Series: Whiskey Creek #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by MIRA on 25 March 2014
Presley has come home to Whiskey Creek even though she knows that it will be hard to avoid her son’s father, Aaron Amos. She has tried to forget Aaron over the last few years but her body simply reacts whenever he is around. They try to ignore their attraction to each other with very limited success.
Presley has definitely changed from the drugged out party girl she once was. She initially though abortion was the best way of dealing with her pregnancy but changed her mind at the last minute. Since then she has got some qualifications and held down a steady job. Moving back to Whiskey Creek though threatens to destabilise all her progress as it brings her back into contact with Aaron. Presley even ends up dating someone she feels very little connection to just because she thinks he is better ‘father’ material than Aaron.
Aaron has also made significant changes to his life and worked hard to expand the garage’s client base. Business is going so well that he’s even considering setting up another garage out of town. Apart from the financial benefits, it means he wouldn’t have to work for his brother any more. It is a shame that all energy was focused on Presley’s rehabilitation and very little on how he fought his demons. He only really makes a move on Presley again when he realises that Riley is attracted to her. This attitude doesn’t really do him or Presley any favours as it makes it seem like there isn’t enough about her to attract him on her own and that he is a fairly petty person.
In some ways I wish I hadn’t read this book because of all the way the Christensen sisters treat their men. Cheyanne had gumption in her book When Snow Falls but in this one she is downright manipulative and scheming. I tried to understand why she chose to behave in such a fashion but it just seemed so unnecessary. When she wasn’t messing with her own relationship, Cheyanne felt the need to dictate how Presley lived her life. I realise Presley hadn’t necessarily made the best decisions to date but it smacked of hypocrisy. Presley wasn’t really much better as she kept Aaron in the dark about his child even when she knew he had turned his life around. For all his faults, he deserved to know he was a father and have a chance at a relationship.
It took me a while to warm to this series but apart from a some quibbles, I have really enjoyed the last few books. I felt like this didn’t really showcase what Novak is capable of at her best. In past books I have been moved to tears but I just couldn’t connect with the the characters or plot in this one.