Sugar Creek (Destiny, Ohio Series #2)

Sugar Creek (Destiny, Ohio Series #2)

by Toni Blake

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ISBN-13: 9780061765797
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Series: Destiny, Ohio Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,061,415
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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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Sugar Creek 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Only for her grandma Edna would Rachel Farris return to Destiny, Ohio. However, when her granny tells her she is lonely needing help with apple harvest, Rachel runs home. As soon as reaches town, Rachel has an incident with police officer Mike Romo. Since their families are feuding as they have for years over Edna's apple farm, the pair ignores their attraction. However, Rachel learns Mike has offered to purchase the Farris Family Apple Orchard which angers her further. Still as Mike and Rachel fall in love, will their feelings for one another supersede the animosity between their families. It will take courage to do so. This is an amusing entertaining contemporary Buckeye version of Romeo and Juliet that pays "homage" to the Bard as even the cat is named after him. Sugar Creek stars two interesting opposites as he is small town and she is big city to keep them even further apart beyond the chasm caused by the family feud. Neither trusts their heart or the other as love returns to Destiny, Ohio (see One Reckless Summer). Harriet Klausner
Mandacoll More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, sexy read. I loved how Toni Blake breathed new life into the opposites attract trope, pairing up ambitious city girl, Rachel Farris, with straight-arrow small town cop, Mike Romo. Alongside Rachel and Mike's story, Rachel's grandmother, Edna (who is hilarious, BTW), tells the story of how the Farris/Romo feud started, and how the Farris family ended up with the Romo apple farm. Watching Mike and Rachel reveal themselves to one another, layer by layer, secret by secret was surprisingly poignant. And the chemistry between these two sparks off the page. By the end of the book I was cheering them on to their HEA. With a colorful cast of locals, including a fat cat named Shakespeare, lovers of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series will adore this second installment in the Destiny, Ohio series. I can't wait to see who is up next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The chemistry between Rachel and Mike was HOT!! Officef Romeo was funny with all his speeding tickets. Loved him! It was moving story with lots of emotional components. It was great to see Rachel get back into small town living and see all the dynamics of life in a small town. Loved her friends and Edna was awesome! Donkey ball, softball games, hay rides and bonfires and Apple festivals Ll sound great.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Toni Blake takes us back to Destiny, Ohio in her latest novel Sugar Creek. Rachel Farris returns home to help her beloved Grandma Edna with the families apple orchard. She had planned on a just staying long enough to get Edna through the harvest and then head back to her job in Chicago. But Rachel barely hits Destiny's city limits when she runs afoul of the law. Its only Cop Mike Romo whose family has been feuding with Rachel's as long as any one can remember. Seems the Romo's believe the Farris's stole the land the apple orchard now sits. Rachel upon learning Mike has offered to buy the orchard will do everything in her power to not let that happen. Cop Mike Romo takes his job as the law in Destiny very seriously. He has no usage for speeders no matter how sexy they may be. Mike feels that the orchard should be back in his family and he offers a fair price for it. He can't seem to get Rachel Farris on his side. They seem to goat each other every time they see each other. That is until they give in to their attraction one night when they get locked in together. Rachel and Mike both go into this affair with both their eyes wide open. Rachel is only in town for a short spell and Mike is no big city guy. But once the initial barbs fade away they both realize that they may have something worth fighting for in Destiny. Their newfound love will be put to the test when Rachel's long await promotion back in Chicago finally comes though. Can they come to some understanding and back this love work? Sugar Creek is a sexy, funny read. Mike and Rachel's banter is snappy and delightful. You find yourself laughing right along with them. Their sexual chemistry is smoking hot and tantalizing. Toni Blake makes small town living fun and exciting. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
KrisinKW on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Love the Destiny series!
dkthain on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Heroine Rachel, returns to her small town home of Destiny to help out her grandmother with her apple orchard, though she's a bit resentful that she has to take a leave from her high powered job as an add exec at a critical time. But family is family and Rachel is nothing if not an enabler to her less than successful relatives, although Edna, her grandmother mostly just wants her grand daughter home for a spell.Rachel Farris breezes into town, but along the way she is clocked speeding by hunky, yet surly cop Mike Romo. The Romo's and the Farris's have a history of feuding and she is less than impressed by this Romo, whom she likes to call Romeo to annoy him. But despite the animosity the two feel for each other, there are some major sparks going on between them and when they end up locked in a concession booth, the sparks turn into a major bonfire and what a hawt bonfire that turns out to be.Rachel starts out a bit brittle, disliking the fact that she's back in the small town she was so anxious to get out of years ago. But little by little, we get to see her more tender side. As she slowly reconnects with old friends and reestablishes a relationship with her really kewl grandmother, she slowly begins to see that a small town isn't as bad as she thought it would be. And of course there is the steamy relationship that is slowly building with Mike.Mike is a rough, tough, guys kind of guy. But underneath, he is still suffering from a tragedy in his past that changed his life and destroyed his family. Because of that, he has to be in control at all times and is flummoxed by his growing feelings for Rachel. He's always been a love 'em and leave 'em kind of girl, but he can't seem to leave Rachel. When he finally starts letting his vulnerabilities show, he's just delicious.I really enjoyed this book. There were a few things that I found a bit tedious - Rachel's continuing insistence that it was 'just sex' between her and Mike and her denial until close to the end that she had any warmer feelings for him. But that was a small issue. And one of the real strengths of this book was the developing relationship between Rachel and Edna. Edna is a real hoot. She's who I want to be when I get old. Slowly, piece by piece, she tells Rachel the origin of the feud between the two families and her relationship with Mike's grandfather.This may sound odd, but I really loved the apple picking scenes too. When the boys were small we used to take them apple picking every year and reading these scenes brought back those memories - I could almost taste the apples fresh off the trees. The apples you get in stores can't even begin to compare. And I also enjoyed how the author captured the warmth of small towns with all their quirky little festivals and close knit atmosphere.I found this to be another excellent book and for those who love a good contemporary, this is one I think you will enjoy.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I enjoyed this one far more than the first book in the series, and am a bit perplexed as to why everybody seems to think this one wasn¿t quite as good. The characters are far more relatable and far more engaging, and the plot didn¿t take a hundred and fifty pages to get going. Rachel was mentioned in the first book but did not make an appearance. Of all the women in the group of friends in this series, Rachel is the one who most wanted to escape small town life and go out and see the world and have a career. She returns home to help out her lonely grandmother with the family orchard. Her lack of twin sets and baking escapades for the biddies made me like her a whole lot more than any of the other women in the book. I¿ve read other people complaining about her, but boy do I ever prefer a vibrant, ambitious woman over all the ninnies who seem to think they¿re living early least century! Town cop Mike has a strong family claim to the orchard, and his friendship/relationship/whatever with Rachel gets off to a terrible start. But they have some great sex - and this author can write pretty incredible sex scenes! Each chapter starts off with a quote from Romeo and Juliet, and there is a bit of that theme going on. Of course the two characters are about as far from typical romantic leads as imaginable, and the feud is more between the two of them than the people around them. I wasn¿t expecting to like the family feud story involving Rachel¿s grandmother Edna, but it turns out I really enjoyed that part. This book was much better at introducing information as we needed it, rather than dumping it all on us at the beginning. That was a big grumble I had about the first book and was glad to it things were different here. The humour was much better too. The characters had life in them and were entertaining. I did not hate Jenny and Mick from book one, but I also did not believe they had any connection outside of the bedroom (or forest, or rain, or kitchen counter). Sometimes the story became a bit too womens-ficitony. A bit too much time spent on gossiping with friends and grandparents for me to enjoy. On top of that, I¿m quite perplexed by the way everybody in this series seems to happily sit around discussing every single little detail of their sex lives with anybody who will listen. Maybe there¿s something wrong with me, but I never come across such frank discussions about sex. In fact, it¿s a little on the insulting side for the poor characters. One thing this author does I don¿t like is she tends to over-explain everything. One of the characters will make a clever comment and another will react to it. We¿ve all got the joke, but the author then feels the need to give us a paragraph-long description of what they meant and why it¿s funny - which makes it no longer funny. I cannot understand why the author called the hero of book one Mick, and the hero of this book Mike! Not only that, but both characters appear in both books. There¿s such thing as making your characters too similar for readers to tell them apart! This was an enjoyable contemporary romance. Though it was set in a small town, it didn¿t annoy me the way this genre sometimes can. Though the characters spent a great deal of time bickering, I found I really enjoyed their relationship - and boy were the steamy parts good! Though there was perhaps a bit too much of a focus on secondary characters, this was an entertaining read.
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Having spent years escaping into romance novels, I've found they can run the gamut from sweet to ridiculously superficial to overeroticized to engaging. This author, with this story, achieves just the right balance in developing interesting characters, settings, motivations, and with just the right amount of heat for a grown up woman to enjoy. I believe you'll feel the same way.
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This is the second book in the Destiny,Ohio series and I am loving the series by Ms Blake... I enjoy the "people" as she develops them and the story is humorous, sad and very believable... Small town living at its best and real people with real problems and I loved this book because it proves that you can go home again and maybe it is important to leave to learn what you have missed... Mike is great in spite of himself and Rachel has her moments between highs and lows... She wants it all!!! But she works too hard to be able to take care of her family because she doesn't believe they can, or should, take care of themselves... But, can you be all things to all people??? Now over 30 and she has never let herself love?? And her Grandmother has secrets of a long ago love that make this one a doubly interesting read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so shocked to find Lucky in this book! So wonderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same story line as first book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They just keep getting better.loved this one even more than the first.
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THIS BOOK WAS A GREAT SERIES BOOK
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I really enjoy this author and plan on reading the rest of the series but Rachel was really an annoying character and by half way through the book I almost had enough of her flip flopping back and forth bs
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Bwitchd3 More than 1 year ago
Like the first book, this story touches on much more than romance and torrid affairs. These are real people with real problems, some of which are tragic. The chemistry between these two characters is volatile, to be sure, but there is an underside to this tale that focuses on family, loss, and who you should be living for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was good but the ending left me feeling blah.