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Letters to a Secret Lover

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,870 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
The last thing she needs right now is a man . . .

Lindsey Brooks had it all—an awesome job doling out advice to the lovelorn, a fabulous high-rise apartment, and a to-die-for fiancé. But then she got dumped—wearing nothing but a "Kiss the Cook" apron—and desperate to escape, she retreats to a tiny Montana town to reclaim a family treasure. She never dreamed anyone would try
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Every so often I read a book that seems to have been special ordered for my needs at the time. You know the ones – they have just the right amount of angst, just the right level of steam, the perfect amount of relationship building before they finally admit they belong together and a story line that touches you deeply. Well, Letters to a Secret Lover is all that and more.

I can’t really tell you why without spoiling the story, but Rob Colter is my champion. Few storybook heroes touch me the way
Sep 13, 2009 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: KarenH
This was only my first book by Toni Blake, an author that almost all of my trusted GR friends love, and now I wonder why I'd waited so long to give her a try. Maybe I was afraid of the high expectations raised by their praise, maybe I didn't want to find a new (to me) author to play havoc with my book budget, maybe I'm just too darn slow to catch up... ;)

What can I say? I adored this book! It made me smile, laugh, sigh and even shed some tears. Rob and Lindsey were amazing characters and I could
Feb 14, 2011 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karla by: Katheen
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5 Stars!!I loved this book. Look past the cover and read this.

Yes…the book had a lot of smokin' hot sex, but there was also a great story to go along with it. Two very endearing characters, Rob and Lindsey, lots of humor, a little suspense, and some really terrific feel good moments. When you can’t wait to get home to read and get lost in their world, you know you’ve hit on something good. I couldn’t stop thinking about these people. I want to move to Moose Falls, canoe on Spirit Lake, have dri
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May 14, 2008 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lacey Alexander fans; contemporary romance fans
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♡Karlyn P♡
Great book. I really enjoyed this one, and there is so much to like about this book. For me I think the best part of this book is how well the author gives the town and the characters a real three-dimensional feel. The hero/heroine (Rob and Lindsey) were so likable and great together. Lindsey is a city girl who loves fashion, but I was very happy that the author didn't turn her into a twit. She is grounded, smart and very funny. Rob is yummy on a stick. He writes letters to someone named "Gina", ...more
Miss Kim
Feb 17, 2009 Miss Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the author
Recommended to Miss Kim by: Kathrynn, Stephanie
Awesome book! If you’ve not read this Blake, you need to get it today! I just loved it! :D

At first I had trouble warming up to Lindsey because she seemed shallow and self centered, but then I really liked her. She’s dumped by her fiancé in a very public and humiliating way, and she leaves Chicago for the woods of Montana in the hopes to buy her late aunt’s canoe livery. She doesn’t really put much thought into the plan. Just loads up the Infinity and gets the hell out of Dodge.

Rob is a handsome,
Duchess Nicole
This was all right, but for some reason I just couldn't fall in love with it. It started off strong, and I expected Mr. Douchecanoe ex fiance to get his butt handed to him later. That opening scene was nothing if not memorable. And the hero is my kinda guy...a reclusive gamma guy who's also a bit of a badass. Yum.

The rest of the story was nice...nothing in particular wrong other than it was a bit slow for me...too much back and forth and wishy-washiness, maybe? The suspense part of it felt somew
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 18, 2012 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars!

*grins* I loved this book!! It was a surprising, beautiful, sexy love story about second chances, acceptance, self- forgiveness, and finding happiness :)

I started it last night intending to only reading the first 10-20% of it but ended up staying up till 3:30AM to finish it! It kind of fools you a little because it starts out light and funny but before you know it, it gets really emotionally deep.

Linsday is sure she has it all – great job as a love advice columist/blogger, a to-die-f
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 22, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the most romantic stories I've read in a while. This is truly an emotional read and will have you laughing, crying, smiling, and fuming!

After an engagement that goes horribly wrong, Lindsey decides to take a break from her high-society life in Chicago and go visit her recently deceased great-aunt's Montana Cabin. In a tiny town, in the middle of nowhere, Lindsey learns about herself and about what's really important in life. She learns about love and forgiveness and courage...all with the
For those of you that love contemporary, erotic (H/h only), well-written romance novels backed by a solid story, then you have either read Letters to a Secret Lover already or it is at the top of your "must-read" list...and if not, it should be. The heroine, Lindsay, is your contemporary "Lisa" from Green Acres, as she makes the eye-opening transition from a frivolous, materialistic city girl to a frugal, sensible-minded country lass...well, almost (it takes her most of the book to realize that ...more
May 25, 2008 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee
Fun book to read. No darkness, minimal suspense, but great characters. Like Auntee said, this book is about mistakes, regrets, and forgiveness. Lyndsey's character was a delight. She reminded me of Sarah Jessica Parker in the role of Sex in the City. Lyndsey wrote a "love" column in a Chicago newspaper and maintained an active blog, giving readers advice on their love lives. Events lead her to a life change and she's in Montana--wilderness style--with her high fashion sense! She manages to shed ...more
After reading what I thought was so, so book by Toni Blake I decided to give her another shot. WOW! Am I glad I did. I was barely able to put down Letters to a Secret Lover.

I really liked the brooding Rob Colter from the very start of the book, despite his gruff attitude toward Lindsey Brooks. I could see that under all that mean mountain man exterior, there was a warm, caring man who needed someone to show him love.

That someone was Lindsey Brooks. At first she was a bit self absorbed and sill
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

Holy Mother of Pearl! I found a winner! This book was fabulous, fantastic, romantic, erotic, mysterious and and and I have run out of adjectives to use.

One thing however before I start my raving for this book. And yes, its about the cover. Now this book is set in Moose Falls. A little town surrounded by a lake and boat house. Yet on the cover we see two smokin hot lovers and some....horses? Where in the book does this relate to the little town of moose fal
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

This would have been a solid 5 stars book, if the heroine was not so eager to share her personal love and sex life on the internet. REALLY? What was she thinking? Especially since her lover was such a private man.

Well, other than that, it was a very very nice book, sexy but also emotional and heartwarming. I loved Rob immensely and couldn't get enough of him. Besides her actions above, Lindsey was also a nice heroine, exactly what Rob needed to get out of his shell. There were also many
I was a little wary of Letters to a Secret Lover. After all, the only other Toni Blake book I’ve read (One Reckless Summer) also had a very high rating and was pretty much universally adored by my GR friends, and that one... well... it didn’t do much for me. So I braced myself and was again prepared to be the odd one out.

Thankfully, while I can’t quite say that I loved this one to the extent that others have, I can say that I did really enjoy it. It was sooo much better than One Reckless Summer.
Color me animal-print, I loved this book..

The book cover mislead me a bit, since there was not a single horse involved in the book (other than the sex horse that Lindsey was rambling about). But don't let that deter you. It was a beautiful and witty and funny and dramatic and fulfilling love story..

I loved the fact that Lindsey was a fashion slave who took her Fendi purse on a hike, which later on actually saved her life. I also loved that Rob was an animal-print fetish who got turned on by an
Dec 15, 2012 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gina by: Kathleen Young
Shelves: contemporary
This was a wonderful love story. This book read like a real life event, not a romance book. Lindsay writes a blog giving advice on love, although honestly she doesn't appear to know much about it. I found that refreshing honestly. She is open and genuine, but also a little naive. After a humiliating break up with her boyfriend (we don't like him, he's a jerk). Lindsay goes to Moose Falls, Montana to try and buy her aunts business. Only she discovers it has been sold to Rob Colter. He is unfriend ...more
Has this every happened to you? It’s midnight and you have to get up at 7am for work the next day but you only have 100 pages left of a really good book? You decide to just finish the book and you’re excited because the story is awesome. You go to bed with a giddy feeling, because the book was that good, but then the next morning you want to shoot yourself because you went to bed at 2am and you’re too exhausted to function?

Well that’s how I feel right now but Letters to a Secret Lover was worth
Jun 25, 2008 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have enjoyed all of the Toni Blake books I have read, but this is far and away the best so far. In this book, after a highly embarrassing episode which coincided with the breakup of her engagement, advice columnist Lindsey Brooks goes to Moose Falls, Montana to try to retreat from the public eye while reconnecting with her family's past. She finds a barrier in her way in the form of Rob Colter, a gruff man who runs the canoe business that used to belong to her aunt. In spite of himself, Rob, w ...more
Lindsey and her fiancé Garret have recently experienced a strain on their relationship, so she decides to liven things up a bit by cooking him dinner and waiting for him wearing only high heels and an apron...Little does she know he's going to dump her as soon as she opens the door. Or that a window washer is going to snap a picture of them (of her in only an apron!) and that picture would end up plastered all over the gossip mags and internet.

A few weeks later she decides she needs a break. And
♥ Beth
Dec 21, 2010 ♥ Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My first Toni Blake read! And Toni Blake has a brand new fan!

I've read and enjoyed many of her Lacey Alexander books, so some of my wonderful GR friends encouraged and assured me that I would love her Toni Blake books too. And of course, they were right, as usual!!

Letters to a Secret Lover is such a wonderful read! The storyline grabbed me from the beginning and I was hooked! I absolutely fell in love with the H/h. Lyndsey is sexy, funny, quirky, talkative and refreshing! She made me smile and g
Feb 06, 2012 Carisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good contemporary romance. Even though I didn’t like author’s style in this book, I liked the originality of H/h love story, the excellently written love scenes and the sweet ending.
HERO is a Loner, rejected by society because of his past, ridden by guilt, currently living in a remote little town where he hopes his past actions are never known so he can have at least a peaceful life. But then a city woman looking to reconnect with her past arrives, disrupting his life, awakening
Interesting premise,enchanting location, loved the hero.... completely disliked the heroine.. I felt like strangling this character more times than i can count for her sheer stupidity. I mean, a chic city girl who enjoys fashion does not necessarily have to rhyme with naivete, which is precisely how i felt this character was portrayed in the story. Bad, bad, bad! It ticked me off to no end, but i have to give thumbs up for the steam factor, as well as Rob`s character. I enjoyed them a whole lot! ...more
~E~ Riverina Romantics
I'm sorry to say I've only given this one 3.5 stars. All my GR friends that have read it rated it very highly, so I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't a huge hit for me.

I enjoyed the storyline of the book, but one of my biggest problems was Lindsey. She grated me the wrong way and I couldn’t connect with her at all. At the start I was comparing her to a Paris Hilton wanna-be with her clothing and shoe obsession and I’m exactly the opposite to that. I wear a suit to work, but apart from that I
Letters to a Secret Lover was a quick, enjoyable, if some what forgettable read.

I liked the setting. This story takes place in a very small and quaint town known for it's fishing, camping, and canoeing adventures. Lindsey, our heroine, has come to nurse an embarrassed and wounded heart following the break-up of her very public engagement. I wish I would've liked Lindsey more. In the beginning, she comes off as a spoiled and privileged socialite, and by the end, my opinion of her had improved onl
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
Cute and light despite some heavy issues. Some far flung coincidences. I also found it hard to believe that Rob had really had that hard if a time finding someone to accept his secret. The real downer for me was Lindsey. For whatever reason, she never really grew on me. I found myself more irritated than not by her.

Overall ok.
This was a great read. I really like small town settings at the moment.

The main characters are cute together and reasonable (which is something you don't always find in a romance). I really liked this book, but I didn't love it as much as some people have. Good read though! I wish I had a misty island to canoe out to during Halloween to tell ghost stories when I was a kid....
Jul 14, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book hit my heart..I loved it! my second book from toni blake.
I thought I'm not gonna read another book from her because my first read book "tempt me tonight" was a disaster for me. it kept me from cringing, twisting my heart. dagum!

But this book gave me a second chance to read some of her books.

Lady Heather
Dec 01, 2013 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: contemporary romance with a little bit mountain man..yummy!
Recommended to Lady Heather by: Karla

Loved this story!

What an amazing story of self-discovery, forgiveness, second-chances, and of course love!

Thank you so much Karla for this recommendation!
Your the best! :)
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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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“Not sure why you have to show me now, but okay. I'll just tell my penis to take a few hours off, go get a beer or something." -Rob Colter” 9 likes
“You’re just…too high-maintenance. Too self-absorbed. And you talk too much—usually about things
that don’t matter—and it drives me absolutely nuts. What it comes down to is—you’re just not the
woman I need on my arm to get me where I want to go.”

Okay, pal, don’t sugarcoat it or anything.”
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