Title: A Fool’s Gold Christmas (Fool’s Gold, #10)
Author: Susan Mallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 25th 2012 by Harlequin HQN
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The unrelenting cheer in Fool’s Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don’t happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they’re estranged. She won’t add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother’s best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she’s recruited to stage the Fool’s Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.
Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers’ feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he’s unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend’s sister–off-limits unless he’s willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen….
Is there a better place in the world to spend Christmas than Fool’s Gold?? I think not!
Today I was having a rather blah day and I wanted to curl up with a book that I KNEW would be good. I surfed through my shelf, nothing. I looked at my Kindle. Nothing. I resorted to Netgalley and immediately found what I was looking for! I’ve said it a thousand times, Susan Mallery is my go-to for a feel good read! (My husband compares my bookshelf with her books to my childhood teddy bear, because when I pull both out? BEWARE! I’m probably in my baggy sweats and curled up with my BFF’s Ben and Jerry!) Today was one of those days, and as always? Susan was there!
I dove back into Fool’s Gold as if I’d never left, and all my beloved friends were there to welcome me. But, before I go farther? I must admit I was hesitant to read this one when I first saw it on Netgalley MONTHS ago. In Rafe’s book? Dante just didn’t do it for me. He was stiff, and obnoxious. But, of course? Susan Mallery surprises us! In fact, Dante may be my favorite Fool’s Gold hero yet! I adored him for his many levels, and the fact that he and Evie keep things “real” between them. (Well, as real as you can get when you’re falling in love, but telling yourself you don’t want love!)
Dante and Evie are two beautiful and successful people, who are broken from mistakes in their past. They unite over a dislike for the Christmas holiday and commiserate with their family drama! (And there is one incredibly hilarious scene that involves the three Stryker brothers and nudity!!! Seriously – you’ll LOVE it!)
Without gushing too much, I’ll just leave it to this… read this one! (Preferably in your pajamas, on your couch, with a big mug of hot cocoa!)