ARC Review: Brenda Novak – When Summer Calls

Whiskey Creek Series:

Book 3:

When Summer Comes: Callie Vanetta and Levi McCloud

When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek, #3)

Release Date: January 22nd 2013

Purchase on Amazon:  Brenda Novak – When Summer Comes (Whiskey Creek)



One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news

She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren’t good.

Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents’ farm. She’s always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn’t been worked in years and she begins to fear it’s too much, she’ll have to return to town.

One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…

He’s an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud who offers to trade work for a few nights’ shelter. Callie figures she doesn’t have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she does have something to lose — her heart. And, although he doesn’t yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.


Warning this one is a tear jerker! By the end I definitely had tears streaming down my face and was choking up. I finished this book last night and I am still feeling the residuals, I am fighting to not pick this book up and re-read it again. I think this is one of those books that is going to linger on the brain for a while, I got that attached.

So basically Callie is dying, she has approximately 3 months to live if they cannot find a donor liver for her. She wants to savor her last couple of months so she moves out to her grandparent’s farm alone and refuses to tell anyone about her condition. Her story is heartbreaking and I completely get that she just wants to be treated normal for whatever days she has left. At the same time it’s sad that she is so alone and without support, but really who wants to always be looked at with sadness and sympathy in their eyes. She is such a good, kind hearted person that you can’t help but love her. You know when people say why do such bad things happen to such good people? Callie would be the epitome of that statement. Callie is alone one night when someone pounds on her door, she gets past her fear to address the pounding because heck a quick death is better than a slow one after all. What she finds in the vagrant Levi is not what she expected; he is young, handsome and proud he refuses to much off of her and finally agrees to work for her as an exchange for her help. She sees a wounded soul in him and she decides that if she is going to die she can at least show him a kindness and help to heal his broken soul. Callie doesn’t try to fight her attraction to Levi for long, she is on limited days. I like that she was going for it even if Levi wasn’t always cooperating with her; which made for some awkward yet endearing scenes between the two. She tries so hard to keep an emotional distance from Levi, but that becomes increasingly difficult. Her walls start crumbling one after the other and she knows just how disastrous that is for both her and Levi.

Levi is such a wounded and broken soul and a tad bit mysterious. His life has been less than stellar, his father was abusive and pushed him to be a MMA fighter. To get out of his father’s grips Levi joins the military which in turn broke him even more (if you want to know the details you gotta read the book). For two years since he got out of the military he has been drifting, running, from one place to the next. His time with Callie is the longest he probably stayed in one spot in the last two years. He is a proud man and does not take hand outs. He works for whatever he has, which isn’t much, but he likes it that way. At least he does until Callie. Her kindness little by little helps heal some of his wounds. His heart slowly starts to come back alive. As he come more and more to life he starts to think about a future, but he has no idea that Callie has no future and her days are numbered and his past is starting to creep up on him.

I absolutely adored this story, I loved both Callie and Levi. They in turn broke my heart and then put it back together. This book will take you on emotional ups and downs, but you’ll care. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, what could be better?

The whole gang from Whiskey Creek makes appearances in this book so you’ll get to catch up with some of the others. Baxter is around a lot and I really liked him and he has his own little continued saga. Eve can be a little overbearing but she means well. Cheyenne and Dylan are around as well and you get an update on Cheyenne’s pregnant sister. Would I recommend this book as well as this series? Heck Yes!

ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.


5 Romanticals


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