Saturday, January 10, 2015

"Whisper Falls" by Toni Blake

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

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

My review:
Toni hit another home run in Whisper Falls. Both Tessa and Lucky have struggles in their lives, for very different reasons, but their vulnerability draws them together. Lucky may project a "tough guy" exterior, but I think he's anything but. He seems incredibly insightful about his own thoughts and feelings. Despite his struggles, its clear his foundations are strong as he continues to do the right thing for his family and for Tessa. His ability to reach out and care for Tessa is such a contradiction to his tough exterior.

Tessa is a bit different. While her struggles are real, I thought she was still doing more running than facing her struggles. I felt that for her to use her disease, however challenging, as a reason NOT to even adopt a cat is a bit weak. I know that was included to show how Tessa grew in her challenge but anyone who knows cats know that honestly, they need very little care. They can be left for a weekend alone with food and water, so for her disease to be an excuse to not be able to take care of a cat was a bit contrived.

And lastly, while I believe Tessa's struggle with Lucky's decision was initially correct, she didn't give Lucky a chance to really see if that's who he was, or whether he really was this new person. Even after Tessa heard the result of the situation, her stubborn insistence that she and Lucky don't belong together was a bit cowardly on her part.

All of that said - I loved this story. I think it was because Lucky is an extremely introspective and deep feeling character and that is such a dichotomy with the image that he projects and who doesn't want a man who is tough on the outside and loving on the inside in their life.

And, as an aside, I wanted to SMACK Mike for about half of this book! But, I was happy that the author continued to include Mike's struggles in Lucky's story, to keep the family's story continuing.
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