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Discovering You by Brenda Novak
Narrator: Carly Robins
Series: Whiskey Creek #10
on June 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Length: 10 hours, 32 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
India Sommers once had the perfect family—until an ex-boyfriend broke in and shot her husband. Not only did that cost her the man she loved, a respected heart surgeon and the father of her child, but she also feels responsible. Charlie died because of the people she hung out with before she had the strength to change her life. Just after moving to Whiskey Creek with her little girl, Cassia, to start over, she's learned that her ex-boyfriend's trial ended in a hung jury. He's getting out of jail; he could try to find her again. And that's not all that scares her.
She's extremely attracted to her next-door neighbor, but Rod Amos is the handsome "bad boy" type that's given her so much trouble in the past. If she got involved with him, her in-laws would sue for custody of Cassia. India has to keep her distance from Rod—but the more she gets to know him, the more difficult that becomes.
I have been reading the Whiskey Creek series all along and I love it. It started with a tight-knit group of friends from the small town in California. Each book is a contemporary romance with one of the friends. I really like these people. The friends have mostly settled and now the brothers of the first couple are falling in love.
Rod Amos is quite a guy considering his rough and tough upbringing. Discovering You seems more like romantic suspense than contemporary romance. Rod’s new neighbor is in trouble and he wants to help her. I love how he takes care of people, like India and Van, when he had no parents to care for him, just his brother, Dylan. It is clear how amazing Dylan was and is.
India has gone through so much and it’s horrible the police and private investigators weren’t able to do more. I’m so happy she has Rod to protect and assist her. They make a good team, but I was so tense throughout worrying about them.
The narration was wonderful, making each character real to me, with all the accompanying emotions. Carly Robins improved the experience.
My emotions were fully engaged. I want to know more about them, the children, the brothers, the friends from the earlier books (who got no mention other than Dylan), so I look forward to reading more soon!
India Sommers and her daughter are starting over in Whiskey Creek after tragic events that occurred eleven months ago. She’s moved into the house next door to the Amos brothers and has caught the eye of Rod Amos. Though neither of them were looking for a relationship, Rod’s not interested in a short-term fling. However, secrets from India’s past cast a big shadow of danger over their situation.
I enjoyed the story, primarily because of the suspense element. The danger was real, doubly impacted by the suspicion thrown on India’s credibility. While it was unfair, it was realistic. The romance was fine, more sweet than fiery. I liked both Rod and India and they made a good couple. His slight insecurity about their differences added some conflict but not much.
The narrator, Carly Robins, was excellent! She distinguished the characters very well and added emotion in all the right places. Her performance made a good story even better.
There’s a secondary romance set up that I found even more compelling than this one. I’m looking forward to that story and was still pleased with this one. Here’s hoping to seeing more suspense elements in future books.