You guys may or may not remember when I dived into THREE SISTERS a couple months back, but it was a revelation for me that I could enjoy adult romance novels NOT written by Nora Roberts and still come out feeling satisfied instead of occupied. So, OF COURSE, I went mad and like a proper psycho I jumped ship to both of Susan Mallery’s lines at BEA to get more of her books. And when I saw a galley of hers up on Netgalley of another new book, WE ALL KNOW what I did. And I feel no shame so if you’re thinking to walk in here wearing your judgey pants, you’d better walk back out and take ‘em off because I WON’T STAND FOR IT.
And, dammit, I can’t help it. They’re just too good. Her books are not, and probably never will be, Jellicoe Road good, or The Sky Is Everywhere This Song Will Save Your Life good. But they’re not really supposed to be; or rather I don’t anticipate them to be. These are the kind of feel-good romance novels you read when you get home from a crappy day in retail almost wishing you hadn’t left your last job after discovering that you have no strength when it comes to men since being around your first college crush was so painful with his new girlfriend in the next office you had to leave, draining all hope and belief in everlasting love. Yes, dramatic, but may I remind you I’m on that awkward line between teen and adult. I’m entitled.
With a fun plot line we all know and love—fauxmance, anyone?—I couldn’t stop laughing even as I barely resisted audibly sighing at that Hendrix boy. You know sexy, dangerous, ex-SEAL Ford Hendrix of the incredible muscles and make-all-women-melt smile. I’d never read a Fool’s Gold book, so I did worry that I would be a little lost in all that familiar sauce but HAVE NO FEAR. You may not know who every character is nor how they came to be friends, but you can still enjoy them, and they make you want to read previous books to get to know them better. Mostly, I just enjoyed the dual romance in this book, following Isabel and Ford, Consuelo and Kent. THREE LITTLE WORDS is a happy book, so since I’m not an unhappy person, I have no complaints and just basked in all the happy things waiting to hug me. I’ll be smiling all day.
Paperback / 336 pgs / July 30th 2013 / Harlequin HQN / Goodreads / $7.99
I received an e-galley of this book from Harlequin via Netgalley.