One Reckless Summer: A Destiny Novel Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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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(r)-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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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".
If I had had my choice I would not have put it down. I knew that the
book would have a wonderful Toni Blake HEA. But. I was on pins and
needles waiting for that to happen. The tension built as the story went
along. The HEA was well worth waiting for. Mick Brody is an everyday
guy, ex Destiny bad boy, who is caught up in tragic events. Jenny is
the prefect daughter, citizen of Destiny, ex perfect wife. When the two
re-meet the stars light up. What I am trying to say is that I really
enjoyed this book. For me it is the perfect sitting on the back patio
summer evening read. If my back patio had been on Blue Valley Lake
--well, that would have been perfection.
For Jenny, the summer in Destiny becomes a coming of age story despite her thirty-one years. Her whole life she's done nothing but try and be the perfect child, the perfect teenager and then the perfect wife. Now, when someone mentions how good she is, Jenny feels like flaying the skin from her bones. Never has she done something with her life where she hasn't weighed the thoughts and potential reaction of others and she's tired of it, tired of never really having lived. When bad-boy Mick Brody re-enters her life, Jenny will convince herself of absolutely anything to continue having a passionate affair with a man who finally truly wants her, even if it means that she's potentially aiding and abetting a criminal.
Mick Brody has always been the wrong guy from the wrong side of the tracks but in his case, it was more the wrong side of the lake. Growing up with two cruel parents and a brother bent on breaking the law is bad enough, but living with those circumstances in a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone is even worse. The Brody name to this day is still uttered with disgust in Destiny and if it wasn't for the dire situation that Mick currently finds himself in, he wouldn't have ever come back.
After first following his brother to the wrong side of the law, Mick learned quickly that the vigilante life wasn't for him when his brother was thrown in jail and he was left to fend for himself. Now he's made something of himself, nothing grand but the feel of being right and self-sufficient has given Mick an inner peace that he's never felt before. Unfortunately his peace turns to hell when he's dragged back to Destiny but Mick isn't too lonely for long.
When he finds Jenny Tolliver trespassing, he can't believe that it's her. He's always had a thing for Jenny even though they've only ever spoken a handful of words to one another. But with his situation being highly precarious, the last thing Mick needs is someone aware of his presence in Destiny. But when his gruff attempts to scare Jenny off is first met with resistance and then surprisingly turns into wild abandon on the forest floor, Mick helplessly revels in the temporary escape of ecstasy. Unfortunately, Jenny knowing that he's back in Destiny is a big and dangerous problem with her father being the chief of police and all. Mick, deciding to keep tabs on her, canoes across to her side of the lake periodically and the beautiful little house and life that he always dreamed of being apart of. Now if only he can manage to keep himself falling in love with the girl and the dream that he's always wished for.
ONE RECKLESS SUMMER, while enjoyable, was disappointingly predictable. There seemed to be a distinct pattern to the book. Step one: Jenny and Mick would have wild sex. Step two: Afterwards, Jenny's wallowing in guilt and going to her best friend for comfort. Step three: Jenny meets up with her dad and feels horribly guilty again but this time for not telling him that she's having an affair with a criminal. Step four: Repeat with Jenny diving back under the sheets with Mick. This cycle repeated about four times and made it very hard for me to retain interest in the novel.
In addition, ORS lacked the sexual tension that I was expecting from Blake. I know what she can deliver and it felt too easy with Mick and Jenny. I'm not one to mind sex within the first chapter but it was just too easy for Mick and Jenny to fall back into bed again after that first time. I was hoping that gnawing sexual tension would force them into having sex again but instead it only took a few choice words on Mick's part to leave Jenny panting for more.
When I was talking to Barbara about this book I explained it as such: ONE RECKLESS SUMMER was like a term paper that met all the professors criteria in every way but lacked the extra something special that snags the A grade. In this case Blake has the requisite bad boy, hot sex and a reluctant hero and heroine that are true to their characters but there's nothing beyond this to make the novel stand out. It's enjoyable but completely forgettable.
Toni Blake is one of my favorite authors. She combines plenty of romantic tension with light suspense and plenty of comical moments to create some pretty passionate storylines. I also found myself crying at some points in the story as it took some emotional turns. This is purported to be the first in the series - hopefully she can continue to maintain the excellent storytelling.