Sunday, 22 July 2012

When We Touch (A Novella) - Brenda Novak

Olivia Arnold, wedding planner, has her toughest client yet - younger, temperamental sister Noelle. And the worst part is that Noelle is marrying Kyle - Olivia's recent ex-boyfriend.

Travelling back from Sacramento to the gold rush town of Whiskey Creek, she bumps in to Kyle's stepbrother, Brandon. Memories of him taking her to the prom pop in to her mind as well as that kiss. How come they never got together?

Olivia angry at her sister, dismayed with her parents and disappointed in Kyle prepares to just organize and attend the wedding and then leave as soon as possible. What she didn't expect was her feelings for Brandon to deepen. Was she a casual fling girl, like he was a causal fling guy? Could she leave behind the 'relationship' girl and date Brandon?

Novak's novella is a quick read and utterly romantic. Olivia certainly shows a strength of character to plan her obnoxious sister's wedding to an ex that she still has feelings for and who clearly still loves her! Definitely courage in the face of diversity. Brandon, the tall brooding, non-committal type is perhaps typical but he's likable and honest. Their relationship intensifies quickly yet is filled with doubts.

With short novels it's sometimes difficult to create a dynamic bond between the main characters yet Novak has done this. There are some areas where if it were a longer story the author may have had the parents stand up to Noelle, the bride-to-be may have been a bit more humble (perhaps?!) But it's a good introduction to the residents of Whiskey Creek as Novak has a novel based on them coming out in August this year. A recommended read for the romantics out there.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harlequin publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive review.

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