When We Touch
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: #.5 in the Whisper Falls series
You’re invited to a wedding in Whiskey Creek, Heart of the Gold Country
Unfortunately, it’s the wrong wedding. Olivia Arnold is arranging the festivities—and it’s the hardest thing she’s ever done. Because she should be marrying Kyle Houseman. They were together for more than a year…. But her jealous sister, Noelle, stole him away—and now she’s pregnant.
All their friends in Whiskey Creek know as well as Olivia does that Kyle’s making a mistake. His stepbrother, Brandon, knows it, too. But Kyle’s determined to go through with it, for his child’s sake.
Olivia’s devastated, but surprisingly Brandon—the black sheep of the family—is there to provide comfort and consolation. The intensity between them, both physical and emotional, shows Olivia that maybe Kyle wasn’t the right man for her…
But is Brandon?
This was my first exposure to Ms Novak’s books and if she hadn’t actually approached me to review her newest book on my blog, I probably never would have picked it up. And then I never would have discovered the world of Whiskey Creek. My initial thoughts up after finishing this short story, was that it kind of reminded me of the Virgin River books by Robyn Carr, but more developed and less preachy (its hard to explain what I mean here, so just trust me).
When We Touch is what I would describe as a slice of life type book – it was short (I think only about 100 pages), so it didn’t have the fully fleshed out feeling of a traditional length romance, yet at the same time, it felt complete. There were a beginning, middle and end. I wasn’t left wanting over how the story worked out, but I was left wanting, wanting to know more about the town and its inhabitants.
The basically premise of the story, kind of reminded me in part of the movie, The Wedding Date, starring Debra Messing, minus the date for hire (although, he was soo hot in the movie). But the returning home to the wedding of a sister, who is marrying someone the person used to date (there is off the scene cheating in the story, involving the main character, but Olivia the mc didn’t cheat). Then there is the guy who comes out of nowhere to rescue her (in this case, the step-brother of the guy who cheated on Olivia). And to top it all off the guy who rescues her is not just hot and nice, but all a champion skier recovering from an injury, which makes for some nice added tension. So overall the story was nice and convoluted and awesome.
When We Touch definitely made me want to go back and visit Whiskey Creek in the future – and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. Overall, I gave it 3.5 stars and would recommend to people who like cute contemporary romances.