Review: Evening Stars (Blackberry Island Novels) by Susan Mallery

Evening Stars (Blackberry Island Novels) by Susan Mallery
Series: Blackberry Island Novels
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to Blackberry Island with the poignant tale of two sisters on the verge of claiming their dreams.

Small-town nurse Nina Wentworth has made a career out of being a caretaker. More “Mom” than their mother ever was, she sacrificed medical school—and her first love—so her sister could break free. Which is why she isn’t exactly thrilled to see Averil back on Blackberry Island, especially when Nina’s life has suddenly become…complicated.

Nina unexpectedly finds herself juggling two men—her high school sweetheart and a younger maverick pilot who also wants to claim her heart. But as fun as all this romance is, Nina has real life to deal with. Averil doesn’t seem to want the great guy she’s married to, and doesn’t seem to be making headway writing her first book; their mom is living life just as recklessly as she always has; and Nina’s starting to realize that the control she once had is slipping out of her fingers. Her hopes of getting off the island seem to be stretching further away…until her mother makes a discovery that could change everything forever.

But before Nina and Averil can reach for the stars, they have to decide what they want. Will Averil stay? Will Nina leave? And what about the men who claim to love them? Does love heal, or will finding their happy ending mean giving up all they’ve ever wanted?

REVIEW:

This was a refreshing story! Nina has spent her entire life taking care of everyone else. Her sister, her mother, the family home and her mothers antique store. Nina thought she was happy with her career as a nurse and never stopped to think that she had forgotten her dreams until her high school sweetheart, Dylan, came back to town as a doctor to work at his father’s office. She always dreamt she would be a doctor, married to Dylan and would have children by now. They had broken up years ago, breaking Nina’s heart and she vowed to avoid Dylan, knowing it was a small island and it might be nearly impossible. Dylan wants to rekindle the deep friendship that Nina and him once shared. Her dream to become a doctor is within her reach and her friendship with Dylan keeps reminding her of the love they once shared. The family antique store stumbles on a rare painting that would give Nina the financial stability to focus on her dreams again, but she is not sure she trusts her instincts anymore. Evening Stars can be read as a stand alone book, but it is the third book in the series.

*ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

BUY LINKS ➢ Kindle $8.13 http://georiot.co/2O4Z | Amazon Paperback $9.45 http://georiot.co/2cry | B&N (Paperback $9.49/ Nook $8.13) http://bit.ly/1nYwcwZ | Kobo $8.49 http://bit.ly/1h1PyRn

Review: A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery

A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
Reissue Publication Date: November 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4.5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

A classic heartwarming tale for the holidays from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery.

The cheer in Fool’s Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. An injury has forced her to return home to her estranged family. So she won’t add to the awkward scenario by falling for the charms of her brother’s best friend, no matter how tempting he is. When she’s recruited to stage the winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move on, anywhere but here.

Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the town he now calls home, but the pounding of little dancers’ feet above his office is more than he can take. When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he’s unprepared for their searing attraction. Evie is his best friend’s sister—off-limits unless he’s willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is dangerous, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen….

REVIEW:

A wonderful love story. A Fool’s Gold Christmas had me hooked from the first page. Dante and Evie’s story had every element I look for in a great romance. I love how Susan Mallery can write a story and make you feel like you are right there in it.

Dante was captivated by Evie from the moment he saw her and Evie was hanging on by a thread. She was also Dante’s best friend and business partner’s little sister. Which meant she was off limits. Their attraction smoldered. They both agreed they were not into relationships, but a strictly sexual relationship was okay. Evie had to focus on the production of the annual Christmas dance. Dante had to focus on not falling hard for Evie. At least Evie was successful.

I love the small town feel of Fool’s Gold. Perfect to get you in the mood for the holidays!

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

BUY LINKS:
Kindle $6.15 | Amazon Paperback $7.19 | B&N (Paperback $7.99/ Nook $6.49) | Kobo $6.59

Note: You can buy the older kindle version for a lower price.
Publication Date: October 1, 2012 – Kindle $4.28

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✦FOOL’S GOLD SERIES BY SUSAN MALLERY ~ READING ORDER✦
✦1: Chasing Perfect (May 2010) http://amzn.to/14Ayv05
✦2: Almost Perfect (July 2010) http://amzn.to/13sOrE1
✦Novella: Sister of the Bride (August 2010) http://amzn.to/17ZblXh
✦3: Finding Perfect (September 2010) http://amzn.to/13sP3cO
✦4: Only Mine (August 2011) http://amzn.to/17ZbYzW
✦5: Only Yours (September 2011) http://amzn.to/13sPQdW
✦6: Only His (October 2011) http://amzn.to/1aftWg6
✦Novella: Only Us (November 2011) http://amzn.to/17NlB0V
✦Novella: Almost Summer (May 2012) http://amzn.to/14Ayj0L
✦7: Summer Days (June 2012) http://amzn.to/1aVrcqT
✦8: Summer Nights (July 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABi9z
✦9: All Summer Long (August 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABu8M
✦9.5: A Fool’s Gold Christmas (October 2012) http://amzn.to/14twlVi
✦Novella: Halfway There (May 2013) http://amzn.to/15Holky
✦10: Just One Kiss (June 2013) http://amzn.to/19ulaK8
✦11: Two of a Kind (July 2013) http://amzn.to/13sTdBC
✦12: Three Little Words (August 2013) http://amzn.to/1epKN2t
✦Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook (September 2013) http://amzn.to/1afwYkn
✦12.5: Christmas on 4th Street (October 2013) http://amzn.to/1afx1wH

Review: Christmas on 4th Street (Fool’s Gold Romance) by Susan Mallery

Christmas on 4th Street (Fool’s Gold Romance) by Susan Mallery
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped…

Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.

Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

REVIEW:

I have enjoyed the Fool’s Gold series from book one. Christmas on 4th Street is book 12.5 and they seem to just keep getting better. Noelle and Gabriel share all of the Christmas magic the town of Fool’s Gold has to offer. As they got to know each other you could sense the under lying passion and it was only a matter of time before they lit the pages on fire. Some parts of the story talking about the town of Fool’s Gold seemed a bit far fetched, but the story of Noelle and Gabriel was all the things Christmas magic is about. I look forward to seeing what will happen next in this quaint little town.

* Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Buy Links:
AMAZON Hardcover ($11.82) | KINDLE ($8.57) | B&N (Hardcover $12.05/ Nook $8.57) | KOBO ($9.39) | ITUNES ($12.99)

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FOOL’S GOLD SERIES READING ORDER
✦Fool’s Gold Book 1: Chasing Perfect (May 2010) http://amzn.to/14Ayv05
✦Fool’s Gold Book 2: Almost Perfect (July 2010) http://amzn.to/13sOrE1
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Sister of the Bride (August 2010) http://amzn.to/17ZblXh
✦Fool’s Gold Book 3: Finding Perfect (September 2010) http://amzn.to/13sP3cO
✦Fool’s Gold Book 4: Only Mine (August 2011) http://amzn.to/17ZbYzW
✦Fool’s Gold Book 5: Only Yours (September 2011) http://amzn.to/13sPQdW
✦Fool’s Gold Book 6: Only His (October 2011) http://amzn.to/1aftWg6
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Only Us (November 2011) http://amzn.to/17NlB0V
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Almost Summer (May 2012) http://amzn.to/14Ayj0L
✦Fool’s Gold Book 7: Summer Days (June 2012) http://amzn.to/1aVrcqT
✦Fool’s Gold Book 8: Summer Nights (July 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABi9z
✦Fool’s Gold Book 9: All Summer Long (August 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABu8M
✦Fool’s Gold Book 9.5: A Fool’s Gold Christmas (October 2012) http://amzn.to/14twlVi
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Halfway There (May 2013) http://amzn.to/15Holky
✦Fool’s Gold Book 10: Just One Kiss (June 2013) http://amzn.to/19ulaK8
✦Fool’s Gold Book 11: Two of a Kind (July 2013) http://amzn.to/13sTdBC
✦Fool’s Gold Book 12: Three Little Words (August 2013) http://amzn.to/1epKN2t
Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook (September 2013) http://amzn.to/1afwYkn
✦Fool’s Gold Book 12.5: Christmas on 4th Street (September 2013) http://amzn.to/1afx1wH

Review: Three Little Words (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Can first love turn into the real deal? Anything can happen in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery.

Isabel Beebe thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again…..

Seeing Isabel all grown-up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes—or his lips—off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever—if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same.

REVIEW:

I have been waiting forever to read Ford’s story and Susan Mallery did not disappoint. She even went the extra mile and added Kent’s story to the book. Isabel had been in love with Ford since she was 14 years old. So after seeing him again 14 years later it was instant fireworks, even if Ford didn’t want to admit it. The sex was amazing and the love story was touching. I love that I got to read Kent’s story as well. I love how she incorporated both into this book without making it too much.

Kent never thought he would find that special someone twice in his life. The moment he laid his eyes on Consuelo he was a goner. She tried to fight it by running away, but when something is that powerful she found that running isn’t always the answer. Susan Mallery has made Fool’s Gold the most magical place and I can’t wait to see who strikes it rich with love in her next book.

BUY LINKS:
Amazon Paperback ($6.78) | Kindle ($5.99) | B&N ($7.99) | Kobo ($6.59) | iTunes ($7.99)

READING ORDER

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✦Fool’s Gold Book 1: Chasing Perfect (May 2010) http://amzn.to/14Ayv05
✦Fool’s Gold Book 2: Almost Perfect (July 2010) http://amzn.to/13sOrE1
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Sister of the Bride (August 2010) http://amzn.to/17ZblXh
✦Fool’s Gold Book 3: Finding Perfect (September 2010) http://amzn.to/13sP3cO
✦Fool’s Gold Book 4: Only Mine (August 2011) http://amzn.to/17ZbYzW
✦Fool’s Gold Book 5: Only Yours (September 2011) http://amzn.to/13sPQdW
✦Fool’s Gold Book 6: Only His (October 2011) http://amzn.to/1aftWg6
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Only Us (November 2011) http://amzn.to/17NlB0V
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Almost Summer (May 2012) http://amzn.to/14Ayj0L
✦Fool’s Gold Book 7: Summer Days (June 2012) http://amzn.to/1aVrcqT
✦Fool’s Gold Book 8: Summer Nights (July 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABi9z
✦Fool’s Gold Book 9: All Summer Long (August 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABu8M
✦Fool’s Gold Book 9.5: A Fool’s Gold Christmas (October 2012) http://amzn.to/14twlVi
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Halfway There (May 2013) http://amzn.to/15Holky
✦Fool’s Gold Book 10: Just One Kiss (June 2013) http://amzn.to/19ulaK8
✦Fool’s Gold Book 11: Two of a Kind (July 2013) http://amzn.to/13sTdBC
✦Fool’s Gold Book 12: Three Little Words (August 2013) http://amzn.to/1epKN2t
Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook (September 2013) http://amzn.to/1afwYkn
✦Fool’s Gold Book 12.5: Christmas on 4th Street (October 2013) http://amzn.to/1afx1wH

Review: Two of a Kind (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery

Two of a Kind (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Reviewed By: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4.5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery welcomes readers back to Fool’s Gold, where a onetime fling could become the real thing.…

Felicia Swift never dreamed she’d hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool’s Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away…on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool’s Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that.

Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm’s length. Felicia wants more than he can give—a home, family, love—but she has a lot to learn about men…and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her.

As these two misfits discover that passion isn’t the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.

If you’re a fan of Fool’s Gold, you’ll love Ana Raquel and Greg’s delicious romance, featured in Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook, along with her favorite recipes from the land of happy endings.

REVIEW:

Susan Mallery has once again brought magic to Fools Gold. Gideon and Felicia’s story was refreshing. Felicia is such a brainiac and Gideon such a loner. A love story with all of the elements, with a twist thrown in the mix to make the story all that much more enjoyable. You could almost feel the changes the two main characters were making throughout the story. All of Susan Mallery’s Fools Gold books can be read as a stand alone book, but it such a wonderful series.

Buy Links:
Amazon Paperback ($7.19) | Kindle ($5.99)
B&N (Paperback $7.99/ Nook $7.49) | Kobo ($6.49) | iTunes

READING ORDER

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✦Fool’s Gold Book 1: Chasing Perfect (May 2010) http://amzn.to/14Ayv05
✦Fool’s Gold Book 2: Almost Perfect (July 2010) http://amzn.to/13sOrE1
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Sister of the Bride (August 2010) http://amzn.to/17ZblXh
✦Fool’s Gold Book 3: Finding Perfect (September 2010) http://amzn.to/13sP3cO
✦Fool’s Gold Book 4: Only Mine (August 2011) http://amzn.to/17ZbYzW
✦Fool’s Gold Book 5: Only Yours (September 2011) http://amzn.to/13sPQdW
✦Fool’s Gold Book 6: Only His (October 2011) http://amzn.to/1aftWg6
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Only Us (November 2011) http://amzn.to/17NlB0V
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Almost Summer (May 2012) http://amzn.to/14Ayj0L
✦Fool’s Gold Book 7: Summer Days (June 2012) http://amzn.to/1aVrcqT
✦Fool’s Gold Book 8: Summer Nights (July 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABi9z
✦Fool’s Gold Book 9: All Summer Long (August 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABu8M
✦Fool’s Gold Book 9.5: A Fool’s Gold Christmas (October 2012) http://amzn.to/14twlVi
✦A Fool’s Gold Novella: Halfway There (May 2013) http://amzn.to/15Holky
✦Fool’s Gold Book 10: Just One Kiss (June 2013) http://amzn.to/19ulaK8
✦Fool’s Gold Book 11: Two of a Kind (July 2013) http://amzn.to/13sTdBC
✦Fool’s Gold Book 12: Three Little Words (August 2013) http://amzn.to/1epKN2t
Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook (September 2013) http://amzn.to/1afwYkn
✦Fool’s Gold Book 12.5: Christmas on 4th Street (October 2013) http://amzn.to/1afx1wH

Review: Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 5 Stars

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

He won’t hesitate to put his life on the line…but will he ever risk his heart?

Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw’s otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now he’s back in Fool’s Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won’t abandon her again—and her daughter, too?

When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought him to this idyllic town and he never forgot its warmth, or the sweet beauty of his childhood friend. He’s returned to open a defense academy, and the Patience he once knew is all grown up. He can’t resist her smile, or her curves. But Justice’s past doesn’t make him husband, or father, material.

Patience and Justice think they’ll succumb to just one kiss… Then one more… Okay, just one night together. But they might learn that falling in love is beyond anyone’s control.

If you’re a fan of Fool’s Gold, you’ll love Ana Raquel and Greg’s delicious romance, featured in Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook, along with her favorite recipes from the land of happy endings.

REVIEW:

Love, passion, family, friends, community and mystery were all captured in Just One Kiss. I love how Susan Mallery makes you feel like you are part of her books. Just the right amount of everything. All of her books can be read as a stand alone, but every one of the books in this series is amazing.

Buy Links:
Kindle | Amazon (Paperback) | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

READING ORDER

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Fools Gold Book 1: Chasing Perfect (May 2010) http://amzn.to/14Ayv05

Fools Gold Book 2: Almost Perfect (July 2010) http://amzn.to/13sOrE1

A Fools Gold Novella: Sister of the Bride (August 2010) http://amzn.to/17ZblXh

Fools Gold Book 3: Finding Perfect (September 2010) http://amzn.to/13sP3cO

Fools Gold Book 4: Only Mine (August 2011) http://amzn.to/17ZbYzW

Fools Gold Book 5: Only Yours (September 2011) http://amzn.to/13sPQdW

Fools Gold Book 6: Only His (October 2011) http://amzn.to/1aftWg6

A Fools Gold Novella: Only Us (November 2011) http://amzn.to/17NlB0V

A Fools Gold Novella: Almost Summer (May 2012) http://amzn.to/14Ayj0L

Fools Gold Book 7: Summer Days (June 2012) http://amzn.to/1aVrcqT

Fools Gold Book 8: Summer Nights (July 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABi9z

Fools Gold Book 9: All Summer Long (August 2012) http://amzn.to/14ABu8M

Fools Gold Book 9.5: A Fool’s Gold Christmas (October 2012) http://amzn.to/14twlVi

A Fools Gold Novella: Halfway There (May 2013) http://amzn.to/15Holky

Fools Gold Book 10: Just One Kiss (June 2013) http://amzn.to/19ulaK8

Fools Gold Book 11: Two of a Kind (July 2013) http://amzn.to/13sTdBC

Fools Gold Book 12: Three Little Words (August 2013) http://amzn.to/1epKN2t

Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook (September 2013) http://amzn.to/1afwYkn

Fools Gold Book 12.5: Christmas on 4th Street (October 2013) http://amzn.to/1afx1wH