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One Reckless Summer: A Destiny Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 26, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Destiny
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061429899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061429897
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake's love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel—nineteen notebook pages long. Since then, Toni has become a RITA®-nominated author of more than twenty contemporary romance novels, her books have received the National Readers Choice Award and the Bookseller's Best Award, and her work has been excerpted in Cosmo. Toni lives in the Midwest and enjoys traveling, crafts, and spending time outdoors.


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Toni Blake's love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon after, she penned her first novel, nineteen notebook-pages long, and announced to her mother over breakfast one day that she was going to be a writer when she grew up. Since then, Toni has become the author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. Her work has been excerpted in Cosmo, she's been a recipient of the Kentucky Women Writers Fellowship and a nominee for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and she's also had more than forty short stories and articles published. Toni lives with her husband in the Midwest and enjoys traveling, genealogy, crafts, and snow skiing. Learn more about Toni and her books at http://www.toniblake.com
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Customer Reviews

Very romantic and well written.
Ker2
I had a hard time putting this book down, and ended up reading it in a day.
LaurenSD
He loves the good girl but she is TOO good, and he desires the bad girl.
S. M. Lutz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By PJ Ausdenmore on June 4, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jenny Tolliver had always thought her life was perfect until the fateful day when she caught her cheating husband in the arms of her 21 year old student teacher. Divorced, emotionally adrift and struggling with the fact that her ex-husband left her because he thought she was boring in bed, Jenny returns home to spend the summer at her family's lake cottage sifting through the emotional debris of her failed marriage and figuring out what to do with the rest of her life.

Mick Brody grew up dreaming of a life in one of the pretty cottages across the lake where parents didn't spend the entire day, and night, screaming at each other, where children were secure, safe and accepted by the people of Destiny - a life where someone like Mick would be worthy of pretty, sweet Jenny Tolliver. But dreams aren't reality and after his parents died and his older brother went to prison Mick left Destiny, vowing never to return. He kept that vow for more than ten years but now he's back, living in his family's old shack on the lake, keeping a dangerous secret and determined that no one discover his presence.

Always the good girl, Jenny has never done anything reckless in her life...until she paddles her canoe across the lake for some stargazing and comes face to face with the sexy, gorgeous bad boy of her youth, Mick Brody. An angry and abrupt Mick orders her off his property but Jenny has had it with being the "sweet, good girl of Destiny" and refuses to go. Tempers flare, sexual energy ignites and an attraction that perhaps has been simmering, unacknowledged, for fifteen years explodes in white-hot passion.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jill on June 13, 2009
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I just finished it today after many frustrating real life interruptions.
If I had had my choice I would not have put it down. I knew that the
book would have a wonderful Toni Blake HEA. But. I was on pins and
needles waiting for that to happen. The tension built as the story went
along. The HEA was well worth waiting for. Mick Brody is an everyday
guy, ex Destiny bad boy, who is caught up in tragic events. Jenny is
the prefect daughter, citizen of Destiny, ex perfect wife. When the two
re-meet the stars light up. What I am trying to say is that I really
enjoyed this book. For me it is the perfect sitting on the back patio
summer evening read. If my back patio had been on Blue Valley Lake
--well, that would have been perfection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By OklaNannie on May 31, 2009
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Wonderful beginning to a new series set in quaint and charming surroundings with a great cast of characters. I purchased "One Reckless Summer" early this afternoon and could not put it down until I turned the last page tonight. It is the kind of book you hate to see end. It leaves you wanting more. The story was emotionally charged from one end of the spectrum to the other and the romance and chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling. Toni Blake's books seem to get better and better with each one. I look anxiously forward to the next book in this series. This author is an auto-buy for me and has been since I read her first book several years ago.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VampFanGirl on November 17, 2009
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Jenny Tolliver is on the down slide from an okay marriage that ended with her husband cheating on her with a twenty-one-year-old child and is now back in her hometown of Destiny, Ohio - a.k.a. June Cleaver central. For as long as she can remember, Jenny has always been "good Jenny" where her worst committed offense was canoeing across the lake with her best friend Sue Ann in high school. Even her ex-husband claimed she was too good for the sex life he wanted and thus having to turn to a different and younger source to slake his seedier lust. Staying at her dad's house for the summer, Jenny's sole hope is to stick her head in a hole with the occasional outing to peer through her beloved telescope. But when the perfect star-gazing night turns into wild sex with a stranger that's not really a stranger, Jenny finds herself and her life on whole new path.

For Jenny, the summer in Destiny becomes a coming of age story despite her thirty-one years. Her whole life she's done nothing but try and be the perfect child, the perfect teenager and then the perfect wife. Now, when someone mentions how good she is, Jenny feels like flaying the skin from her bones. Never has she done something with her life where she hasn't weighed the thoughts and potential reaction of others and she's tired of it, tired of never really having lived. When bad-boy Mick Brody re-enters her life, Jenny will convince herself of absolutely anything to continue having a passionate affair with a man who finally truly wants her, even if it means that she's potentially aiding and abetting a criminal.

Mick Brody has always been the wrong guy from the wrong side of the tracks but in his case, it was more the wrong side of the lake.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
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When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, good girl Jenny packs up and returns to her hometown for the summer after a bitter divorce. When a chance encounter with Mick Brody, a shady man from her past who grew up on the wrong side of the lake turns instantly passionate, she starts to question whether being good is all it's cracked up to be. The good Jenny gave up her dreams of working for NASA to support a husband who proved to be unworthy of her; the bad Jenny is finding that taking chances and being a little selfish can be gratifying, especially with Mick as her co-hort. While everyone in town is trying to fix her up with eligible and acceptable men, but Jenny finds she looks forward to her clandestine couplings with Mick, as they both become caught up wit the moment and lose themselves in each other. But Mick is hiding a secret that he eventually entrusts to Jenny, hoping she won't blab to anyone, particularly her police chief father. Can they reconcile their pasts to create a future with each other when all the secrets are revealed?

Toni Blake is one of my favorite authors. She combines plenty of romantic tension with light suspense and plenty of comical moments to create some pretty passionate storylines. I also found myself crying at some points in the story as it took some emotional turns. This is purported to be the first in the series - hopefully she can continue to maintain the excellent storytelling.
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