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Sugar Creek (Destiny #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,753 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
“Toni Blake’s romances are so delicious, so intoxicating and addictive, a good night’s sleep isn’t even an option.”
New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr


A compelling new voice in supremely sexy contemporary romance, Toni Blake carries us to Sugar Creek with a sizzling, emotional rich story about giving in to a forbidden passion. The second book in her Destiny serie
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published May 10th 2010)
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5 stars – Contemporary Romance

I was fortunate to receive an ARC copy of this from one of my ‘good’ Goodreads friends (thanks, KarLynP!), and I was happy to return to Ms. Blake’s quaint city of Destiny for some smokin’ hot small town lovin’!

It’s a charming, fun, sweet, emotional, and steamy love story about independent, ad executive, Chicago city girl, Rachel Farris, who loves the security and freedom that her successful, single lifestyle brings, almost as much as her most treasured Manolo Blahni
♡Karlyn P♡
What a WONDERFUL book! I wasn't expecting such a deeply touching and tender love story, but dang - this one rocked. As much as I enjoyed 'One Reckless Summer', this one is hands down my favorite. I ditched a lot of errands yesterday as I couldn't put this book down, so I will write more later as I have a really busy day to get to. Oh, and for those wondering, it is sizzling HOT. Blake can write great steam that just flows with the story. It left my mouth dry just reading several of these scenes. ...more
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of steamy contemporaries
I loved this book and I'm sooo sad it's over! What a storyteller Toni Blake is. Thirty-two-year-old Chicago career gal Rachel Farris and small town (Destiny, Ohio) thirty-five-year-old by-the-book cop Mike Romo were wonderful, unique characters--I just loved learning all about them, what made them tick, reading about their longtime family feud, and following their super steamy romantic journey as Rachel came back to her small hometown to help her grandma with her apple orchard business. Loved th ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

In the sequel to One Reckless Summer we finally meet Rachel Farris, the friend who had left Destiny, Ohio to make a life in Chicago where she’s a talented, successful ad agent. We also get to know Mike Romo, Destiny’s “by the book” police officer who, with his good looks and gorgeous body, seems to have captured the eye of just about every woman in Destiny. Returning home to help her grandmother with this year’s apple harvest, Rachel finds herself being pulled over and ticketed for speeding. Thi
Miss Kim
I was so excited to have won an ARC copy of this! I’d been eagerly anticipating returning to Destiny ever since I’d read One Reckless Summer, a few months ago.

This story combined two of my favorite themes, the hottie cop and the small town. Mike Romo, or Officer Romeo, has a reputation for being gruff and by the book. The first few times he ran into Rachel, it had me laughing. She gets tickets on numerous occasions from Mike for various traffic violations. Each time she’s shocked that he won’t
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book! I absolutely can't wait to see what other characters of Destiny will get their own stories! I reckon Lucky will be back in his own book - and he's going to be one f'ed up bad boy. Can't wait.... but I'll have to seeing as Blake releases a book once every ... year! Oi.

Ok, fabulous cover. Every time I looked at it I felt calm and serene. It works well with the story with Rachel coming from "the big city" to help her Grandma in the slower paced "small town". Also, the title a
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

This book shouldn't have taken me so long to read, but life got in the way and I was constantly having to put it on hold. I hated doing it because I LOVED IT!

I now have a new "go-to" favorite romance author! Toni Blake is a new author to me and when I started reading this story, I knew immediately that I liked her style. Her MC's, Rachel Farris and Mike Romo are the farthest from compatible two people could be. Rachel is the big city girl who's back in town to help her grandmother's ap
Manda Collins
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Robyn Carr, Rachel Gibson
Shelves: contemporary
Wonderful, sexy read. I loved how Toni Blake breathed new life into the opposites attract trope, pairing up ambitious city girl, Rachel Farris, with straight-arrow small town cop, Mike Romo. Alongside Rachel and Mike's story, Rachel's grandmother, Edna (who is hilarious, BTW), tells the story of how the Farris/Romo feud started, and how the Farris family ended up with the Romo apple farm. Watching Mike and Rachel reveal themselves to one another, layer by layer, secret by secret was surprisingly ...more
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness

Sugar creek is the second in the Destiny Novels. In this book we meet to families the Romo’s and the Farris’s – two families that have been at odd as long as anyone in town can remember.

Rachel returns to Destiny to help out her Grandma with the family Apply Orchid. To begin with Rachel is pissed that she has to leave her high rise condo and high powered job in Chicago as an ad exec ( right when her job is on the line) to come right back to the place that she has been running from her
Absolutely LOVED IT!!! Definitely my favorite so far in the Destiny series. Mike and Rachel made such a wonderful couple. I really hope Toni Blake allows them to appear in future books. Their constant nitpicking with one another had me laughing out loud (especially regarding the speeding tickets). The sexual tension between these too made me fan myself on several occasions - hoo boy!!

Can't wait to read more about this lovely town!!!
The second installment in the Destiny series and it did not disappoint. Whew! There were brief mentions of Rachel Farris and Mike Romo in "One Reckless Summer" (the first in this series), but because Rachel's character never appeared before, she was practically new. Rachel was firmly established in Chicago and had no intention of ever going back to the small town she grew up in. But, when her Grandma Edna called for help with the Farris Apple Orchard, she ducked tail and came home. Just like tha ...more
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm am a fan of Toni Blake's for life. She sure know's how to write a great story. I'm rating this book a 4 1/2 stars and not 5 stars because I really did not like the way The H&H refused to realize their feelings for each other. Once they started to wonder why they felt the way they did it was much better for me. The secondary story of Edna, Giovanni and Eddie was really good. I felt like Rachel did every time Edna stopped telling the story thinking why did Edna stop and I wanted more now. ...more
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
I liked this book, but at the same time, I could have liked it more. So it was a pretty solid four-stars for me. It was good, but not as good as the first one, at least for me.

Series Note:
Second book in Blake's "Destiny" series. This one can be read as a standalone.

Rachel Farris left Destiny, OH, as soon as she could as a teenager. She went to college and moved on to a great job, thinking to never look back on her small-town roots. But the her grandmother calls and asks her to come home
This is the 2nd installment in Toni Blake’s Destiny Series and it is the story of Rachel Farris and Mike Romo. The Farris and Romo families have upheld a long time feud that began with Rachel and Mike’s grandparents. And from the very first pages these two clash head on and things only get hotter as the story progresses.

Rachel Farris hasn’t been back home in over fifteen years. Being summoned by her grandmother, Edna Farris, Rachel takes a leave from her high powered career in Chicago and retur
Hmm, big-city career woman returns to small home town and runs afoul of hot local law enforcement… now where have I run into that plot before? Oh right, every third contemporary romance I’ve ever read. This was well-written, but didn’t rise above its stale premise otherwise. The primary relationship is all about two semi-enemies having sex and there just wasn't any reason for me to be interested in them constantly going at it. I skimmed over a lot of nookie. The secondary love story was interest ...more
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves to read Contempary Romance Novels
Recommended to Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R by: Miss Kim
Best Book In This Series! Whoo Hoo!

It's a love/hate relationship between Rachel Farris and Mike Romo.

I loved the Hot Bad Boy Snooty Cop from the previous book One Reckless Summer but Mike was just sooooo much hotter arrogant and everything nice in this book...I LOVED! I LOVED IT,I LOVED IT! Lolz!

As for Rachel,I Loved her just the same.Her attitude, bad behavior and smart potty mouth kept me on my toes.A woman that's not afraid to back mouth a cop and tells it like it is. That's my kinda Heroine
Yeah, that's right. I read a romance novel. And here's how it went: I opened the book, read 30 or so pages, realized it wasn't going to work, checked to make sure no one was looking and skipped ahead to the good stuff. No lie, no shame.

I don't really know how to review this book. Part of me wants to tear it to shreds and the other (more forgiving) part knows its not really supposed to be taken that seriously. But I think that's an insult to writing, excusing a book because its a romance novel an
I just love stories with a small town settings (probably because I never lived in one). And Toni Blake's small towns are usually all likable and believable. But I hate the town of SEP's Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips though.

Anyhoo, Mike and Rachel are explosives together. I loved them and their humping sessions. Absolutely sizzling and eventful. It must be the water in Destiny because Mick and Jenny's sex scenes in One Reckless Summer (Destiny, #1) by Toni Blake were phenomenal too. And I bet you Mike's leopard print boxers that Tessa is gonna get lucky too (pun inten
Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c, w-az
I feel like I should give a disclaimer with my review. I am not a fan of the enemies-to-lovers theme. Where others see banter filled with repressed sexual desire, I see annoying sniping. I also don’t get the whole “can’t stand him/her but want to jump his/her bones” thing.

I skimmed a few times, mostly in the first half. About 65% through the book, Rachel and Mike start being nicer to each other and having meaningful conversations. My rating for the book started to rise as a result.

I didn’t like
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I totally loved this book, said with a big sigh and fluttery heart! You cannot help but love, love, love the characters in this quaint little town called Destiny. From the big city girl to the small town, tough as nails deputy--who, I might add takes his job seriously all the way to the end of the book! So, not only was mike and Rachel's story hot and sexy and romantic and frustrating, but the side story romance from years ago, told by her grandmother, Edna was just as touching.

It was an emotion
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Even more than ONE RECKLESS SUMMER, which was the first in this series about Destiny, OH. It's a love/hate relationship between Rachel Farris and Mike Romo, who strike sparks of Hate? Love? Attraction? off each other from the moment she hits her hometown of Destiny to help her grandmother with the apple harvest. Add a family fued between the Farris' and the Romo's, him being a hot cop and her being a gorgeous woman with a smart mouth, and you've got some hot stuff going on ;) ...more
I really enjoyed this visit to Destiny. Was it a great book? No. But it was good. Rachel and Mike are likeable characters and I enjoyed getting to know them.

While there were some obvious romance plot devices, I felt the story withstood it. I wanted them to make it work and I wanted to know their story.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heroine Rachel, returns to her small town home of Destiny to help out her grandmother with her apple orchard, though she's a bit resentful that she has to take a leave from her high powered job as an add exec at a critical time. But family is family and Rachel is nothing if not an enabler to her less than successful relatives, although Edna, her grandmother mostly just wants her grand daughter home for a spell.

Rachel Farris breezes into town, but along the way she is clocked speeding by hunky, y
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars...

I feel really bad giving this book a lower star rating. I really liked One Reckless Summer but there was just something missing from the second book in the Destiny series.

In Sugar Creek Rachel Farris comes back to Destiny to help her grandma Edna harvest this years apples. Rachel lives in Chicago and is proud that she escaped Destiny and has a high power job in an up and coming ad agency. She's living the dream but her job may not be all the perfect. Enter Mike Romo, hard edges cop w
What do thousands of romance novels and Sugar Creek have in common?

~Two feuding families--check
~Instant dislike between hero and heroine--check
~Instant sexual attraction between H/h--check
~Nasty bantering between H/h--check
~Multiple, repeated musings about fluttery stomachs, or tingly, aching, and/or throbbing body parts just at the sight of H/h, or the sound of his/her voice--check
~One protagonist from big city/one from small town--check
~One protagonist reckless and free-spirited, one controlle
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
It's back to Destiny, Ohio where a HEA with a hot guy and lots of smexy fun are guaranteed.

This is a classic enemies to friends tale. City girl and high achiever Rachel Farris returns to her home town to help her Grandmother with the annual apple harvest. No sooner as she hits Destiny city limits she has her first altercation with sexy, hard ass cop Mike Romo.Added to the mix is the long time family feud between the Farris and Romo families. Sparks fly and soon what started as snarky, great sex
Anne OK
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
This is such a fun series. Both books have been so good but think I liked "Sugar Creek" just a teeny bit better. Liked the feisty female lead and enjoyed the interaction with her hunky sheriff. Toni Blake definitely writes a super contemp romance! Can hardly wait for the next book in the new "Destiny" series.
Dec 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Destiny Ohio where if you speed, you better be prepared to pay the consequences! Too bad that wasn't the welcoming sign on the way into town. Rachel Farris could have used the warning...on more than one occasion.

Family Feud is alive and well in Sugar Creek. Forget the Hatfield's and the McCoy's. It's the Farris's vs. the Romo's with a side of Romeo and Juliet thrown in (only with a much happier ending). The Farris and Romo families have been feuding for years..over the Farris Family A
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Career -driven Rachel Farris left small town Destiny, Ohio for a bigger and better life in Chicago. But when Rachel’s grandmother, Edna calls her and requests that she come home to help care for her and her apple orchard, Rachel can do nothing but give in. She knows that her grandmother is having knee problems, yet Edna would be the last person on earth to admit that.

Once Rachel steps into Destiny, trouble finds her in the form of a hot, sexy cop who has a little bit of
I loved this book just as much as the first! This Destiny series reminds me a lot of Virgin River, without all the unnecessary side stories and medical drama.

Mike was a tough, hard-nosed cop who stopped Rachel for speeding about three times during the course of the book, even after they'd gotten together LOL! He takes protecting his town very seriously, and when we found out the root of his reasoning, it made me love him a little more. Guilt can do strange things to people. Rachel was able to l
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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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“This was maybe the first time she’d done it when she’d felt the true intimacy of it. The first time she’d done it because she wanted to express her feelings for a guy in some new way she hadn’t before. The first time it meant something.

The fact was, sex with a man she cared for was making all other sex pale in comparison. No wonder sex with Mike had been the best of her life from the very start—caring for him had been…destiny.

Destiny in Destiny.”
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