Willow Springs (Destiny, #5)

Willow Springs (Destiny, #5)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 me that honor goes to One Reckless Summer or favorite hero, it did make me tear up a couple of times and the heroine Amy than made up for any of the hero Logan s shortcomings.So, the plotAmy Bright, 34 year old view spoiler virgin hide spoiler THE LOVESICK MATCMAKER HAS FINALLY MET HER MATCHAmy 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 EnvelopesAfter A Tragedy On The Job, Firefighter Logan Is Battling Demons Thank Goodness Amy Is There For Him But When A Woman From Logan S Past Resurfaces Right As Some Anonymous Letters Send Logan S Pulse Hammering, Suddenly He Doesn T Know What He Needs One Smoking Hot Kiss Could Change Everything But Will It Ruin A One Of A Kind Friendship, Or Show Logan And Amy That They Ve Already Found Everything They Need, Right Here In Destiny 3 stars Contemporary RomanceI 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 great romance but unfortunately didn t quite deliver and fell rather flat Their relationship progression from friends to sudden attraction following an awkward kiss to unexpected is this love that I m feeling just didn t seem believable, especially with Logan spending a significant amount of time flirting with and circling around a woman from the past whose surprise appearance in Destiny and competition for Logan s attention makes Amy rather miserable The triangle went on far too long, and I just didn t buy the character motivations, romance, or eventual HEA My biggest complaint was with Logan s character, or accurately, his shortage of appeal I m a hero centric romance reader and Logan was sorely lacking as a romantic hero He was immature, selfish, oblivious, inconsiderate, and pretty much an a hat for most of the book His constant ineptitude regarding Amy s feelings was frustrating, and I wanted her to realize that she deserved better I actually found myself thinking she should have explored things with Lucky s biker friend, Duke I hope Ms Blake gives us his story at some point I also felt like there wasn t nearly enough of Logan s POV, which probably exacerbated his a hat status.So, not as good as previous books in the series, but I m still a fan and look forward to returning to Destiny when Half Moon Hill comes out I can t say I really liked it for 4 stars but it s better than just a 3therefore I m rating it 3 stars Big thanks to Lindsey and Ms Blake for providing me with an ARC There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart Jane Austen, Emma Full review now posted 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 cover This lovesick matchmaker has finally met her match 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, the best friend whom she s head over heels in love with So Amy decides to become Logan s secret admirer, sending him sensual love letters steamy enough to unseal their own envelopes One letter leads to another, one thing leads to another, and then comes an unplanned kiss Overcoming a tragedy from his life as a firefighter, Logan needs a friend Thank goodness for Amy But when a woman from Logan s past resurfaces right as some anonymous letters send Logan s pulse hammering, suddenly he doesn t know what he needs a reliable friend, or a passionate lover One smoking hot kiss could change everything but will it ruin a one of a kind friendship, or show Logan and Amy that they ve already found everything they need, right here in Destiny Let me get this out of the way right up front this is not a light read It s angsty, dark, and heartbreaking but it s also comforting, hopeful and romantic There were times I was so angry with both Logan and Amy that I wanted to scream, and other times I was completely understanding of their actions Times I cheered for them because I could see what they could have, times I wanted them to throw in the towel and just move on because they couldn t see what they could have And as hard as this was to read sometimes, I never even once considered giving up because I knew once it finally came, their happily ever after would be worth every minute it took to get there There were people and things I liked, people and things I loved, and people and things I could have done without, but any book that can evoke such strong feelings, a book that keeps me up until 3 30 in the morning and then is the first thing I think of a few hours later when I wake up that s a story I won t soon forget because it touched me deeply Through the tears, the smiles, the anger, the understanding I couldn t stop reading, just had to find out what would become of Logan and Amy, and that is the beauty of Toni Blake s writing.Because I so related to Amy s feelings of being just average not gorgeous like her friends, not talented, not special, I m going to leave you with my favorite scene, one that was heartbreaking, but so filled with hope What makes this my favorite It s because this is when Amy finally understood that she deserved better That she was worth than she was getting view spoiler Logan, what you said about figuring out what you want to do about us you don t have to figure it out Because I already did I don t think I m interested any She could feel his surprise, even without glancing his way Interested in what You Us That way Romantically She opened the door now, preparing to go.But his shock was so great that it practically filled the car, even if she saw his eyes widen on her with only her peripheral vision What do you mean The thing is, she began, if it s such a hard decision well, I d rather be with somebody who doesn t have to decide, who just knows Who knows I m amazing Who knows I m the best thing that ever happened to him Who takes me with my faults That s what I deserve And if you re not that guy then a relationship with you would never be enough for me And with that, she got out of the car in her bikini and sarong, said, Thanks for the ride Goodnight, then shut the door and walked away hide spoiler 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 since the sand box, if love in a different manifestation If I thought the set up was for the protagonists to get closer, they took two steps back if I thought the set up was for them to pull apart, they took a giant step forward Sometimes this was not so much a surprise as a little strange.Also, not to give any spoilers away for those of you who are reading this series, but a character that will be the focus of the next installment of Destiny, is a bit of a b tch I don t care to get to know her any better.Still, the author could certainly hold my attention, for the most part the love scenes are sweet and sexy I m going to have to try the other books in this series. 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 wahwhat a Debbie Downer Loganjeez, I don t even know what to make of him Okay, I understand that he went through a traumatizing event, but he acted like an shlub Their internal dialogue drove me nuts, as well as their stilted conversations These characters are in their 30 s and they were childish, the chemistry between them was lacking Nonot lackingnil, nada, non existent, and the story had very little substance Well, they say misery loves company, so maybe these two were perfect for each other.There was so much wrong with this book, and there are some things I would rather not talk about, because it would ruin the story for potential readers Particularly about a crucial event that affected many of the characters, and has been a source of mystery throughout the series For those of you who have read Willow Springs you know what I m talking about This part of the story had tremendous potential and it fell flat I ll just end my ranting here I ve read quite a few books by Toni Blake, and also under her pseudonym, Lacey Alexander She wrote one of my favorite books, Letters to a Secret Lover, so I know what she s capable of and this was not her best effort, she really missed the markby a long shot I ve enjoyed all the other books in this series, and I m hoping that the Destiny magic finds its way back in Half Moon Hill. 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 redeem himself in the next I had to knock off some stars because of that However, I can t wait to see what Ms Blake has in store for Duke and some other new characters. Rating 2.5 5I 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.Summary 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 from Logan than just friendship But she s not exactly experienced when it comes to man woman relationships It won t be easy for her to let Logan know how she feels.For Logan, his life is in turmoil as he questions the path he set for his life And when a new face arrives in Destiny, he wonders if it s, well, destiny Then Amy shows her true feelings and Logan is stunnedand intrigued But is he ready to commit to a future with his best friend Review I have to admit that going into this book I was a little wary In all my time reading romance books I ve never particularly been a fan of the whole friends to lovers theme Especially when it s such a long time friendship like with Logan and Amy in this book.So yeah, I didn t entirely enjoy that aspect of this book There s just something about that theme that I don t buy into and the way the author wrote this book didn t make it any better There s a sudden random kiss then Amy decides she s loves Logan And Logan doesn t really show an interest in Amy until he realizes she s interested in him It felt forced to me I wasn t buying it It doesn t help that for like half the book Logan is showing interest in another woman That whole part bugged me And it kept me from feeling like there was a real romantic connection between these two It s also not helpful that Logan was a bit of a jackass at times.Another this that disappointed me with this book was the emergence of a new character I won t say who as it ll spoil a storyline started in previous books But lets just say it wasn t really what I wanted for that storyline I didn t like the character at all and thought the person was a total selfish bitch and I just wanted to smack the crap out of her.And maybe another disappointment for me was that this wasn t really the storyline that I wanted for Amy In the past books of the series she was introduced as this kind of naive, innocent spinster ish woman who is obsessed with books and cats So I kind of had this storyline in mind for Amy where this bad boy comes to town and musses her up a bit Something to put some wild in her life Instead, we got this kind of staid, lackluster romance that was lacking in sparks at least for me.So no, I can t say this book worked for me, really It just had a flat feel to me I wanted something , something with some zing to shake Amy s life up, not just something that shifts the life she has slightly It wasn t a bad book, though, just not what I really wanted But hey, you can t love every book you read and an author can t always write something you ll enjoy. 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 a little too innocent and wishy washy did grow on me She was aware of her faults and embraced them, which I find comendable She didn t want to be a door mat and so she stood up for herself It didn t always work, but I assume that s because she doesn t have much of a life outside her bookstore I bought her naivite sp It worked for her character and in the story line.The other thing that made this almost a dnf for me was the person from the past Or I believe she s mentioned as a friend from Logan s past First, not an accurate description But what really ticked me off is that this character was so unlikable and unsympathetic I m guessing because she played such a large part in the story, and will continue to, she ll get her own HEA I can t imagine how TB will sell that one, because I for one just won t care enough to read it probably And that bothers me I can t say why without spoiling, but this whole storyline was done wrong and I m upset about that.All in all I didn t buy into the romance and over, I didn t want to I wanted Amy to realize that this man is not a man and certainly not the man for her I kept hoping she d kick him to the curb and find someone else I m still a fan of the series and I really hope Duke gets his book soon and that it has lots of Lucky in it, because he s still my number one.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 373 pages
  • Willow Springs (Destiny, #5)
  • Toni Blake
  • English
  • 04 January 2017
  • 9780062024619

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