by Susan Mallery
Published by Harlequin on September 25, 2012
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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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 the Fool's Gold 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..
A Fool’s Gold Christmas is another heartwarming romance from Susan Mallery.
Fool’s Gold is a fictional small town in Northern California. With a small town setting you have a sense of community and close friendships. This closeness is a big change for “city slickers” Evie Stryker and Dante Jefferson. Both are new to Fool’s Gold and are in shock with the small town community and are also not excited with the upcoming holidays. In a way Evie and Dante are a modern day Grinch but not as extreme to be considered as a Scrooge. Both have had a heartbreaking past so this is why they don’t enjoy the holidays. Having this in common helps to form a friendship that builds to something more. But there is a major problem with their attraction – Evie is the sister of Dante’s friend and business partner. Another problem they face is they are both afraid to get hurt again so they avoid allowing themselves to care for people. This includes caring for family and friends, not only romantic relationships. But this book is called A Fool’s Gold Christmas so because of the Christmas setting you know this story will have a magical and happy ending. Even though this book was predictable I still enjoyed it.
Susan Mallery has a great way of developing realistic and likeable characters. Evie and Dante have had a heartbreaking past but it was good to see their characters grow. They both deal with their heartache but also have some fun scenes. So this book had the right amount of drama that kept me entertained.
A Fool’s Gold Christmas is book number 9.5 in the Fool’s Gold series. I haven’t read all the books in the series but I was able to follow along with the story. The author does a great job of giving quick recaps of previous books so it was a nice reminder. But there were so many characters I think new readers would be overwhelmed. So I think it would be better to limit the number of characters that are mentioned in a story. Now that I’ve read this I do want to go back to the last book I read from this series.
A Fool’s Gold Christmas is a sweet romance and is perfect for the holiday season!