Aug 26, 2012

"When Lightning Strikes" by Brenda Novak (ARC)

Title: When Lightning Strikes

Author: Brenda Novak

Series: Whiskey Creek #1

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: HarlequinMIRA

Publication date: August 28th, 2012

ISBN: 9780778313519

(Novel read on August 16th-17th, 2012, from an e-copy acquired through NetGalley from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.) 

My rating: 4 of 5 


Welcome to Whiskey Creek - Heart of the Gold Country!
Simon O’Neal’s causing trouble again. And it’s up to Gail DeMarco to stop him.
Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all - sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list - and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.
Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that’s going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who’ll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek…

Gail’s the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife - reluctantly. But she isn’t reluctant because he’s too hard to like. It’s because he’s too hard not to love!


My Thoughts on the Book:

After reading Brenda Novak's prequel novella When We Touch, I was really looking forward to reading the first book in the Whiskey Creek series When Lightning Strikes.
So, now that I read When Lightning Strikes, did I enjoy it? Yes, I enjoyed it a lot. The story developed a little different then I expected, and that was good. And poor Simon. he has been through a lot. Ok, we don't know that at the beginning, so we don't know why he has been acting the way he has, but after what he's been through, I can definitely understand it. The chenistry between Gail & Simon was so good, and I liked them together a lot, and I liked them as characters a lot.
I don't want to go into details, so I won't spoil the story, but lets just say that it seems that the series are less rose-colored then contemporary romances usually are, and I liked that fact a lot, it was quite different and a little refreshing.  
The ending was so sweet & romantic, and if you're a fan of contemporary romances, I recommend this book a lot! I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series When Snow Falls (don't you love these titles). 



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