Discovering You

Discovering YouIndia Sommers had lived through a tragedy eleven months ago when her husband was murder in front of her eyes. She was trying to move on with her life but things were not working out for India especially when her husbands killer was free. She will find herself getting help from a neighbor.

Rod Amos was curious about his neighbor. He was instantly attracted to her but it wasn’t just sex he wanted. He wanted to know India and to help her anyway that he could. Rod will quickly find himself involved with India’s past that was still causing problems.

Discovering You is the tenth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. I liked the book. It was more towards suspense which wasn’t a bad thing. I was wondering if I would dislike it as it was back with the Amos brothers but I found myself liking it.

India’s character was someone who had been tormented when her past boyfriend killed her husband. Because of this tragedy India was broken and scared. I could understand this especially with what she was made to do, but at times India bugged me. I wanted her to stand up more for herself, not at the murder but later in the book. Though she will find her voice in the book. Rod’s character was all around good guy who just happened to be the perfect example of a bad boy. I liked that Rod was but he was very much reformed and with India he wanted it all with her.

India’s parents in law were not the warmest of families. They were pretty cruel to her and treated like she was trash. This was all because India’s past was very colorful with indiscretions. She made a lot of bad choices and one of them had been dating Sebastian a long time ago, who was the man that killed her husband. I got the feeling that they really did love her as a daughter in law, but again they had just lost their son. They wanted to blame someone. The only redeeming quality was that they seemed to care for Cassie, their grandchild.

I am done for now with the series but figure more will be written especially with two more of the Amos brothers out there.

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A Winter Wedding

A Winter WeddingKyle Houseman was constantly on guard from his ex wife who would not leave him alone. His solution was to just give her money to make her stop harassing him. That will soon stop when he meets a woman who shows him that it was possible to move on from the only woman he had loved.

Lourdes Bennett had come to Whiskey Creek for one reason which was to write her songs for her next album. The problem was that Lourdes was heartbroken and writing was not coming easy for her, then she meets Kyle and things will change.

A Winter Wedding is the ninth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. I really liked this book. I liked that it was about two characters who had their heart broken and both needed to be mended. This was not a book where the characters jumped right into bed which I appreciated because you got to know them first, and the fact that they had become friends was very sweet. They helped balance things out in each others lives.

Lourdes character was one that I easily liked. She was a small town girl trying to make a career for herself and she was not a diva. She was a down to earth character and at this point she was pretty vulnerable but she had a strength inside. That strength was helped by Kyle. So Kyle’s character was I thought of a push over. Now don’t get me wrong he was a strong guy but when it came to his ex he just gave in. Before I read this book I had read When We Touch which was when Kyle cheated on Olivia with her sister, who had become his wife. Kyle was always doing the right thing. I liked that finally in this book he was getting more of a backbone when it came to his ex wife. He was living again especially with Lourdes in the picture. There was one part in the book that had me cheering because Kyle finally gets some justice with all that had happened to him because of his ex wife.

Noelle, Kyle’s ex wife, was a piece of work. Basically from the entire series she had been nothing but trouble. In this book it was like she went crazy. She will do a lot of harm to those around her and personally I was happy with her ending. There was one thing that bugged me with how Olivia forgave Noelle especially since she had stolen Kyle, but I guess that was how Olivia operated and it had been five years.

I have one more book left to read in my pile for Brenda Novak which will be the tenth book, Discovering You, and I am reading that one next.

This Heart of Mine

This Heart of MinePhoenix Fuller had been in prison for seventeen years serving sentence on murder, a murder she never committed. She is back home to help her mother and get to know her son. 

Riley Stinson had raised his son at the age of eighteen. He was not looking forward to the mother of his child coming home but he had no way of stopping that interaction.

This Heart of Mine is the eighth book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak, which was a good addition to the story.

I thought that the story was entertaining but not my favorite and really it was because of the situation. I found it very annoying that Riley who had loved Phoenix dropped her because of his family and then believed her guilty, but now seventeen years later he was thinking he could have been wrong. He was at first hesitant of her but then his feelings started coming back. I think I wanted Riley to make an effect before then. Now when he is being the parent to Jacob he was a great dad. They seem more like best friends which would make sense since he had been eighteen when Jacob was born. So then there is Phoenix who was ready to forgive, but in a way she is not. She doesn’t want to start anything up with Riley, all she wants is a relationship with her son and to start her business. I liked that she wasn’t begging Riley for another chance. She was a resilient character who would endure anything to make sure she had a chance with her son after all these years. The one thing that I could not quite believe was that she would forgive so easily when it came to Riley. It kind of bugged that she was able to. In a way I wanted her to be with someone else in the story. Now don’t get me wrong I do like my happy ending but at times it just didn’t feel right.

Jacob’s character I really loved. He was a kid who was hesitant to accept his mother but he gave her a chance no matter what others were telling him.

I found the book had a sense of injustice in the end. Well there was justice but I wanted more especially with the two families and how they had treated Phoenix.

I am reading the ninth book next.

The Heart of Christmas

The Heart of ChristmasEve Harmon was dreading another birthday where she would once again be alone. Though this year she would take a chance on the wild side and have a one night stand with a very complicated man that will change her life.

The Heart of Christmas is the seventh book in the series Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak. First off I did like this book. Now it has been a while since I picked up a book from Whiskey Creek which was only because I was very angry with the story line that happened with Chey. Now I think I was able to enjoy this book because its wasn’t focused on Chey, though she was there in the book. I do hope that the secret will come out with Chey and that she is the one to tell Dylan so Dylan doesn’t feel all the way betrayed.

Alright enough with my frustration with Chey, back to Eve and Rex. I liked Eve who was a good person and always did the right thing. Eve was not necessarily a perfect person but she made herself out to be like that. I wanted her to get angry especially with Ted who was trying to be nice but to me he was getting annoying. She does stand up and address her feelings which I was happy for. Now the character of Rex was certainly a different type of character from those in Whiskey Creek. Rex was on the run from his past who were some pretty dangerous men. At first I will say that Rex was not a character I really liked. I thought he was too closed off and too cold to Eve. Then you get to know the man and realize there is more to his character than you think. Rex is a pretty complicated character that had a lot to deal with in his life. For Rex it takes him a really long time in the book to finally get that he should have a chance at happiness with someone like Eve.

There is the threat of danger in the book which comes from Rex’s past and I thought it was interesting with how it was handled and especially who had helped.

I decided since this book for me was a success I am going to follow it up with the eighth book in the series which I will be reading next.

Cold Feet

Cold FeetMadison Lieberman had lived with the knowledge that her father was the suspected Sandpoint Strangler for years. Madison believed that her father was not the killer but she will find questionable evidence that will have her questioning her father’s innocence.

Caleb Trovato’s daughter has gone missing and with his ex-wives insistence he has come to find his daughter. He will get close to Madison to try to find the secrets that he suspects she is hiding. Though as Caleb gets closer to Madison he will find that maybe everything is not what he believes.

Cold Feet is a novel by Brenda Novak. This was a suspenseful book that was filled with twists, betrayal and mystery which made me like this book all the better. Novak can write a well written suspenseful novel.

The characters felt real with their problems of family and circumstances. I liked how Novak wrote Madison and how her trust in her father had started to disappear and rightly so with what she had discovered. Caleb was a good man but you knew that his lie would come back to haunt him, and it will. Though there will be a chance to redeem himself and for Madison to find the truth about everything.

The Sandpoint Strangler was a question in my mind throughout the book. I knew that it could not be the father, I knew that fact right from the moment I started to reading. The father was the obvious suspect. I had one in mind but when Novak spins a twist in the book I was shocked with the outcome. It was a good twist that led to a regrettable situation. Though Novak will wrap up the ending of the book where the characters find a new beginning.

The Perfect Couple

The Perfect CoupleZoe Duncan was living a normal life as she could when the unthinkable happens. She will come home to find that her daughter has gone missing. Zoe is frantic with worry thanks to her past and fears for her little girl. She will find help in a private investigator, Jonathan, but leads will be scarce and Zoe will be worried that she wouldn’t find her daughter.

Jonathan Stivers is a private investigator on a job trying to find a missing girl. He will do all that he can for Zoe to find her daughter with searching every possible clue that he can think of. He will come up with very little until he starts to think closer to Zoe’s home and wonder about the perfect neighbors.

The Perfect Couple is the fourth book to Last Stand series by Brenda Novak. First thought after reading this book was wow, that was messed up. I really loved the twisted characters and plot that occurred as Novak wrote the book well but still it was messed up.

Zoe was a fighter through and through especially with all that she had to go endure in their lifetime. She is given another problem with her daughter being taken. Okay now throughout this book since you knew who the bad guys were you wanted to shout at Zoe to see them. They were right in front of her and she had no idea. That was the most frustrating part of the novel but it did bring in that element in the book that made it that more intriguing. With Jonathan who you heard about from the previous books gets his own book. I was interested to know more about him as his name was mentioned. I liked Jonathan’s character in the book. He was an investigator and good at his job but he was flawed with his own demons to battle. They do make a good team with chemistry and helping each other in this mission to find her daughter. Well maybe in the initial search it wasn’t going very well but when things started to fall into place they were there for each other.

The villains were very clear in the book. This doesn’t always happen when you know right away who the bad guys were as it is a mystery. I was worried that the book might not be intriguing as I already knew who the villains were, but by knowing these people you were given the insight to their twisted world. It was a plot that kept you going, you think when a child is kidnapped they take them far away. You would not expect that the villains would be the neighbors next door. So since you knew the villains were the neighbors that opened up the plot and let you find out more on these neighbors which was disturbing. Colin was a sadist and so was Tiffany but she was submissive to Colin. They were twisted keeping these kids and treating them like pets. There was a point when Zoe was in danger by Colin and because of what happened to Zoe in her past I was really hoping that she would be alright, she was but it was a close call.

Well with The Perfect Couple now finished I am done with the Last Stand series and I have to say it was a series to read. There was no easy plot as they were all victims but these were strong woman who fought to survive and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Watch Me

Watch MeSheridan Kohl was coming back home due to new evidence that was found about the shooting she survived while Jason Wyatt did not. Sheridan is guilt ridden over that night as she only went out with Jason to make Cain jealous. Coming back home she will be given a surprise with an attack that will leave her almost dead but she will survive thanks to Cain. Together they will try to find her attacker and ultimately who attacked her twelve years ago.

Cain Granger was the troubled kid, the unwanted kid once his mother had died. Then he got the chance with a popular girl and knew he the day after he made a mistake by not calling her. He knew they had something but he pushed it aside. Now twelve years later Cain will be playing protector for her as they try to find out what happened exactly twelve years ago.

Watch Me is the third book from the series Last Stand by Brenda Novak. Like the other two books this story was very captivating. It intrigued me with all the deceit and the hatred the characters shared for each other and who this murderer was. Needless to say I was on my couch reading each page with anticipation.

Sheridan is ridden with guilt and a broken heart from twelve years ago. It was not easy for Sheridan coming back but she was determined. I liked her bravery with coming back to the place where she almost died. That shows how strong her character was and I liked that about her. It was pretty horrific with what happened to Sheridan when she comes back home, almost beaten too death. She will stay to find the murderer. She still plays the good daughter but I am happy to read that she was becoming more than just her parents daughter and wanting something or someone for herself like Cain. Now Cain is considered the outsider of the family and really only works with his dogs, away from people. He was more comfortable with animals than with people. I liked Cain as he was flawed thinking he was worthless and he had some bumps in the road. When it comes to Sheridan he still that scared kid thinking they couldn’t make it work. They get it together but it will be far from perfect as there needs to be trust that is to built. There is also his ex wife of 3 months, divorced 10 years ago, was still obsessed with him and it was not healthy. I didn’t like Amy and she caused a lot of problems and was the instigator for Cain’s problems. She will be having her own problems later on in the book.

So bad guys are overwhelming in this book. Maybe they are not true villain but they are mean spirited people with lost of hatred or followed the hate that was attached to Cain. With all of that hatred it was hard to guess who would be the person who attacked Sheridan, both times. I had a guess of the attacker but then I decided to change my mind. I guessed again but after that time I stopped trying because even though Novak was giving clues it wasn’t conclusive as it had you guessing from one to another. When the villain is revealed I am not shocked as that person was my first guess but what is shocking is the amount of hatred they had for both Cain and Sheridan.

I am reading The Perfect Couple which is the fourth book to the series.