Christmas in Destiny
“Go to Destiny. There’s something waiting there for you.”
Shane Dalton’s new life is waiting in Miami, complete with fast cars and faster women. But first, he’s heeding his father’s dying words and stopping off in Destiny, Ohio. The detour wasn’t supposed to include a busted pickup and a blizzard. But Candice Sheridan, the cute redhead who reluctantly offers shelter, could prove a pleasant diversion. Trouble is, she thinks Shane’s bad news. And he’s pretty sure she’s right . . .
Candice had her trust broken once before. Yet something about Shane won’t let her stay away. By Christmas, he’ll be gone. Until then, she’s itching to stop playing nice and safe . . . and try being a little naughty for once.
As their holiday romance heats up, Shane uncovers a shattering secret and Candice is preparing to face heartache once again. But there’s no better place than Destiny—especially at Christmastime—for two lost souls to find the gift of sweet, surprising love . . .
A Note from Toni
When I wrote Half Moon Hill, I thought I’d concluded the Destiny series. But when scheduling made the timing perfect for another Christmas book, returning to Destiny for that felt totally right! It was so fun to revisit old characters and catch up with the ways their various lives have progressed since we last saw them. And equally as fun to introduce brand new characters, as well. Most of all, the real gift for me in this book was that it presented the perfect opportunity to tie up the one significant loose end of a story I’d left dangling in Destiny long ago. I don’t want to say too much as it would be a big spoiler, but I think Destiny fans will appreciate seeing a long-standing question finally answered.
Reviews for Christmas in Destiny
“With the latest superbly written addition to her Destiny series, RITA-nominated Blake delivers the perfect gift for romance readers to unwrap: a sexy yet also sweet romance that beautifully celebrates friendship, family, and the true spirit of the holiday season.” ~Booklist
“…a wonderful story of friendship, love and a surprise that will keep readers turning the pages of this well-written tale. Blake is a master of small-town romances that are chock-full of lovable characters and relationships that will stay with the reader after the book is finished.” ~RT Book Reviews Magazine, 4 STARS
“Blake plays up the sense of community in this book so well that it really feels like a book that is bigger than itself. There’s a heartwarming quality to it that has it brimming with good vibes and warm spirits. I dare you not to feel the holiday spirit with this book… It’ll sweep you off your feet and have you grinning from ear to ear.” ~Fresh Fiction
“Christmas in Destiny was an absolutely charming, heartfelt–and surprisingly sexy–small town romance. Toni Blake always spins a tale that makes me chuckle and cheer on the down-to-earth characters she creates and this holiday-themed book did exactly that… Full of heart, the town’s comical obsession with hot chocolate, and the wonders of seeing a community come together during the holidays, Christmas in Destiny will be the perfect addition to anyone’s reading list. Highly recommended.” ~Harlequin Junkie, Recommended Review
"What Blake does with this story is truly inspiring. I laughed, I swooned, I cried. And the tears weren’t even before of sadness. They were tears of happiness because this book touched me down to my very soul. Not many authors can do that but I can always count on Toni Blake to deliver a stellar book." ~Under the Covers Blog, Top Pick
"If you love contemporary romances as much as I do and you haven’t yet picked up this series I suggest you do that as soon as possible because you won’t want to miss Christmas in Destiny which I highly recommend to add to your TBR list." ~Joyfully Reviewed
“Christmas in Destiny is both a sweet and spicy hot read that will grab the hearts of readers as Shane and Candice fall in love and grapple with how to make their love work. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and settle down a spell with an entertaining tale you’ll not want to put down.” ~Romance Reviews Today
Toni has always used music to set the tone of her books. Enjoy this playlist of songs featured in Christmas in Destiny:
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
Step Into Christmas - Elton John
All I Want For Christmas - Mariah Carey
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Johnny Mathis
Father Christmas - The Kinks
I'll Be Home for Christmas - Elvis