Monday, October 19, 2015

Review: Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery (audio)

Title: Marry Me at Christmas   
Author: Susan Mallery    
Series: Fool's Gold, #19   
Narrator: Tanya Eby  
Published: September 2015, Brilliance Audio  
Length: 6 hours 37 minutes  
Source: Publisher 

Wish upon a Christmas star with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's sparkling Fool's Gold romance!

To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy—until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world's sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner!

Jonny came to Fool's Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and "ordinary" Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful.

Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. And Madeline finds Jonny in real life even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?

My thoughts: This is this year's Christmas Fool's Gold story and it was a fun, charming story that really gets you in the holiday mood. I really love this series and loved this love story.

This is Madeline and Jonny's story - characters that if you've been reading this series in order, you've met before. But, if you are new to this series, not to worry, you'll be able to enjoy the story just the same! I love how Madeline and Jonny come together - she is asked by Mayor Marsha to help plan his sister's wedding because town's event planner is over-booked. Was Mayor Marsha up to her old tricks? Did she know about Madeline's secret crush she had on Jonny Blaze? 

I loved how Madeline and Jonny moved from just working together to having a relationship. It wasn't a fast move, but rather a slow progression and Susan Mallery highlighted the difference between fan worship and regular man-woman love interest. Of course, Madeline falls prey to both, but in the end, she truly does love Jonny for the man he is and she proves that. 

A Fool's Gold book wouldn't be complete with Edie and Gladys and once again they provide some good comic relief. But, they are also full of surprises - they sure do have the backs of those they care about and often show up just when you need them. 

I'm not sure how long this series is going to be around, but I'm hoping that at some point we are going to get a little more on Mayor Marsha than just her setting things up in the beginning of the book. She is like the ultimate fairy godmother/puppet master and I just know there's more to her than meets the eye!

Audio Thoughts: Tanya Eby really does a great job narrating this series...I just love listening to her and all voices she gives each character. She makes each book such an entertaining listening experience and I definitely plan to continue listening to the rest of this series as long as she continues narrating the books.

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 
    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  



  1. I like that is was a slow progression and that Mallery highlighted the difference between fan worship and regular man-woman love interest; it sounds as if she really took the time to develop the characters and the relationship and I like that.

  2. Love Edie and Gladys! I too want to know more about Mayor Marsha. Currently reading Kiss Me. Have this one on my stacks. Fools Gold is an automatic for me!

  3. This book does sound perfect for this time of the year! I enjoyed your review of this romantic story!


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