Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery (audio)

Title: Before We Kiss    
Author: Susan Mallery   
Series: Fool's Gold, #14   
Narrator: Tanya Eby  
Published: 2014, Brilliance Audio  
Length: 9 hours, 5 minutes  
Source: Library 

New York Times bestselling sensation Susan Mallery returns to Fool's Gold, California, where it's true that sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs…

Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women—from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless—until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life.

Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend's bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped her "wild youth" to raise her sisters. She doesn't want forever from Sam, but one night—all night—would've been nice.

His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires Dellina to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam's luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run?

My thoughts: This is the second of this year's summer trilogy in the Fool's Gold series and boy oh boy is this one a steamy one! And of course, this would have to be the one I decide to listen to on audio. Oh ears were burning a few times and I was certainly laughing out loud at the sticky situations these characters found themselves in!

This installment focuses on Sam and Dellina, characters that were introduced in previous books. In fact, it was in the last book, When We Met, that it was mentioned that they had a chance encounter and from that moment on, I just knew they would have a juicy story and let me tell you, I was right! I loved this story - it might actually be my favorite so far in the whole series. Their journey to happily-ever-after is a bumpy one, yet it is a comical one, especially when Sam's parents, who just happen to be sex therapists, come to town and offer their two cents.

Once again, Susan Mallery has given us a completely unique romance in a series that just keeps going strong. I don't know how she does it, but I do know that it keeps me coming back for more!

Audio Thoughts: This is the first time I've listened to a book in this series and I found it quite enjoyable. Of course, I don't know how Tanya Eby was able to keep from laughing out loud while narrating the book as there were so many humorous situations, but she kept it light and fun. If Tanya Eby is narrating the rest of the series, I would seriously consider doing the rest on audio.

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
     6.2  Almost Summer             15.  Until We Touch
     7.  Summer Days                      15.5  Yours for Christmas - due out Oct 2014  
     8.  Summer Nights                   
     9.  All Summer Long      

1 comment

  1. Eby does a great job with the narration, doesn't she? I've listened to several books in this series and she's done them all.
    I laughed so much in this book - esp. the parts with the parents.


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