Review: Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak

Home to Whiskey CreekTitle: Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek #4)
Author: Brenda Novak
Release Date: 1 August 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9781743642696
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4star
 

Adelaide Davies had only just returned to Whiskey Creek when someone kidnapped her and dumped her in the mine she was gang-raped in fifteen years ago. Fortunately Noah Rackham was riding his bike nearby and rescues her. He can’t understand why she is so unwilling to report the crime and why she recoils from him. Adelaide never reported the crime and can’t bear to admit to Noah, the guy she used to have a crush on at school, that his twin brother was one of the men who raped her. The fact that Cody died shortly after the incident, fuelled her guilt. Novak has given us quite an unusual romance that is handled very sensitively. Continue reading

Review: Inside by Brenda Novak

InsideTitle: Inside (Bulletproof #1)
Author: Brenda Novak
Release Date: 28 June 2011
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Page count: 440 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9780778329930
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4star

I’d previously only read Novak’s contemporary romances so I wasn’t expecting a novel that was so hard hitting. Virgil Skinner might have been sentenced for a crime he didn’t commit but he wasn’t exactly squeaky clean on the inside. Finally exonerated, he agreed to turn informer to protect his sister and her kids. He won’t grass on anyone from his former gang (The Crew) out of loyalty but he is willing to go undercover and snitch on another gang (Hell’s Fury) that is operating out of Pelican Bay prison. Surviving even a few hours in this maximum security prison is made even tougher when he meets Chief Deputy Warden Peyton Adams and the two start to fall for each other. Continue reading

Review: When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak

When Summer ComesTitle: When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3)
Author: Brenda Novak
Release Date: 29 January 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9780778314233
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4star

I got swept up in the pathos of When Summer Comes but came crashing back to earth a bit with the too neat ending. Callie is going to die if she doesn’t get a liver transplant soon. She moves into her grandparents’ house, takes a leave of absence from work and focuses on the things that really matter to her. Levi rocks up on her doorstep one night bleeding from a vicious dog attack and begging for some bandages. He’s a drifter and doesn’t want to hang around but Callie offers him shelter in return for him painting her barn. The longer they spend together, the more Callie realises just how much she wants to live. Continue reading

Review: When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak

When Snow FallsTitle: When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2)
Author: Brenda Novak
Release Date: 1 November 2012 (first published 23 October 2012)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9781459244405
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3star

When Snow Falls gets its name from a recurring memory Cheyanne Christensen has. She’s always been the odd one out in her family with her sister Presley getting on much better with their mother Anita. Chey knows that her time to get answers from Anita is running out as her mother is dying from cancer. Her love life is also a mess as Joe, the guy she has had a crush on since she was fourteen, has finally shown interest in her. Chey can’t act on it as her best friend Eve wants him. Bad boy Dylan Amos offers to show her a good time and she decides she might as well take him up on the offer. Dating Joe is the sensible thing but she just can’t get Dylan out of her head. Continue reading

Review: When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak

When Lightning StrikesTitle: When Lightning Strikes (Whiskey Creek #1)
Author: Brenda Novak
Release Date: 28 August 2012 (first published 1 January 2012)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 448 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
ISBN: 9780778313519
Links: Amazon / Book Depository / Goodreads3star

When Lightning Strikes is a sweet contemporary romance with a marriage of convenience between Simon, the bad boy actor and his ex-publicist Gail. Simon was one of Gail’s A-list celebrities but his drinking and behaviour got so out of control that she was forced to drop him. His agent hit back by taking away nearly all of Gail’s clients. Gail decides that the only way to save her PR firm and help Simon get custody of his child is to rebrand Simon. Simon 2.0 needed a squeaky clean image and the easiest way to create that was through marriage. Simon wasn’t totally convinced though as not only did he have to give up the booze, Gail wasn’t willing to accommodate his other needs. Continue reading

Review: The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

The Best ManTitle: The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)
Author: Kristan Higgins
Release Date: 26 February 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 432 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
ISBN: 9780373777921
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3star

I loved and disliked this book in equal quantities as although the story itself is moving and the characters are well rounded, there is this undercurrent of cruel, misogynistic behaviour that just didn’t sit well with me. I’m all for humour in books but not petty and cheap shots. Our heroine Faith Holland has returned to her hometown after being ditched by her fiancé Jeremy at the altar. Faith forgives Jeremy but blames Jeremy’s best friend Levi for giving Jeremy the courage to come out publicly and thereby ruining her big day. Continue reading

Review: The Mercenary by Cherry Adair

themercenaryTitle: The Mercenary (T-FLAC #1)
Author:  Cherry Adair
Release Date: 1 February 2008
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Page count: 250 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN:  9780373772483
Links: Amazon / Goodreads
1star

I’m afraid I really did not like this book. I can suspend a certain amount of disbelief – most people who read romances and urban fantasy can – but I have my limits. I found the plot way too implausible, the characterisation poor and the characters’ interactions tedious. I know that is a strong attitude so let me qualify it by saying that I checked out Goodreads and at the time of this review, 1401 people had reviewed it and the average rating was 3.74. Clearly the book has fans even though it didn’t work for me. Continue reading