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The Heart of Christmas

(Whiskey Creek #7)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,512 ratings  ·  328 reviews
Just call her Christmas Eve… 

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

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
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Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-4, christmas
This was a cute read about Eve, a bed and breakfast owner who's been down on her luck in love, and Rex, an ex-con and ex-gang member who is on the run from his old life and just needs a second chance. There were lots of things to like about this book. Eve and Rex are characters you want to cheer for, that you want that happily ever after to come around to. You can't help but feel sorry for their lives so far andwant to see them succeed this time. I also liked the way the author built up the town ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
ARC Received from NetGalley.

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
I've not been a fan of Eve Harmon so it was with a fair amount of reluctance I started this story. Those familiar with the series may remember her many missteps in trying to get and keep a man.

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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
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. Glad Eve finally found her love interest. Still ticked over how Cheyenne handled the baby issue and the lying only continues in this book. Poor Dylan when he finds out the truth and he will because you can't hide that kind of lie forever. ...more
The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak is yet another new-to-me author and new-to-me series that I picked up during my holiday reading frenzy. After diving into this enticing holiday read, I definitely want to continue with the Whiskey Creek series.

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
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing book! I think this is my new favorite in the Whiskey Creek series. I had a hard time putting it down because I had to see how it would all end. It kept me guessing until the end of the book. I just loved the ending! This is Eve Harmon's story. She runs Little Mary's B&B owned by her retired parents. She is turning 35 and feels like she is a loser. All of her friends are getting married and having babies. She goes to Sadies (hope I got that name right)by herself to celebrate ...more
I'm not even sure where to begin with this book. I have a LOT of problems with it.

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
What could be better than a Holiday romance in a cozy little town where everyone knows and cares about everyone else and that holiday feeling lasts throughout the year? Welcome to Whiskey Creek, welcome to the warm romantic world of Brenda Novak that carries the edge of mystery and spirits from the past???

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
Michelle Tempted By Books
Jun 05, 2016 rated it did not like it

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?

Dec 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I gave up on this book halfway through. The people are so dreadful, even the ones you're supposed to like.

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
DNF @72%

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.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s the morning after Eve Harmon’s birthday and she wakes up to find a strange man in her bed and so the story begins. WoW! What an opening!! Oh and by the way, skipping ahead for a minute, the reader will also learn that this strange man in Eve’s bed is what some of us imagine as drop-dead handsome! One of the best parts is that Eve wakes up first “the morning after” and Eve will take her leisurely, sweet time to describe this man explicitly to enable each reader to engage all senses in a leis ...more
L.A. Miller
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was given an ARC of this book from Netgalley and I am writing this review with mixed emotions. From the beginning I was drawn into the story. Eve Harmon is one of the last among her friends to be single. As Christmas approaches she is reminded of the dream she does not have. A husband and the children she thought she would have by now. When she awakens to find a complete stranger in her bed her world begins to unravel and she begins to question everything she once held as valuable. A great job ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Review:
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.
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
It's always such a pleasure to return to Whiskey Creek. I've become so fond of all the characters, they're like friends. I was happy that Eve got her story and curious to see how it would turn out.

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
Jacqueline J
I really enjoyed this addition to the Whiskey Creek series. Except for that weird editing blip that I mentioned in the comments. I think the brothers ages were meant to be 40 and 42.

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
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak

"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
Bette Hansen
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another incredible Whiskey Creek novel from Brenda Novak. This is Eve Harmon's story and what a beautiful one it is. With all the love, weddings and babies going on with her group of friends Eve is feeling a bit lost. She goes out alone to celebrate her 35th birthday and wakes up the next day having done something she thought she would never do. Have a one night stand.

All the Whiskey Creek books are incredible and this one is no exception. The writing and story are spectacular and it always feel
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
I was intrigued by The Heart of Christmas as soon as I realized that this Whiskey Creek book was going to have Rex, a character from a previous trilogy. I was glad to see that Rex had cleaned his life up and headed in a positive direction, but it was sad to see that he still couldn't outrun his past. I have enjoyed Eve's role in the previous books of the series, and was glad to finally read her book. I thought that Rex and Eve were great characters. I enjoyed the chemistry between them, and like ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: _2014
Reading another Whiskey Creek book is like coming home and visiting with old friends. I'm so glad we got to hear Eve's story and she got her HEA ending. The way they initially 'meet' then meet again had me laughing. How they work thru issues to bring out the best in each other was great. I look forward to hearing more from Whiskey Creek. ...more
Sadly, I really didn't care for this installment. I thought Eve was reckless and way out of her experience. Who lets a guy get that close knowing he's lying? Of course, we know the back story (or some of it) and that gives the reader some sympathy for the hero, but I still don't feel that they were a good match. If she were my best friend, I would have done the same things her friends did. ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Working my way through the Whiskey Creek series. I'm looking forward to seeing where a couple of current story lines go from here! ...more
Jennifer Kayes
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved going back to whiskey creek. Hope to finish them before new one comes out.
Darlene Burgess
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas hope

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.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: An interesting romance that must overcome some big hurdles.

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
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Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Received from author in exchange for a honest review.

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
So, I Read This Book Today
Sometimes, you really, really want to like a book. A book called The Heart of Christmas seemed so up my alley for this time of year. The holiday season is when I go for the ‘candy’ – the sweet, emotional holiday romances, especially if there is some suspense/action mixed in. As such, I had high hopes for this book when I received it from Netgalley. Sigh.

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
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good book. I liked seeing Eve finally get her story. Eve runs Little Mary's B&B. She's at the local bar celebrating her birthday and feeling sorry for herself. She wants what her friends have - a family of her own, but so far she hasn't found the right man. She wakes up the next morning with a handsome stranger in her bed, and only vague memories of the night. What she can remember is pretty impressive, but she's horrified by her uncharacteristic behavior. Rex is in town trying to keep his past ...more
Veronica of V's Reads
I haven't read any of the Whiskey Creek books, and I didn't feel the lack. This story is about Eve, the single gal on the fringes of all the couples in her small California town. She's thirty-five, and a year ago had a brief relationship with a longtime friend, Ted, who later broke it off--at Christmastime--for another woman. They are amicable, but Eve's still hurt. And, she feels like she's sliding into spinsterhood---unwillingly. Seeing her friends' newly-settled lives is really hard.

So, she
Jane Stewart
This was pretty good. It kept my interest.

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
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