Friday, August 14, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Thrill Me by Susan Mallery (audio)

Title: Thrill Me   
Author: Susan Mallery   
Series: Fool's Gold, #18   
Narrator: Tanya Eby   
Published: July 2015, Brilliance Audio / HQN Books 
Length: 8 hours, 32 minutes / 368 pages 
Source: Personal copy via Audible / Netgalley via publisher 


Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool's Gold, California—five gorgeous men who've left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

My thoughts: This is the third book in this summer's Fool's Gold trilogy and it was a great story! I once again decided to listen to the story  on audio and I'm so glad I did - it was great and I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times, especially when Edie and Gladys were part of the scenes!!!

This is Maya and Del's story. Maya and Del have a history - they dated ten years ago and were quite serious, but then Maya went running for the hills and never really told Del the true story. Oh, she gave him a reason for breaking things off, but what she told him wasn't exactly the real reason. Now, back in Fool's Gold, she finds herself working on a project with none other than Del - all thanks to Mayor Marsha...I tell you, nothing gets by this woman. She is always finagling things to get people together.  One word comes to mind when I think of her - puppet master extraordinaire!!!

I loved how, though forced to work together, Maya and Del confront their past early on so that's not hanging over them. And it's quite clear that even though they did end things years ago, the feelings never quite went away completely. These two just seem to complement each other, both professionally as well as personally. They just need to learn to work through their issues and not let the past dictate the future.

As in the previous book, Edie and Gladys are back and they are up to their usual antics. This time around they have managed to get themselves in a bit of hot water over showing naked butts on television and having the viewers try to guess who the butt belongs to. As Mayor Marsha says, "they have always been colorful" - I think this is the perfect description for them. They certainly provide comic relief in whatever scenes they are in and I always love when they make appearances in the books.

This was a great book and I am hoping, now that we have met the Mitchell brothers, that we will be getting the other brothers' stories. There are five brothers in all - does that mean there will be at least four more books to this series, not counting the Christmas one due out in October?


Audio Thoughts: I'm so glad that Tanya Eby has continued to narrate this series - I just love the voices she gives to the characters and I love listening to her voice. I have to say I just might be jumping on the audio band-wagon for the rest of this series, provided Tanya narrates the rest. She makes it a fun audio experience!


Books in this series:

 
   1.  Chasing Perfect                   12.5  Christmas on 4th Street 
    2.  Almost Perfect                    13.  When We Met
    2.5  Sister of the Bride          14.  Before We Kiss
    3.  Finding Perfect                   15.   Until We Touch
    4.  Only Mine                              15.5  Yours for Christmas
    5.  Only Yours                            16.  Hold Me
    6.  Only His                                   17.  Kiss Me                      
    6.1  Only Us                                   18.  Thrill Me
    6.2  Almost Summer             19. Marry Me at Christmas - due out 10/15 
    7.  Summer Days                       

    8.  Summer Nights                   
    9.  All Summer Long  

    9.5  A Fool's Gold Christmas
    9.75  Halfway There
    10.  Just One Kiss
    11.  Two of  a Kind
    12.  Three Little Words  



About  the author: New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly).

One major retailer recently described her as “the queen of romantic fiction.” While she deeply appreciates the accolades of critics and booksellers, Mallery is even more honored by the enthusiasm of her readers and the word-of-mouth that catapults her toward the top of the bestsellers lists time and again.

Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband and a toy poodle who makes her laugh every day and who’s not even a little bit impressed by her growing fame.


Author Links:
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To see who else is participating in Susan Mallery's Thrill Me tour, click here. 



5 comments:

  1. I keep saying it but I really need to get back to this series! It sounds like so much fun and every review I've seen lately really makes me feel like I'm missing out! I'll definitely try for the audio version. It sounds like the narrator is really great.

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  2. I've got Kiss Me on the stacks and want to read it before Thrill Me. Love this series too.

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    1. Kristin this sound very enticing. I'm glad you enjoyed this audio book so much. Wonderful review!

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  4. I totally want to get to know Edie and Gladys - they sound like a real riot!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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