05 November 2014

The Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek #7) by Brenda Novak

The Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek #7)
by Brenda Novak.
Audience/Genre: Holiday, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: October 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA.
Just call her Christmas Eve…
Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn't have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that's what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B and B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining.

Eve's worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There's no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve's definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve's happily ever after just when it finally seems within reach. And just when she's counting on the best Christmas of her life!

Reviewed by Kelly.

I haven’t read the other books in the series but I don’t think it took away from this book. It made it easy to go back and read others in the series.

This book is about Eve. Eve lives in Whiskey Creek, a small town where everyone knows everyone else and their business. She is also part of a tight group of friends. They are always there for each other. It reflects that in the book when Cheyenne goes to have her baby, they are all there for her!

Eve works at the B and B that her parents own and will someday become hers. She takes great pride in it and in the festive Christmas time of year; her B&B is visited often. She is feeling sad though. All of her friends are getting married and she is beginning to think at 35, she may never find someone. She lives and works in a small town so what can she do? Well, on her birthday she goes and does something a little out of character for her. She finds some guy and takes him home with her when they both were intoxicated! When she wakes up, she slowly remembers all that they did over and over again. The guy however is brusque and says thanks and goodbye. She is a little offended since she isn’t that type of girl.

As time goes on, they see each other more and more at night. It is mostly closed door. He is evasive about who he is or anything about him. They seem to have a connection and the more he doesn't say, the more she realizes he is in trouble. Her friends are there for her and trying to help her with her mixed emotions.

The other big problem is, when they were drunk and remembered having more than one encounter that first night but only finding one condom that there might be an unexpected surprise. But you will have to read the book to find out about that one way or the other.

I liked the book and felt the friendship was really strong with the group. But I didn’t really feel the strong attraction with Eve and Rex/Brent. Mostly it was the sex that was more focused on and not on getting to know one another. I know that he had to be vague about his life and that was what had me not feeling it. Maybe I would have said sorry, see you later because I would worry what kind of guy that doesn’t really give you much to go on. I am glad she didn't because then he would be alone and that makes me mad at my myself for wanting to say "see ya".

Anyway, if you like Christmas, B and B’s, mystery, really tight friends who go way out on a limb for you and helping someone become whole again than this book is for you.

Thanks to netgalley for providing a copy for an honest review.

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.

“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business.

Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer.

“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 admits. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read….”

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. She juggles her writing career with her children’s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions.

When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fundraiser for diabetes research—an on-line auction held at her website May 1st – May 31st. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking--she rides an amazing 20 miles every day!

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