Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Days by Susan Mallery

Summer Days by Susan Mallery
2012, HQN Books
Series: Book 7 of Fool's Gold

Synopsis: Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to – the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could’ve prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s finding Heidi – and life as a cowboy – much more compelling than he wants to admit. For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she’s always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won’t give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less…wholesome. As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they’ll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.

Why read: Requested from NetGalley

What impressed me: I really liked that you just didn't know how this romance was going to work out. While one assumes a happy ending when reading a Fool's Gold romance, the set-up made the story seem almost impossible to end that way. And with any Fool's Gold book, you really get an education in topics you may not have previously found interesting. The animal farm, particularly the goats, as well as soap making are all covered in detail.

What disappointed me: While Heidi is a likeable character, she seemed an odd choice for romantic lead. With so many townspeople we've met, Heidi is a fairly unknown entity, only really having appeared in the last book. This and the next two books feature a group of friends that are all pretty new to readers of the series and don't carry the amount of rooting for from readers that other female leads in the series have.

Recommended: Absolutely. The Fool's Gold series is a must read for contemporary romance fans.

Continue series: Most definitely. I love this town and their romances.

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