Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, Book 12)

Wild Man Creek - Robyn Carr For the first time since she graduated college, Jillian Matlock was at a loss about her career. Asked to take a leave of absence by her mentor, the CEO of her company, because of dirty corporate tricks, Jillian ended up in Virgin River to regroup, take some time to think and reassess her career options. She ends up renting Hope McCrea's Victorian home and resumes the gardening that Hope had so diligently maintained.Colin Riordan, second oldest of the Riordan brothers, is recuperating from his injuries resulting from a helicopter in-flight accident and a stint in rehab because of his addiction to his pain meds. With the Army having retired him and the rehab on his record, his opportunities to continue flying looked bleak. At the urging of his family, he decided to finish his recuperation in Virgin River, renting a cabin deep in the woods but not one of his brother Luke's. Colin spends his time painting, a talent he's had since he was six.Jillian and Colin are so likable both individually and as a couple. They don't waste time feeling sorry for themselves but are committed to resurrecting their careers, he not ready to be grounded and she still feeling like her time in the corporate arena isn't over. Their romance just sizzles, both reveling in their "uncommitted" relationship that is a wonder to them both but ultimately poses a challenge as their feelings deepen. Typical with this series, we meet up again with old friends from Virgin River, including Jack Sheridan who has someone from his past show up unexpectedly. Aiden and Erin plan their wedding as well as Clay and Lilly. Life moves on in this town and this is another opportunity to check in and see what's new with the residents. The magic of the series is reflected in this story as yet another of the Riordan clan "bites the dust." This is another gem of an installment in this series.