About the Book:
Simon O'Neal's causing trouble again. And it's up to Gail DeMarco to stop him.
Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O'Neal. But Simon, who's just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won't listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.
Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that's going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who'll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek….
Gail's the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife—reluctantly. But she isn't reluctant because he's too hard to like. It's because he's too hard not to love!
About the Book:
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?
I've been reading my way through the Whiskey Creek books as they have become available on NetGalley. Last week When Lightning Strikes showed up as as "special" on one of the Kindle newsletters to which I subscribed so I decided to grab it. I also remembered that When We Touch was on my Kindle, as it had been a freebie at some point.
Like the other books in the series (you can click on Brenda Novak's tag below to read about them) these books feature a large cast of characters who grew up together; however in both these books the extra characters play a small part, and, as I believe these books were the first, there isn't really any unknown backstory.
If you are looking for a pleasant afternoon diversion either one of these will fill the bill. Neither tackle difficult subjects and both have happy endings. Grade B.