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!
A note from Toni
As a rule, I try to write heroines I like and can relate to, but I don’t ever base a character on myself. However, Tessa in Whisper Fallshas a lot more in common with me than many of the fictional women I’ve created, and though I didn’t plan it that way, it’s made Tessa very near and dear to my heart. I had mentioned in previous Destiny novels that Tessa suffered from a long-term illness, and I knew that writing about living with a chronic health condition would be a big part of telling her story. Not only did I see this as a great challenge for me as a writer, but it also relays a message I personally wanted to share.
When I told my editor I wanted to write a character with Crohn’s Disease, she was understandably concerned that it would be a downer of a book, but I then explained to her that my goal was just the opposite: I intended for the story to be uplifting, and to show that a person can deal with a difficult health problem and still come out on the other side leading a truly happy, productive life. I appreciate her entrusting me with this task, and the truth is, it turned out not to be as hard as I thought because Tessa’s story somewhat mirrors my own. I don’t have Crohn’s Disease like Tessa, but my doctors tell me I have all the symptoms of it – just not the diagnosis. And the first few years after the sudden onset of this were easily the most challenging of my life. Many of the issues Tessa deals with in Whisper Falls were taken straight from my own journey, as is her methods of dealing with them. My hope is that readers will find this aspect of the book as positive and life-affirming as I intended and that they will find Tessa’s attitude inspiring in ways that extend beyond physical health.
And as for Lucky … well, I knew I wanted to write about him almost from the moment I learned that One Reckless Summer would be expanded into a series. I’m known for writing bad boy heroes, and I wanted to make Lucky one of the baddest ever – because the badder they are, the more powerful their redemption. I loved bringing these two characters together because as different as they are, they’re able to draw on one another’s strengths and bring out the best in each other.
Awards & Honors
- 2012 Booksellers Best Award Winner
- Featured Title for DoubleDay Book Club Envelope
- Book of the Week by readers at Long and Short Reviews
Trivia & Extras
Whisper Falls is featured on page 110 of First Magazine as one of their editors' reading picks. Editor Krista Winston calls it, "a story of getting what you really need from life rather than getting what you think you want."
Listen to songs from the book soundtrack below or get it as an iMix on iTunes.
Reviews for Whisper Falls
“Whisper Falls will leave you breathless. You start this novel, and nothing will stop you until you finish. As in her previous two novels, One Reckless Summer and Sugar Creek, Blake skillfully combines emotional tension, Midwestern values, mystery … and, of course, smokin' hot sex scenes … delicious …” ~Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
“This is a book I enjoyed and read for hours straight through. Blake’s writing is deceptive: you think you’re getting a limited diet of light and funny contemporary, but with the issues that this book explores, and the characters she’s created, there is more to feast on, and the feast is satisfying.” ~Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches Trashy Books
"Packed with a little danger, naughtiness, and blazing hot drama. A story of getting what you really need from life rather than getting what you think you want." ~Krista Winston, First for Women
“Sparks definitely fly and secrets are discovered in the latest Destiny, Ohio, novel. You’d think the bad boy/girl-next-door relationship would get tired, but Blake keeps things interesting and her characters are both heartwarming and touching.” ~Terri Dukes, Romantic Times, 4 STARS
"This one packs (a) strong emotional punch. Both lead characters' struggles are moving, and readers' hearts will ache for Lucky. This stunning combination of thrillingly hot sex, wonderful characters and a riveting plot is headed straight for my keeper shelf!" ~Heather Nordahl Files, Affaire de Coeur, 5 STARS
“I was blown away by the first book in the series, One Reckless Summer and had serious doubts that Blake would be able to top that one but she's done it with Whisper Falls. I read it from cover to cover in one day. Could not put it down. If you haven't read Toni Blake yet, now's the time to get started. I highly recommend this book and the previous two in the Destiny series.” ~PJ Ausdenmore, The Romance Dish
“I think this may be my favorite of the series so far. The lead characters are likable and sympathetic and realistic. Whisper Falls is an excellent addition to the Destiny series.” ~The Good, The Bad, and the Unread
“The author does a great job. Realistic build up to the relationship between the heroine and hero, character growth, and authentic emotions.” ~Leigh Davis, All About Romance
"When you read a Toni Blake tale, you become so involved with the characters that you feel as if you are living their story. This book ... will leave you feeling invigorated, happy." ~Danielle, Coffee Time Romance, 5 CUPS
“Whisper Falls is down and dirty good! Ms. Blake does a fabulous job (creating) a romance that has you sighing over and over again!” ~Mandi, We Write Romance, 4 STARS
“A powerful love story about redemption (and) living life to the fullest … a deeply emotional novel that tugs at the heartstrings. Tessa’s realization that Lucky loves her is the most incredibly touching, heartwarming, and unique scene I have ever read.” ~Rosemary, Long and Short Reviews, BEST BOOK AWARD
“Ms. Blake has written a compelling story in which the tension comes from familiar personal, emotional, and relationship struggles. I kept reading late into the night!” ~Maria Munoz, Fresh Fiction
“A powerfully emotional tale of redemption and resiliency. (A) stellar piece of writing, WHISPER FALLS is a story you’ll fall in love with.” ~Patti Fischer, Romance Reviews Today
“Packed with emotion ... excitement and passion (on) every page. The Destiny series continues to offer sexy, heartfelt stories.” ~Nanette, Joyfully Reviewed
"The romance is smokin' hot and the story is fantastic. You cannot help but love the characters in this quaint little town called Destiny." ~The Romance Reviews, TOP PICK
Toni has always used music to set the tone of her books. Enjoy this playlist of songs featured in Whisper Falls:
Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard
Times Like These – Foo Fighters
Give It to Me Baby – Rick James
Touch Too Much – AC/DC
Behind Blue Eyes – Limp Bizkit
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Call Me the Breeze – Leonard Skynyrd
Midnight Rider – The Allman Brothers Band
Constellations – Jack Johnson
Mama Told Me (Not to Come) – Three Dog Night
Whoomp! There It Is – Tag Team
Flirtin' With Disaster – Molly Hatchet