Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review: Discovering You (Whiskey Creek #10) by Brenda Novak

Book Blurb:

Can she ever trust another "bad boy"? 

India Sommers once had the perfect family—until an ex-boyfriend broke in and shot her husband. Not only did that cost her the man she loved, a respected heart surgeon and the father of her child, but she also feels responsible. Charlie died because of the people she hung out with before she had the strength to change her life. 

Just after moving to Whiskey Creek with her little girl, Cassia, to start over, she's learned that her ex-boyfriend's trial ended in a hung jury. He's getting out of jail; he could try to find her again. And that's not all that scares her. She's extremely attracted to her next-door neighbor, but Rod Amos is the handsome "bad boy" type that's given her so much trouble in the past. If she got involved with him, her in-laws would sue for custody of Cassia. 

India has to keep her distance from Rod—but the more she gets to know him, the more difficult that becomes.

My Review:

In Discovering You by Brenda Novak, India has moved to Whiskey Creek to start fresh with her young daughter after her husband was murdered by a man she once knew.  Not long after she's moved in and getting her new home set up, she comes across her neighbor Rod one night...and this bad boy gives her shivers and thrills she doesn't expect, nor does she welcome them.  India has had her share of bad boys and a rough life before she met her husband, and that is all part of her past she wants to leave in the past.  Rod is enchanted by India and as much as India wants to keep him at arms length he finds himself wanting to know her much better.  Just as India feels like she's settling, the man who killed her husband is suddenly out of jail.  She knows that spells a lot of trouble not only for her, but for her daughter and her relationship with her in laws.  Suddenly her life feels like it's becoming out of control...but India is determined this time to take control.  Rod is more than willing to help her...and soon the two of them find themselves not only exploring their feelings for each other and becoming closer, but searching for a murderer before he can find her.

Brenda Novak pulled me in quickly to Discovering You and kept me there with a well balanced, exciting plot and great characters.  I really enjoyed this book and I really enjoyed getting to know India and Rod.  Both of them have moved forward from their pasts, but the past isn't necessarily finished with them.   I liked how they dealt with things straight on, even if the 'adventure' they ended up on wasn't always realistic, it was fast paced and well written.  India and Rod have great chemistry and I liked the connection between them.  Their relationship grew despite the many obstacles they have to overcome and I really found myself hoping they could navigate this rocky road and come out on top.  They felt right together.

I liked the suspense Brenda works into the plot with the murderer of India's husband being released from jail after a hung jury in his trial.  This upped the tension and uncertainty of where things would end up.

Lots of family dynamics are involved in the plot of Discovering you, and a secondary plot involving one of Rod's brothers was very intriguing!

I liked seeing some of the characters from other Whiskey Creek books, but they are seen only in the context of Discovering You, making Discovering You easily a stand alone book.

I'd recommend Discovering You to any romance reader.  

4/5 stars

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