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Thrill Me

Thrill Me (Fool's Gold, #18)Thrill Me by Susan Mallery 

Description: Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

Review: After Kiss MeI found myself missing Fool’s Gold and was glad that Maya and Dell’s book returned to small town, with all its crazy residents and omniscient mayor. This was the heartwarming, reunion story I want from Fool’s Gold. Maya and Dell did have a nasty breakup in the past. However, Maya does apologize for the breakup and they’re able to work together and rekindle their relationship like adults. It so happens that I read two reunion romances back to back (I’m reviewing Lauren Dane’s Back to You next) and I thought both books dealt with the pitfalls of a failed previous relationship very well. Yes, Maya and Dell’s high school breakup was nasty. But they were able to move on with their lives in a mature fashion. There was no desire for revenge plot. Dell didn’t plan to seduce Maya and then break her heart so she would know how he felt. They acknowledged the past and moved on.

Side note: apparently Dell stands for Delany. Thank god they call him Dell cause the name Delany has me picturing a girl. Sort of like Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind. If I hadn’t seen the movie before I attempt to read the book, I would have mental pictured Ashley as a woman and not as Leslie Howard. Romance characters do have the oddest names sometimes. Maybe I’ll do a future post on that…

The breakup in this story was a little silly. Without spoiling anything, basically Maya kept a secret about from Dell about his mother. However, Maya and his mother were really good friends and while I understood Dell being upset, Maya was just being a supportive friend. It was nice to be reunited with the Breakup party though. It’s always a good scene in Fool’s Gold books. You get to be reunited with past characters and the heroine gets support from the town as well as hope that everything will work out.

This might be a bit of a spoiler but I really liked the ending. Dell and Maya didn’t feel like they needed to stay in Fool’s Gold. Rather, they made the decision, as a couple, to travel the world together, producing school-orientated movies about different cultures. Having been bit by the wander-bug, I liked this ending and thought it was a good break from the norm of settling in a small town and having kids.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Kiss Me

Kiss Me (Fool's Gold, #17)Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Description: 

“After Phoebe Kitzke’s kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool’s Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn’t exactly thrilled by the city girl’s arrival.

Thanks to his brother’s latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn’t fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss, but she’s exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.

In his arms, Phoebe discovers she’s a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can’t stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?”

Review: Last month, I went on a crazy Susan Mallery kick and read her entire Fool’s Gold series. Or at least what had been published up until that point. So, by the time I got to Kiss Me, I was basically sick of the entire town and the people. It took me a while to get into this book. And I ended up putting the book down about 50 pages in and taking break. However, this week it’s due back at the library so I decided to finish it. The break from Fool’s Gold was exactly what I needed. I found myself enjoying returning to the town and did like this book in the end.

This book, while set in the Fool’s Gold Universe, didn’t actually take place in the town. Most of the book took place on Zane’s farm or on the cattle drive he is forced into doing. The distance from Fool’s Gold was a nice change of pace and it made me a little nostalgic for the town. Kiss Me was set in a different vein then previous Fool’s Gold books in addition to the settting. It also took a while for Phoebe and Zane’s relationship to bloom. While there was chemistry between them,  a lot of the book was the characters getting to know each other as well as the cattle drive they were on. Basically, they didn’t have sex til late in the book.

One of the issues I had with the Fool’s Gold series is there is almost always a scene where the heroine tells the hero she loves him and the hero just turns and walks out. In Kiss Me, Zane did have commitment issues, stemming from a bad childhood. As his relationship with Phoebe grew, he got over those issues and did not let them stand in the way of his happiness. Because he and Phoebe acted like adults, the reappearing Fool’s Gold Breakup party didn’t happen. Shame. Well, actually, I did like the breakup party the first few times it happened. But then it got old.. fast.

This book featured a dangerous, action sequence. Very similar to When We Met. I do like Mallery’s new trend of  introducing somewhat dangerous situations to the more recent Fool’s Gold books, such as in Just One Kiss. These scenes spice up a sometimes monotonous small-town book and makes the story-line more interesting.

Finally, I really enjoyed the subplots in this book. Basically, Zane’s younger brother Chase, who Zane raises, hatched a get rich scheme which failed spectacularly and led to Zane being forced to host a vacation cattle-drive. The array hysterical minor characters on the cattle drive, such as Eddie and Gladys, Fool’s Gold favorites, a vegetarian couple and couple of foster kids, round out the story. The subplot with CJ and Thad and their experience with the foster kids adds a heartwarming edge to the story.

Overall, while not my favorite Fool’s Gold book, this book was a welcome break from the small town but yet still included familiar characters. It renewed my interest in the town and made me excited for Thrill Me.

Rating: 4 out of 5. 

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Susan Mallery Books

Recently I went on a Susan Mallery kick. I’ve read a few of her series throughout the years but I’ve never been as addicted as I was in the last two months. During this time, I read her Bakery Sisters’ Series, her Buchanan’s Series and almost all of her Fool’s Gold Series. Honestly, I’m not sure how I got any work done at all.

I do these bursts of reading/addiction to one author happens every once in a while. I find an author I like and I’ll read his or her entire back-list. A lot of times, it’s with paranormal series, like Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling (my current kick) or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The League or Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld. By the end, I find myself needing a break from that author, a break which usually lasts until their next book comes out. However, because of the timing with my Susan Mallery frenzy, her most recent Fool’s Gold books started coming out just as I was catching up with the series. So I started her first book of this summer, Hold Me, and liked it. But now I’m reading her second summer release, Kiss Me, and can’t get into it. I was chatting with Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books two weeks ago and was telling her about reading Fool’s Gold, she asked if the
books start to get repetitive. I acknowledged that I noticed, in the Fool’s Gold series, there is that moment where the heroine tells the hero ‘she loves him’ and the hero just walks out. Maybe once I finished rereading Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series I’ll go back and start Kiss Me again. Plus, I just got a copy of the newest Fool’s Gold Book, Thrill Me, from the library.

Anyone experience that predictability when
reading too many books by the same author?

Any recommendations for small-town romances, similar to Fool’s Gold, that I should become addicted to?

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