Monday, June 04, 2007

Review: Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr

Sigh... yeah, I've been neglecting my blog.... not posting as much :( I have been reading, but actually, it's been more like skimming through the books :( I have difficulty focusing on what I'm reading :( so I hadn't really much to say... but now, now I have reviews! So I'll be trying to review books the whole week :D

By the way, in case you're wondering, I did buy more books this week-end. There was another 20% off this week-end, but I don't worry, I didn't buy that much :D Mainly just Demon Moon by Meljean Brooks and Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason. I also bought a big box, a bit like a chest, to store some of the books :P

So now, onto the review:

Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr: 4.0/5 --> B
published by Mira in May/June 2007

Brianna Savannah, a district attorney, has had a difficult year: she lost one of the most important trial of her career and failed to put a serial rapist behind the bars and her husband has left her for her best friend, after cheating on her for at least a year. However, her life is about to get even more difficult when the serial rapist comes back and brutally attacks and rapes her. Now, Brie has to put her life back together.

Luckily for her, MikeValenzuela is there. Mike is a decorated U.S. Marine reservist, LAPD officer who's been recently shot and almost died. Also a victim of a violent crime, he is able to help Brie get back her life.

Genre: contemporary romance, small-town story
Series: Virgin River trilogy, book 3

Review: I was really waiting for this book to come out and I thank Mira for publishing the three books a month apart from each other. I don't think I could have waited a year between the books. I like this book as well and thought it was a nice ending... although Ms Carr has opened the door for another sequel in my opinion. It is a bit an open ending.

The Characters - This book's focus is on Brie and Mike. We have met both characters in the previous books, both being loves one of Jack. Mike is now back on his two feet and healthy and has decided to live a relaxing life in Virgin River. He is then asked to become Virgin River's constable, a position he accepts. He's been interested in Brie for quite a while and when learning of her assault, rush to her side. Mike was described as a huge player in previous books and although he probably was, it doesn't show much in this book. Of course, he's smooth and charming, but I think that his accident really changed him and of course, there's not many available women in Virgin River. One thing that annoyed me was the fact that everyone associated his playboy-ness with his two failed marriages. In my opinions, Mike really wasn't at fault for the failed marriage...

As for Brie, I think she's a tough girl and I never doubt she would be able to get her life back. I have to admit that I liked her strength. What helped in enjoying the book is that I thought her whole ordeal was quite realistic. So yeah, not a kick-ass heroine, nor a TSTL one. Just a normal person with a very level head. That was quite refreshing LOL Of course, Mike and Brie had to share the spotlight with other characters. We do see Jack, Mel, Paige and Preacher again and if you enjoyed them in previous book, you will in this one too.

The Story & Writing - there are many storylines in this one, aside from Mike and Brie. There's Paige and Preacher trying to have a kid, Jack and Mel and their family life. There's also some new characters (Vanessa and Paul) and some intrigue concerning high schoolers. All in all, it was quite interesting :D I really liked the pacing as well and how Ms Carr blend all the storylines together. I wish she would write more :P

The Cover - Nice one and it fit with the rest of the series.

Am I keeping the book? definitively.

Anything else? I'm still looking for Down by the River which is part of Ms Carr other trilogy. I can't order it, it's not on, not on ebay... and if I buy a used copy from Amazon or Indigo/Chapters, it's 40$$$ at least! Can you imagine? I think I'm going to email the author and see if she doesn't own some extra copy she could sell me LOL :)

I'm sorry, the review is not the greatest. It seems to me I'm a bit rusty, probably haven't wrote that many reviews lately. Also, after Dancechica's post about rating (here), I think I'm going to go over my reviewing format :P


  1. I keep forgetting to look for this series when I go to the book store.

  2. I loooooved this series. I have Whispering Rock and I'm saving it to read when I go on vacation. I just loved the first two books in the series.

    AND....I have Down by the River...and the one that comes after it (In the Valley?) but I got it from Amazon before the prices went wonky. I really enjoyed these two books from the previous trilogy (I haven't read the first one).

    I'm really loving that I found Robyn Carr. She's awesome!!

    And thanks for buying my book!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!

  3. You and your book shopping spree lol. How big is the TBR pile now?

  4. Chantal - Definitively look for it soon :D Don't wait till it's out of print and be in a pinch like I am for the other trilogy :D I think you'll enjoy it!

    Colleen - Hey Colleen :D No problem for buying the book, I mean, I heard good stuff about it :D Will soon read the first one :D

    I think you'll enjoy Whispering Rock :D I liked it :D I just wish it wasn't the end though...

    You have Down by the River?!?! You are so lucky!!! by the way, Down by the River is the third book of the trilogy... Interested in an exchange? I'll send you the first one and you'll send me the third one... and then, swap again... I'm really desperate!

    I love Robyn Carr and I hope she has more books to come!

    Mailyn - I'm not keeping a list of my TBR pile LOL :D but if I had to guess... around 100... which is not bad :D How was your week-end by the way?

  5. My mom has it now, and I'm not sure when I'll get it back from her...but I'd do a swap when/if I get it back.

    I liked that one a lot!!!

  6. I'm in the middle of the 2nd book now. I'm hoping to finish it tonight so I can start on the next one. I'm so curious about all the characters! I'm loving it.

  7. Colleen - all right, deal :D Can't wait! You don't know how much I've been looking for it!

    Holly - I hope you enjoy the series so far :D I liked it and thought it was different, refreshing :D

  8. Holly is reading these books right now and I'm soo stealing them when I see her this weekend! hehe.

  9. I'm going to have to bump this up on my TBR pile, one of my co-workers just finished the first one and said I'd love it so that paired with your review means it's higher on the priority list!

  10. yes, yes, ppl! You should read :D

    Rowena - isn't it fun that you get to steal them from Holly :P hopefully, she haven't packed them yet :P

    B.harlot - I hope you enjoy them as much as I did :D

  11. I'm with Chantal- you've got me interested but I keep forgetting to look for them- I'm adding them to my amazon wishlist, which I always take with me when I hit the bookstores!

  12. Hey Zeek :) I hope you're going to enjoy this series :D and they're Mira books... so cheap :D