Saturday, December 15, 2012

When Snow Falls

When Snow Falls is the 2nd book in the Whiskey Creek series from NYT bestselling author Brenda Novak. The publisher is Harlequin MIRA. From the back cover.~

After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She's grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she's troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn't her mother.

Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren't talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won't be easy.

Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years. For Eve's sake, she decides to step aside—which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He's the kind of guy she's sworn to avoid. She can't afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better. But…maybe there's more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.

I was lucky enough to get a review copy of When Snow Falls from the publisher through NetGalley. I really love the Whiskey Creek series, and was excited to get the next book.

I have to say I felt like When Snow Falls moved a little slow in the beginning. It took me to about 20% to really get into the story. None of it was because I didn’t like Cheyenne, but because I really couldn’t see her pursuing a relationship with Joe, since her best friend Eve liked him. This goes against every girl code out there and I was kind of put off with her until Dylan came into the picture.

I loved Dylan with Cheyenne from the moment they had their first conversation. They had amazing chemistry and he was so very sweet with her their first time together. Especially since it was her first time. Cheyenne doesn’t think Dylan is the right man for her, yet she can’t seem to stay away from him. Dylan has had feelings for Cheyenne for years and knows he should stop getting together with Cheyenne when she doesn’t think there can be anything between them. However, when Cheyenne needs help locating her sister and dealing with her mother’s death, she immediately calls Dylan. She also only initially shares her memories about the blonde woman with Dylan and he believes her and thinks she should try and find out more about her past.

I’ve always liked Cheyenne’s group of friends. However, as they all were warning her away from Dylan and telling her to give Joe more of her time, I got mad at them. None of them seemed to listen when she was talking about Dylan and even made her doubt him just when she was starting to give their relationship a real try. Can’t say she didn’t make me mad by hurting Dylan. Luckily, Dylan was the better man and didn’t totally give up on his feelings for Cheyenne and was there for her when she really needed him.

The discovery of the secret of Cheyenne’s past really only came as a surprise to Cheyenne in the end. Her sister Presley had learned earlier what happened, but continued to keep the news to herself because she feared she would lose Cheyenne in her life. Once again, Dylan is the one Cheyenne needed in her corner.

I really enjoyed When Snow Falls, and I look forward to more books from this series in the future. The official release date was October 23, 2012 and can be found at your favorite bookstore or online retailer. For more information about this series or other books from Brenda Novak, visit her website.

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