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Meager Musings On... Two of a Kind and Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold series)

This SHOULD be the last of the adult romance I have to read, and I'm both happy and upset by this. Happy because there're some fabulous young adult books I'm now feeling in the mood to jump (The Coldest Girl in Cold Town, Sweet Peril, maybe Of Triton), and already feeling nostalgic after this blissful week and a half I've spent reading these fantastic (in their own way) adult contemporaries. Since I finished Three Little Words recently, I couldn't stop there when I had Two of a Kind and Just One Kiss on hand. WHO DO YOU THINK I AM? Anyone but Asher is capable of restraint, so really you shouldn't be surprised.



Now I didn't read these two books in chronological or publication order; I randomly picked up TWO OF A KIND first. In this installment of the Fool's Gold series we get events that happened just before those that took place in THREE LITTLE WORDS. It turns out that Gideon Boylan, a Fool's Gold radio sensation, is another of the mysterious military men that are somehow drawn to this sweet, happy small town. Talk about scarred and messed up. Gideon was held prisoner a few years back and was left for dead for quite a long time, wherein he suffered unimaginable torture and witnessed the deaths of his friends on his team. The man has serious complexes about who he is as a person, what he deserves (or rather, doesn't), and what he can handle.

Then Felicia Swift of the memorable night in Thailand years back relocates to Fool's Gold. She's scarily brilliant, lonely, and desperately hopes to make her mark in the town as a normal woman, one who wants to get married and have a family (though she's scared she'll fail at both). When things heat up between her and Gideon, very fun sexual shenanigans ensue leading them both into a "practice" relationship, where Gideon'll show Felicia the ropes as to what it's like so she can be confident in all future romantic endeavors. As if he's doing her a favor. AS IF.
"I wonder if Patience and Justice will have children." Her voice was wistful. "That would be nice."
He fought the need to back away. "You looking for a white picket fence?"
"If you mean I want what it represents, then, yes. In reality, I've never found that kind of fencing to be efficient. The upkeep alone would be daunting."
Okay--he didn't know how she did it. One second he wanted to run, and the next he wanted to pull her close and kiss her senseless. She could look him in the eye and tell him the specifics of her sexual interest and yet be nervous about taking a job because of her emotional connection to the town.
"You didn't come for coffee," she said.
"I didn't?"
She shook her head. "You're checking on me. You want to know if I'm okay, which is very sweet considering I'm the one who initiated our sexual encounter."
"Are you?"
"I'm fine. The physicial intimacy was better than I remembered, which is extraordinary. I have an excellent memory. I don't want you to worry. I don't feel that I've bonded with you as a result of my orgasms, but if it starts to happen, I'll handle it myself."
I love this chick! Felicia's differentness, brilliance, and disarming humor are responsible for the slow decimation of Gideon's walls. I loved seeing him scramble to fill in the gaps, then scramble at the hard, unexpected things life throws at him. These two together are fun and great to watch navigate those murky waters familiar to men and women across the ages.

Paperback / 384 pgs / June 25th 2013 / Harlequin HQN / Goodreads / $7.99

I received an e-galley of this book from Harlequin via Netgalley.



Funnily enough, JUST ONE KISS takes place just before TWO OF A KIND, featuring the love story between Patience McGraw and Justice Garrett, childhood friends and first crushes who were separated very abruptly. As it turns out, all those years ago Justice was actually in the Witness Protection Program (where better to hide than Fool's Gold?) and the day Patience was to tell him of her feelings, he was swept away by the marshals guarding him.

Mallery really seems to have a hang on all my favorite plot lines and romantic ploys in a romance book. That's what makes these books fun, engaging, and sweetly (slightly cheesily) romantic. I don't mind them as books because they're meant to be what they are: happy reads. Even though I wasn't too keen on the scenes where Patience and her girlfriends would gather together--they just weren't as enjoyable to read--I enjoyed the story. I liked the writing better this time around as well.

There's a slight ominous feel to the plot as we're all waiting for one of Justice's ghosts from the past to emerge and make things scarily thrilling. (It's funny to see such huge events take place in such an ordinary town.) Mainly, though, like with the last two books, I loved reading as Patience and Justice tried to figure things out, stumbling over their mutual sexual attraction and becoming more involved in each other's lives.

I love happy endings and these books are the perfect way to get some.

Paperback / 384 pgs / May 28th 2013 / Harlequin HQN / Goodreads / $7.99

I received a signed copy of this book at Book Expo America.

15 comments:

Princess Ash said...

True story: I have a Susan Mallory book on my Nook. I don't recall which one it is. One of my goals this year was to, among reading books I've bought/are on my personal TBR as opposed to "for review" books, was to read more adult contemporary romance. Which I haven't done.

*hangs head*

ANYWHO these both sound smexy and sweet at the same time, which is exactly what I've been looking for. Super happy you enjoyed them both, Asher! Thanks for the dialogue snippet from one - it gives me an idea of what to look forward to. :)

Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

Princess Ash said...

sounds sweet

Princess Ash said...

I really don't read much adult these days, but I think I could enjoy these two, Felicia sounds like fun! Love your last line, I'm a sucker for a happy ending!

Princess Ash said...

Once again I am in love with Fools Gold. Susan has an awesome gift! With each story she builds the community while keeping the story unique. I love Gideon and Felicia. If I'm completely honest mostly Felicia, she is so painfully honest I adore her. My favorite to date.

Princess Ash said...

I'm a Susan Mallery fan and really like the Fools Gold series. I'm a sucker for a nice, easy, enjoyable read and these books do it for me.

Princess Ash said...

I love the Fool's Gold Series! I think I enjoy each book more and more! I loved Patience and Justice in Just One Kiss! They were an excellent couple and was one of my favorites until I read Two of a Kind! I highly recommend both books, they were great! Felicia and Gideon' s Story was excellent.

Princess Ash said...

Love the Fool's Gold books. Each book just keeps getting better and better. They are series but can be read as a stand alone book.

Princess Ash said...

I agree with you I love Felicia too! She I think is one of my favorite characters. I can't wait for the new book too! You will love it!

Princess Ash said...

Adorable, fluffy, while at the same time sexy :D

Princess Ash said...

I've been reading tons it seems and I CAN'T STOP. It's way too hard to resist those happy endings. Felicia is HILARIOUS.

Princess Ash said...

I'm hoping to get to the early books in the series soon. These were just happenstance and I've found myself addicted. Gideon and Felicia deserve an FTW. The honesty and brilliance combined made her so damn funny, it was impossible not to have a good laugh.

Princess Ash said...

I'm a recent fan because of THREE SISTERS but the Fool's Gold is crack. Like you, I can't resist an something light and fun and exciting to read like these.

Princess Ash said...

I think so far my favorite has been Two of a Kind. Felicia and Gideon just had something I loved and it might very well have to do with Felicia being so damn awesome. I'm glad you're happy with it too!

Princess Ash said...

That's one of the awesome bits about the series, that they can be read out of order and it wouldn't matter.

Princess Ash said...

*fist-pumps* for Felicia! I can't wait for more Mallery books to grace my future :D