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One Reckless Summer (Destiny, Ohio Series #1)

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18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

One Reckless Summer = One Fantastic Read

This is one of those romance novels that has everything! It is touching, funny, emotional and VERY sexy to boot.
Toni Blake's characters are very well written, you can feel the emotions pouring off the pages. I am a big fan of her books, One Reckless Summer is the ...
This is one of those romance novels that has everything! It is touching, funny, emotional and VERY sexy to boot.
Toni Blake's characters are very well written, you can feel the emotions pouring off the pages. I am a big fan of her books, One Reckless Summer is the first in a series that takes place in small town Destiny. I look forward to reading the rest of the books. But as for One Reckless Summer, well, this one is going on my keeper shelf.

posted by RomanceLovinMama on June 1, 2009

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9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Recklessly Entertaining

Though simply plotted this book was extremely enjoyable. I was immediately drawn in with Jenny and even more so when Mick appeared. While the progression of the relationship between Jenny and Mick felt a bit rushed to me at times, I did like the good girl/bad boy aspect...
Though simply plotted this book was extremely enjoyable. I was immediately drawn in with Jenny and even more so when Mick appeared. While the progression of the relationship between Jenny and Mick felt a bit rushed to me at times, I did like the good girl/bad boy aspect of the story. Having said that I tend to like the build up to be a bit more drawn out when most others don't. I also understand that in order for the book to be a reasonable length that progression needed to be abbreviated so in the end it worked well as written.

Although I am not a reader of many romance novels out of those I have read this was one of the best written. Blake provided vivid imagery as it related to the scenery around Jenny and Mick she also provided great depth of feeling on an emotional level. Both Jenny and Mick struggled with important issues - fidelity, honesty, death and family interaction - and did so realistically.

One element of the story I could have done without was the use of Mick's nickname for Jenny. It was kind of cute/thrilling in the beginning when it was a throw back to their history together but then as their relationship began to evolve I think it's fair to say his use of her real name could have been infused a little more.

The rigidity of the law-upholding father was a great addition to the story. His involvement allowed for the reader to see and feel the perceived differences between Jenny and Mick more acutely. However, for me, I didn't need the added distraction of the budding relationship between he and the barmaid.

There is quite a bit of sex in this novel, it is not erotica and is tastefully done but for those who may be interested in a chaste love story this is not it. Sex plays a large role in how Jenny and Mick are brought together and the reader is shown interludes in some detail throughout.

If you are a fan of the romance genre then this book would be a selection worth investing in as it is an enjoyably quick contemporary read.

posted by Galleysmith on July 11, 2009

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