The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

The Thousand Dollar Tan LineVeronica Mars is back in Neptune working on a new case leaving her future in New York behind. She will get a case of a girl who went missing on Spring Break. Soon another girl will go missing and Veronica will have to search quickly to find out what is going on.

Veronica Mars was a television show that I watched years ago, all three seasons, and I have watched it numerous times over the years. I could not and still cannot get enough of Veronica Mars with her sleuth skills and her quirky wit. So then this year a movie was made with Veronica Mars and it was 10 years later after the series was finished. Needless to say but I will do it anyways because I was so excited to see this movie. I saw it and own it. I just re-watched it the other night which got me in the mood to read this book. I bought the book about a month or two ago and with all the books I read from the library it just got pushed to the side more and more. To be honest I was a little scared that it would not be as good as the series and movie since I have loved watching them. Well the book The Thousand Dollar Tan Line was better than I could have ever anticipated. Rob Thomas writes this story with the help of Jennifer Graham and it was fantastic writing. It was full of quick wit, some danger and overall fun. For me it was like walking back into the world of Veronica Mars, like I never left.

This book takes up right after the movie which I thought was pretty awesome. She has a big case with one missing girl and danger will be at every corner as she starts to mess with the cartel. But then another girl will go missing who was at the same party with the cartel. So you think these two girls are connected with the party well just remember this is a mystery and things don’t go always as you would think. Just when you think you know who is the one behind it another twist shows up. It is all about misdirection with Veronica Mars.

In the book Logan is back in the military but he will still be around connecting with Veronica which made me happy because since the beginning I was always a Veronica and Logan fan. Keith Mars is there who I loved as he still played the whacky father but had that serious side who was a concerned father. There was also Wallace, Mac, Weevill all part of the cast and the idiot Sheriff who made himself known in the movie. I thought as a whole these characters lived up to how they were portrayed in their memorable roles.

Amongst all the twists and turns in the book there was another surprise. A person from Veronica’s past will show up. I was torn with the character because of how Veronica was treated by this person but I wanted to see how and if they changed.

The ending is true form of how Veronica handles danger which usually means she gets hurt in the process but the bad guys are always gotten. There is another book to this series which is fantastic. I did not know if this was going to be a one time book, but it appears that it isn’t. Veronica Mars might be gone now from the television but will be alive in print and I can’t wait to read the next installment to the series. My only hope is that Rob Thomas continues to write these stories.

Come Home to Me

Come Home to Me (Whiskey Creek, #6)Presley Christensen was back to Whiskey Creek with her two year old son to make a life for herself. She was apphrensive about coming back but knew that Aaron would be moving away except it wasn’t fast enough as they will start to fall back into bed.

Aaron Amos wanted to apologize to Presley since he disappointed her two years ago but every time he tried he made it worst. What made it worse was he started to feel jealous when she looked to be going with a steady guy. Aaron wanted her and was finding that he might want more.

Come Home to Me is the sixth book to Whiskey Creek series by Brenda Novak. Once again the writing was well done and you fall into the story very fast with these characters you have come to know. I really did like this book but if I compare it all the others I would say this is the lower one on the list.

This book was Presley and Aaron’s second chance but you wouldn’t know it thanks to how Presley reacted to him. It is understanding as she turned to him in her time of need and brushed her off. There was never love there on Aaron’s part, just a good time. That of course will change as Aaron has changed, but that doesn’t get them together. It does get them in bed but it will take more than that for Presley to give Aaron a chance and for Aaron to realize that she is everything he wanted.

Their story was a love story of trial and errors but their story wasn’t the only one being told. Brenda Novak is back with Chey and Dylan. They want a baby badly and Chey wants to give her husband a baby at any cost, so she ask Aaron to be a sperm donor. What I thought was stupid was the whole idea as it was going behind Dylan’s back. It would have been probably okay if Dylan knew upfront because all of this will blow up in their faces later on in the series. It is also underhanded which I didn’t like and it seemed like something that Chey’s character wouldn’t do, at least to me. So for that reason I wasn’t too thrilled with that part in the book even though the writing was well done like all the books she writes. I will be reading the next book which happens to be all about Eve when that comes out later in October of this year so I wouldn’t have to wait long.

Take Me Home for Christmas

Take Me Home for Christmas (Whiskey Creek, #5)Sophia DeBussi had lived through her own personal hell and she knew she deserved it with the choices she made through life. Determined to get her life back after her husbands death she will do what she can not to be broken. Sophia will be surprised when Ted offers to help, but she knows that she can’t get close to him again as she was going to make sure to leave Whiskey Creek for good.

Ted Dixon had loved Sophie fourteen years ago and now all he felt was anger, at least that is what he wanted to believe. He was afraid that if she was around him for too long he would forgive and feel more. Ted will find it in his heart to forgive and hirer her when no one else would, but he will still be scared to take that next step that could lead to heartbreak once again.

Take Me Home for Christmas is the fifth book to Whiskey Creek series from Brenda Novak. I can’t get enough of this series and its sad as I only have one left to read in my pile. Every time I pick up a book from this series I know that there will be love but it is love that is hard, not the simple kind. There will be tough situations that the characters will have to get out of and they will make mistakes, sometimes a lot of them. Novak makes these characters seem real with their faults.

So Sophia is a changed woman. She changed the moment she married the slime husband of hers. She was a battered woman who needed a break and she does get it when her husband dies running away. Sophia’s biggest problem was believing that she wasn’t good enough and I liked that she became stronger and more secure as the book went on. I even liked her when she had a relapse as it made her more real. Ted was a man struggling to forget the one woman he loved. He makes mistakes in the book and will have to pay for them but he isn’t a bad guy, just human. He comes around and accepts his feelings for Sophia but it does take a while. Theirs was a romance that never ended, it was just waiting dormant until they were ready.

I hated the character of Chief Stacy. He was an ass and thought too much of himself. He was getting too dangerous as the power was going to his head. I have a feeling that just because of what happened at the end of the book will not stop him especially as he has several vendettas against several people. Though I could be wrong. I will find out soon as Come Home to Me is next on my list of books to read, and is my last book from Whiskey Creek.

Home to Whiskey Creek

Home To Whiskey CreekAdelaide Davis was back in Whiskey Creek to help out her grandmother. She would never have volunteered to come back after that night when she was sixteen but to help her grandmother she would do anything. Now that she is back she is quickly set in danger once again and this time she will have a person to rescue her, Noah Rackham.

Noah Rackham has lived through tragedy when his twin brother was killed and his grief was still there. He will soon find someone to distract him when he saves Adelaide from inside the cave. Since that encounter Noah will want to stick close to this woman as he will find that she is someone he wants to take a chance with.

Home to Whiskey Creek is the fourth book to the Whiskey Creek series by Brenda Novak. This was an emotional story. I was sitting there reading hoping for some thing good to happen to Adelaide after all that had happened to her all those years ago. I wanted justice and for those four men to take the punishment. You are not disappointed with what happened as the system worked.

Adelaide was courageous with coming back to the town that had hurt her long ago. I wanted her to keep strong and be brave, and take a chance especially with Noah who was the man she wanted. Now Noah was a player but he was wanting more and I loved that he hated that he was considered a player. He goes after Adelaide with a determination but what is really impressive was when the situation got really tough he stuck around. He also sided with her when most would have abandoned her.

The mystery of who was behind the attack in the beginning was unclear and I wasn’t sure which one did it. I had thought of someone but that was ruled out towards the end. I wasn’t surprised with the person as he was the one who started this whole thing all those years ago. I wondered why he had to even start up again because if he didn’t he would’ve gotten away with it all. I am glad that Novak brought justice to the situation.

There was the issue with Baxter in the story. I am happy that everything is finally out there but feel for him as he just lost his chance with the man he loved, even though there was no chance they would be together.

After this book I have the fifth book with Sophia and Ted. I have been wondering about these two since the beginning and am excited to read their story next.

When Summer Comes

When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek, #3)Callie Vanetta is dying from a liver disease and she knows the probability of getting a transplant are slim. Callie has made peace with that and now just has to let people know. She will live at her grandparents farm house and will be surprised when a stranger knocks on her door asking for help. Callie will help the man even though most tell her not to but she is worried that she will start to feel something for him.

Levi McCloud needed help after a dog attack and will find it with this woman. He will want to leave Callie’s place as soon as he can because he doesn’t want to bring trouble her way or feel anything for this woman.

When Summer Comes is the third book to Whiskey Creek series by Brenda Novak. I really liked this book. Even though this book was sad, I mean how could it not be, with Callie dying it was a very good book.

So Callie’s character is dying and she has to start to say goodbye. With the aspect of dying I feel Callie is still upbeat in a way but it was really to keep up with appearances. I wanted her to find a transplant and I knew that she would at the end but with how Novak was writing the possibility was not looking great. Now Levi was a mystery. His story started to unfolded and you found out more about him. He was a broken man with all that had happened to him in the past. I liked that he was becoming more of the man he used to be with Callie.

With someone dying a relationship seems impossible but Callie and Levi have one starting. It helped that Levi didn’t know what was happening but he knew something was wrong.

The ending was what I expected but that is not to say there were no tears shed. I felt myself tearing up towards the end. Novak made the ending touching and emotional but ultimately an ending that was just right for the book.

With the third book done I am on to the fourth with Noah.

When Snow Falls

When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek, #2)Cheyenne Christensen has lead a hard life and it only gets tougher as her moms, Anita, cancer is back and it looks like she will be dying very soon. Life for Chey will get a little easier as she starts to find love with the person she least expected but there will be obstacles that will get in her way.

Dylan Amos has liked and wanted Chey from afar and with one comment to her a chance with her could be possible. Dylan will find that being with her is not very easy with all that she has to handle. He is no stranger to complications as he has to deal with them in his own family.

When Snow Falls is the second book to the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. After reading this book I remembered why I love reading this author. She gets you to feel and tells a good story in the process. I am probably a little more for her suspense series, Last Stand, but I could not fault this book. It was a page turner and I can’t wait to read the next several books I have in the series.

So in my summary it doesn’t express all that is happening in this book. There is a mystery with Chey about this blonde woman she keeps dreaming of which is linked to a private investigator that is tracking down Anita. You knew what happened as Novak explained between conversations that were with Anita and Presley, Chey’s sister, and I really liked how she unfolded the story.

Chey was a strong woman but kept to herself for most of her life thanks to how her life had turned out. I liked her character right away in the book which is funny as in the novella I had read previously I didn’t get a great vibe from her or the friends as they had abandoned Olivia. Now with her own story I got to know her character which makes the difference and throughout the story she finds her voice. Now Dylan was the bad boy type but looks can be deceiving. He was a good man and had grown from his mistakes which were not as bad as most people thought. I liked Dylan and Chey together as they made sense, but there was competition for Chey. It was between Joe and Dylan and for a while I didn’t know who Chey would pick. For me I thought Dylan was more appropriate because they did make sense and anyways Joe was like a fantasy for Chey, and fantasy’s are never what they all that are cracked up too.

The villain for me was Anita and what she had done. She was not a good person or mother to either Presley or Chey. She was worst to Chey as she took her secret to the grave.

Presley’s character I just wanted to hug with all the things that have gone wrong. Sure she is the one who is doing them to herself but that doesn’t mean she can’t get a break. Although with what happened at the end with her I know that is going to cause a problem with her own book which will be the last book I have to read from the series. First I have to read Callie, Noah and Ted’s story before I reach Presley. Up next is When Summer Comes with Callie.

When We Touch

When We Touch (Whiskey Creek, #0.5)Olivia Arnold wasn’t ready to come home and plan her sisters wedding to the man she thought she would’ve married. Olivia had to hold her head up high and pretend it didn’t bother her. Having Brandon by her side will help her through the ordeal. It didn’t hurt that having Brandon around would make both Kyle and Noelle angry.

When We Touch is the prequel to the series Whiskey Creek. I have read the first book of this series and I really liked it. Its funny that its been a year since I have read anything from this series but I wanted to wait for more of the books to accumulate. Now that they have I have the second book through the sixth to read. I decided to get the first book back out and re-read right after this one which didn’t take me long. I figured that it was a good idea as that was when a lot of the characters were really introduced and you got to know some of their personalities.

I really liked When We Touch. I thought that this novella was well done and to the point. It gave all you the emotions that you wanted, a little heartbreak, betrayal, new beginnings, and love. I liked Olivia’s character but I wanted her to get mad, even though that would only fuel her sister’s, Noelle, happiness. Noelle is a piece of work and there was no redeeming quality in her character. I was happy that in this not so happy marriage will  be coming to an end in the first book. Now the stepbrothers were interesting. I didn’t really like Kyle but it wasn’t like he was a real villain. He made a mistake and now was paying for it. Brandon I really liked as he was a good guy, maybe a little rough around the edges. He wanted Olivia but keeping her was not in his thought process until it became apparent he needed her to be.

I am looking forward to continuing the series with When Snow Falls.