You're invited to a wedding in Whiskey Creek, Heart of the Gold Country
Unfortunately, it's the wrong wedding. Olivia Arnold is arranging the festivities--and it's the hardest thing she's ever done. Because she should be marrying Kyle Houseman. They were together for more than a year.... But her jealous sister, Noelle, stole him away--and now she's pregnant.
All their friends in Whiskey Creek know as well as Olivia does that Kyle's making a mistake. His stepbrother, Brandon, knows it, too. But Kyle's determined to go through with it, for his child's sake.
Olivia's devastated, but surprisingly Brandon--the black sheep of the family--is there to provide comfort and consolation. The intensity between them, both physical and emotional, shows Olivia that maybe Kyle wasn't the right man for her....
But is Brandon?
Wedding planner Olivia Arnold is on her way home to plan her sister's wedding when she pulls off to the side of the road to have a crying fit-and with good reason. Her scheming witch of a sister is marrying Olivia's ex-boyfriend. Noelle stole Kyle and made darn sure to get pregnant. Not only is Kyle plenty guilty, but Olivia's parents expect that she will plan her sister's wedding! Olivia's one saving grace in this totally dysfunctional family train-wreck is Kyle's stepbrother Brandon. Olivia and Kyle were together for more than a year, but Olivia and Brandon had one date way back in high school, and neither has ever forgotten. Too bad that Brandon is the black sheep of the family. But maybe a black sheep is just what Olivia needs to rescue her when all the supposedly "good" choices are going so very, very wrong. Verdict As the introduction to Novak's new "Whiskey Creek" contemporary series, When We Touch does get the job done. But standing on its own, the story is a bit too short, relying on cliches-the jealous sister stealing her sibling's man, the children of divorce willing to do their duty to their children at any ruinous cost-even when it makes no sense. Kyle and Olivia didn't make much sense, while Olivia and Brandon heat up the pages. Novak fans will want to start the series from the beginning. [See the review of Bk. 1, When Lightning Strikes, LJ 8/12.-Ed.]-Marlene Harris, Reading Reality LLC. Atlanta (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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July 31, 2012
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