Thursday, May 29, 2014

ARC Book review: Before We Kiss (Fool's Gold #14) by Susan Mallery

Available May 27th 2014
ebook provided by publisher through Netgalley

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?

Somehow and i know i have said this before Susan Mallery keeps this series fresh. No idea how but she does. How she keeps track of everything and everyone. Again no idea. I think she must be the real life Mayor Marsha. She has to be. lol Anyway in this book we finally get a story for Dellina and Sam. Both have had interesting and in different ways difficult lives. Dellina had to finish raising her twin sisters when their parents passed away unexpectedly. Now they are grown and one married the other on the cusp of marriage. It's time for Dellina to do what she wants for herself. Sam on the other hand had a great football career and now this great job with his friends but his romantic life has always taken a hit. He can't seem to find the right woman and every woman he is interested in turns out to be his next relationship disaster. When Dellina and Sam hook up and Sam finds a room in her house filled with wedding dresses he doesn't even give Dellina two seconds to explain. He's dressed and out of there. Five months later  after all of that time spent trying to avoid her he needs her party planning help for a big party for the PR firm he's a partner in.  Since he waits til he's desperate to finally go to her he feels a little silly once she tells him why the gowns were there and what her expectations for them were.  They start planning the party but it doesn't take long to figure out they are still attracted to each other and enjoy each others company in general.  This is a fun story with one of Dellina's sisters trying to get her boyfriend to propose again and Sam's parents making an unexpected appearance. Not so unexpected when it's discovered that Dellina brought his mother in to be the speaker for the party they are planning. She didn't know she was his mother. Things get crazy. His parents are not your run of the mill parents and you'll find yourself waiting for what they might do next.  The path to Sam and Dellina's HEA is fun and unexpected. Like i said above Susan Mallery keeps the series fresh. She sets us up with future characters in each book. You don't know where those characters are going to end up but it's interesting to see how she weaves the previous characters with the current ones. If you are like me i love to see the previous characters pop in here and there. We don't want to let them go. Why would we?

Find out more about this book and the Fools Gold series on Susan Mallery's website here

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