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review 2018-08-20 17:07
Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak
Home to Whiskey Creek - Brenda Novak

I previously described this story as "Reddit and 4chan had a baby" and after a few days of DNF'ing this book, I stand by that description. Novak showed she was out of her depth by having her heroine have a back story that included a gang rape. The hero and heroine were not up to the challenge of overcoming this (and other) obstacles; they were far too weak and the heroine needed a lot more therapy while she was back in her hometown. The additional storyline of the hero's best friend being gay and in love with the hero for years was already repetitive by the end of book two, and Baxter forcing a kiss from Noah came across as a sexual assault. I lost all respect for Baxter and the others in the friend gang were not anymore mature or level headed. 


I might try Novak's suspense novels because I do (for the most part) really like her writing and voice. I just can't take her shoe-horning serious topics into a light contemporary romance storylines - the two aren't meshing well and it comes off as sloppy or damaging writing.

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text 2018-08-10 12:00
Friday Reads - August 10, 2019
Home to Whiskey Creek - Brenda Novak
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters - Susan Mallery

The kids made it through ju-jitsu (Japanese style) camp with flying colors in addition to their other activities. This weekend is the summer overnight camp "trip" (camp grounds are 10 minutes from my house), which is their first camping trip ever (our Scout pack camps rain or shine). Next week sees more end of the summer activities plus stuff to do to get ready for the new school year. 


 I borrowed from the library Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery (women's fiction), which I will start sometime this weekend, along with the Crewel World by Monica Ferris (cozy mystery). I moved Dark Witch by Nora Roberts back to the planning shelf since I will use that book for Halloween Bingo. I DNF'd Home to Whiskey Creek but will do a review because I have some things to say about that crap. 


Have a happy and safe weekend!

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text 2018-08-10 09:01
DNF at 45%
Home to Whiskey Creek - Brenda Novak

This book reads like 4chan and Reddit decided to write a "romance" together. I can't stand the hero or the heroine. So many trigger warnings for this book, I really wonder how so much crap got past editors.

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text 2018-08-02 14:57
August 2018 TBR
Home to Whiskey Creek - Brenda Novak
On Distant Shores - Sarah Sundin
Crewel World - Monica Ferris
The Johnstown Flood - David McCullough
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
The Baron's Blunder (Black Diamond) - Susan M. Baganz
Toward the Sunrise: An Until the Dawn Novella - Elizabeth Camden
Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon, Book One) - Genevieve Turner,Emma Barry
Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) - Laura Durham,Laura Durham
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson





Reading List

1. Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek #4) by Brenda Novak


2. On Distant Shores (Wings of a Nightingale #2) by Sarah Sundin


3. Crewel World (Needlecraft Mysteries #1) by Monica Ferris


4. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings


5. The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough


6. The Baron's Blunder by Susan M. Banganz


7. Toward the Sunrise (Until the Dawn #0.5) by Elizabeth Camden


8. Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon #1) by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner


9. The Nightingale Sisters (The Nightingales #2) by Donna Douglas


10. Better off Wed by Laura Durham


11. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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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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