All I Want Is You
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.
A Note From Toni
The core idea of ALL I WANT IS YOU actually came to me around fourteen years ago. I even wrote a detailed synopsis for it at the time. But due to various career issues being in flux in those days, I never had occasion to show the story idea to anyone. And that just goes to show you that everything happens for a reason, because I think the story developed in a much richer, deeper way as the start of the Coral Cove series than it would have as a singular work. I really enjoyed taking a character first introduced in the Destiny series and using her circumstances to propel my work in a new direction – specifically, the Gulf Coast of Florida, where I’ve spent quite a bit of time due to the good fortune of an aunt and uncle who lived in that area for many years.
What’s extra fun for me about this story is that a lot of the mishaps that take place in the first few chapters really happened to me in real life when I was in my early 20s, living on my own for the first time, in Cincinnati – where ALL I WANT IS YOU begins. When you read about the door getting kicked down, that really happened. The neighborhood scents, the potted plant battle, the crashing down of the glass light – all of that happened, too. And I remember that even as I was living it all, I knew all of those little events belonged in a story, and I even wrote a short story about them at the time, but again – they come to life in ALL I WANT IS YOU in a much richer way than when they were just arbitrary events from my life.
So it’s safe to say this book holds a lot of me within its pages, and a lot of very real memories and emotion. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I love having the opportunity to share it.
Reviews for All I Want Is You
"Blake's emotional book is sure to please readers who enjoy plucky heroines and stories set in small towns." ~Shelley Mosley, Booklist
[...] I am thrilled that Toni Blake will continue to bring us the stories she's so well known for; stories filled with passion, romance, hope...stories about amazing people who will make us dream, and make us fall in love, over and over again! ~BlithelyBookish Reviews via Goodreads.com
“Blake has a talent for creating stories with realism that are easy to relate to and offer hope for a happily ever after.” ~Terri Dukes, Romantic Times, 4 ½ STARS, TOP PICK!
“(A) beautifully written love story. More than just a romance, Blake's stories are always a source of inspiration and energy!” ~Fresh Fiction
"Wonderful and empowering . a classic romance. Magnificent." ~Long and Short Reviews, 4 STARS
"What I also love about Blake's books is that there's an underlying message through everything she writes. and that is what makes her books stand out. After reading this book, you feel enlightened about love and life in general. I haven't ever encountered another author who does this as well as Toni Blake. How can you not walk away inspired by Toni Blake's words? All I Want Is You is a beautifully written, heartfelt story of strength, bravery, trust and love. A book that is more than just a classic romance." ~Under the Covers
"One of the best books I've read this year. An emotional and reflective read about a young woman's journey of self-discovery in believing in oneself and the path of true love." ~ Guilty Pleasures Reviews
"Loved this story! Moves along at a great pace. Not only did I love Jack and Christy, but I also fell in love with the town and the people " ~Confessions of an Unsuspected Bookworm, 5 STARS
"Blake's emotional book is sure to please readers who enjoy plucky heroines and stories set in small towns." ~ Booklist