Friday, November 7, 2014

**New Release Review ~ The Heart of Christmas ~ Brenda Novak**

The Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek, #7)The Heart of Christmas
Whiskey Creek #7
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Bookworms

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 of 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 this 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!

It's always such a pleasure to return to Whiskey Creek. I've become so fond of all the characters, they're like friends. I was  happy that Eve got her story and curious to see how it would  turn out.

Eve Harmon is just a lovely young woman She's one of those women you know you'd shy away from because of her looks but would be drawn to nonetheless because of her genuine affability. She's sweet, loyal, and would do anything to help someone in need. She just happens to be turning 35 and, not being married yet despite most of her friends being so, is making her take stock of her life.

Brent Taylor/Rex, happens upon Eve on her birthday, when she's feeling a bit sorry for herself. They spend the night together, which is all Brent could promise. But he's finding it hard to leave Eve, even thought it's really in her best interest that he do exactly that. Brent isn't what he seems and his past puts Eve, and everyone in Whiskey Creek, in possible danger.

I really liked the element of suspense that Brent/Rex brought to the story. I liked watching as Eve helped him heal from his past. I also enjoyed the mystery of "Little Mary" - the story Ted decided to work on, with Eve's help. I hope that element continues. Although I'm still a little unhappy with Cheyenne about certain decisions she made, it was nice to see her and Dylan so happy. Despite a certain thing that happened between Eve and Brent, which I thought was a bit trite, I enjoyed how their story evolved and where it ended up. And of course, I adored seeing the group rally around Eve when she needed them most.

The Heart of Christmas was a satisfying return to Whiskey Creek...kind of like cuddling up under a favorite blanket. It's warm, comfortable, familiar, and makes you feel good. This group of friends continue to endear themselves and I'll be eager to return again.


  1. The characters really sounds great. Happy you enjoyed this one.

  2. I really enjoy her books, I read a couple in this series and they always make me feel so warm and gooey on the inside

  3. Wonderful review Brandee. This is a series that I want to read, in fact I have book one and two on kindle or nook. I love holiday themed reads and the setting is perfect. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Great review, Brandee! I am so happy you enjoy this series, I feel like I did more than nudging you in the direction of Whiskey Creek *grins*
    I hope you'll have a great weekend, and that Berk's violin recital will go well on Sunday :) *BIG HUGS*

  5. Thanks, Lexxie. Maybe you nudged a bit ;) but I'm ever so grateful because I am always happy to visit Whiskey Creek. :) Enjoy your weekend, my friend!! *big hugs*

  6. Thank you, Kimba! I hope you do decide to read the series -it is like meeting up with good friends every book. :)

  7. Yes, they do, don't they Lily? I'm happy to have found the series. :)

  8. They really are, Jennifer. I love *visiting* with them. :)

  9. Another great review Brandee!!!! I had this book on my wish list as well. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series!!!

  10. Oh wow! This sounds like a fun read, with a bit of an emotional twist. You have me curious about the Thing.... Fab review girl!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  11. I'm looking for a good Christmas romance. I haven't read anything by Brenda Novak yet, do I need to start at the beginning? I like a little suspense in these types of stories too, and healing too. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Have a great Monday!! I hope you enjoy the snow. Hot chocolate and reading time for sure!

  12. Oh, I hope if you try this series, you'll love it too!


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