Author: Brenda Novak

No One But You by Brenda Novak

Posted July 29, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

No One But You by Brenda NovakNo One But You by Brenda Novak
Published by Harlequin MIRA on June 1, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars
four-flames

New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes you to Silver Springs, a picturesque small town in Southern California where even the hardest hearts can learn to love again

Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn't enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.

Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he's innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.

As Sadie and Dawson's professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there's more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else see she has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for.

 

 
Dawson Reed was accused of murdering his parents and after a year of imprisonment, was acquitted and released. His mentally handicapped adult sister was cared for during that time by a state institute and he wants to bring her home. Sadie Harris answers his ad to be a caregiver and housekeeper, even though she’s fearful of him as the whole town believes he’s guilty of the murders. But Sadie’s desperate as she needs the extra money to finalize her divorce from her abusive husband who happens to be a Silver Springs police officer.

 
This was a chilling story with some very strong themes. Dawson and Sadie are both tragic, he because he’s not been able to mourn his brutally murdered parents who he loved and suffers the scorn and judgment of a town who passed a sentence that a jury didn’t. She is the mother of a sensitive 5-year old son and both are being stalked and menaced by her estranged husband, Sly (aptly named). While these two came together under tough circumstances, they really were well suited for each other. Her support came at a time when it was sorely needed and he gave her the protection, enough that it gave her much needed confidence to stand up to her husband and force his hand.

 
I loved this story and both characters. It was interesting how the police angle tied into current events, showing how one unsuitable officer could taint an entire department and how their failure to address his issues complicate the matter. It was deftly handled without indicting law enforcement. While Dawson and Sadie’s relationship developed very quickly, I liked how it’s still open ended with both recognizing they have a lot to learn about each other. This definitely has a strong suspense angle, which suited me perfectly. I’m enjoying this rather unconventional series.

About Brenda Novak

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. A New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of fifty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious Rita Award three times and won The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Bookbuyer’s Best, the Bookseller’s Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.
Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.


Audio Review: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

Audio Review: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

Posted May 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Art teacher Cora Kelly accepts a position at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for the sole purpose of getting to know the director, Aiyana Turner, who happens to be her biological mother. Cora hasn’t told her adopted family nor Aiyana of her discovery. She has her reasons but things start to get complicated when she and Elijah Turner, Aiyana’s adopted grown son, become “involved.”   It’s an interesting story as Cora tries to figure out who Aiyana is and why she gave her up when she later adopted so many others. Cora’s relationship with Elijah develops pretty naturally even though it creates some serious ethical issues for her. It was easy to judge her for keeping her secret so long but just as […]


Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Posted September 26, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    The story resumes about six months after the prequel with Hanover House up and running. Dr. Evelyn Talbot has a team of psychiatrists in place who are analyzing some of the most twisted minds in the country, all serial killers. When a woman’s mutilated body is found in the middle of a developing snowstorm, Evelyn finds herself embroiled in the case and questions whether Jasper Murphy has found her in this Alaskan frontier.   What I liked about the story was the underlying suspense of whether Jasper was behind the murder. Drawing Evelyn’s past history into the forefront provided a good level of tension. I also liked Amorak’s role in the story, as well as his developing relationship with Evelyn.   Where things […]


Mommie Dearest! The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

Mommie Dearest! The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

Posted August 16, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    It’s been five years since the last story and Keith Lazarow has accomplished the seemingly impossible. He’s been drug free and has become extremely successful as a commercial real estate investor in California. Leaving Fairham Island and his controlling, cruel mother has everything to do with him staying clean. However, when Keith’s informed of her death, ruled a suicide, he has to go back to the place that represents lots of personal pain and failure. And, he doesn’t buy Josephine killed herself. He’s also looking forward to reconnecting with the woman who was his lifeline in those very dark days, Nancy Dellinger.   I thought Josephine’s “redemption” at the end of the last book was questionable and a lot is discovered here that […]


Dual Audio Review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak

Dual Audio Review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak

Posted July 25, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

     Anne’s Review I have been reading the Whiskey Creek series all along and I love it. It started with a tight-knit group of friends from the small town in California. Each book is a contemporary romance with one of the friends. I really like these people. The friends have mostly settled and now the brothers of the first couple are falling in love. Rod Amos is quite a guy considering his rough and tough upbringing. Discovering You seems more like romantic suspense than contemporary romance. Rod’s new neighbor is in trouble and he wants to help her. I love how he takes care of people, like India and Van, when he had no parents to care for him, just his brother, Dylan. It […]


Audio Review: A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

Audio Review: A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

Posted November 30, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 11 Comments

    Novak achieved what I felt was the impossible…made me like and root for Kyle Houseman. This is the man that slept with his girlfriend Olivia’s sister, got her pregnant and then married the sister. To ice this awful cake, Olivia’s family made her do the wedding planning. Yes, it’s what she does but really???   I’ve disliked this man from the first book and even though Noelle turned out to be the wife from hell and they soon divorced, I still held a grudge.   My thaw started with the last book after Kyle stepped up and was a friend to Phoenix Fuller when no one else would give her the time of day. In this story, renowned country music singer Lourdes Bennett […]


Creepy! Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Creepy! Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Posted November 5, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

  Evelyn Talbot is a psychiatrist who is building a research facility in Alaska where she will house and study some of the most dangerous serial killers in the country. She’s personally motivated by events from her past that suddenly resurface in her present. Fortunately, Alaska State Trooper Ben “Amarok” Murphy has her back. This is one strange and exciting prequel. If the purpose was to get me enthused for the series it delivered that and more. I’m left with a sense of foreboding about what comes next. Having the point of view of one of the “mean and nastys” just made it more creepy. And, nestled in the midst of all this is a sweet little romance. This promises to be an interesting series.


Audio Review: The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak

Audio Review: The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak

Posted September 18, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

     Quick summary Maisey Lazarow returns home to Fairham Island following her failed marriage, writer’s block and need to reconnect with her troubled brother, Keith. She wasn’t prepared to be reunited with her high school fling, Rafe Romero who’s a very different man from his teenage persona.   What worked The story was interesting as Maisey’s story unfolded slowly, filling in the blanks as she first seemed elusive. She was frustrating at times as she appeared to lack conviction, especially when confronting her cold, controlling mother and her screwed up brother. Maisey’s developing romance with Rafe was also confusing as she often ran hot and cold without warning. I really liked him as he was honest and the most transformed from being a difficult […]