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When We Touch: A Whiskey Creek Novella

When We Touch: A Whiskey Creek Novella

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by Brenda Novak

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


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?

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.

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When We Touch: A Whiskey Creek Novella 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 328 reviews.
Tammicco More than 1 year ago
This was a romance centered on relationships and relationship building. I really liked the way the author handled each character. There was a soundness to each that was surprising given the short read. I was dreading that it would involve over-the-top sex, but it did not. I cannot believe that this was a free read. Good job!
twocoulters More than 1 year ago
Who doesn’t love a little sibling rivalry? Thanks to the publisher, Harlequin, and NetGalley for the chance to read When We Touch early! I loved Brenda Novak’s Stillwater Trilogy and Last Chance series – so when I discovered she was releasing a new series I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give it a read. There are four main characters, each very well-developed considering this is a novella. You have sisters Olivia and Noelle Arnold; step-brothers Brandon Lucero and Kyle Houseman. Wedding planner, Olivia, always intended to plan the Arnold and Houseman wedding – she just assumed she would be the bride – not her older sister Noelle. However, while Olivia was in Sacramento building her building her business – Kyle was busy knocking up her sister. Neolle has always coveted what her sister had – (1) Brandon took Olivia to his Junior Prom; Neolle stalked him. (2) Kyle and Olivia dated; Neolle is marrying him. She is a little nutso. Kyle and Brandon haven’t ever really gotten along since Brandon’s mom, Paige, married Kyle’s dad, Bob. They have always been competitive; seems to be a pattern in Whiskey Creek – Sibling Rivalry. Kyle knows that he screwed up his chance with Olivia but, he doesn’t want to see her hurt again…especially by Brandon. Even though Kyle’s poor choices landed him in this predicament – I pity him. The author does an AWESOME job of generating real emotion within her characters – even the would be villain…Kyle. I absolutely fell in love with Brandon’s character. Sample thoughts of Brandon’s about Olivia; “Just one kiss, one taste, one touch…” OoooooOh Sexy!!!!!!
JK1515 More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet romance novella. I enjoyed it a lot actually. There was just a spot of steamy with a heavy helping of romance. I loved the concept of the plot. There was enough going on that there wasn't a lag in any part of the story. The material to work with in this story could have had the potential for a full novel. Olivia is a jilted ex girlfriend and a sister betrayed. Noelle is the sister who stole her sister's boyfriend and got pregnant mere months after Olivia left for a short reprieve in the city. Kyle is the guilty party in all of this. He not only wrecked his relationship with the girl he intended to marry, but now he is stuck with her high maintenance sister. He is set on this wedding and doing the right thing even if it is a big mistake. Then there's Brandon. He is the step brother to Kyle that has unfinished business with Olivia. He is a sexy guy with a reputation for not wanting to be tied down. The guys are hot, the girls are sweet and Whiskey Creek is a great place to be. I highly recommend this novella to anyone that is a fan of the romance genre. I give this read four glittery stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really got into this book and then wham....it was over.....but there was not a real ending. It was just over. I am hoping the next book of the Whiskey Creek series will resolve this storyline in a satisfactory manner, if not, I will not be purchasing any more books by this author. I do not like to be left hanging. Other then the ending or lack there of, this was a really good read. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance. Nicely written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book overall but the fact that she was doing her sister's wedding to her ex-fiance is just to far out there...I don't know anyone who wouldn't just tell their parents to go to hell just for asking her to do that. Her sister was a spoil B***h who could use a NO.
holloway34 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book but Im here to say that Olivia is crazy because there is no way that I would plan a wedding for that selfish sister and her soon to be ex-boyfriend.Im sorry but that family of hers didn't have enough compassion for her.I thank God that in the end that everything worked out for her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! Read in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sooo good! I didnt want to put it down!!!!!! I highly recommend you read it. You will not be dissapointed...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brenda Novak has always been my most preferred romance author. This book is a one way ticket to entertainment. All the twists and tension throughout the story made me giddy and excited to get to the end. I absolutely loved it! However, I would've also liked to read more about the family, Olivia, and Brandon solving their family problems. I recommend this book to those who want to read a short, quick and entertaining story.
Johnson0916 More than 1 year ago
100 pgs, sweet short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, my only complaint is that it was way too short. There wasn't really enough character development for my taste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book contains an amazing love story, even after such a betrayal. I wish there was more to read about Brandon and Oliva, my only complain is that its too short. :) great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book but it wasn't believable! There's no way your sister sleeps with your long time boyfriend and u come back to arrange the wedding for her and him! She doesnt confront her sister or her parents for even asking her to do that crap! Also she was so heartbroken but she quickly fell in love with brandon! I would have given it more of a rating but thats the reason i didnt! I would have gave it 4 stars if she just would have went off on someone! It's still worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line, just wish it was longer. The ending sort of leaves you hanging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read this i dont probably 3 times its a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For 104 pages was a very sweet story, but you wanted to smack that sister of hers. Enjoy the read!!!
JuliaAD 8 months ago
How her parents expected Olivia to plan her sister's wedding to the man that Olivia thought she would marry is beyond me. Olivia's sister has to be the most selfish person ever and it makes it easy to feel sorry for Olivia's ex. But I am glad that Olivia decided not to let her hurt show to everyone. Brandon may not get along with his step-brother, but he knows that Kyle is doing the wrong thing by marrying Olivia's sister. He knows first hand how selfish and self-centered she is. But, he has always wanted Olivia, even when she was with Kyle. He also knows that he is wrong for her, maybe.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brenda has brought these characters to life. You can feel their emotions. Olivia is torn between duty to family but angry at sister for what she has done. Brandon helps her through this motion time. He doesn't see how her family doesn't understand her feelings too. Really enjoyed this book. Will read more of this series.
Jettamomma More than 1 year ago
This is my introduction into Brenda Novak's world of books. This book was a wonderful quick read that left me wanting more. I adore Olivia and Brandon together. They have a unique connection and I will definitely get the next book in the series to find out what happens to not only them but also what happens to Kyle and Noelle! I would recommend this book to all readers who love romance!
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
What a lovely read. I got this book as a gift, and even though it was my first book by this Author, I am pretty sure it won't be my last. Instead of spending the afternoon working, I devoured the book in one sitting. I loved the characters and the storyline, and I just needed to find out how it would all work out. Its a great start to a new series and I can't wait to see what will happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would definitely read series based on this book
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review 'When We Touch' by Brenda Novak is book o.5 in the "Whiskey Creek" series. This is the story of Olivia Arnold and Brandon. Olivia is headed back to Whiskey Creek for her sisters wedding which Oliva has been planning. The problem Oliva is having is that her sister stole her boyfriend Kyle. In addition her sister is pregnant with Kyle's baby. Oliva is prett upset and that leads her to say she is sleeping with Kyles's brother Brandon. Brandon And Oliva had went to the prom together and so they have a slight history together. Now that Oliva is free will Brandon make his move or will he think that he will loose his freedom with Oliva. Great emotional story!!