Holly Lane (Destiny, Ohio Series #4)

Holly Lane (Destiny, Ohio Series #4)

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by Toni Blake
     
 

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The weather outsideis frightful,but kisses by the fireare so delightful . . .

Sue Ann Simpkins is workinghard to rebuild her life andfind some holiday spirit.A weekend away fromDestiny in a cabin on nearby Bear Lake seems like the perfect Christmas gift to herself—until her ex’s best friend, Adam Becker, shows up at the door, claiming the cabin is

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The weather outsideis frightful,but kisses by the fireare so delightful . . .

Sue Ann Simpkins is workinghard to rebuild her life andfind some holiday spirit.A weekend away fromDestiny in a cabin on nearby Bear Lake seems like the perfect Christmas gift to herself—until her ex’s best friend, Adam Becker, shows up at the door, claiming the cabin is his! And if that’s not trouble enough, how had she never noticed how gorgeous he was?

Alone for the holidays and forced to play a reindeer at the local department store, Adam’s been feeling rather Scrooge-ish himself. But finding the smart, sexy woman he’s admired since elementary school waiting in the house he rented is helping to brighten his humbug mood. And when a sudden snowstorm strands them together in very close quarters, leading to one very hot night together, Adam soon realizes that what he really wants for Christmas is a second chance at love. Now all he has to do is convince Sue Ann . . .

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Publishers Weekly
Blake’s sugar-sweet fourth Destiny contemporary (after Whisper Falls) piles on the pathos as single parents Adam and Sue Ann shyly explore romance and attraction while coping with custody arrangements and money woes. Sue Ann’s daughter, Sophie, keeps asking for Christmas presents that Sue Ann can’t afford. Adam’s twin boys are spending the holiday with their mother, leaving him woeful and alone. When Adam makes Sophie’s Christmas dreams come true, Sue Ann is deeply touched but terrified that he’ll let her down the way her ex did. Blake balances cinematic imagery (a live reindeer in the backyard) with silliness (Adam in a reindeer suit inviting Sue Ann to play “reindeer games”) while tugging on readers’ heartstrings like a virtuoso harper. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062024602
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Series:
Destiny, Ohio Series, #4
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
667,905
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.55(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet 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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Holly Lane 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Sue Ann Simpkins is recovering from her husband's decision to walk away from their perfect marriage. She cannot believe that he could just leave her and her daughter after all these years. Sue Ann is going to rebuild she is just not sure how but if there is a way to shake the snow from her shoes it is going to happen. Adam Becker has been down the path of relationship recovery and never thought he would be the go to man. However, Adam has always had more than friendship thoughts toward Sue Ann. So if he is there to help her resolve her issues, maybe at the same time he can convince her to trust her heart and give them a try. Santa Claus is having trouble fulfilling everyone's wish list this year. Santa may have an easier time getting a reindeer in your backyard than Sue Ann to open her eyes to Adam's intentions. What Adam has to show Sue Ann besides love is that you do not have to be the perfect couple to have the perfect relationship and play some reindeer games. This great addition to the Destiny series proves Toni Blake knows how to keep the characters fresh, and the storyline exciting. Ms. Blake weaves a new story in with the previous ones showing the reader the variety of romance available.
Bellafoxie More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet sexy story. A must read from this wonderful author. Can't wait for the net o e in the series
Candlegirl More than 1 year ago
You cant help but get sucked into this series!! I have read them all and will read them all again!! Worth every penny!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite of the series. Started off good in the middle it drug out. About to read the last in the series. Good summer reads!,
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
A great read by a great author. Looking forward to Series #5!! Recommend Holly Lane Highly!!!
Claudine_Thompson More than 1 year ago
A great second-chance-at-love romance between Adam and Sue Ann though this is not my favorite of the Destiny series. The story is a take on 'A Christmas Carol' and had a enjoyable look in to Adam's could have/should have past, present, and possible future. We are blindsided by Sue Anne's husband leaving her for another woman and her subsequent divorce. The near perfect Sue Anne from the previous books is lost and trying to find her way through with providing as normal a life for her 7 year old daughter. Sue Ann drove me crazy a bit with her push-pull relationship with Adam, I understand what drove her to be protective of herself but at times I wanted to scream in frustration, I didn't think Adam was all that bad of a guy. Adam had his own issues to deal with in regards to Sue Anne as she was his best friends now ex-wife. Adam harbored a secret crush on her back in their younger days but didn't act on it because of Jeff. Sue Anne was a fantasy to reality for Adam. Jeff made me so mad whit him showing up all over town with his new wife and his treatment of Sue Anne, it was nice to finally see Sue Anne grow a backbone and stand up to him towards the end of the story.
romancereaderIL More than 1 year ago
Toni Blake is one of my favorites, my only complaint is there's not enough books! Holly Lane is a great holiday story. I had this on pre-order for months, and I wasn't disappointed. I've read the other Destiny books, so I was familiar with the characters.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Starting over is not as easy as people think, especially when you need to start over in the same town that your ex husband is living with his new wife. Sue Ann is a Destiny child, born and raised in Destiny and then raising her daughter in the small town she loves. But her husband decided the upset her perfect world by admitting that he no longer loves her and does love someone else. His betrayal is more than she can take. So a couple of days in the mountains, away from everyone is just what the doctor orders until the resort overbooks the cabin she is staying and in walks a man. But not just any man, her ex-husband's best friend, Adam Becker. Throw in a snowstorm, lock her up in a romantic cabin with Adam, mix in a couple of drinks and uh oh, Adam is not only looking very sexy but then the kissing begins and then clothes start flying. But this is the Adam that is a steady part of her life, the godfather to her daughter, the voice of reason for her scattered life. Sue Ann is not of the trusting nature about men right now and Adam may be right guy but at the wrong time. His caring, trust and love overwhelm her but at the same time she desires him more than ever. A phone call from her exhusband puts Adam in a no win situation but his feelings for Sue Ann complicate his relationship with his lifelong friend. Sue Ann is a hardened woman who is out to protect her heart and her daughter but Adam is the perfect man who loves with his whole being. And he loves Sue Ann. Just what will it take for them to meet in the middle, make a memorable Christmas and a life together? This is book four in the Destiny series and Toni Blake keeps it fresh and fun. Visitors from the previous books catch you up with the lives of Destiny's lovers and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the roads their lives have taken. A good book and a good series that I highly recommend. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying this series and Book 4 is a great continuation of the previous three... As with most series it is important to read them in order since the characters continue from one book to the other... Adam and Sue Ann definitely belong together but each has been through divorce (Adam has twin boys and Sue Ann has a daughter)... She has only been single (after a lousy jerk of a husband left her for another woman) for about 6 months... While drawn together beginning with a Thanksgiving time hook up she fights a relationship because of trust issues. Lifetime friends in a small town can't avoid each other and Christmas time brings new challenges... Loved Adam and Loved Sue Ann and her daughter (7 yr old Sophie). Recommend highly...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like I say the same thing for the books in this series .....GREAT BOOK, GREAT STORY, GREAT AUTHOR!! This entire series is absolute wonderful. You will laugh, cry, fall in love. Toni Blake's story pulls you in and as a reader, you can feel the emotion of the characters. This book tells the story of finding love again -- Adam and Suanne, both divorced, both with children - and a twist... Adam the best friend of Suanne's ex husband!! WOW.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't even finish reading it. Entertaining reading does not need to include highly descriptive sexual scenes. There is so much more to enjoy about loving relationships than just sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No chareter development just meet and jump into bed
WickedMom156 More than 1 year ago
Great Series. I highly recommend starting with bk 1, One Reckless Summer. Toni Blake has a way with words. You can connect with the characters. I couldn't wait for #5, now I have it and I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed all her books.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following her husband dumping her for someone else, Sue Ann Simpkins decides to take a break from the custody issue involving their child Sophie and her lack of money. She leaves Destiny, Ohio for a getaway weekend. Adam Becker feels lonely with his two sons spending the holidays with their mother. He heads to a cabin to wallow in drink by himself. At the cabin, Adam and Sue Ann meet in surprise. They know each other as he is the godfather of her daughter and the best friend to her ex. A snow storm strands the pair who with the help of alcohol acts on their long time attraction. However, though they each realize they love one another, she distrusts males with her heart; even one kind to her Sophie. The fourth Destiny contemporary romance (see One Reckless Summer, Sugar Creek and Whisper Falls) is a sweet second chance romance starring two divorce war wounded warriors falling in love. The lead couple is an intriguing pairing while the townsfolk provide a sense of coming home to readers. Filled with angst and inanity, fans will enjoy visiting Destiny as we will never think of reindeers in the same way. Harriet Klausner
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