Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Book review: A Fool's Gold Christmas ( Fools Gold series book 10) by Susan Mallery


October 2012

The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage Fool's Gold's winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here. 

Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend's sister-off-limits unless he's willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen....

For some people it might be a little early for Christmas stories but they are always fun to read. This is the first of several i will be reviewing this year.  I've been reading the Fools Gold series by Susan Mallery since it started and this one is book 10. I've pretty much enjoyed each one. A Fool's Gold Christmas involves two characters who so far have been only secondary Characters. Dante Jefferson is Rafe Stryker's business partner. He's always been a bit a bah humbug kind of guy. Although we've never known much about him. Evie Stryker is the only girl in the family and the result of a one night stand her mother had in a time of grief. She grew up feeling shunned by her family and to her seen as a mistake her mother regretted. In Rafe's book you see him try to get close to her. Little to late for Evie. She's a grown woman now. Unfortunately a terrible injury gets her brought to Fools Gold for her recovery and she's stuck with a family who she feels never wanted her and her dream of a professional dancer long gone. 

I really enjoyed this book. You finally get a look into what makes Dante tick. Previously i could never decide if i liked him or not but felt there was probably more to him that you could see. He made some poor choices in his younger years and it cost him big time. He learned not to fall in love. Evie had a similar issue in never trusting anyone. Not with the way her family treated her growing up. Dante and Evie end up living next door to each other and Dante realizes he's attracted to Evie. Big no no since her brother is his partner but he can't help himself. What starts out as a casual no strings attached affair to get past the holidays turns into something more. Only one of the two can't quite handle the truth when it finally hits. I love how you get a glimpse of some of the characters from previous books. Little check ins i guess. It doesn't take away from Dante and Evie story but enhances it cause it's natural in Fools Gold with holidays to see these people. Evie finally gets to see her family really does care and they regret the way they treated her. Perfect for a Christmas story. Totally enjoyable! 4 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick stars for A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery.

Find out more about Susan Mallery and her work on her website www.susanmallery.com

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