All I Want is You by Toni Blake

All I Want is You by Toni Blake
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (253 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Quince

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.

Do all damsels in distress really need a prince in shining armor to save them or are they capable of getting out of troubles on their own? No, damsels do not need a prince, but they do need support and somebody who believes in them.

All I Want is You is a classic romance novel, with an interesting plot and HEA ending. But there are several things that made this story special for me. First, the characters have a tragic past and both of them lost someone very dear to them, they are scared and very cautious, but they are not dark and gloomy. Second, the message of the story is wonderful and empowering: a girl can feel safe and have great relationship without being saved by the knight in shining armor.

Besides being positive, the main characters are both magnificent, although I liked Christy better than Jack. Christy is so realistic and her development and growth amazed me. At the beginning she was a girl trying to find an easy way out from her financial situation, only to realize that it won’t work that way. By the end of the story she became strong and independent, just the way a modern heroine should be. On the other hand, Jack’s character did not undergo such a dramatic transformation, but his character also changed by the end of the story.

The only thing that diminished my full enjoyment of this story is Christy’s and Jack’s (but especially Jack’s) inner dialogues i.e. their thoughts and doubts. If only they are a bit shorter the story would have flowed much more nicely.

It is also important to mention that All I Want is You features a secondary romance. The secondary romance is well incorporated into the main one. It doesn’t dominate the story, instead it complements it nicely.

Overall I enjoyed All I Want is You. There were some slower parts, but I think this is a story well worth reading.


  1. Quilt Lady says:

    Love your books.

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