All I Want Is You by Toni Blake

May 20th, 2014 Kimberly Review 34 Comments

20th May
All I Want Is You by Toni Blake
All I Want Is You
by Toni Blake
Series: Coral Cove #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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 gallantryโ€”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

All I Want Is You is the first in a new series by Toni Blake called Coral Cove. It offered up a wonderful, hot romance wrapped in up in a small-town tale. Blake delivers characters who experience, personal growth. They learn to love and trust and find something magical in the process Blake took me on a journey that made me laugh, shed a tear, and leap for joy.

Coffee Dates with All I Want is You

First Date: We meet Christy Knight and she is struggling with loss, financial woes and direction. I immediately liked her, despite the fact she was about to make a mistake in the name of family. When she locks herself out of her apartment, she reaches out to Jack DuVall a handyman who lives across the street. I immediately swooned. The man is ruggedly good looking with a five oโ€™clock shadow and an easy smile. Add some nice abs and a tool belt and I am swooning. ย Beneath that smile, there is a whole lot of hurt and pain. Secrets, electric sexual tension and fleshed out characters have me fully engaged.

Second date: A trip to Coral Cove to visit her Grandpa has Jack tagging along and the sparks are flying; however, fear is keeping their emotions in check. A thunderstorm and a heated kiss show us the potential of this relationship and boy howdy am I rooting for these two! I am concerned about the secrets but also pleased with the growth we see in both characters. Ooo I love Coral Cove and all of its quirky characters. I fell hard for a giant iguana named Fi-Fi who is sure to make you smile. The secondary characters add charm, interest, offer advice and just make the whole town come to life. There is a second love story threaded through the tale that was interesting.

Third date: Family advice, moonlight walks and confessions have me holding my breath. There is some angst, but it is a good kind. The characters are growing, healing, learning and opening their hearts. I am smiling, swooning and hoping like crazy these two make it work.

All I Want is You offered up a delightful romance, with lessons and just enough heat to curl my toes. I ended my dates with a smile. I look forward to going back for more coffee with the next Coral Cove novel.

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34 Responses to “All I Want Is You by Toni Blake”

  1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I’m currently listening to the fourth Thunder Point novel which means that I’m totally into these small town romance series! And who wouldn’t be!? When written well, they are so entertaining and sweet. I think I’ll be reading this one soon! Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  2. Franny

    Beautiful review, Kimberly! I love how passionate you get about books and this one looks really good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Mary

    Ah, small town romances. Love ’em! And how can you go wrong with an iguana named FiFi?!? (One of my dogs’ names is Fiona and we call her FiFi so yay!)

  4. Lisa

    I’m so impressed by how many books you read. I’m a rather slow reader, so I only read about one book a week, two if I’m lucky. Between work and family, I get maybe an hour or two of reading time a day. I’m always so impressed (and a little jealous) of people that are able to read so many books. It’s amazing. Great job!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. tonyalee

    I love the sound of this one! I don’t read many small town romances, but I will probably give this one a shot! Great review ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Nick

    Awww! This sounds like such a lovely romance, Kim. I haven’t read anything by the author but I’ve heard good things about her books. The couple sound like they are very easy to root for. I need to check this out.
    Lovely review, Kim! I love this first 3 dates format. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Michelle

    Delightful! Iguana? How interesting. Got to read the book to know more about Fi-Fi!

  8. Jenea

    This sounds like a wonderful romance and the setting like a place that I would love to stay for weekend at, or maybe longer. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great review

  9. Debbie Haupt

    Hi Kimba, I totally agree with one of your commenters above. Small town series are very appealing to me also because I get to enjoy one romance while getting hints about future and catching up on past tales too.
    Great review
    Deb

  10. kim { Book Swoon }

    I like the sound of Coral Cove as the backdrop for this yummy sounding romance between Christy and Jack, and the secondary characters sound sweet too! Glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Heidi

    This sounds like a nice sweet romance perfect for summer. I like that it is light on drama and yes please to moonlight walks.

  12. aurian

    It does sound like a good book, but I am a bit offended by this sentence from the blurb: “Maybe it’s time for Christy to grow up and find a guy who’s smart, sexy, and solvent”. Why does she need a man for that?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I totally agree Aurian, and its a lesson she needs to learn..I address it here “she is struggling with loss, financial woes and direction. I immediately liked her, despite the fact she was about to make a mistake in the name of family”

  13. Madly

    I love your various review formats, Kim! They’re wonderful and unique and so utterly…caffeinated. Lol.

    I’m glad this book was a good read, because it sounds pretty awesome. I’m definitely going to give this one a try.

  14. Amir

    This sounds perfect for that lazy afternoon read and it’s first in the series too! I am looking for something sweet and romantic and it looks like this is it! Awesome review Kimba! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. ShootingStarsMag

    Great review – I like this set up. This sounds great for the summer. I’m always excited to hear that characters (main and secondary) are done well.

  16. Melliane

    Oh it sounds nice, I love a good little small town story romance. I didn’t know this one I confess but it’s good to know that you had a good time with it. I want to read more romance!

  17. michelle A - Novels On The Run

    Small town romances and a guy named Jack Duvall. His name just rolls off the tongue. I spread myself over so many genres that I miss out on some books I should pick up and read. I like the way you set out your review. Makes me wanna pick it up and read ๐Ÿ˜€

    Mich

  18. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Small town romances do seem to be the best because they just make everything 10 times warmer and fuzzier. ๐Ÿ˜›

    LOvely review! <33

  19. Katherine

    You’re killing me here! So don’t need another contemp small town romance but I want to read this one! Oh well what’s another book on the TBR right? Great review!

  20. Sharlene Wegner

    I have this book on my list! Thanks for the great review!

  21. Dani

    Looks like this book needs to be on my TBR shelf! Wonderful and insightful review as always!!

  22. Toni Blake

    Just wanted to thank you for this wonderful review! And I agree – love the review format! So glad you liked the book ๐Ÿ™‚ And for all the commenters interested in checking it out, I so appreciate that! It goes on sale next Tuesday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Red Iza

    You just sold it to me, never heard of this book before but I like an easy-smiling hero and books that make you feel good ๐Ÿ™‚