Review: When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) – Brenda Novak

Posted 22 October, 2012 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek #2) – Brenda NovakWhen Snow Falls by Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek #2
Published by Harlequin MIRA on 23 October 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 448
Source: Netgalley
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5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads :
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 received a free ARC of When Snow Falls from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

I just love the Whiskey Creek series and When Snow Falls is no exception! It is well written, with fleshed-out characters who try to do the best they can with what life has given them. I was happy to have this after I finished When Lightning Strikes, so I could continue with this universe straight away!

Cheyenne has always had some very troubling memories of a blond woman from her childhood – a woman who is nothing like Anita, her mother who is dying of cancer.

Dylan is Whiskey Creek’s resident bad-boy, but he might not be as bad as everyone thinks he is, and Cheyenne is just the kind of person who is willing to see past the rumors and find out what Dylan is really like. When Cheyenne’s friends leave for a Caribbean cruise, and her mom is getting worse every day, she finally takes a chance she never thought she’d take, especially when Joe, her crush ever since she was 14, is finally paying her some attention…

I really liked to get to know Cheyenne better, and at the same time, I’d have loved to have her friends around a little more, even if that really wouldn’t have served the plot at all. Cheyenne was a lot more in the background both in When We Touch and in When Lightning Strikes. In When Snow Falls, I got why it was that Cheyenne is more reserved than her friends, and I was so happy to see her grow more confident and free.

Dylan wasn’t that much present in the two prior books, but I loved him from when he first showed up in the park, the way he spoke to Cheyenne, while trying to hold on to his bad-boy image really showed me that there was more to him than what met the eye.

Their story was very sweet, and they were both feeling amazed that someone they hadn’t even thought about before could have such a large impact on them in a very short time. Cheyenne was struggling with her mom dying, her sister having drug-problems, and her haunting memories she wasn’t sure she could trust. At the same time, Presley was also talking about a PI who had approached her at the casino where she worked, and this intrigued Cheyenne as well.

As the story moved forward, I did get a little frustrated by Cheyenne’s attitude towards Dylan, even if I completely got where she was coming from. For a woman in her early thirties, she is very dependent on her friends, and even if they’re a very tight-knot group, I wanted her to stand up for herself. And she did, almost as quickly as I wanted her to.

The writing managed to bring me into the story from the start, and I really felt connected to the characters, even minor characters who didn’t have a lot of ‘screen-time’ during the story. The plot was well done too, and I could understand why the different characters acted the way they did. I also love the Whiskey Creek series because the love and romance is built expertly, even when things happen a bit fast, the back story of the characters makes everything believable, and I was rooting for Cheyenne, and even Dylan during the whole narrative.

I am already looking forward to the next book in the Whiskey Creek trilogy, but I have to admit I wish there was more than three books in this series.

Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

About Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

Linda is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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