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review 2018-06-14 19:57
When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak
When Summer Comes - Brenda Novak

There wasn't much to Callie's character in the previous books, so I went in with only the reference that she was a bit of shallow gossip from the one or two scenes she was featured in the last book. Luckily, she has a lot more going for her personality wise here; she is a professional photographer who enjoys taking photos of weddings and other pedestrian life events rather than try to make "art", only child of doting parents, and a good friend especially to Baxter. I really liked Callie and understood her need to not tell everyone about her diagnosis, as she was too busy physically, mentally, and emotionally dealing with it herself to also have to deal with loved ones' reactions. Callie is dying from non-alcoholic fatty liver and she won't make it through the summer if she doesn't find a donor. 

 

In walks (limps) Levi McCloud, a vagabond who shows up on her door step in a world of hurt. Callie decides she needs to rescue him/nurse him back to health as a way of living life to its' fullest before she succumbs to her disease. Levi is an Afghanistan veteran who went into the military to escape an abusive home life. He has his motorcycle and does enough day labors to pay his way across the western part of the US. I liked Levi right off the bat and felt that Callie was in good company whenever he was around.

 

Unfortunately, like the previous book, the story suffers from the inclusion of Callie's asshole friends, save Cheyanne (heroine from the previous book) and Baxter. Kyle is still a MAJOR dickhead after screwing up his life so royally in the prequel to the series and I wanted to slap the hell out of him. The only good thing that involved Kyle was the tidbit that Olivia and Brandon (couple from the prequel) got married and Kyle has to deal with his "one true love" that he cheated on with her sister at all family get-togethers as his step-sister-in-law. Serves his ass right. Eve has been wrong enough times about her friends' decisions on relationships that she really just needs to STFU already. Thankfully most of the time Baxter was the friend Callie called on and had a meaningful friendship with; and it was nice to see Dylan and Chey going strong together. Little scenes mean a lot in small town contemporary romance.

 

Still a good reading time was had and I look forward to the next book in the series.

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text 2018-06-01 17:20
Friday Reads - June 1, 2018
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - Christopher Clark
Winds of Salem - Melissa de la Cruz
One in a Million - Jill Shalvis
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
When Summer Comes - Brenda Novak

Spent the day after Memorial Day at the doctor's, as my son came down with Strep Throat (must be his yearly need for amoxicillian, lol). Counting down to summer vacation (son has 8.5 days left and daughter has 4 days) and the reading for our library's Summer Reading Program started today. I wish I could read faster, but my seasonal allergies are a doozy this year and I am either in a sneezing fit, sinus pain, or blacked out due to allergy medications. 

 

I ended up finishing the Ann Rule book yesterday; luckily, I picked up the last book in the Beauchamp Family series, so I am reading Winds of Salem first. I am also going to buckle down and read The Sleepwalkers, even if it is just 50 pages at a time every day. For next week, I plan on reading One in a Million (last book in the last trilogy that forms the Lucky Harbor series), When Summer Comes (third book in the Whiskey Creek series) and Wishing Lake (third book in the Finding Home series).

 

Happy June and the beginnings of summer (which means daylight from 4 am to 11 pm here in England) or winter depending on which side of the equator you live on.

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text 2018-06-01 17:02
June 2018 TBR
Winds of Salem - Melissa de la Cruz
One in a Million - Jill Shalvis
Wishing Lake (A Finding Home Novel) - Regina Hart
When Summer Comes - Brenda Novak
Cafe Au Lait - Liane Spicer
Welcome to Last Chance - Cathleen Armstrong
Submerged - Dani Pettrey
The Bounty - Beth Williamson
The Icecutter's Daughter - Tracie Peterson
All I Am (A Farmers' Market Story) - Nicole Helm

COYER and my library's Summer Reading Program are now live. I want to continue or finish some of my series reads and get through that one WWI book that is a door stopper. I want to read all the books I borrowed from Prime Lending so I can cancel my subscription over the summer (I just don't feel like the benefits are worth the ever increasing price). 

 

TBR:

1. Winds of Salem (The Beauchamp Family #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

2. One in a Million (Lucky Harbor #12) by Jill Shalvis

3. Wishing Lake (Finding Home #3) by Regina Hart

4. When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak

5. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

6. Café Au Lait by Liane Spicer

7. Welcome to Last Chance (Last Chance #1) by Cathleen Armstrong

8. The Spirit of '76 by David Browne

9. Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Petry

10. The Bounty (Malloy Family #1) by Beth Williamson

11. The Ice Cutter's Daughter (Land of Shining Water #1) by Tracie Peterson

12. All I Am (Farmers Market #2) by Nicole Helm

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review 2018-06-01 03:01
Hello Again by Brenda Novak
Hello Again (Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels) - Brenda Novak

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a really good time with this book. I actually liked this book a lot more than the previous installment and am really glad that I decided to continue with the series. I thought that this book was very exciting and found myself wanting to keep reading for hours at a time just to find out how things would work out.

This is the second full length book in the Evelyn Talbot series and I do recommend reading this series in order since some parts of the story build on events from previous books. Evelyn is continuing her work at Hanover House and has a new psychopath to work with, Lyman Bishop or the Zombie Maker. Lyman is incredibly intelligent and somewhat challenging. Of course, there are other things going on around Evelyn as well so things are always interesting.

I really liked the complexity of the mystery in this book. I wasn't quite sure what I should think about certain events until something else that was connected occurred and everything fell into place. The way things were laid out really kept my interest level high. I thought that the fact that there were several interconnected threads also kept things rather exciting and there were quite a few surprises worked into the story. The relationship between Evelyn and Amarok does have a few developments but I thought that the story was much more balanced with the romantic aspect adding to the story and character development.

I thought that Therese Plummer did a great job with this book. I really enjoyed the pacing of her reading and she has a very pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. She was able to handle a fairly large cast of characters very well with distinct voices for each of the key players. I thought the she added a lot of emotion to the story and made some of the intense scenes even more exciting.

I would recommend this book to others. The series is really exciting and filled with wonderful characters. I can't wait to read more of this series so I can find out what is next for Evelyn Talbot.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the book from Audible.

Initial Thoughts
I enjoyed this one a lot more than the previous book in the series. I am so glad that I didn't give up on the series. It seemed that the focus of the book stayed more on the mystery of the serial killers than on romance. Evelyn and Amarok seem a lot more solid together and I never felt like their relationship took over the entire plot although things did move along in that area. I found Dr. Lyman Bishop to be a very interesting character and I loved how the mystery surrounding him kept me guessing. This was definitely a book filled with excitement. Therese Plummer did an excellent job with the narration.

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review 2018-05-22 16:25
When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) by Brenda Novak
When Snow Falls - Brenda Novak

Cheyanne Christensen is having one hell of a bad life. Her mother is dying of cancer and is a bitter, manipulative bitch; her sister is wild and on drugs half the time; she is in secretly in love with the same guy her BFF is actively chasing; and it's Christmas, so the artificial cheerfulness of the season is just annoying cherry on top. I really liked Cheyanne - she had every right to be a horrible person, but she is a smart, sweet, hard-working, and loyal person. So when Dylan Amos, of the infamous Amos brothers, walks into her life the chaos gets straighten out somewhat and Cheyanne finds someone she can be real with. 

 

I love Cheyanne and Dylan! They were real adults navigating the ups and downs of a relationship while dealing with their families' reputations from the rest of the small town and their prejudices. I feel they really deserved their HEA. The only part of the romance I didn't like was their first time together; Cheyanne's reasons for being a 31 year old virgin were true to her character so her ripping off her clothes so quickly seemed out of character. I really liked reading a romance between two people without money being thrown around to show "charm" and "romance". 

 

I didn't care for anyone else in this story. Eve, Chey's BFF, was too obnoxious and preaching her prejudice in the hopes of breaking up Chey and Dylan. Joe was a bitter asshole and I am really not looking forward to his story later in the series. Piper, Chey's sister, had a heartbreaking story arc but I would like to see her in updates in later books but man was she a selfish brat to Chey! 

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