Thursday, May 1, 2014

Review: When We Met by Susan Mallery

I love Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series. I discovered it last summer and flew through it. Her latest in the series is When We Met. It came out on Tuesday (yes, two days ago) and I had it pre-ordered and ready to read the moment it was available to download to my Nook. I tried to read it slow, I swear! I wanted to savor it and make it last. Are you laughing yet? Obviously I flew through the book. I have been intrigued by Angel since he was introduced. Then there's Taryn who is super smart, driven and a major fashionista. I knew they were going to be wonderful together as soon as I learned that Susan Mallery was pairing them up and letting them have their love story.

Here's the blurb straight from GoodReads:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery invites you back to Fool's Gold, where a newcomer to town might finally meet the man she never knew she needed…

Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can't be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool's Gold, California, he's cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he's not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe to toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.

Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.

The blurb is good but it doesn't even scratch the surface of the depth of these characters. Angel and Taryn both have serious trust issues but for distinctly different reasons. Taryn doesn't trust other people (for a heartbreakingly good reason) while Angel doesn't trust himself (also for a heartbreakingly good reason) but they are wildly attracted to one another.

So, what do two distrustful people that are attracted to one another do? They get involved with the community, of course. I can't spoil it and tell you what Angel signs up for but he needs Taryn's help. As it turns out she needs his help with a client who is a major outdoors enthusiast - the exact opposite of Taryn. So they team up and the results are hilarious and heartwarming.

I'd also like to say that Taryn and Angel are so sexy together. Sparks between them fly off the page from the first sentence of the book. I completely love and adore them together. The secondary characters in the book are also fabulous! It's fun to catch up with the residents of Fool's Gold and get peaks into their ongoing HEA's. It's also fun to get glimpses of the people and couple's whose stories are coming up. Before We Kiss is Sam and Dellina's story and comes out on May 27th. Until We Touch is Jack and Larissa's story and comes out on June 24th. I know I can't wait!

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