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When Lightning Strikes (Whiskey Creek) [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Novak
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (475 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Find out how it all began with this first book in bestselling author Brenda Novak's Whiskey Creek series!

Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has a roster of A-list clients, including the sexy and unpredictable Simon O'Neal. But Simon, who's just been through a turbulent divorce, won't cooperate, so she drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

Desperate to save her company, Gail makes a deal with Simon. What 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 like Gail, who'll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek…. Gail reluctantly agrees to become his wife. She isn't reluctant because he's too hard to like. It's because he's too hard not to love!

For more Whiskey Creek stories, check out When Snow Falls, When Summer Comes, Home to Whiskey Creek, Take Me Home for Christmas and Come Home to Me.

Editorial Reviews


"Whenever I see a new Brenda Novak book, I buy it and read it, pronto. I can always count on her for a solid, exciting story, full of adventure and romance." -Linda Lael Miller, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Any book by Brenda Novak is a must-buy for me." -Reader to Reader Reviews

"Brenda Novak's seamless plotting, emotional intensity and true-to-life characters who jump off the page make her books completely satisfying. Novak is simply a great storyteller." -Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

Novak's smooth plotting makes for a great read." -Publishers Weekly on Dead Right

"Strongly defined characters, sizzling sexual tension and a tautly constructed plot... blend brilliantly together in Novak's exceptionally intense, powerfully emotional novel." -Booklist on Every Waking Moment

"Novak is an expert at creating emotionally driven romances full of heat, sensual tension and conflict that not only satisfy her characters but her readers as well." -Writers Unlimited

Well-written, nicely paced, filled with appealing characters and laced with a few surprises." -Library Journal on Dead Right

"Believable characters and gripping action." -Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author

"I suggest Brenda Novak be added to your 'to buy' list today. You won't be disappointed." -Romance Readers Connection

"Imagery so vivid it leaves you breathless." -Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 40 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at To date, she’s raised over $1 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 533 KB
  • Print Length: 445 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778313514
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA; Original edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088NH068
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When lightning strikes it sends you to Whiskey Creek August 28, 2012
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My Thoughts
When Lightning Strike was a cute, fun read! I'm a big fan on the contemporary romance and that's what I felt this was. I was expected it to be the usually cliché romance, but it was much more than that. The characters are far from perfect and the story takes you through their journey of love, discovery, and what it takes to get back to the person you want to be.
The main characters are Gail and Simon. Gail is responsible, kind, and the owner of her own PR Company. Simon I the movie star her she has just let go as a client because he was too much of a hassle. But when he left her, he took her clients with him, so now she must figure out how to get her clients back and he must figure out a way to gain custody of his son.
After a misunderstanding with one of her employees the only thing they can think of that will help them both is a marriage of convenience. The courts and world will see him as a responsible, one women man, and a marriage to Hollywood A lister will help her grow her client list again. But it's not as easy as it seems. They have to convince the world and most importantly her family!

I loved both of the main characters. Simon is the flawed character that on the surface you want to hate him, but once you get to know his reasoning behind his actions you can't help to love him. Gail is the independent heroine that knows what she wants in life and goes and gets it. But underneath that tough girl exterior she just wants to be loved, and stay wants show her dad that she has made the right decision by being with Simon.

Not only did I love the main characters I loved all the secondary characters as well.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really good start September 4, 2012
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I'm very new to Brenda Novak. The prequel to this series was the first I have read of hers and I really liked it. I really liked this one as well and since it was longer, we were able to know the characters better. I liked both Simon and Gail in this story and felt they had a sense of realism. I usually don't like the whole movie star gets hooked up with the regular girl story, but this one was different. I think since Simon was so messed up, it worked. I know the outcome was predictable, but the journey was so well written. I really had a hard time putting this book down. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I'm ready for the next in the series.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a delightful story! August 29, 2012
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PR executive Gail DeMarco unleashes a world of hurt to her company when she decides to no longer represent Simon O'Neal. The superstar's off screen antics are troublesome and Gail's tired of putting out the publicity fires caused by his drinking and loose morals. What she doesn't count on is having Simon's manager direct the bulk of her clients to a rival PR firm.

With Gail's business about to go under, she must swallow her pride, apologize to Simon and hope he'll be decent enough to stop the hemorrhaging. Just when she thinks she's got the problem neutralized, her enterprising associate takes matters into his own hands and causes yet another the means of a leaked false rape charge against Simon. The only cure seems to be new publicity about a reformed Simon-a sober, moral man enjoying the bliss of a new Gail. But can she keep up the pretense of a business arrangement that will terminate in two years without losing her own heart to the man she's secretly lusted after for years?

Simon desperately want to regain the custody of his son and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. But a marriage in name only? Can he control his self-destructive urges long enough to create a new image?

When Lightning Strikes is the first in a new series by acclaimed writer Brenda Novak. Set in California's Gold Country (not far from Novak's home), Whiskey Creek is the embodiment of all that's good about small town life, and it's as far from Los Angeles and as foreign to Simon as a town can be. Never mind that Gail's father and older brother and a host of friends have heard the stories about Simon and are determined to protect her from heartbreak and disappointment as best they can.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood glamour & small town feel all in one!! August 31, 2012
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WOW, this was a great story, very well told and great writing. First I love books that take place in Hollywood / L.A. and revolve around the movie business, I like reading stories that put you behind the scenes. I also have become quite fond of small town romance books, so was thrilled when this book had the perfect balance of both.

Simon is a A-list, very famous hollywood lead actor with a life being torn apart in the tabloids. Reading Simon's character I actually felt sorry for real life actors & actresses (well some of them) that have had so much drama where the whole world is watching their life go down the drain. Gail is a publicist who use to represent Simon but dropped him as a clint, his manager than destroys the business she has build for the last 10 years. Simon who is trying to clean up his act to get custody of his son agrees to marry Gail for 2 years to clean up his look. Gail is you average plain girl who spend the last 10 years concentrating on building her PR firm and not romance. Gail decides to take Simon to her hometown of Whiskey Creek, where no one cares he is famous they just don't want him to hurt Gail. A good part of the book is watching both Gail & Simon realize that they are not what each expected from each other. Gail sees a different side of Simon when he is out of hollywood and Simon sees how Gail has such a big heart when he use to think of her as the ice queen. These two slowly learn more about themselves and each other in a short time and slowly fall in love when they were not looking for it. Than of course drama strikes and the question is will their love handle the pressures of the press?

This was a great book that kept me entertained the entire time, I had hard time putting it down. I loved the secondary characters of the town and look forward to reading more from the series. I loved the different contrast of both settings. I highly recommend this book. Well worth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fast read
I enjoyed this story very much. I was truly a summer enjoyable read. Everyone can relate to fantasy of a Simon
Published 2 days ago by Patricia fernandes
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice love story
Easy to read. Provides a glimpse into how Hollywood life provides the ease with which to escape from life and those who've hurt you. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Dindoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
Great love story with many layers, great mix of personalities, modern theme, easy reading, keeps you involved and interested to the very last page.
Published 4 days ago by AMD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
such a great book. I just recently started reading b.Novak each story has been completely different and exciting in this series. I think I found my new favorite author
Published 6 days ago by slwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. I am sure to read all of ...
Loved it. I am sure to read all of the Whiskey Creek books.
Published 6 days ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon has ruined Gail's business by stealing her clients and taking...
4.7 Star Review - When Lightning Strikes

Simon has ruined Gail's business by stealing her clients and taking them with him to a new PR firm. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Renee Entress
5.0 out of 5 stars Another block buster. A good read.
Would recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting and fast story line. Of course Brenda Novak always delivers the goods.
Published 14 days ago by Unknown
1.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE WORST BOOKS I READ
Published 15 days ago by LF
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood's most handsome and desirable leading man finds love and...
I just finished reading this book, and although I don't leave as many reviews as I should, I just had to leave one for this book. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars HAVEN'T READ IT YET - IT WAS FREE
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Brenda Novak Bio

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children--three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research--an online auction held on her Web site ( every May. Brenda has raised over $1.6 million to date.

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