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One Reckless Summer
Destiny Series, No 1

by Toni Blake


What happens when a good girl tires of being good?  That’s what happens to Jenny Tolliver, a 31-year-old recent divorcee who moves back home to Destiny, Ohio, to regroup after the messy breakup leaves her wallowing in depression. The daughter of the town’s police chief, she always followed rules, obeyed the law, never smoked, waited for true love to be physically intimate, and married that same true love. However, one day this "true love" cheats on her and divorces her because Jenny is too tame, too mild... too good.

When Jenny runs into one of the town’s bad guys during a late-night excursion to gaze at the stars with an unobstructed view, she surprises herself by taking a walk on the wild side with this handsome man whom she barely knew in her youth. In fact, Mick Brody has never ventured over to the mild side, so their passionate summer affair represents a compromise for both of them.  Despite their physical chemistry, however, Mick’s dangerous secret threatens to tear apart the tenuous bond between them.

As in her sizzling contemporary romance from last year, Letters to a Secret Lover  (reviewed on May 2008), Toni Blake introduces a dangerously sexy and dangerously dangerous bad boy who has unknowingly been waiting for the right good girl to reform him. In One Reckless Summer, the story takes a few interesting twists, the characters are flawed, but striving to improve themselves, and the frequent passionate encounters leave little to the reader’s imagination.  In short, for a great romantic summer read, One Reckless Summer really brings on the heat.

Destiny Series

One Reckless Summer, No 1 [review]
Sugar Creek, No 2 [review]
Whisper Falls, No 3 [amazon]
Holly Lane, No 4 [review]

The Book

Avon Books / HarperCollins Publishers
May 26, 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Contemporary Romance
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NOTE: Sexually Explicit, Profanity

The Reviewer

Leslie Halpern
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Leslie Halpern is the author of Reel Romance: The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies, Dreams on Film, A Writer's Guide to Fearless Interviews, and the co-author of Connections: A Collection of Poems. Coming Soon: Passionate About Their Work: Celebrities, Artists, and Experts Discuss Creativity.
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