RSS

Tag Archives: Brenda Novak

Review – Come Home to Me – Brenda Novak

come home to meCome Home to Me
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: #6 in the Whiskey Creek series

Review Copy Provided by the Author

Description:
Home is where her heart is…

When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.

There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.

Review:
!This review includes spoilers!

I think I sub-consciously knew going into this book that I was going to have issues with it. Mostly because of how the storyline featuring Presley played out in a previous book in the series (#2 When Snow Falls). I knew there was going to be a secret baby theme and I hoped that I was going to be ok with it and for the most part I was…it wasn’t that part of the story that I had issues with, although I did feel as though the relationship between Presley and Aaron kind of took a backseat to other interactions between Presley/Cheyenne (her sister); Cheyenne/Aaron; Aaron/Dylan (his brother) and Cheyenne/Dylan. This book felt much more like a women’s lit rather than a traditional romance and while Presley/Aaron did get their HEA (although it felt more like a HFN).

My biggest issue with the book in general was the whole behavior of Cheyenne and the lengths that she would go to, to get what she wants. If the fact that she would ask her husband’s brother to donate his sperm so that she could have a baby, wasn’t bad enough, the fact that she did it without letting her husband know – that it was done all covertly – it was just wrong on sooo many levels. In fact, if this had been in print, the book may have gone flying across the room…it felt like the story basically consisted of the Cheyenne/Aaron storyline with just tidbits about Presley/Aaron which disappointed me – it was like they got gypped of their story.

This is by far my least favorite in the series so far and looking back, I almost wish I hadn’t read it, because it kind of ruined the previous books that I enjoyed. I’m honestly not sure if I will continue the series or not because of my disappointment. Overall, I gave Come Home to Me, 2.5 stars, but rounded up to 3 on GR, because I can’t deny that Ms Novak can write in a way that sucks you in, it was just the storyline that didn’t work for me.

 
7 Comments

Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Book Review

 

Tags: , , ,

Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up

Page1

If you’re anything like me, you probably have first-book-series syndrome. Where you read the first book (or first couple) of a series, really like it then forget about it completely because there are so many new and shiny books out there (otherwise known as bight-shiny-new or BSN disease).

That’s why Cassi from Galavanting Girl and I teamed up to do a series challenge, the Seriously Saturday Series Catch-Up. And you are more than welcome to join us! Just pick which series you want to catch up on, make a goal and post how you’re doing once a month.

Create a list of series you want to complete during 2014. Share it on your blog, then join us the first Saturday of the month as we share about our successes (or failures) in this series finishing adventure.

My series (and this was much harder than I thought, I have at least 20 in progress):
1. Rizzoli and Isles – Tess Gerritsen (Book 10)
2. Temperance Brennan – Kathy Reichs (Books 13, 14, 15, 16)
3. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (Book 8 – to be released in June)
4. Kari Vaara – James Thompson (Books 3 and 4)
5. Unwind – Neal Schusterman (Book 3 and 4 – book 4 due out in October)
6. Night Huntress – Jeanine Frost (Books 5, 6 and 7)
7. Chicagoland Vampires – Chloe Neill (Book 9)
8. Whiskey Creek – Brenda Novak (Book 6)
9. Lunar Chronicles – Melissa Marr (Book 3)
10. The Agency – Y.S. Lee (Book 2, 3, and 4 – book 4 due out in June)
11. Highland Pleasures – Jennifer Ashley (Books 5 and 6)
12. Barefoot Bay – Roxanne St Claire (Book 4)
13. Fast Track – Erin McCarthy (Book 7)
14. Dark Swan – Richelle Mead (Book 3 and 4)
15. Club Shadowlands – Cherise Sinclair (Books 7 and 8)
16. In Death – J.D. Robb (Books 19 and 20 – ok, so not really getting caught up, but attempting making a dent…and I have the entire series waiting for me, so who knows)

That gives me a grand total of 29 books that I’m aiming for in 2014.

What about you?

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Reading Events, Reading Plans

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Review – Take Me Home For Christmas – Brenda Novak

Take Me Home for ChristmasTake Me Home For Christmas
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: #5 in the Whiskey Creek series

Review Copy Provided by Author

Description:
Too bad all memories aren’t pleasant. Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town’s Mean Girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned.

But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions. The man she did marry was rich and powerful but abusive. So when he goes missing, she secretly hopes he’ll never come back—until she learns that he died running from an FBI probe of his investment firm. Not only has he left Sophia penniless, he’s left her to face all the townspeople he cheated….

Sophia is reduced to looking for any kind of work to pay the bills and support her daughter. With no other options, she becomes housekeeper for none other than Ted, now a successful suspense writer. He can’t bring himself to turn his back on her, not at Christmas, but he refuses to get emotionally involved. He learned his lesson the last time.

Or will the season of love and forgiveness give them both another chance at happiness?

Review:
So I don’t know if i’m the only blogger out there that does a happy dance when popular/well-known authors ask me to review their books, but I was totally doing that when the email from Ms Novak showed up a few weeks ago (yes, i’m a dork and I admit it!). But I will admit to being kind of concerned that this was book 5 in a series that I hadn’t read yet – although the author assumed me it could be read as a stand-alone (which I both agree and disagree with – but more of that later). Anyways, after I read the description and also the novella that kicked the series off (you can see that review on the blog also), I decided to take a chance on the book.

My initial thoughts with the opening of the book was that it reminded me of the Ashley Judd movie, Double Jeopardy – where the husband disappears and no one knows what happens – what is planned/foul play etc. But more so, the story focused on the after effects…how the “golden boy” of the town deceived everyone and how, as is human nature, people want to find someone to blame, even if the person is innocent. I really felt bad for Sophia for about 70% of the book. Although, it was nice seeing her change and become stronger through-out.

I will admit that i had issues with Ted though – I thought that he came across as an arrogant jerk for a good part of the book (and now that i’ve read previous ones in the series, that belief has solidified a bit more). I really wanted Sophia to bitch-slap him a few times (what can I say…lol). He did get better – but you could still see that there was quite a bit of baggage between them. I don’t know if, ultimately, I fully believed their HEA – it seemed more of a HFN (happy for now) – but i’ll be interested to check up on them in future books.

As to my comment about being read as a stand-alone or not – it is book 5 in the series and while Ms Novak does a good job of filling in the back-story (and I didn’t feel really lost during the reading), now that I’ve gone back and read the previous four books, this would have been a much more richer experience. Having gotten to know all of the characters – many of whom were only really cameo’s in this book, came to life in previous ones.

Overall, I gave Take Me Home for Christmas 3.5 stars, but I have gone back and read previous books in the series. Personally, I would recommend people read the other books (or at the very least book 1) before this one, just to get more of a feel of Whiskey Falls – you find out so much more about the town and the people.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Book Review

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,