The Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek #7) by Brenda Novak
Released: November 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
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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!
This is the seventh installment in the Whiskey Creek series. I think it could be easily enjoyed as a stand-alone but you’ll get more out of it by reading the entire series to understand the other characters and sub plots.
Eve is the uber polite and loveable owner of the local B&B. She’s a core part of the group of friends, but is now finding herself feeling like an outsider with the rest marrying and having children. Small town life proves to be challenging but her own expectations of where her life should be at 35 are even more stringent. Since she doesn’t have anything to do on the actual night of her birthday but throw a pity party, she heads over to Sexy Sadie’s and gets a little—okay, a lot inebriated. And to further her 1/3rd life crisis, she takes home a man she doesn’t know. Talk about living on the edge…well, her edge.
Upon waking up from her one night stand, she immediately begins trying to make him the urban legend of a one-nighter to happily ever after. Her biological clock is ticking and she has to head down the aisle first. Only she quickly realizes that the drunken night with Jared—or er, Brent—may get her more than she expects.
While some of Eve’s laser focus on marriage and kids can be a little overbearing, it is understandable relative to the small town mentality of Whiskey Creek. It’s an enjoyable journey to read about her mini midlife crisis. Her entanglement with the stranger just passing through establishes confirms they have both been missing out on something and that perhaps it’s each other, however, there are many roadblocks in the way and not just emotional but physical danger too. The poignant back and forth between Eve and Brent is superb and leaves you hoping it can all work out but not know if it actually can and will. It is sweet to see how meddlesome her friends are but also the extent they will go to ensure her happiness.
Rating: 4.25 Stars
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