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Holly Lane

(Destiny #4)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,022 ratings  ·  181 reviews
The weather outside is frightful, but kisses by the fire are so delightful …

Sue Ann Simpkins is working hard to rebuild her life and find some holiday spirit. A weekend away from Destiny in a cabin on nearby Bear Lake seems like the perfect Christmas gift to herself—until her ex's best friend, Adam Becker, shows up at the door, claiming the cabin is his! And if that's not
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Avon (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; Fans of small town contemporaries a la Virgin River
Trust. Trusting yourself, trusting others, letting your heart be open to love and risking hurt, being vulnerable, and putting the past in the past and moving forward---that's what Holly Lane, the fourth book in Toni Blake's small town romance Destiny series is all about. And even though the heroine in this story (Sue Ann) gave me some real hair-pulling moments, I loved this story, mainly due to the sheer awesomeness of the hero, Adam Becker.

So here's the story: 33-year-old Sue Ann has been blind
♡Karlyn P♡
4+ stars.

Great holiday romance! Holly Lane is a good book for anyone wanting to get into the holiday mood. In addition to a great second-chance-at-love romance between Adam and Sue Ann, Toni Blake subtly (and cleverly) blends one of the great classic holiday stories -- ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens -- into a her own magical retelling. There was so much holiday cheer included with this story, I felt like I was watching a great Christmas movie mixed with a warm and sexy romance. Seriousl
4 stars – Contemporary/Holiday Romance

I intended to write a review for this long before now, but life has been rather stressful lately and sidetracked me a little. But better late than never I suppose.

Toni Blake’s Destiny series has all the things I love in contemporary romance: a charming small town setting, genuine characters, witty dialogue, humor, intense emotion, and steamy love scenes. I find that holiday themed romances serve as great reminders of why I enjoy reading romance and also help
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Story Rating 5 stars
Character Rating 5 stars
Romance rating 5+ stars
Heat level 4 stars
Overall Rating 5 stars

Toni Blake sure knows how to write one heck of an emotional romance that had me rooting for love to find it's way into the H&h's future. The story grabbed me right from the start and I had a really hard time putting it down.

The hero Adam oh my, he sure knew how to care for the woman he wanted. I have never read a story such as this where the hero just goes above and beyond to make the h
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Toni Blake’s Destiny series is the perfect blend of contemporary and erotic romance, making each story tender, feel good, and incredibly sexy. I guess I'm pretty demanding, but even in my erotic reading I want a believable story and a good solid relationship with people I can care about. I want to feel an emotional connection - to laugh when they laugh, to cry when they cry, and to sigh when they sigh. Well, Holly Lane gave me all that, and more.
From the cover:

The weather outside is frightful,
What happened to Sue Ann here? I remember that I loved her in book #1. I even went to TB's FB wall and begged her to write Sue Ann's story. I loved her that much.

But imagine my disappointment with her in this book. I just didn't feel the connection between her and Adam that first time in the cabin. I would expect a bit of a wooing (or get-to-know-you-better) done first before she jumped him. Shouldn't she feel somewhat awkward or inappropriate about lusting after her ex-husband's best friend? H
Wonderful! I just could not put it down. When I read the prologue I felt my heart crack for Sue Ann, and I wondered how she could come back from this devastating beginning, or for her, the end of the life she had known. Adam Becker, that’s how. Sweet, charming, good guy Adam Becker, only he’s had a bit of a personality change, and not in a good way, except when it comes to Sue Ann. I thought she might annoy me, but I felt her strength, and understood her need to set things right in her life befo ...more
As a huge fan on Toni Blakes Destiny series, I was a bit surprised as to whom this story was centered. After all, Sue Ann Simpkins seemed to have a perfectly happy marriage with Jeff. But perhaps of the standard of perfection put on these high school sweethearts, Jeff does an about face and divorces Sue Ann and quickly marries another woman, and to add a bit of insult, the new woman isn't even younger or prettier...she is just average so Sue Ann knows that it is true love. Sue Ann is blindsided ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard so much about this book that I didn't think I would enjoy it but I still did maybe because I kept the bar so low.

I understood Sue Ann, even if she was like a pendulum swinging from here to there, within a period of six months her whole life had unravelled, her perfect husband left her for another woman and didn't have the decency to respect her and her kid's feeling and instead paraded her around. Sue Ann was trying to keep her daughter happy, get back to work while keeping it all to
A sweet, warm holiday romance.

Adam Becker is divine. Having grown up in the town of Destiny, he is known for his kindness and always there to lend a helping hand. A people's person for sure. He is such a sweetie and I really liked him. Divorced with twin sons that are away for the month, he is feeling down and not looking forward to a Christmas without his children. Already having a cabin booked at Bear Lake, he decides to continue their annual tradition and stay there himself.

Sue Ann is still r
Manda Collins
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, Rachel Gibson
Shelves: contemporary
Another fabulous installment in Toni Blake's Destiny series. Loved all the allusions to A CHRISTMAS CAROL and loved that Adam turned out to be as great a guy as he's seemed all along. I was shocked when I learned who his heroine was. Sue Ann and Jeff seemed so happy together, but one of the lessons of this story is that things aren't always what they seem. Who knew Jeff would turn into such an asshat? Not me. Fortunately, Adam is just perfect for our Sue Ann, and I loved the circumstances that b ...more
3 1/2 stars. A very sweet and cozy read about 2 wonderful characters who have known each other forever. They are both divorced now, Sue Ann just recently, and they never looked at each other before with potential for romance. It wasn't really highly exciting, but very well written and warming to the heart. I also thought it was very realistic in the way both Adam and Sue Ann shared custody, as well as, ran into there exes in their small town. Most of the time the bad spouse is out of the picture ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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All I want for Christmas is Adam Becker!!!!

I’ve always been a fan of Toni Blake but I think she really stepped up in this story. HOLLY LANE is Sue Ann’s story and for readers who have followed the Destiny series, they may be in for a little shock when they realize that the hero is not Sue Ann’s husband, Jeff but actually his best friend, Adam!

In the previous books of the series, Sue Ann had the perfect life. She has a great husband, the perfect little daughter named Sop
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas-time
Ok i'm sorry but I can't do this anymore.
It is extremely rare for me not to finish a book, and I always feel really guilty afterwards. I mean, maybe it wouldn't be that bad. Maybe,just maybe,characters would change,things would happen, it could end with a bang !
But I dont seem to be able to even open the pdf once again to continue it from when I left it.

All my reviews are about personal enjoyment. And for me, this book was not the one.

For once, it starts right off with one of the things I ha
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

A christmas romance to warm the soul. Sweet and tender, and despite this being a premise I don't generally like (heroine falling for her ex's best-friend), it worked here, probably because Adam was so lovable:) I know some readers had issues with Sue Ann's cold behavior at times, but being a practical person myself, I can't give her fault for taking the practical aspects of their liaison into consideration and resisting her heart's desire for so long; I too happen to believe that especi
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.75 out of 5. Another wonderful Toni Blake novel that is coming out for this year's holiday season and which brings Christmas into the experience of two families and a community, and which is really built on Dicken's Christmas Carol -- loosely. Two people, one newly divorced and still reeling from her husband's declaration, just before Thanksgiving, that he has fallen in love with someone else and he is divorcing her, and the best friend of her ex, divorced for a few years, with two sons, both ...more
Tam B.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was an "okay" read for me. I've not read anything from the series and perhaps jumping in with this book was not the way to start.

I could not like Sue Ann, I felt that all she did was find road blocks to almost everything and then complain about them. Her own personal ethics confused me. She says to Adam "we're forgetting this ever happened and not telling anyone" somehow translates to telling her best friend almost immediately. Sue Ann also compares her ex-husbands cheating to that of
This is a low rating for Toni Blake's recent work. The story is OK. It's a nice holiday themed story. I felt, however, that the personal problems that the characters were each trying to overcome were very flat and didn't grow or develop in an interesting way. Sue Ann dealt with Trust issues and finding her sense of self, Adam dealt with attitude issues and finding his public self.

The pair is an unexpected pairing but they work. It's a shame that the conflicts became stale and old midway through
Very sweet Christmas story about 2 divorced people hooking up. I must say, I'm a sucker for stories where the H/h get trapped in a snow bound cabin, a little girl with her heart set on getting a real raindeer for Christmas and a man that goes out of his way to make it happen!
Christi Snow
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just a fun, perfect Christmas read...lots of happy feels in this one.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Starting over is not as easy as people think, especially when you need to start over in the same town that your ex husband is living with his new wife.

Sue Ann is a Destiny child, born and raised in Destiny and then raising her daughter in the small town she loves.

But her husband decided the upset her perfect world by admitting that he no longer loves her and does love someone else. His betrayal is more than she can take. So a couple o
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a good holiday read and was a fun way for me to kick off this Christmas season.

Sue Ann and Adam have known each other for years. In fact, Sue Ann's ex-husband and Adam were best friends growing up. Sue Ann and Jeff are now divorced because of Jeff's infidelity. Sue Ann seeks escape in a weekend retreat at a cabin, and unknowingly, Adam has rented the same cabin. This quickly morphs into a "stranded during a winter storm" type of love story and how can you not love that?

As far as Christm
3 stars = I liked it.

Unlike the rest of the Destiny series by Toni Blake, Holly Lane feels more like chick-lit with hot sex. ;-) The prologue and first chapter are depressing, with Sue Ann finding out her supposedly loving husband is in love with someone else. As someone who went through a divorce with a cheating spouse when I was younger, and who has a family member going through divorce right now, the emotions in the book felt real, too real perhaps. (Kudos to Blake for not lessening the impac
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Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️ by: Karla
Shelves: toni_blake
I loved this book!! Another great "Destiny Novel" anxious to see where Toni Blake takes us next........Amy & Logan??? But you never know....Sue Anne & Adam, I did not see that coming!! But it worked out beautifully and I loved every minute of it.
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was a pretty good book. That Christmas morning scene... ohmigod! I look forward to Amy's book though. Whispering Fall is still my favorite of the series.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Sue Ann & Adam. They were really cute. Couldn't stand Jeff, what a terrible guy. I look forward to Amy's store now!!
Mar 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Toni Blake, Robyn Carr, Jill Shalvis
Well, I wasn't sure I was going to read this one when I first heard the synopsis. We first met Sue Ann back in One Reckless Summer as Jenny's best friend. She's happily married to her childhood sweetheart, has a beautiful daughter and everything in the garden is rosy. So, when I was pretty sad when I learned that her marriage was about to disintegrate to allow her to become the heroine of the next Destiny novel and that her hero would be Adam Becker, her ex-husband's best friend and best man at ...more

When it’s December and the temperature is double digits below zero, I just want to curl up with Christmas/holiday books. And since I’m determined to knock down the TBR list before buying any new – I’m going with what I had, leading me to read Holly Lane, part of a longer series by Ms. Blake.

The book was enjoyable but drove me crazy at times. It’s a friends to lover tale, with a slight twist. Both hero, Adam, and heroine, Sue Ann, are divorced with kids, and had been friends before they were mar
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
My review from Night Owl Reviews:

Sue Ann Simpkins is going through a rough time in her life. Recently divorced and spending the Thanksgiving holiday weekend alone without her daughter, she books a cabin on Bear Lake outside of Destiny. This is the perfect getaway that she needs to rebuild her life and a chance for some solitude. What she wasn’t expecting was to be visited by her ex-husband’s friend, Adam Becker, who claims that the cabin that she is inhabiting is rightfully his.

Adam is also spen
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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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