When We Touch (Whiskey Creek 0.5) by Brenda Novak #bookreview #contemporary #romance

Title: When We Touch

Author: Brenda Novak

Publisher: MIRA

Publication Date: August 1, 2012

Page Count: 110

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

You’re invited to a wedding in Whiskey Creek, Heart of the Gold Country

Unfortunately, it’s the wrong wedding. Olivia Arnold is arranging the festivities—and it’s the hardest thing she’s ever done. Because she should be marrying Kyle Houseman. They were together for more than a year…. But her jealous sister, Noelle, stole him away—and now she’s pregnant.

All their friends in Whiskey Creek know as well as Olivia does that Kyle’s making a mistake. His stepbrother, Brandon, knows it, too. But Kyle’s determined to go through with it, for his child’s sake.

Olivia’s devastated, but surprisingly Brandon—the black sheep of the family-is there to provide comfort and consolation. The intensity between them, both physical and emotional, shows Olivia that maybe Kyle wasn’t the right man for her….

But is Brandon?


When We Touch  by Brenda Novak is a companion novella to the contemporary romance Whiskey Creek series. Each book in the series has a different lead couple falling in love so they can be read as standalone novels if choosing to do so. The books in the series all feature the small town of Whiskey Creek so there should be updates of the town from book to book.

In this novella Olivia Arnold is trying to be the bigger person than her sister by returning to plan the wedding between her hateful sister, Noelle, and the man Olivia once thought she would be marrying, Kyle Houseman. After arriving and actually seeing her sister with Kyle Olivia blurts out she’s in a relationship with Kyle’s step brother now and over Kyle, now to only get Brandon to go along with it.

I’ve read a few of Brenda Novak’s books already so going into this one I knew that I would find some great writing. I was a little hesitant over the feuding sisters but since Olivia wants nothing to do with either it was easy to forget that when she begins her new relationship. It quickly becomes apparent in here that Olivia and Brandon are the more likable characters and even though this is a fast moving relationship it was nice to see them find each other.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Join Brenda Novak’s Online Book Group on Facebook—http://www.facebook.com/groups/brendanovaksbookgroup/. They’re currently reading FACE OFF, the latest in Brenda Novak’s popular Evelyn Talbot series about a psychiatrist who studies serial killers at a remote facility in Alaska. Get an autographed copy of it in one of Brenda’s popular Professional Reader Boxes: http://www.brendanovak.com/store/

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s career as a bestselling author–she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including five Rita nominations, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children–three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising funds for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). So far, Brenda has raised $2.6 million. Please visit http://www.brendanovakforthecure.org to see how you can help.

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