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One Reckless Summer (Destiny #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  4,425 ratings  ·  370 reviews
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,
Mass Market Paperback, 370 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Avon
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

This is yet another “first read of an author new to me” and I really wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this story, but having read some great reviews I knew to look forward to, at the very least, an entertaining read. Well, I got that for sure, and much, much more. There are so many things to love about One Reckless Summer, I'm just not sure I can list them all. It’s a story about unconditional love, about not judging people until you’ve gotten to know them and given them a chance to prov
Jun 04, 2009 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of hot contemporary romances with an emotional edge
W-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l book! Be warned it starts out a little slow (except for the first encounter between the H/H--hot), but that's largely because it's the first book of a series and some time is spent just setting it up. But after about the first 100 pages the book takes off, and you'll be hard pressed to put it down. And when I finally did put it down, tears were rolling down my cheeks and I was breathing a huge sigh of relief. What a wonderful, thought provoking, sexy romance!

Jenny Tolliver--tea
5 stars – Contemporary Romance

One Reckless Summer is a very touching, sweet, and steamy contemporary romance that’s a perfect escapist read for a hot, lazy summer day, but it also has emotional depth and makes you think and feel.

Jenny Tolliver returns to her small hometown of Destiny, Ohio to spend a summer in the lakeshore cottage where she grew up to heal and regroup from a painful divorce that’s left her self-esteem and soul bruised and battered. Her ex-husband had an affair with Jenny’s 21-y
Miss Kim
Jenny returns to her small hometown for the summer, following a painful divorce. She caught her husband cheating on her, and he basically says it’s her fault because she is too much like ‘June Cleaver’. Oh—and also she is boring in bed. She is totally shocked because she thinks things are great between them. He is the only man she’s been with, so why didn’t he say she was doing something wrong, or needed something different? In the end, she finds she really doesn’t seem to mind his leaving. He’d ...more
Once again I'm blown away by a great book written by Toni Blake.

One Reckless Summer is the story of Jenny Tolliver, a self-described "goody two-shoes" who is moving back to the house she grew up in, in Destiny, Ohio, for the summer... to rethink her future after her recent (and totally unexpected) divorce. Seems her "rat bastard" of a husband (a fitting term bestowed upon the man by her best friend) enjoyed sex with Jenny's teacher's aide more than he did with her. His reason? Jenny was just too
2.5 stars

I’m confused. This is a book with a very high average rating, and one that the vast majority of my GR friends have rated 5 stars, inspiring sincere, passionate and heartfelt reviews. And though of course I’m happy that they found a book they loved, I just don’t get it. I really don’t. I’m trying hard to see the appeal, but I just can’t. It’s not that it was bad, it just wasn’t particularly good, either.

Jenny Tolliver has returned to her home town following a devastating divorce from her
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
3 1/2 stars.

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I loved the chemistry between the two main characters, Mick and Jenny. When they were together the pages came alive. The dialogue was witty and engaging, and their sexual chemistry was scorching HOT! Unfortunately, I found the opposite to be true when they were apart. More so with Jenny, her frienships bored me, than with Mick.

Mick Brody is fabulous character. I completely fell in love with him. He's the prototypal "bad boy" with a tender heart
4.5 stars
My thanks to Dhestiny for recommending this book. Had I found it on my own, despite the high rating average, I'm almost positive I would have skipped it. If I'm wanting a romance - and not just something to make my temperature rise - then almost as a rule I hate ones that are lust-based and start around a one-night stand situation.

Jenny and Mick's relationship definitely did start as a purely sexual one, but it developed so beautifully and they fit together so well. I loved it! I'm st
I only decided to pick this book up because I read one of my GR friends reviews of it, then checked out my other friends reviews. It sounded good so I figured I'd give it a try. And it was worth reading. I really liked it a lot...though it didn't quite make it to five-star level like it did for a lot of my friends.

Jenny Toliver was always the good girl growing up and even as an adult. She thought she had a great marriage but then she finds her husband in a compromising position with her
I really liked this book. I loved loved hot Mick Brody and those steamy hot sex scenes and there were a lot of them. I liked Jenny, and rooted for her when she stood up for what she wanted, regardless of others opinions. This book sizzled and I liked how their love for each other developed.

I was completely drawn to Mick’s plight, both present and past. I get that Mick was a “bad boy” and in his teens and early youth, had made some bad choices, while Jenny, her friends and family lived on the ot
One of my favourite story lines has always been heroine/hero knew each other years ago and heroine is a 'good' girl and hero is a 'bad' boy from the wrong side of the tracks - or in this case - the wrong side of the lake. And this one only underscores that storyline love.

Jenny Tolliver was always a 'good' girl. She was the daughter of the widowed chief of police of Destiny Ohio, Walter Tolliver and never put as much as a toe out of place. But she is tired of her good girl self when she catches h
May 08, 2010 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Hot, Contemporary Romances
Fabulous! This was "just" a contemporary--hot--romance that featured two terrific characters, Jenny Tolliver and Mick Brody, included lively secondary characters, and dealt with love, trust and being with someone from the "wrong side of the tracks."

Nicely written! Some of the dialogue between Sue Ann and Jenny had me laughing out loud. Enjoyed how this was a "getting back on your feet" kinda book. Jenny was recently divorced and moved back home for the summer until she licked her wounds and fig
5++ Stars - Contemporary Romance

I have heard so many great things about the Destiny series by Toni Blake. When the latest book in the series was released this month and I saw the rave reviews the book received, I was determined that I would start on the Destiny series sometime soon and indulge. And indulge is what I did in this sultry and sinful summer romance that Ms. Blake brings to life with her vivid characterization and so very hot and tastefully done love scenes that a girl can’t help bu
Boy did I ever love this book!

This was an all night read for me. I value my sleep and don't give it up for just anything. This one was worth every lost moment in dreamland. I loved it!

Mick and Jenny knew each other as teenagers, but that is where their commonality ended. He came from poverty and abuse, she came from affluence and security. When they meet again as adults, the passion that simmered as teens boils over into something so hot that I felt like the pages were going to burst into flam
The first book in the Destiny series by Toni Blake. I have mixed feelings about this one. I did enjoy it but felt at times it was more in the erotica genre and not romance. Still I liked the characters and the story did eventually get to a romantic theme. It had some heart-wrenching moments that actually had me almost tear up. (I very rarely cry while reading). The secondary characters were likable too. There is a small second romance involving Jenny's father that was nice. I think I would have ...more
What a horrible, craptastic book. I can't believe I actually finished it. Truth be told, I started skimming half-way thru. It felt as though I was reading a book about stupid, immature teenagers and their crushes. I don't know how a person like Mick could even like Jenny. Everytime they had sex, she'd run to her best friend and gossip about it. Mick tells her his secrets and asks her not to tell anyone, which she promises, only to turn around and blab to her friend each and every time. Way to ke ...more
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7 reasons why I loved ONE RECKLESS SUMMER

1. Well, for one, there’s hot wild woods sex. Yeah, figured that would catch your attention. If you know Toni Blake, then you know that she always writes under the penname of Lacey Alexander, so it’s really no wonder that some of that sexy writing would translate into her contemporary romances. ONE RECKLESS SUMMER is on the slightly sexier side where the sex scenes are abundant and absolutely scorching. At first, I thought their
4.5 stars
Almost perfect. Two people from opposite tracks, the good, proper girl that also happens to be the police officer's daughter, and the bad boy who used to take part in unlawful activities. But has he cut free from his past? And if so, what's the secret he's hiding? Will he ever be good enough for Jenny to love instead of just seeing him as a sex object? And even if she does, will the people of Destiny accept he's cleaned up?

Sweet, sexy, hot, tender and full of summertime magic. The feel
Jan 17, 2011 Cheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: Dhestiny
Excellent story about a "good girl" and a "bad boy", what happens when their worlds collide and how you shouldn't judge by appearances and that people really can change!

This is a very sweet and romantic story and plenty hot enough for my friends with lusty appetites! ;)

Thanks, Dhestiny, for recommending this one! I look forward to the rest of the Destiny series!
I dont think this is a spoiler, but it could be seen that way, so reader beware...

While I enjoyed this book, it had a heroine who deliberately kept a secret/the truth from the hero and that action caused him pain and ultimately caused her pain too. As soon as the h decides on this course of action, I dislike her and I can't enjoy the book as much and I wait for her foolish action to bite her in the a$$--and it always does. They both could have been saved this hurt if she had just been honest, or
Okay, this one had me a little on this side and a little on that, so let's see if I can explain my hesitant liking of this one.

First off, Mick? The male lead? Yum. He hits the right notes. For a reformed bad boy I thought he was almost peppered with a bit originality. This is a guy that chased his bad-to-the-bone older brother around and even held up a liquor store. After his brother ended up in prison he cleaned up his ways. Did he turn it around by becoming a super rich businessman? Nope. Doe
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Reviewed by Stacy Ahlgren
Publisher: Avon
41/2 stars

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
Pj Ausdenmore
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 fact 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 dreamin
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I had to add this to my favorites shelf. The story was great. The characters were awesome and the romance and sex was hot! The story was a bit of the bad boy and the good girl and a little bit of a lesson pertaining to judging a book by it's cover and why you shouldn't.

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Manda Collins
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 goodn
Susan (susayq ~)
This was my first book by this author and it won't be my last.

Jenny kind of got on my nerves with all her mental flip-flopping over her being "good Jenny" that every one knows and expects and doing what feels right and what she wants. She's 31 for heavens sake! Mick on the other hand, I adored. He was a "bad boy" who really wasn't. He had changed from their youth and had so much going on in this book.

As for the small town of Destiny that they live was kind of strange. All the ladies st
Suzie Quint
I tend to devour Toni Blake's novels and this was no exception. She writes romance but her characters have more depth, more fullness than most romance novel characters. She's also able to deal with actual issues real life issues such as trust and conflicting loyalties. That's why I keep coming back to Ms Blake's novels.
I'm giving this a 4 but it's really a 3.5. The story was good, the H/h were good too, the hot sex scenes were very good. There was just too much narrative some times. I can't handle when a book goes on and on about…..zzzzzzzz……oh, did I doze off there?

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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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“That’s the really annoying thing about love. I probably would be happier if I didn’t know it, but once you do know it, once you feel those things for someone, you can’t make yourself really wish it away. It’s like wishing away . . . your soul.
- Jenny”
“So, for her, I'll try. I'll trust. I'll ... open myself. I'll ... be this guy I've never been before and don't even known how to be—this goofy "in love" guy, this guy who takes care of his woman, this guy who gives more than he takes.” 16 likes
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