One Reckless Summer (Destiny, Ohio Series #1)

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It's tough to play it cool on a sultry summer night . . .

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 ...

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Overview

It's tough to play it cool on a sultry summer night . . .

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 . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061429897
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Series: Destiny, Ohio Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 189,382
  • Product dimensions: 4.14 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Toni Blake

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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  • Posted June 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    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 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.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    A perfect summer treat

    One Reckless Summer is the ultimate beach read. Makes you think of warm lazy summers by an inviting lake.

    Teacher Jenny Tolliver has come home to Destiny Ohio to reevaluate her life. Her marriage is over thanks to her cheating ex. Jenny has always been the good girl but where has it gotten her in her life. She never thought her walk on the wild side would be with bad boy Mick Brody. Growing up Mick always made her pulse pound but seeing him as a grown man has her tingling in all the right places.

    Mick Brody has come back to destiny to handle a private matter. He wasn't expecting sweet Jenny Tolliver to dare to cross to the bad side of the lake. Mick will use any means possible to keep Jenny from finding out the real reason he has come back to town.

    Jenny and Mick can't seem to keep their hands off each other any time they meet. Neither had any clue that a summer fling would cause these feelings that they have for each other. But Mick's secret is about to cause a dangerous ripple affect in both of their lives.

    Toni Blake has created a special world in Destiny Ohio. One Reckless Summer's Jenny and Mick are characters that you will come to care for deeply and they will stay with you long after you have finished this book. From their first reconnection as adults their chemistry leaps off the pages and the emotions are heartfelt and rich. Run to your nearest bookstore and get this wonderful book.

    15 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

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    enjoyed this book! Great characters, great story. will reread ag

    enjoyed this book! Great characters, great story. will reread again

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

    Sensuous, heartwarming contemporary romance

    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 face 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. Morning after regrets are abundant, for both Jenny and Mick, but the sexual flame that burns between them is too intense to ignore and a secret, reckless affair begins that gradually, over the course of the summer, becomes much more than a walk on the wild side. Will Jenny and Mick be able to bridge the gap between her side of the lake and his to find their happy ending or will Mick's secret, Jenny's police-chief father and a perceived betrayal tear them apart forever?

    One Reckless Summer is the sensuous, steamy and emotionally heartwarming story of a woman who has always been good and a man who has never believed he was good enough. It's about stereotypes and misconceptions, living life to the fullest and having the courage to step out of your comfort zone, about complicated family relationships, doing what you believe in your heart is right even when everyone else says it's wrong and about looking beyond the packaging, to the goodness and love inside a person who is the opposite of everything you thought you wanted but is exactly what you need.

    Dive into the delights of hot, summer nights with Toni Blake's terrific new contemporary, One Reckless Summer.

    ~Reviewed by PJ Ausdenmore

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    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 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.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

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    Of course harriet klausner and the other plot spoilers has to ruin the book with their excessive reveals. Cant you ppl realize that 99% of readers would like to read a book for themselves and be surprised by what they read and not know every detail, including the ending of the book....harriet!!!!!! Just state if you liked it or not, dont dissect every sentence and plot line.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

    One reckless summer is fantastic. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who likes good romance books.

    Trying to find time to read a book in my busy life is difficult but when i find a good one... everything else has to be put on hold so i can finish it. That's how this book was for me. I liked how this book was written and loved the story so much, i decided to look online for more books by Toni Blake. I have actually read this book over a dozen times - like i said i really loved this book!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    Dissapointed

    I loved her book Tempt Me Tonight, but this one was a dissapointment. I felt that the books was filled with nothing more than "steamy scenes".

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great book!

    I could not put this book down. The first chapter really gets your attention and it holds it the entire book. This author gave a great description of everything in the book. I have recommended this to my friends to read. Great romance book!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    What a wonderful, fun, heartwrenching book.

    It's pretty rare that I read a romance that makes me laugh AND cry, but ORS is one of those books. Toni Blake takes the archetypes of the "good girl" and the "bad boy" and breathes new life into them, adding just enough depth and layering to create characters who by the end of the book feel like old friends.

    In an odd way her writing reminds me quite a bit of Eloisa James' in that Blake also doesn't shy away from giving her heroes real, honest to goodness sins. And she also writes some of the most complex and well crafted stories in the genre. And the love scenes are hot, hot, hot.

    If you're looking for an engrossing, sexy beach read this summer, ORS is the way to go

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

    Fantastic book!

    This is hands down one of the best books I've ever read. Great story, great characters. The sex scenes were more than I thought but not cheesy. Totally a hot book. One you won't put down. I can't wait to read more by this author!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    love this book

    TONI BLAKE IS BECOMING ONE OF MY FAVOITE WRITERS.... I LOVE ALL HER BOOKS IVE READ SO FAR, CANT WAIT FOR THE REST OF THIS SERIES TO COME OUT NEXT YEAR....... GREAT BOOK A MUST READ CANT PUT DOWN BOOK

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    This is an entertaining contemporary romance

    Jenny Tolliver left her hometown Destiny, Ohio thirteen years ago, but has just returned home after divorcing her cheating spouse. Back then everyone who knew her classified her as a good person who would never cause her parents any aggravation; little miss perfect. Even the town's bad boy and chief hell-raiser back in high school, Mick Brody thought that and still does in spite of a bump and run tryst they share in the woods as a homecoming special.------------

    She relished the sex with Mick that made Ohio's summer heat seem cool in comparison and decides this will be her ONE RECKLESS SUMMER. As Jenny and Mick become a couple, her father the chief of police objects; ironically so does Mick who cannot resist tasting her though he knows he needs to stop imbibing. However, Jenny also knows Mick's hesitation is not just reputations; she assumes he is concealing something from her and is determined to learn what it is.-----------

    This is an entertaining contemporary romance starring a good girl deciding the time for a sexual summer is now and a so called bad boy who is her willing heat raiser. They make a fun couple as no one would believe the pairing and her parents raise hell objecting. Well written filled with and a strong small-town Buckeye cast struggling with issues, the tale is summed up poignantly by Miss Ellie who succinctly states: "He's hot".-----

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Porn with a story built around it.

    Porn with a story built around it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    ONE OF THE BEST!!

    This book has you loving, laughing and crying almost at the same time! The characters are all real and the story is believeable. On my nook it has almost 600 actual pages of great reading, what a bargain for $.99. Will be looking for more from this author!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

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    One Reckless Summer

    STEAMY!!! This book is a great summer read. It is very sexy and steamy! Not recommended for teenagers.
    I love the story line of a girl going back home to run into the "bad boy" of her teen years. I love the way they both struggle and finally come together. Mick's story is very touching and you find yourself not liking him in the beginning to falling in love with him in the end. Great writing!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Dont waste your money or time

    I bought this book before even reading a sample and its not worth a penny. Totally ridiculous childish and boring. I dont even think ill finish reading it. Utter garbage.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This is my first book by Ms. Blake and it will not be my last.  

    This is my first book by Ms. Blake and it will not be my last.  I love finding new authors and especially those who write series.  Although they new each other as children, Jenny and Mick come from two different sides of the tracks...or in this case, lake.  Even when she was a teenager, Jenny saw Mick as a hot, tough guy that she should stay away from.  As an adult, Jenny returns to Destiny after a rough divorce and runs into Mick, literally, when she goes to his side of the lake to look at the stars.  After being called a "good girl", essentially a door mat, by her ex, Jenny decides to toughen up when she meets Mick.  And the sparks fly.  The chemistry between the two is combustible.  Each has a lot of past damage-her with her ex and him with his family and  brushes with the law when he was younger.  But as they get to know each other, they learn not to be ruled by the past but by the people they are now.  Yes, there is a big secret that Mick has that Jenny finds and agrees to keep silent.  I think the sharing and resolution bring them even closer together.  A quick and very enjoyable read.  Can't wait to start book 2 in the Destiny series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Fun read

    I enjoyed this book! The characters were well defined, and I could feel their emotions clearly. There are numerous sex scenes, but the only one that bothered me was the first one. It was just kind of ewwww! I'm glad I kept reading. Good storyline.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Great read

    This book was HOT!! Plus made me laugh and cry...highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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