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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
  • 30-08-12

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!

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  • Alice
  • 10-03-14

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.

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  • Nancy Devault
  • 01-03-13

Pleasantly Surprised

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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!

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  • Cynthia E. Glass
  • 15-02-13

Not my cup of tea

I don't want anyone to look at this review and change their minds about buying it based on my opinion alone. This type of book is not my thing. It didn't have any suspense to hold my attention, but for the type of book it is there are a few things to recommend it. There are no childish games going on between the main characters. The characters are fine and it's believable. But I like more mystery, suspence and suprizes in my books So while I probably won't read it again it's no ones fault but my own.

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  • CF
  • 01-10-12

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.

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  • APRIL C ADAMS
  • 29-11-20

Great read

Great story and an easy read. Highly recommend. Can’t wait for the next book in the series

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  • Ummm
  • 31-10-20

LOVED

I thought this would be cliche but I was pleasantly surprised. I simply love the way Brenda Novak writes!

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 22-09-20

Great Book

When Lightning Strikes (Whiskey Creek, #1) was another great read by Brenda Novak.Gail left Whiskey Creek to make a name for herself at her PR firm in Los Angeles. She has many A-list clients including Simon O'Neal. Simon has gone through a rough divorce and is self-destructing. She drops him as a client when he won't listen to anything she says, and then takes all her clients with him. In order to save her company, she must make a deal with Simon. He must create a new image to gain custody of his son. I really loved reading Gail and Simon's story and can't wait to read more by Brenda Novak.

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  • Reneeg365
  • 11-07-19

Great story

Love this series ❤️❣️. Another great story, with plot twist and turns! Really enjoyed listening to the book.

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  • Mindy Knadler
  • 15-06-18

Great Book


I loved this book. I love these characters. They have to deal with a lot because they both live in the public eye. They are so different and that's what I think I like about them being a couple.
I didn't want to stop this book once I started it. I had to know what happened next. I was emotionally involved with this book.
I think the narrator did a great job!