Review of When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak
Published: August 28, 2012
5 out of 5 smirks
Synopsis: "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!"
I've read a few Brenda Novak books, mostly murder mysteries with romance thrown in, but When Lightning Strikes is one of my favorites of hers to date. I love how this is a totally Hollywood book, having to do nothing with murder but rather the betrayals of life and getting back on your feet. Simon is a character who seems so self-destructive, but in all actuality is trying to muddle through life by dimming his emotions. Gail is a character who puts up this steely exterior, but is really the most vulnerable person of all. I love how this story and these characters are always changing, little by little. You don't expect them to change or the story to grow so much it leaves readers in a mess of knots dying to know the outcome, but this story really makes readers want for more. I give When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak 5 smirks because it is a feel good story readers will want to appreciate again and again.