The Heart of Christmas
Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn't have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that's what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B and B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem…confining...more
For the most part, I have enjoyed the Whiskey Creek series. I like small town contemporaries, and HQN is typically my go-to pub for this genre. The first five books flowed well and featured likable couples and subplots that worked within the community. I mentioned here that Book 6, Come Home to Me, disappointed me mainly because of the Chey/Dylan subplot and the lack of chemistry between the main characters. I usually give a series a second strike before I decide to e ...more
It begins with Eve waking up after a night of excessive birthday celebrating to find a stranger (handsome, though) in her bed. She's upset that she can't seem to find a committed relationship after being dumped several times. All of her friends are happily connected and Eve isn't looking forw ...more
In The Heart of Christmas, we meet Eve Harmon during the winter season as she prepares her B&B for another Christmas. At thirty-five, it’s the holiday season that accentuates what Eve is missing in her life. After several failed relationships, she wan ...more
I expected a Christmas romance. Instead, I got a romantic-suspense-wannabe story chock full of so many things it just got ridiculous after awhile:
1. He's on the run from a gang, owns his own security protection agency and despite all their connections, the gang hasn't found him yet.
2. Pregnancy. Is she or isn't she?
3. A friend is pregnant and about to give birth to her brother-in-law's child, unbeknownst to her hus ...more
Eve is one of Whiskey Creek’s own, running a B&B, single, no prospects and her clock is ticking as her birthday rolls around. Why not do something out of character, something no one would belie ...more
First, I want Cheyenne to get busted SO BAD. What a terrible person she has turned out to be.
Second, TED! You already picked a woman and it wasn't Eve so butt the hell out! What a creep.
Third, Eve. WHO tells a man after the first time they have sex that she hope she is pregnant? Then when you casually hook up with another man you inform your parents and also get "worried" about being pregnant!?!?! I thought that was a goal of yours?
Ugh. I am DEFINITELY ...more
Here's one example I just couldn't handle: The main character's best friend gets herself pregnant with her husband's brother's sperm through artificial insemination and doesn't tell him! This is supposed to be to protect his male ego from finding out he's infertile. Let me ask you, which is more emasculating, finding out you can't impregnate your wife or finding out she's carrying your brot ...more
I stopped and decided to take a breather a month ago when the story got too depressing and I hated both H/h. Then I started again today but just couldn't get into it still. Why force myself and waste my time.
So, an unpleasant 1 STAR. A pity, because I loved Rex when he first appeared in BN's Bulletproof series.
Everything about the romance story in this book worked for me. I like that both Eve and Rex were really too drunk to remember what happened when they hooked up. As the story evolves, we find out just how out of character that was for BOTH of them, which made it feel even more like fate.
Rex is everything that Whiskey Creek is not. He's an ex-con, ex-gang member, used to using violence if the situation warrants, and on the run for his life. Eve is a 35 yo with the life of a grandmother. ...more
Eve Harmon is just a lovely young woman She's one of those women you know you'd shy away from because of her looks but would be drawn to nonetheless because of her genuine affability. She's sweet, loyal, and would do anything to help someone in need. She just happens to be turning 35 and, not being mar ...more
So it was fast paced and pretty well plotted. I really enjoyed the hero. It hardly ever happens that a hero is an ex con where he actually did the crime he was sent up for. And it wasn't even to kill his father to save his abused sister as it normally is. No this guy was caught selling drugs. Not a spoiler because yo ...more
"She'd already made up her mind to surf the wave she was riding all the way into shore--shore being the moment Brent left Whiskey Creek for good. Yes, she'd crash in the foamy surf. But he wouldn't be around to see it, and it wasn't the crash that mattered. It was having the guts to stay on the board."
Exuberance? Confidence? Or falling in love?
Eve Harmon is a strong, independent woman who decides to celebrate her birthday and is confident and bold enough to go o ...more
All the Whiskey Creek books are incredible and this one is no exception. The writing and story are spectacular and it always feel ...more
I totally enjoyed this book. It had me laughing then in other parts I had tears in my eyes. I fell in love with Rex and his story. This will be one I will read again. Great story line it gets you the first page.
Eve awakens to find a naked man in her bed and little recollection of how he got there. She remembers going out alone on her thirty fifth birthday to have a drink and drown her feelings of loneliness. She didn't expect to get drunk and have a one night stand, because that is not the kind of girl Eve is. Unfortunately, she now find herself facing a stranger. Rex dives into Eve's bed just trying to forget all the t ...more
I am torn by the characters in this book. The story is wonderful and a perfect Christmas love story about forgiveness and helping out fellow man and trying to change. The two primary characters Eve and Rex are amazing. I love the animal magnetism they have to each other. The raw desire and need to be in each others presence that causes total accepting of each other even when they don't know each other. Even when one is not forthcoming and in t ...more
OK, some of you are going to completely disagree with this review, and that is perfectly fine. I write my reviews based on my own feelings about ...more
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Several books in this series have a main character keeping a secret from the love interest. This book is the same. Rex was in prison for dealing drugs. After prison he changed his name and started a security business. A prison gang is searching for him and wants him dead. He went to Whiskey Creek to hide for a few weeks. He and Eve fall in love. He tries not to get attached to her and tells her the same thing. But he doesn’t tell her his real name or wha ...more
“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”
However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a ...more