THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS (Whiskey Creek #7) by Brenda Novak ~ Review

It’s Release Day for THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS!
(Whiskey Creek #7) by Brenda Novak

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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!

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~My Review~

I loved the way this book started and I loved the way it ended and I could not stop turning the pages for more of the story in between! That says a lot for any book, but it really says a lot when as a die-hard follower of this series, I can’t say I was overly fond of Eve.  Author Brenda Novak completely changed my opinion with her insightful portrayal of a loving and kind-hearted Eve Harmon in THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS.  So much so I think this just might be my new favorite book in the Whiskey Creek series.

And the mysterious stranger who comes to town and captures Eve’s heart?  I couldn’t help but fall for him.  Gorgeous, sexy with that dangerous vibe yet gentle, obviously emotionally wounded it was easy to see why Eve could not resist him and fought for her right to be with him.  He was as alpha and virile as they come, but in this story Eve was the strong one who was completely compelled to offer him a place of comfort, tenderness and love. A soft side of Eve I didn’t see consistently in the previous books. Her parents and friends weren’t convinced she was safe with this man and interfered every chance they could, but Eve stood by him. Her instincts about him and the way he made her feel were telling her there was more to him and that he needed her. He was just as unable to stay away from Eve, even though he mostly agreed with her friends, just not for the same reason. But he was so hungry for the whole, normal, and in his eyes, the almost magical life Eve had there in Whisky Town among her friends and family.  So hungry for the comfort and feeling of being home he had when Eve was near, a feeling he had long ago thought he’d never have again, knew he didn’t deserve it, but yearned for it in an almost physical way.

The Heart of Christmas is heartfelt, touching and if you can’t already tell, Eve’s man’s story will break your heart. And Eve, well she’s fully redeemed in my eyes. This is one you don’t want to miss. It is well written, perfectly paced, impossible to put down, and if you’re a Whiskey Creek fan – the gang’s all there in full force.  5 stars

~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review~

~About Author Brenda Novak~

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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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