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Willow Springs (Destiny #5)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  1,451 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
Amy Bright might be the best matchmaker in Destiny, Ohio, but she's desperately shy when it comes to her own love life—and helpless when it comes to Logan Whitaker, with whom she's head-over-heels in love. So Amy decides to become Logan's secret admirer, sending him sensual love letters steamy enough to unseal their own envelopes.

After a tragedy on the job, firefighter Log
ebook, 272 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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♡Karlyn P♡
2.5 stars. :-( I'm bummed! I wanted better for Logan and Amy's story. They were life long friends, and I normally love a friends to lover storyline, but I didn't buy this romance. It was sudden, confusing, and not all that romantic of a story.

After a drunken kiss between these two, Logan and Amy suddenly start to develop romantic feelings after years of being just friends. Unfortunately half the story is of them analyzing and fretting over their changing feelings. (I had hoped for some unrequit
Feb 03, 2012 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; Fans of Virgin River series
Well, Toni Blake has done it again. Much like Robyn Carr and her tremendously popular, down-home Virgin River series, Toni Blake has captured the mood of small town (Destiny, Ohio) life with her vivid characterizations, natural dialogue, and picturesque setting. Reading a Destiny novel is like slipping into a pair of your favorite worn jeans after a stressful day--very comforting and relaxing. And while this story may not be my favorite of the whole series as far as wringing the emotion out of m ...more
3 stars – Contemporary Romance

I’m a big fan of Toni Blake’s Destiny series and friends to lovers storylines, so I was really looking forward to Amy and Logan’s book. And while I enjoyed the comfy familiarity of once again visiting small town Destiny, Ohio and spending time with its endearing characters, I was disappointed with the romance this time around.

The H/h pairing of town good girl and resident matchmaker, Amy, and her hunky firefighter lifelong best friend, Logan, had potential for a gr
Lisa Kay
Willow Tree

★★★☆ I have mixed feelings about this one. I received it from a GRs friend who tossed it into the package with something else she was mailing me. I love stories of small town lovin’ and upon cracking the book, couldn’t put it down… until later. Then I could, as it became a bit repetitive. The main characters, which I liked at the beginning, kept harping on the same issues. This is what we all do with the people we love, but still. And Amy and Logan have certainly loved each other sinc
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. - Jane Austen, Emma

Full review now posted...

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Logan Whitaker
Willow Springs is the fifth book in Toni Blake’s Destiny series, and one emotional story. I’ve never shed so many tears while reading any book as I did with this one, and it’s not even story of hardship, illness or death. This is a tale of “first love” and all the pain, heartache, hope and joy that comes with it, even when that love doesn’t find you until you’re 30 years old.
From the co

2 Awkward Stars! What was this?? I'm still scratching my head!

I finally found the time to continue this series and I was so disappointed with Amy and Logan's book. There was a point when I seriously considered putting it aside. I did continue, not because of Amy and Logan, but I was hoping to find out about the other characters in the series.

Amy was a pain-in-the-ass, and OMG... wah wah wah...what a Debbie Downer! Logan...jeez, I don't even know what to make of him. Okay, I understand that he w
As much as I wanted to love this book, it ended up falling flat for me. I was sooooo looking forward to Amy and Logan's story. I knew there'd be awkward moments, but I didn't anticipate Logan ripping Amy's heart out with his indecision and constant wavering, not to mention taking an open interest in another woman while poor Amy looked on. After reading and loving the rest of the series, this just wasn't the story I wanted for either Amy or Logan.
Really a 3.5 rating. I had higher hopes for this book because there was mention of Amy and Logan in previous books in the series. I do love me a friends to lover story but this one falls short. Amy is absolutely adorable in this book. I love her transformation from a shy woman to a woman who goes after what she wants. However, I was not impressed by Logan. Yes, he cares for her but his feelings appeared lukewarm all throughout the book. He would do something stupid in one moment and then try to ...more
Rating: 2.5 / 5

I guess I'm in the minority that didn't particularly enjoy this book. It wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't really work for me.

Series Note:
Fifth book in the "Destiny" series about a small Ohio town and the people who live there.

Amy Bright and Logan Whitaker have been friends since childhood. But when a tragedy strikes Logan while working as a firefighter, it leads to a kiss that changes everything. Amy realizes that she wants more from Logan than just friendship. But sh
Mar 27, 2012 Norma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. *sigh* This book just did not work for me on so many levels. I'm just really disappointed. Logan was an unlikable character almost the entire book. I couldn't figure out what any grown woman would see in him. He's like a child who's distracted constantly by something shiny. Never stops to think about anyone but himself and then is shocked when this bothers other people. He's like a frat boy or a teenager and, personally, I don't want to read a sexy romance about a juvenile.

Amy, while
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it all over again after a few years since my last read.

I’ve always enjoyed this (perfect as a standalone) book. I know extremely “empowered”, extremely confident women are supposed to be all the rage, but Amy seems like a much more rounded, realistic character to me, and I like her.

As the heroine of this story she is the typical nice girl, the one who does everything for everyone and they just take it for granted – and overlook her
May 04, 2012 Cherise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Bright is Destiny, Ohio’s bookstore owner, cat care giver and the local matchmaker. She is helping her two best girlfriends prepare for their upcoming weddings, while trying to get her new cat Austen acquainted with her old cat Mr. Knightley. In the midst of all this her best guy friend, Logan, is going through a tough time and she is trying to get him to get his life back in order. But in an unexpected moment Logan kisses her and changes how she sees him and herself. If that wasn’t enough t ...more
Suzie Quint
Aug 12, 2012 Suzie Quint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Jul 10, 2012 Lizz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 I have loved this series, LOVED it.... but this one really fell flat for me. First of all I just didn't "Get" Logan as the romantic leading man. He reminded me an awful lot of my high school boyfriend.... but Logan is a grownup. I suppose I have to be honest and admit that the way he kept calling her "honey" grated on my very last nerve too. For some reason a man calling a woman honey just isn't sexy to me. At.All. The whole idea of them having been best friends their entire lives was intrig ...more
Manda Collins
Sep 07, 2011 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of friends-to-lovers, small town romance
Shelves: contemporary
It's no secret that I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. And the character of Amy in Toni Blake's Destiny series with her penchant for Austen, and her cat named Mr. Knightly, is one whose HEA I've been waiting impatiently for. Leave it to TB to give me that HEA with a fun and sexy modern re-working of Jane Austen's Emma wherein Amy plays Emma to her BFF Logan Whitaker's Mr. Knightly. There are so many elements here to love. Logan is supersexy if a bit frustrating--not unlike Mr. Knightly. Amy is sweet, i ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
Wow, I can't believe I was thrown straight back into the little country town of Destiny Falls. And it felt so right, as it does every time I read a Destiny novel. I'm never let down and I wasn't with this one either.

This time we are sharing the story of Amy, owner of Under The Covers book store, renowned cat lover and town match maker. Amy has watched everyone in town find and fall in love, and slowly but surly all marry off until now it seems that she is the last one left. But she doesn't mind,
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.5 Stars

Shy Amy Bright is the town matchmaker and has helped her friends on their path to romance, but at 34 years old it seems like it is a case of "Always the bridesmaid, never the bride". But one drunken kiss with her best friend Logan Whitaker changes everything and Amy can't stop thinking about him in a new, and thrilling way, could it be the man she is destined to love is also her best friend?

This is the first book I have read of Toni Blake's and I really enjoyed it! Although this is the
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When I got the chance to review Willow Springs, by Toni Blake I was beyond excited! If you are like me, you have been waiting to see what was going to happen between Logan and Amy for a while. Ms. Blake did not disappoint with this book.

Amy and Logan have been friends their whole lives and up until a tragedy occured for Logan, neither one ever thought of the other in a romantic way. Now it’s the only thing that is on Amy’s mind and the new emotion
Sep 06, 2011 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, romance
This book ran flat for me. A lot of that is because Amy's actions seemed very junior high. I get that she didn't have much experience with men, but not being able to talk to Logan and having to resort to notes seemed preposterous to me. For crying out loud, she didn't even know what to write, Tessa had to direct her in the more "dirty" things and those weren't dirty at all. I also was annoyed with Logan for a good portion of the book. He was flat out rude and not caring that his actions hurt Amy ...more
Nov 07, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over all I liked it (but I tend to like everything I read because it takes me away :) ). I liked catching up with the prior characters...Mike and Lucky ;). I really didn't care about reading Amy's story prior to the book...but then learning how she was always the "little sister" type ...I was that person growing up so I read it. There was a lack of Logan POV and that was a little odd, right? He was the "hero" afterall. I did not like "girl from the past" at all and I didn't feel badly that Amy h ...more
Jul 12, 2012 KarenH rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I have read just about everything Toni Blake has written as herself and as Lacey Alexander...and loved it all until Willow Springs. The heroine is absolutely pathetic - she has no life, no personality - and the idea that she is going to snag the hot guy is totally unrealistic. I couldn't make it past 80 pages.
Jul 20, 2012 Tia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the novel was nicely thought out, it dealt with big problems that could easily happen in the real world. I was happy when I finally reached the ending, however I wanted the heroine to turn out pregnant but perhaps they will mention her in the next novel.
Elizabeth (Liz)
Not as good as some of her others, but I still managed to read the whole thing:)
Jul 23, 2015 Hafize rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yazarı seviyorum!!!
karakterleri de, kurguladığı kasaba da hepsi keyif veriyor...
inş. bir sonraki kitap çabuk gelir :)
Dec 29, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite book of the series.
Logan drove me nuts! I thought Amy deserved more wooing. Disappointed in this book, but gave it three stars because I still love the series.
2.5 stars

I am a huge fan of the friends to lovers trope. I love watching friends see each other with new eyes. I had high hopes for Willow Springs because I am such a fan of the friends to lovers storyline, but the story and the characters were a disappointment.

I haven't read the previous books in the Destiny series so I don't know if I had a problem with the story because I wasn't invested in the characters and their HEA. Amy is known as the town matchmaker. She is great at finding love for eve
Sep 07, 2011 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I liked the latest book in the Destiny Spring series. It was good to catch up with everyone and see Rachel and Tessa marry Mike and Lucky.

Anna Romo’s sudden appearance back in Destiny was a huge shock for everyone. I was so happy for the Romo family, especially Mike who has struggled with his guilt ever since she was abducted. I loved that she was back in time for Mike’s wedding, but she got a lot of “face time” in this books. I would have preferred if she had been the heroine and receiving so
Sep 02, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring. I had really been looking forward to this book, and then blah. That is how I felt. The romance between the two cats in the book was steamier than between Amy and Logan. I thought Amy should have been paired with Duke. The two scenes they had together seemed full of potential sexual tension. No, we get the world's most boring couple. It was as if once Logan kissed Amy she thought she loved him. The whole thirty years you were friends you never thought about kissing him? Even Harry and Sal ...more
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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, and announced to her mother over breakfast one day that she was going to be a writer when she grew up. Since then, Toni has become the author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. Her work has been excerpted in Cosmo, she's been a re ...more
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“And things really changed after he read it. Because the woman who’d written it wanted to touch him now. And be touched by him. All over. Whoa.
Who the hell could be sending these things?
Okay, stop. Think. He tried to mentally sort through all the single females at the shower today, but most of Destiny was there, making it pretty impossible to narrow it down. And hell—for all he knew, it could be . . . some smitten ten-year-old girl. Though this was starting to sound like a pretty advanced ten-year-old if that was the case.”
“Still appearing spent, Logan pulled back slightly to look at her. “What?”
A little surprised at her own outburst, she gave her lower lip a sheepish nibble even as she smiled at him. “I’m just wondering if my butt is going to be tattooed with the ink from the front page of the Destiny Gazette.
Logan gave her a grin she felt all the way to her soul. “If the front page is on your butt, that might make reading it a lot more fun.”
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