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?
Willow Springs (Destiny Series #5) by Toni Blake
This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it all over again after a few years since my last read.
I’ve always enjoyed this (perfect as a standalone) book. I know extremely “empowered”, extremely confident women are supposed to be all the rage, but Amy seems like a much more rounded, realistic character to me, and I like her.
As the heroine of this story she is the typical nice girl, the one who does everything for everyone and they just take it for granted – and overlook her. However, she’s not a total doormat. She had close, good friends, and when she decides she isn’t happy with the way her life is going she does something about it. She is shy, but brave. Sad with some aspects of her life, but not bitter about it.
I love this book because I remember it over most of the others I’ve read. And I remember it because it makes me *feel* something.
Neither hero nor heroine in this one is perfect. Logan is mean to Amy a few times, and I sort of wish he’d apologised a little more for it, but usually he is such a great guy. They know each other too well, which is both perfect and terrible for beginning a relationship.
I like that the author threw up real obstacles for them to tackle, big conflicts. I liked that deep down they were both good people, but they didn’t know how to get to where they wanted – or even what they wanted.
There is an “other woman” in this book, and she is not demonised (she is a future heroine in the series). I don’t tend to gravitate to overly pushy, overly confident people like Anna, but she is not a bad person. Toni Blake writes wonderful female characters. They’re all different, they are all three-dimensional, and they are friends. Even when Anna is competition, she isn’t competition in that sexist, cheesy way too many romances use.
Beauty and health and fitness and acting like a twenty-first century woman aren’t things to be mocked, ridiculed and shamed in Toni Blake’s books – cannot say the same for a lot of contemporary romance authors!
There are some issues here and there. Minor things. For example, the influence of Jane Austen’s Emma on the plot leads to the hero directly quoting it near the end – I found it a little odd.
However, this series is a great combination of the small town with thirty-somethings who actually act their ages. For that, I enjoy all the books.
For this particular book, I love it for the heartache and joy and everything in between that seems realistic to me.