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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

When We Touch (Whiskey Creek 0.5) by Brenda Novak

When We Touch (Whiskey Creek)
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?
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Length: 102 pages (E-book)
Source: NetGalleyARC
Available Formats: E-book
Publication Date: August 1st 2012 by Mira
When I read When We Touch back in 2012 I was a little skeptical about how I would feel about it since Contemporary Romance novels aren't my favourite but having read a historical romance by the author and having really enjoyed it I had to give it a try.
I was not expecting to like this one very much because of the genre and the fact that it was a novella but When We Touch ended up surprising me a lot by being a more detailed well thought out novel than I though it would have been.
I liked the story line, the whole sisters fighting over a man thing was amusing but mostly I wanted to smack the hell out of Noelle for stealing Olivia's boyfriend Kyle and getting pregnant by him. Plus she made Olivia suffer by making her plan their shot gun wedding and no one seems to care about her feelings not even their very own mother.
I just felt so bad for Olivia, she was such a sweet and kind character I hated the position her sister and mother put her in. The fact that her sister's happiness was more important than the act of betrayal boggled my mind and mad me so angry! So when Olivia grew a back bone in the later parts of the story I was so glad. I also really liked the fact that she went for Brandon despite her reservations I thought they were a very good match and I liked the realism that the relationship represented even if it was sort of an insta-love situation. I say sort of because Brandon and Olivia knew each other prior to beginning their relationship but they didn't know each other very well and their feels for each other developed quickly.
I thought that the characters in this e-novella were wonderfully developed. Considering this book was only 102 pages long I was surprised to find both a character and plot driven read in such a short book. The different dynamics between all the characters were interesting and made me laugh and get angry and other times I just felt sad for the whole situation Olivia was going through but I'm glad that she found Brandon who seemed to compliment her personality so well.
When We Touch was a very well penned novella and is what I think is a great start to a small town romance series. The author is great at writing romances and I loved how real her characters were in this book and I will absolutely be reading the next book in this series.
I highly recommend When We Touch to all fans of contemporary small town romances. This was a very quick read and a great introduction to the series and makes for the perfect afternoon read especially now that the weather is warmer and can sit outside with a cold drink and slip away to Whiskey Creek.
 *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
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