Author: Brenda Novak



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WHEN SUMMER COMES by Brenda NovakWhen Summer Comes by Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek
Published by MIRA on 2013-01-29
Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by Melissa

Welcome to Whiskey Creek— Heart of the Gold Country!One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news…She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren't good.Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents' farm. She's always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn't been worked in years and she begins to fear she can't manage it, that she'll have to return to town.One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…He's an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for a few nights' shelter. Callie figures she doesn't have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she does have something to lose—her heart. And, although he doesn't yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.


Callie Vanetta is dying; her only hope is a liver transplant. The news came as a total shock to her, so much that she’s retreated from her friends. When an injured man knocks on her door one night, she has no business being drawn to the handsome drifter. But she finds herself offering room and board for a few days of labor on her family’s farm. Levi McCloud is running from a past of heart break and grief. With trouble following him he has no business falling for Callie. Levi and Callie fight their attraction while falling in love. But living like they are on borrowed time, how long until it falls apart?


When you add a woman hiding from the future and a man running from the past, what do you get? A romance that has you in tears one moment and smiling with joy the next. Brenda Novak took me back to Whiskey Creek with When Summer Comes and I enjoyed every minute of it. Although Brandon from When We Touch may always be my favorite character (and I loved the glimpse into other characters lives) Levi is a close 2nd! This is one book not to be missed!

IN CLOSE by Brenda Novak

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IN CLOSE by Brenda NovakIn Close by Brenda Novak
Series: Bulletproof #3
Published by MIRA on 2011-11-01
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by Miranda

Claire O'Toole's mother, Alana, went missing fifteen years ago. That was big news in Pineview, Montana, the kind of town where nothing much ever happens. Then, last year, Claire's husband, David, died in a freak accident—after launching his own investigation into Alana's disappearance.Is Alana dead? Or did she simply abandon her husband and daughters? Claire is determined to find out—and her former boyfriend, Isaac Morgan, wants to help. Although their relationship didn't end well, he still has feelings for her. And yet it isn't until he starts to suspect David's death wasn't an accident that he's drawn back into her life.Together, Claire and Isaac search for answers to the questions that have haunted Pineview all this time. But as they soon discover, someone's prepared to kill so those answers won't be found….

Claire’s mother went missing when she was a teenager. It’s a mystery that has never been solved but always disturbed Claire. Claire has always been the caretaker. Her sister was paralyzed in a sledding accident and since then Claire has doted on her but it gets tiring as Leanne’s attitude deteriorates. Claire’s husband died in a horrible hunting accident. Since then Claire has just barely been living. She’s decided to get on with her life and the first step is finding out what happened to her mother, Alana. 

No one wants Claire looking into her mother’s disappearance. That quickly becomes evident to her as she is attacked at her mother’s old studio. The last person she expects comes to her rescue: Isaac Morgan. Claire used to be in love with Isaac but he never wanted anything more than sex and then she married David. However, she cannot deny the heat that course through her when he’s around. 

Isaac never forgot the one that got away. A torch burns bright within him for Claire and he cannot stand the thought of anything happening to her. If she is determined to go on with this investigation then he is going to help her and protect her while he’s at it. If she happens to land back in his bed Isaac is cool with that as well. Danger lurks closer than they could ever imagine and if they’re not careful Isaac and Claire could pay the ultimate price. 

Brenda Novak’s In Close is a gripping nail-biter. There are some scenes in this book where I was holding my breath fearing the outcome. I found In Close to be an exhilarating novel harboring a sexy couple and heartwarming romance. I loved everything about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Claire’s mother and following Claire as she finds the clues is fantastic fun. While I wasn’t as emotionally connected to this book as I was the first two in the series, I could definitely feel Claire’s pain over the disappearance of her mother and the death of her husband. Ms. Novak continually surprises me with her clever mysteries and vivid storytelling. There were points where I literally felt like I was right there and could see and smell every detail. Sometimes that is good, sometimes not so much but it makes In Close unique and a hit. After reading the three books in the Bulletproof series, I am officially a fan of Ms. Novak’s work and I intend to grab up everything she’s written.

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