Monday, May 12, 2014

Short & Sweet Review: Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

Title: Just One Kiss    
Author: Susan Mallery    
Series: Fool's Gold, #10     
Published: May 2013, Harlequin HQN  
Format: Paperback, 384 pages   
Source: Library 

He won't hesitate to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart? 

Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw's otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now, he's back in Fool's Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won't abandon her again-and her daughter, too?

When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought him to this idyllic town and he never forgot its warmth, or the sweet beauty of his childhood friend. He's returned to open a defense academy, and the Patience he once knew is all grown up. He can't resist her smile, or her curves. But Justice's past doesn't make him husband, or father, material.

Patience and Justice think they'll succumb to just one kiss... Then one more... Okay, just one night together. But they might learn that falling in love is beyond anyone's control.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: It's amazing that with a long-standing series, Susan Mallery is able to continue to bring us new, fresh stories with each new book. This latest brings us the romance of Patience and Justice. What I loved about them is that they were friends back in high school and have reconnected - much like the story of my husband and I, so of course this story has a special place in my heart! There's also a sweet story involving Patience's mother, who has been Patience's rock while raising her young daughter.

Being that this is the first of the new trilogy, it sets the stage for the next two books and I'm looking forward to getting to know these new gals that we meet. I love that not only do we get to meet new friends with each trilogy but we also see familiar friends we've already come to love, plus we get to visit our favorite fictitious town, Fool's Gold - if only this place really existed!

Books in this series:

     1.  Chasing Perfect                   9.5  A Fool's Gold Christmas
     2.  Almost Perfect                    9.75  Halfway There
     2.5  Sister of the Bride          10.  Just One Kiss
     3.  Finding Perfect                   11.   Two of a Kind
     4.  Only Mine                              12.  Three Little Words
     5.  Only Yours                            12.5  Christmas on 4th Street
     6.  Only His                                  13. When We Met                      
     6.1  Only Us                                  14.   Before We Kiss - due out May 2014
     6.2  Almost Summer            15.  Until We Touch - due out Jun 2014
     7.  Summer Days                     15.5  Yours for Christmas - due out Sep 2014  

     8.  Summer Nights                   
     9.  All Summer Long               


  1. I just finished A Fool's Gold Christmas, and have When We Met. A great series.

  2. I love Susan Mallery but I am so behind on the Fools Gold series! And this book sounds really good. I agree with you about her writing, each story is special and keeps you going back to her for more. I have the books so hopefully I'll be able to read them soon.

  3. I too like Kathy have fallen by the wayside with the Fool's Gold books. Maybe one day I will get back to them. I find I already have a few small town series that I follow, and I like to mix it up with other types of books, so have let this series and Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor ones taper off. Who knows, might go back to them.


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