Friday, October 8, 2010

Review: Sugar Creek by Toni Blake

Sugar Creek
Toni Blake
Series: Destiny, #2
Publisher: Avon
Published: May 10, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback {372 pages}
Source: Public Library
Genre: Contemporary
Characters: Rachel Farris, Mike Romo
My Rating:

Heat Level: 4/5
Welcome to Destiny, Ohio—where two families have been at odds as long as anyone in town can remember.

Rachel Farris returned to her childhood home with one mission in mind: get Mike Romo out of her family’s apple orchard business and out of their lives. But hard-nosed and totally hot Mike, who happens to be the law in Destiny, is convinced the Farris clan stole the land from his family fifty years ago and he’s not backing down. Even when shapely trouble shows up in a pair of designer blue jeans. However, neither the hunky cop nor the sexy prodigal hometown girl can anticipate the electricity that heats things up whenever they’re together—adding new sizzle to an ongoing feud that’s raged for generations, and soon putting both their hearts at risk.

Rachel Farris came speeding down the dusky two-lane highway toward Destiny just as fast as she'd left town almost fifteen years ago.

Rachel returns to Destiny to help her grandmother Edna with the family apple orchard. While there, she becomes involved with Mike Romo, a member of her family's rival family.

From first meeting each other they did nothing but argue. With the life-long rivalry between their families it was to be expected. The back and forth banter with Rachel and Officer "Romeo" provided for some great entertainment.

Things started to shift between them while they were stuck together working the concession stand at the local high school. The two of them end up having sex on the concession stand floor! HOT!!

As their relationship progressed it became more than just sex, even though that is all Rachel would admit to it being. As the reader, you could see Mike falling for her, and Rachel being a little more hesitant. Rachel felt that her success and achievement came from leaving Destiny, and she was unsure about giving that up to return there. Even for Mike. I enjoyed Mike trying to provide her with the romance she asked for. Especially when he played "Fade Into You" while they made love. I had to get my ipod and listen to it myself while I read that scene.

I loved Rachel's smart-assed comments and the relationship she had with her grandmother. Edna also had a story within a story, about her past and how the feud between the two families came about. From the start of her story, I felt sorry for her and her lost love. But then at the end of her story, I was just pissed for Edna.

Overall it was a great book that kept me laughing along the way. I look forward to reading more of the Destiny novels.


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