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Friday, December 17, 2010

Whisper Falls by Toni Blake

Whisper Falls by Toni Blake
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Rosemary

Welcome to Destiny, Ohio—where coming home means finding your true heart and maybe even your true love

Tessa Sheridan came crawling back to her quaint hometown of Destiny after her big-city interior design career crumbled. Now not only must she struggle to make ends meet, but she has to contend with a biker next door and the roar of Harleys shattering the serenity of her cabin in the woods by Whisper Falls.

Worse still, her sexy, bad boy neighbor makes her feel breathless and weak—and shy, petite Tessa knows what a major mistake it would be to get involved with someone so . . . dangerous.

They say that former teen rebel Lucky Romo has a dark, secret past—that he’s trouble with a capital "T." Still, Tessa feels all tingly when she sees how well he fills out a pair of tight jeans. And when Lucky invites her into his world, she knows the intense heat sparking between them could lead her somewhere wild and wonderful . . . and, yes, dangerous!

Whisper Falls by Toni Blake is a powerful love story about redemption, living life to the fullest, and the discovery that what a person looks like is not necessarily who that person is.

When Lucky Romo moves in, he shakes up next door neighbor Tessa Sheridan’s peaceful world. It has been a three year struggle, but Tessa has finally built a new life for herself on the outskirts of Destiny. She has a job she enjoys, loyal friends, and a loving family, but she feels as if life is passing her by. When she meets tattooed, long-haired, sexy Lucky, she is astonished by the instant attraction she feels for him. When she decides it is time to grab life by the horns, Tessa and Lucky embark on a passionate affair.

Lucky Romo left Destiny sixteen years ago and never looked back. His troubled childhood led him down a self destructive path that he has finally been able to leave behind. His affair with Tessa becomes a turning point in his life, and what begins as a purely physical relationship evolves into something much deeper. When his past collides with his present, will Lucky still have a future with Tessa?

Tessa’s struggles with living with a chronic health condition have completely changed her outlook on life. It has given her a deep appreciation for the many things she has in her life and a desire to experience all that life has to offer. Despite her own reservations and the advice of well-meaning friends, Tessa trusts her instincts about the man she sees lurking behind Lucky’s tattoos and wild reputation.

For Lucky, starting over in Destiny will lead him to confront his past and resolve his relationship with his family. With hindsight and maturity, Lucky accepts responsibility for the poor decisions he made in his past but he finally realizes he is no longer that person. After a lifetime of living alone, Lucky has to decide if he is ready to accept the fact that relationships are going to leave him open and vulnerable to pain. And he is going to have to learn to fight for what he wants instead of walking away.

Whisper Falls is a deeply emotional novel that tugs at the heartstrings. My heart broke for Lucky the child, but it rejoiced for the man he becomes. Tessa’s realization that Lucky loves her is the most incredibly touching, heartwarming, and unique scene I have ever read. The underlying message of Whisper Falls is that no single event in your life defines you. The person you are is the total of all of the experiences of your life.

Destiny, OH is a wonderful place to visit. Old and new fans of Toni Blake’s Destiny series will love Tessa and Lucky’s story.