It’s been a tough week for me. While nothing can stop me from reading, I just don’t have it in me to do a full review today. But, I didn’t want to just not post anything, so I will do a mini review of the Destiny Series by Toni Blake. I’ve only completed the first two of the four books currently available, but the writing is so good, the romances are so hot, that I am just reading one after the other, and each one is better than the last.
One Reckless Summer
The perfect daughter. The perfect prom queen. The perfect wife. Jenny Tolliver’s been the good girl all her life, and it’s gotten her nowhere. Now that her marriage has been busted up by her cheating ex, she’s decided it’s time to regroup and rediscover herself. This summer she’s headed back to her hometown of Destiny, Ohio, to the very lakeshore cottage where she grew up, to figure out what life holds in store for her next. She never dreamed the answer would be Mick Brody, Destiny’s #1 hellraiser. He comes from the wrong side of the tracks (or in his case, the lake), and he’s landed in hot water more times than he can count. He’s exactly the kind of guy Jenny’s always kept her distance from…but soon the good girl and the bad boy are caught in a raw heat that’s out of control. Too bad Mick’s got a secret that threatens to tear them apart and ruin Jenny’s perfectly, passionately reckless summer…
Ooh, this is such a great start to the series. Literally, it’s hot from the second the two meet. Jenny and Mick are both kind of broken and distrustful. Jenny struggles to get out from under the perceptions of her good girl image, but it’s hard when people see you a certain way to change significantly. And if it’s hard for Jenny, it’s doubly so for Mick, the man with a rough past that Jenny’s father, the police chief, will not accept for his daughter. And then we find out that Mick’s hiding something, not just from Jenny, but from everyone…he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s back in Destiny. The story was very good, very well done. In the middle of reading this one, I had to run to the library and pick up the rest of the books in the series, all of which star another of Jenny’s friends. Pecans: 4/5
Rachel Farris returned to her childhood home with one mission in mind: get Mike Romo out of her family’s apple orchard business and out of their lives. But hard-nosed and totally hot Mike, who happens to be the law in Destiny, is convinced the Farris clan stole the land from his family fifty years ago and he’s not backing down. Even when shapely trouble shows up in a pair of designer blue jeans. However, neither the hunky cop nor the sexy prodigal hometown girl can anticipate the electricity that heats things up whenever they’re together—adding new sizzle to an ongoing feud that’s raged for generations, and soon putting both their hearts at risk.
The blurb is a little off. Rachel doesn’t know that Mike offered to buy the farm until after she returns, and she returns to help her grandmother. It was a lot of fun reading about the two of them; Rachel, who speeds around town keeps getting tickets from Officer Romeo. It was funny and their chemistry was very apparent. Ms. Blake sure knows how to write a love scene. I also really loved the background characters, like Rachel’s and Mike’s friends, and her Grandmother. The story about how the Farris’ ended up with the farm was very well done, and Mike’s background story was heartbreaking. I stayed up very late past my bedtime to read as much as I could. Pecans: 4/5
I am currently in the middle of the third book, Whisper Falls, about Lucky Romo and Tessa Sheridan, and I’m liking it more than the other two. I think I’ve found a new go-to author!