ARC Review: Brenda Novak – When Snow Falls

Whiskey Creek Trilogy:

Book 2:

When Snow Falls: Cheyenne Christensen and Dylan Amos

When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek Trilogy, #2)

Purchase this book on Amazon: Brenda Novak – When Snow Falls (Whiskey Creek)

Releases on October 23rd, 2012

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She’s grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she’s troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn’t her mother.

Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren’t talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won’t be easy.

Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years. For Eve’s sake, she decides to step aside — which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He’s the kind of guy she’s sworn to avoid. She can’t afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better. But . . . maybe there’s more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book, it was cute and I enjoyed all of the characters, even Cheyenne’s crazy sister. I read the first novella of this series when it was free on Amazon and grabbed this title when I saw it on Netgalley. I enjoy stories centered around small towns. The people are always more fun, because everyone knows everyone and they are always up in each other’s business. This town is no exception to that rule.

So I first want to address my one issue with this book, because it is on my mind and it’s not letting go. The timing in this book sucks. We are 25% into the book before we even meet our hero or even hear his name. This is just too damn long to go before you meet a main character, it had me confused wondering where in the heck he was?? And once we did meet our hero it was like a few pages later and they are hooking up. I think I needed a little foreplay before I was ready for that as a reader. LOL. It just wasn’t all that realistic. Then it took so long to get the major events that they were rushed. There was so much down time that I think the author ran out of time to address the major events, so they were anticlimactic. I was left thinking all of that build up and that’s it? That’s all we get? Somewhat disappointing.

Oh and one other very small thing. In the book there is an area code mentioned for Phoenix. Now I live in Phoenix so I know the area code here is not 408 but it is 480.  This is seriously super small and if you didn’t happen to know it, there is no harm no foul, but as a Phoenix resident I knew it was wrong. This is an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) so hopefully this small but incorrect detail was corrected.

So other than those two things, I highly enjoyed this book! I loved both Cheyenne and Dylan.  I was team Dylan the entire time, but, then again I do love a bad boy! Her other possibility just wasn’t doing it for me, he was perfectly nice, but I wasn’t feeling it. Cheyenne needed someone to help her out of her hard shell and show her to live a little and Dylan was perfect and up for the job. He has a hard edge about him, but deep down he’s a softy and never shirks his responsibilities. He’s had to raise his brothers from a young age.  He has a bad a$$ reputation, but over the years he’s calmed down and is ready to settle down and he has his eyes on Cheyenne. He never in a million years thought he could actually get Cheyenne, she was always out of his reach until that phone call. Dylan is determined to keep Cheyenne even if he doesn’t deserve her. He will fight anyone for her, include the woman herself. I love that he never truly gives up on Cheyenne; even after all her pushing away and he swears off of her, when she needs him, he’s there, showing he can be there for her.  He becomes her rock, her calm in the storm and I love him for that.

Cheyenne is complicated. She goes up in the gutter, but she is determined to make something of her life. She has a great group of friends but because of the way she grew up she never quite feels like she belongs or that she is worthy of their friendship. Which kinds of creates a mind f88k for her. She ends up giving and giving and self sacrificing her own happiness for other people.  She never takes something for herself, until Dylan.  Dylan she can be herself with, she knows he won’t care if she’s not perfect, because he’s far from perfect. She also doesn’t have to hide things about her upbringing from him, because he lived a similar life. For her that was liberating, even when faced with the man that she always wanted she knew she couldn’t be the same way with him that she could be with Dylan. But the other guy is safe and secure and she has longed for safe, secure and stable her whole life. She has a hard time separating what she wants with her heard with what she feels and ends up pushing Dylan away quite a few times because of it.  Her relationship with her “mom’ is complicated; she can’t help feeling resentment towards the woman who raised her. She feels no childly love towards her mother and she has these dreams about a blond woman her whole. Life, deep down, Cheyenne knows something isn’t right. She has this longing for this woman but she has no idea who she is. Cheyenne has a lot to overcome in this novel and it makes for great reading.

I look forward to the next book in the series and hope it’s as good as this one!

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review and no other compensation was provided.

Rating: 4 Orchids

Amanda Sig Red

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