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When Lightning Strikes: Whiskey Creek, Book 1 | [Brenda Novak]

When Lightning Strikes: Whiskey Creek, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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!

©2012 Brenda Novak (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    christine Miami, FL, United States 08-30-12
    christine Miami, FL, United States 08-30-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "worthwhile listen !"

    I usually judge a listen by how long it takes me to finish it.
    By that standard, this was a great book - finished it in just over 1 day, after I downloaded it.
    The storyline was good and the narrator kept me interested.
    It was mostly believable (it is romance after all) with good character development.
    All in all - an easy listen and a pleasant surprise!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 03-01-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Any additional comments?

    I was not sure about this one at first but ended up enjoying it. The story is basically about a famous celebrity, Simon falls in love with a regular run of the mill person, Gail a public relations manager. At first they have somewhat of a love hate relationship where they butt heads and squabble. Then they enter into an agreement to help restore Simon's image so that he could get custody of his son. Despite all the partying, womanizing and drinking Simon is actually quite charming, friendly and fun to be around when he is away from all the distractions surrounding him like his pain in the rear end ex-wife, his obnoxious father, and greedy selfish manager. Gail on the other hand is strict and proper but despite everthing going on Gail saw past Simon's facade and believed in him when no one would. This book turned out to be an enjoyable read. I'm certainly looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Little Island, Ireland 10-01-12
    Catherine Little Island, Ireland 10-01-12
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    "Very enjoyable..."

    ...I purchased on a whim and it was a worth the listen. I'll definately be keeping an eye out for other Brenda Novak contributions.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tessie T 10-30-14
    Tessie T 10-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cute."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not sure. It would depend on the person I was recommending it to because of one reasons. The story was wonderful and enjoyable, with chemistry and an interesting, sort of different and new plot. It kept me hooked and I couldn't wait to see how it ended. However, the ending...I have a lot of problems with. It felt rushed and like a second thought. Almost like "Oops! Deadline approaching, have to end this soon!" She introduces a huge problem right at the end and "solves" it (and almost every problem in the book) neatly right on the last paragraph. Too neatly. Too quickly and hardly believable. After learning all about the characters, it just felt like they would have needed more than one single half-day to handle the issue and problem she introduced. She and the characters needed a couple more chapters. I just really had a hard time with it. I'm hoping the next book in the series is a little better.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed her style of narration and enjoyed all 10.5 hours of it. Both Simon and Gail were wonderfuly done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 07-27-14
    Colleen STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Predictable but still fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was a fun love story - perfect for listening in the car without causing an accident :-)


    What does Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amy Rubinate brought honesty and warmth to the characters, even when they weren't behaving well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and think that 'happily ever after' may not be such a crazy notion


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-16-14
    Karen 06-16-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Waste of a credit"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Probably young girls.


    What was most disappointing about Brenda Novak’s story?

    The story, seemed to keep repeating the same theme. I gave up before the second download, I just couldn't stand it any longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer RUNNELLS, IA, United States 03-17-14
    Jennifer RUNNELLS, IA, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Cute, sweet romance that kept me entertained"
    Would you listen to When Lightning Strikes again? Why?

    Yes, it was a cute story. I was happy to find out it's a series and I'm already reading book 3. It's easy to follow while I'm working.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Lightning Strikes?

    Just the entire story. It's about a group of friends from a small town. Each story focuses on one friend but each book updates the group of friends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. I had a feeling I knew what would happen but still wanted to know for sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alice 03-10-14
    alice 03-10-14

    Give me a good romance novel and I guarantee it will be finished in a day ;)

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    "Just didn't feel it"
    Would you try another book from Brenda Novak and/or Amy Rubinate?

    I'm not sure I would try either. I found the story very long and slow which I suppose some people say is more believable but I found just boring to listen to. Simon plays a self-destructive actor who has a problem turning his own life around. Enter Gail. She is a no- nonsense woman who wants to resurrect her PR business and definitely not fall in love with Simon. Overall both of these characters had their own inner turmoil to get over and obsess about...which they did repetitively. The story was good with some believable side characters. Lastly I didn't find any of the romance very...romantic. To me I found that Simon liked Gail because she helped him lead a more simple lifestyle compared to his old one in Hollywood; other than that nothing else about her really stood out as a reason he loved her.
    That said, I listened to the whole thing and found myself curious as to where it would all go. Therefore I'm saying read it but don't expect fireworks.


    Would you recommend When Lightning Strikes to your friends? Why or why not?

    Don't think so.


    What three words best describe Amy Rubinate’s voice?

    I think she had a slight lisp...got a little distracted from the story trying to listen to her say words beginning with the letter 's' such as 'said'. Other than that she had good voices for the different characters and I think she did a good interpretation of Gail and Simon.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This book has the potential to be made into a movie but hollywood would definitely alter into something more watchable and fast paced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 03-10-14
    Kristin Brookings, SD, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "just average, predictable and a little slow"

    Enjoyed parts of this book, liked the strong heroine and ties to her family. Just felt there was a lot of 'self analysis' on the part of both main characters, which seemed to drag after a while. I also liked Simon. There wasn't a lot of depth to this plot. Glad I got it cheap. And I have no idea where the title, or the picture on the front, came from. Seem to be describing a different book. Not sure if I will continue with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 11-08-13
    Amanda 11-08-13 Member Since 2012

    ♥♥Hooked on Audio Books♥♥

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    "Another great Series! I just love the characters!"

    Welcome to Whiskey Creek! The characters, the town, there's much to do and see and experience here... as an audio book it was a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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