brother. Aiden wasn’t looking for anyone either. He had been married once for three months and declared never again would he trust a woman with his heart. But now that he had been the cause of her being in the hospital, he felt obligated to check on her. Then he decided to put in a garden for her since it seemed she wanted one and wasn’t in shape to put it in. It was more of an “I am sorry” gift. As the garden grew, so did their attraction. Where will it lead?
Lots more action and situations arise in the book as you have then entire village getting involved in one way or another. Aiden’s ex-wife shows up and really puts a wrench into the lives of Aiden and Erin.
on December 30, 2010
Erin Foley's character was first introduced to the Virgin River series way back in book #4 (a Virgin River Christmas) now she's back and whole lot nicer for book #10 (if you`re counting) After raising her younger siblings then watching them marry and settle into their own lives Erin is now without any responsibilities for the first time in her adult life and subsequently is suffering empty nest syndrome at the ripe ole age of 35. She's at a crossroads and with no idea how to face her future she puts her career on hold, renovates her brother in law Ian's cabin and settles in for the summer. Planning on doing all those fun things she'd never had time for before. The only problem is Erin doesn't know how to just sit back and watch the sun set.
But this is Virgin River after all and before long a scruffy looking, machete welding former navy man and now unemployed Doctor comes crashing through the bush and into her garden. Sparks don't fly immediately with this pair as Robyn Carr always has her heroines thinking the hero is someone he's not before he shaves off the beard and reveals his true self. But through circumstances they manage to find their way together and begin a sweet summer romance. When Aiden's crazy ex wife suddenly turns up, claiming they're still married it quickly buts a kink in their affair.
Virgin River fans will appreciate trips to Jacks Bar and the many cameos/updates from past characters. Yes Mel the one we all love to hate (or have just plain had enough of) is also back with a substantial subplot involving a uterus, in-vitro fertilization and adoption. Yup theres still lots of woman talk here. Theres also a sweet story involving mentally challenged adults and marriage.
Unfortunately I never felt a real connection between Erin and Adien, their romance seemed lukewarm to me which could be due in part to the fact that Aiden is a gynaecologist (did I forget to mention that?) Anyways that kind of took the sexy out of their love scenes, listening to Aiden anatomically describe Erin's girl bits while helping get her `there' for the first time with a man sure ruined the moment. I also honestly don't remember Erin ever telling Aiden she loved him.
As with all Carr books a couple of babies are born and here I could really have done without the graphically described, medically correct, breach, episiotomy getting home birth. This may just have scarred me for life. Yikes. Carr also decides in the closing chapters that its time for a little suspense and ups the crazy factor with Aiden's ex-wife and while this was fun it also felt thrown in, rushed and slightly over the top.
Still I think fans of the series will be happy to come home to Virgin River.