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"Novak delivers a lively, sparkling series debut...romantic gold by a superior novelist. The love story blossoms naturally, which is rare nowadays.... Additionally, by populating Whiskey Creek with realistic characters-instead of 'quirky' caricatures-Novak ensures that readers will eagerly await their next visit." -RT Book Reviews on When Lightning Strikes
"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
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"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
"Well-written, nicely paced, filled with appealing characters and laced with a few surprises." -Library Journal on Dead Right
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 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 online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.
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Addy Davies has returned to her hometown of Whiskey Creek to assist her aging grandmother, whom she adores, with her restaurant, Just Like Mom's . Addy is nervous and upset about being home because of a life-altering event which occurred to her during a Senior Night party when she was a quiet, studious sophomore in high school. On that horrible night, she was kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of the most popular boys in school. A death occurred in the aftermath of that horrendous experience. Addy has never told anyone about the rape. Soon after she arrives in town, she is rescued by the brother of one of her attackers from a harrowing second kidnapping. This brother, Noah Rackham, knows nothing about the rape, but was the twin of the rapist who died, so he bears a strong resemblance to that man.
The problem I have with the book is that this is supposed to be a romance, and while I can accept that many rape victims can and do move forward with their lives, Addy is portrayed as an intelligent, successful woman who, by turns, is consumed with the events which changed her life fifteen years before and is eager to gloss those events over. Her seeming undeniable attractions to Noah, and the interactions between the two of them once the rape is revealed are not believable. The rape and Addy's subsequent second kidnapping come across as merely a convenient plot device and not as the horrifyingly serious acts which they are.Read more ›
Addy's grandmother basically raised her though, and now that she is getting older and needs help, Addy is back in Whiskey Creek. Leaving her job as a chef in Davis, she has returned to help her grandmother run her restaurant, but hoping her Grandmother will agree to sell it so that Addy can be safely on her way again. Addy has no intention of catching up with anyone in Whiskey Creek except for her Grandmother. She has purposely severed as many ties as she could to Whiskey Creek, and wants to keep it that way.
But someone who doesn't want the past to be revealed is worried...and shortly after Addy arrives in Whiskey Creek she is abducted from her bed, beaten and thrown in an abandoned mine. Addy has no idea what her abductor planned for her, because Noah Rackham, former high school crush, current super star racer, and notorious womanizer, happens upon her and saves her from an uncertain fate. Noah initially has no idea who Addy is when he first pulls her out of that mine...he also has no idea his deceased twin brother was one of the vicious attackers years ago. Noah doesn't know why Addy is so evasive about what happened, but he knows he is inexplicably drawn to the woman she has turned into. The more Addy tries to push Noah away, the more determined he that she should give him a chance.
Addy is determined to keep her secret from all those years ago. She holds onto a lot of guilt, not of the attack, but what happened afterwards.Read more ›
Other reviewers have already written great summaries, so here is my abbreviated version anyhow.
Addy has returned to Whiskey Creek (hometown) to help her Grandmother with the restaurant that the grandmother owns. The grandmother took over parenting duties since Addy's own mother puts her own livelihood (any many husbands) before her own child.
Noah is the local boy who is well liked, dad is mayor of the town, gorgeous and owns a store in town as well.
They meet when Noah rescues Addy from a brutal attack.
Addy had a horrific, life-altering tragedy happen to her when she was 15 - and someone is out to keep her silent about it.
As much as Addy is fighting her attraction (both physical and emotional) to Noah, she can't resist his honesty, kindness and total sex appeal.
The storyline is fairy simple. Bad people out to get Addy. Noah's support and love gets her through it. HEA. No cliffhanger. No need to read other books - standalone.
BUT, I found myself racing to read the next paragraph/chapter as the suspense and excitement builds in the book. Some of these people are so incredibly heartless and without morales- that you feel your blood pressure rising. It's not a HEA for everyone, but the ending does work. Part of it is wrapped up a little TOO easily (like with Noah's parents), but I will take it anyhow.
Addy is strong, sweet and has come a long way to overcome her tragic past. She is not broken. She wants to have her HEA with Noah, but the circumstances make it so difficult - she wants to protect him. At first I was surprised at her reaction, and then I realized that the repercussions of their relationship as it relates to what happened to her, are huge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Adelaide Davies returns to Whiskey Creek, the place she once called home, to take care of her aging grandmother. But Adelaide isn't happy to be back. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DarkJade
Brenda is one of the most talented writers I've read. Every book in the series is so different yet keeps drawing in the same characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M L Stockwell
Warning: sexual abuse triggers
Easy, sometimes painful, to follow. Believable with both strong and vicious characters. Informative and realistic dialogue. Read more
I suggest you read the Whiskey Creek series in order so by the end you know everyone in the little town. A great setting with people from all walks of life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet Johnson
As I've said before Brenda's characters charm me in their realistic stories. Most writers have good characters, but Brenda has great characters.Published 3 months ago by Aunt Sis
Wow just wow! I'm in awe. The subject matter for this book had to be one of the most difficult things to write. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jessica Call