Monday, April 6, 2015

ARC Book review: Hold Me (Fool's Gold #16) by Susan Mallery

Available April 28th 2015
eARC provided by Publisher through Netgalley

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's classic blend of lighthearted humor and intense emotional conflict works its magic on two newcomers to the California town of Fool's Gold, which Library Journal calls "a setting so real and appealing readers will want to start scoping out real estate." 

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. 

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

Back to Fools Gold California with Susan Mallery. Kipling Gilmore was mentioned in the last book of this series but just a blip really. Mayor Marsha turned up in his life long enough to make a promise to him and that's about it. Now it's a year later and he is living in Fools Gold and running the town's new HERO program for rescuing people who get lost in the mountains. This brings him in contact with Destiny Mills who travels for the company that is providing the software program for HERO. Destiny is the one who sets everything up and helps train the people who will use it. Destiny has always kept to herself and led a very singular life. Always on the fringe. This is because of her family and her upbringing. She learned that love is something that hurts and she wants no part of it. Kipling on the other hand has a need to fix everyone's problem. Guilt over not helping his sister sooner from a abusive situation drives him to do this. He's never experienced real love and doesn't want to get tangled up either. Add in people and situation popping up for both in this book and there  is a lot of stuff going on. For me this one had something missing. I kept waiting for something to bring it together for me. It felt like the relationship dragged and then jumped ahead and then it was over. I didn't like the whole situation with Kipling's bar "The man Cave".  He went into the bar business with several friends and they all bailed out on him without doing anything to help out. For Fools Gold being so friendly i was disappointed in this. The whole idea there can only be one bar in town in crazy for the size of the town. I think i liked the secondary characters better than the main characters. It's not my favorite by any means but it overall it was still enjoyable.

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