First line: Shane Stryker was determined enough to never walk away from a fight and smart enough to know when he'd been beat.
From the back cover: Horse whisperer Shane Stryker is done with passion. This time around, he's determined to meet someone who will be content with the quiet life of a rancher's wife. And the fiery pint-size redhead who dazzles him at the local bar definitely does not fit the bill.
Small-town librarian Annabelle Weiss has always seen herself as more of a sweetheart than a siren, so she can't understand why Shane keeps pushing her away. Shane has formed the totally wrong impression of her but only he can help her with a special event for the next Fool's Gold festival. And maybe while he's at it, she can convince him to teach her a few things about kissing on hot summer nights, too - some lessons, a girl shouldn't learn from reading a book!
My thoughts: This is the 8th book in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series, but the first that I've read. Now, if you know anything about my reading habits, I usually do not like jumping into a series in the middle. However, when I was offered the opportunity to review this book, I was told that each book in the series was written as a standalone, so I decided to give it a try and I was not disappointed.
Summer Nights is Shane and Annabelle's story, two people with a lot of baggage. Shane has recently returned to Fool's Gold and is looking for a quiet life, hopefully settling down with someone that is good with laying low and staying out of the limelight. He is divorced and was really put through his paces with his ex-wife, leaving him with huge trust issues. Annabelle is the town librarian and fits that job to a tee, quiet and unassuming. She is also divorced and is wary of what true love is. As the two come together, we see the instant chemistry between them, but their own issues provide a major roadblock. Will they be able to forget their past and see what's in front of them before it's too late? Shane and Annabelle's story is one you don't want to miss - it's hot, steamy, and filled with obstacles at every turn.
I really liked visiting Fool's Gold and will definitely be going back to read the whole series, starting with book 1, Chasing Perfect. One of the reasons why I enjoy reading series and why I usually like to read them in order, is that you see the development of characters and follow that growth. You also start to become familiar with the town and feel as if you are visiting old friends with each book. Having read book 8 first, I feel like I will really enjoy my visits to Fool's Gold.
Have you read this series? How do you feel about reading series? Do you always read them in order or do you jump around?
I received a complimentary copy of Summer Nights by Susan Mallery from Jenel, assistant to Susan Mallery.
Books in this series:
1. Chasing Perfect 6.1 Only Us
2. Almost Perfect 6.2 Almost Summer
2.5 Sister of the Bride 7. Summer Days
3. Finding Perfect 8. Summer Nights
4. Only Mine 9. All Summer Long - due out July 2012
5. Only Yours 10. A Fool's Gold Christmas - due out Sept. 20126. Only His