Review: All I Want Is You (Coral Cove #1) by Toni Blake

May 23, 2014 Review 0

Review: All I Want Is You  (Coral Cove #1) by Toni Blake

Sometimes you have to create your own destiny...

Christy Knight grew up in Destiny, Ohio, but lately she feels that her future lies elsewhere. Her parents are gone and the beautiful jewelry she creates doesn't pay the bills. Maybe it's time for Christy to grow up and find a guy who's smart, sexy, and solvent. Her rugged handyman neighbor fits the first two categories, but he's all wrong for her. If only he didn't have such captivating blue eyes.

Wary of trusting others, Jack DuVall hasn't been entirely honest with Christy. He's not really a handyman. He's not really broke. And sharing the long drive to visit her beloved grandpa isn't just about gallantry—he finds gorgeous, feisty Christy completely irresistible.

When secrets are exposed, Jack and Christy struggle to find their way back to one another, but the quirky seaside town of Coral Cove could prove the perfect place to find a red-hot destiny of their own.

Title: All I Want Is You
Author: Toni Blake
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Love Me if You Dare by Toni Blake
Series: Coral Cove
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Love Me if You Dare by Toni Blake
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: May 27 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

This is the first book in the Coral Cove series but it is loosely tied to Blake’s Destiny series

Christy has been having a string of bad luck. When financial straits hit she decides she needs to marry a rich man who will help her pay for her grandfather’s nursing home, school loans, and debts from her parents recent funerals. Since she always wanted to marry for love she isn’t happy with the new plan but doesn’t see another way to support herself. When she gets locked out of her apartment she asks her across the street neighbor, a handsome handyman, to kick her door down so she can get in and ready for a date with a rich guy. Chaos ensues and Christy’s life continues to get more complicated.

I really loved this story! I loved Christy and how she tried to be a gold digger but couldn’t pull it off, Jack for his standoffish ways, Abner’s crazy hats, Grandpa Charlie, Coral Cove, Fifi, everything! Christy and Jack have a pretty slow build to their relationship. As Jack has been burned before he doesn’t tell Christy that he is actually rich when he finds out she is looking for a rich guy. But as they get to know one another he has a hard time staying away from her. And Christy knows that her life would be simpler if she was with a rich man but she is so drawn to Jack that she is soon ready to forgo her rich man ideals and happily settle down with Jack. This is a pretty big plot point throughout the story but so many other things happen.

While there is a bit of drama and a will they won’t they vibe for a bit, there was still a lightness and ease to the story that made the pages fly by. The writing is entertaining and engaging. I found myself laughing or smiling a lot while I read this book. I also wanted to reach through and smack Jack a few times but eventually he more than made up for all the times he annoyed me.

We get small glimpses of Grandpa Charlie as a young man as he relieves his biggest regret. We also have several other secondary characters that were interesting and I hope they get stories of their own.

Coral Cove seems to be a community for second chances. Whether in life, love, or relationships. The people there are open, friendly and accepting of others. Most of the residents seem to be a bit on the odd side but that just made them more entertaining. I can’t wait to read another book in this series. The town and characters are unique and interesting and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Totally Bound

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