Saturday, May 2, 2015

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak Audiobook Review

Simon O'Neal's causing trouble again. And it's up to Gail DeMarco to stop him.

Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O'Neal. But Simon, who's just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won't listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that's going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who'll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek….

Gail's the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife—reluctantly. But she isn't reluctant because he's too hard to like. It's because he's too hard not to love!

Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 29 minutes
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I listened to the audio version of this book.

I really enjoyed this book. The plot itself is one that has been told before, huge male star on the edge of destruction and unknown female to swoop in and save the day. Ms. Novak took the well-used plot line and transformed it into a book to savor.

Simon was a client of Gail's PR firm until she let him go – told him that she would no longer represent him as long as he continued with his destructive behavior. In response, Simon's manager took his statement of “I wish her business would go under” to heart and did his best to ruin her company and her reputation.

When one of her employees does the unthinkable, it’s up to Gail to help Simon by doing whatever she can to unravel the damage the untrue statement has made. Simon agrees to help her salvage her business.

An awkward business arrangement turns to friendship turns to romance. Ms. Novak did a great job of fleshing out the characters and moving the relationship along at a believable pace.

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s author career. “I caught my day- care provider drugging my children with cough syrup to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

Now a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Brenda is currently writing a long-running small town contemporary romance series, which includes WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES (9/12), WHEN SNOW FALLS (11/12), WHEN SUMMER COMES (2/13), HOME TO WHISKEY CREEK (8/13), TAKE ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (11/13), COME HOME TO ME (4/14), THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS (11/14) and THIS HEART OF MINE (4/15). There is a prequel novella that kicks off the series titled WHEN WE TOUCH, which will be available for the first time in print in an anthology titled TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS (11/14) with #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber, Sheila Roberts and RaeAnne Thayne.

Many of Brenda’s books have been designated an RT Book Review Magazine “Top Pick” and have gone on to place in contests such as the Romance Writers of America RITA™ Award, the National Readers’ Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best.

Brenda has given writing workshops at various RWA events, RT Book Review Magazine conventions, California Fiction Writer meetings, women’s groups and library events. She’s also done television and radio, including GOOD MORNING AMERICA, YOUNG ICONS, a nationally syndicated show she did with her son, Thad, Fox 40 News, News 10, KCRA, GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO, GOOD DAY ARIZONA, Booklover TV and KFBK News Talk Radio.

Publishers Weekly says Brenda’s novels are “richly dramatic.” According to Library Journal, “Her work will appeal to those who like their romances with a “sophisticated touch.” In addition, RT Book Review Magazine says, “Brenda Novak skillfully blends richly developed characters and emotionally intense issues to create a powerful romance. This is an author destined for stardom.”

For more about Brenda, visit her website, where you can find excerpts of her work, prize drawings and information about her online auctions for diabetes research, which she holds most years in the month of May in honor of her son and the many others who face this terrible disease.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team utilized their personal copy of When Lightning Strikes (Whiskey Creek #1) by Brenda Novak for this review.

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