Jac Reviews: Hold Me by Susan Mallery

by Jac on April 17, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Jac Reviews: Hold Me by Susan MalleryHold Me by Susan Mallery
Published by HQN Books on 2015-04-28
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: 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.
After 16 books? Most series are tired, with loyal readers BEGGING the author to end it. Jumping the shark is common in these lengthy series. But not with Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold. It feels like each book gets better than the last, and the 16th book in this beloved series is no exception to this rule!
The story of Destiny and Kipling is a great one. Destiny is looking for a sensible relationship, no feelings involved. Kipling is just out for a good time – except the two never really discuss any of this until the end. (Which sounds ridiculous, but actually works really well!)
But this story is about so much more than just Destiny and Kipling! This story is about Destiny and her relationship with her half sister, Starr; as well as her parents. This story is about Kipling and his new bar, The Man Cave – which competes with Jo’s!!  (And? We get to see some older characters like Raoul – Raoul may be one of my favorite Fool’s Gold heroes!)
I have to admit – Destiny being so “Anti-Love” got a bit old, but the thing that kept this from being a 5 star book? Well, I can’t share because it’s a HUGE spoiler. But I refuse to believe that a late 20’s woman would be so naive and uneducated about some things. (ARGH! I don’t want to spoil!!)
Overall, this story is a great continuation of the Fool’s Gold legacy! We’re seeing some of the newer characters blossom as their new relationships continue, and some of our old favorites a few years down the road! It’s always a pleasure to walk down the streets of Fool’s Gold!


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