Quick Review: This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek #8) by Brenda Novak

Title: This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek #8)
Author: Brenda Novak
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: March 31, 2015
Rating: ☕☕☕☕ 4 of 5 cups 
Theme: A second chance at love and life, a story of forgiveness and redemption.    
Dear Ms. Novak,

I was so excited to get an ARC of your latest Whiskey Creek novel. Although, I am a fan of the series and love the characters that live in these books, I was really curious about Riley and the mother of his son who was in prison for murder. I was expecting that the story was going to be at the least an interesting twist about second chance love. What I didn't really expect was my heart to be ripped up, my sheets soaking in tears thru the night since I couldn't put it down and to fall in love with the female lead Phoenix (okay I have forgiven Riley by the first few chapters since he was young and prone to bad influences, namely some misguided parents). Phoenix was absolutely wonderful, yes she is broken and yes she definitely was entitled to some sort of rage and anger with what happened to her but to actually have a character who embodies peaceful living, the simple joy of just being near her son and the courage to move back into a town that has never looked kindly toward her was an act of bravery that I don't think most people would be able to do. To actually have someone like Phoenix trust the same man that broke her be her love interest simply puts the theme of second chance at love to the extreme. It makes you really wonder if its worth having it again. So thank you for This Heart of Mine (despite ruining my bedtime and giving me puffy eyes) and for Phoenix, Riley and Jake.

Book Synopsis:

First love. Second chance? 

As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next! 

Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob's father isn't exactly welcoming. 

Riley doesn't trust Phoenix, doesn't want her in Jacob's life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he's about to find both—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past…