Romance Review: Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Christmas on 4th Street (Fools Gold #12.5)

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777825
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 24th 2013
Number of pages: 336
Source: NetGalley

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Summary:

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….

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Review:

This novella was actually really long and I liked the fact we got to understand more of Boylan family. This is the closing link in this trilogy and we got to see Gabriel falling in love and rediscovering his family.

Noelle we had met previously in this trilogy and she was hiding something, but never got to actually say anything about it with the other girls, but this time she met an infuriating man and he got to know her secrets. She didn’t do anything wrong, but life wasn’t easy either and now she’s starting new with her Christmas store.

This book is set during Christmas and I love the setting, the places and of course there’s always snow so everything is better. But this year Christmas was a little hard and Noelle needed help, so Gabriel was the perfect match because he was running from his family and trying to discover what to do with his future.

I loved this couple and of course meeting those other couples again. But the best part was Christmas and getting the family together again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Spotlight Fool’s Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery

SusanAuthor Susan Mallery:

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” Susan grew up in southern California and currently lives in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

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Coconut Vanilla Snowball Cupcakes

This big-batch cupcake recipe makes enough for a winter party.
The cupcakes look especially pretty on a tiered cake stand.

Makes 24

Cupcakes

2½ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1½ cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon pure coconut extract

¾ cup sour cream

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Frosting

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter,
at room temperature

2–2½    cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

3 tablespoons sour cream

Sweetened flaked coconut, for garnish

TIP: Eggs blend into cake batter best if they’re at room temperature.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 standard 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt until combined.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and coconut extracts; beat until blended. Reduce mixer speed to low, and alternately add dry ingredients and sour cream, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Remove from mixer; fold in coconut.
  4. Drop batter into cupcake liners, filling each just over halfway full. Bake 18–20 minutes, until golden and set. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. For frosting: In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and salt; beat until blended and fluffy. Add sour cream; beat just until blended. Fold in additional powdered sugar, if needed.
  6. Spread the frosting on cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle a generous amount of coconut over cupcakes.

fools goldFool’s Gold Cookbook: A Love Story Told Through 150 Recipes

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery invites you to taste the local cuisine of her beloved fictional town and share in a year’s worth of deliciously seasonal recipes.

Fool’s Gold is known as the Land of Happy Endings, but it’s also the land of hearty appetites. Throughout the series, the residents of Fool’s Gold have found joy, comfort and good times through food. Now two local Fool’s Gold chefs will also find love through food! Join them as they flirt, fight and fall in love, one season at a time.

You’ll also find favorite recipes from popular characters in the series, such as:

Heidi’s Arugula, Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese.

Liz’s Spaghetti for the Girls.

Denise’s Summer Berry Pie.

With chapters for summer, spring, fall and winter, you can find the perfect recipe for everything from holiday get-togethers to cozy date nights, always using the freshest ingredients. And the heartwarming love story that is woven throughout is Susan Mallery at her finest.

The more than 150 recipes and dozens of gorgeous photographs in this book will inspire you to find perfection in the simple and the seasonal. And with all of Fool’s Gold with you in the kitchen, your every celebration will have a happy ending!

Romance Review: Fool’s Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold Cookbook (Fool's Gold, #12.1)

Fool’s Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 146031817X
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: August 27th 2013
Number of pages: 240
Source: Publisher
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I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

Fool’s Gold is known as the Land of Happy Endings, but it’s also the land of hearty appetites. Throughout the series, the residents of Fool’s Gold have found joy, comfort and good times through food. Now two local Fool’s Gold chefs will also find love through food! Join them as they flirt, fight and fall in love, one season at a time.
You’ll also find favorite recipes from popular characters in the series, such as:
Heidi’s Arugula, Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese.
Liz’s Spaghetti for the Girls.
Denise’s Summer Berry Pie.
With chapters for summer, spring, fall and winter, you can find the perfect recipe for everything from holiday get-togethers to cozy date nights, always using the freshest ingredients. And the heartwarming love story that is woven throughout is Susan Mallery at her finest.
The more than 150 recipes and dozens of gorgeous photographs in this book will inspire you to find perfection in the simple and the seasonal. And with all of Fool’s Gold with you in the kitchen, your every celebration will have a happy ending.
Fans of Susan Mallery will love the exclusive short story included in this stunning cookbook!

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Review:

This year I fell in love with this series and this is a very special book because we can see all those character we met in the previous books and even more got to also create the amazing recipes that we listened so much about.

There’s also a romance in this book and it was fun to follow the creation of this cookbook and watch the two authors fall in love at the same time, both are successful and they have a little dispute going on, but it was nice seeing Ana again.

So this was a very short story, but the recipes have beautiful photos are they are divided in seasons, and that helps a lot during a quick search for the best ingredients.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Romance Review: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words  (Fool's Gold #12)

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777787
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 30th 2013
Number of pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
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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.

Summary:

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

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Review:

This was a two for one romance for me because we got to see two brothers finding their happily ever after and I really enjoyed watching those Hendrix boys with their matches.

I was hoping for a full book and to learn more of Kent story and his past, but we got so little of him in this story. I wanted more. His kid is a great teenager and after the big scape in the previous book he seams to be doing okay now.

But Ford was the leading character and I liked watching him and he was trying really hard. It’s not simple to live in Fool’s Gold without everyone knowing your secrets, but he was managing just fine, the only problem was his mother deciding to find a woman for him. Really?

But I liked the way he kept a very simple relationship with Isabel and he even remembers her, from before he enlisted. He was engaged to her sister, but we can clearly see they are better off separate and both are happier now.

Isabel is such a nice girl and she has a broken heart too, so spending this time in her family home is already stressful, but Ford actually helped her. These two are so cute together.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Romance Review: Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold, #11)

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 1460315154
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 25th 2013
Number of pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
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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.

Summary:

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.

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Review:

We met Felicia in the previous book and I got the feeling her happy ending was coming real soon, but didn’t expected that much drama. Gideon sounded like a wounded guy, and he definitely hiding in Fool’s Gold, but they have a past together and after one encounter we can clearly see they also have feelings too.

So it was nice watching these two decide to just enjoy the moment, because let’s face it that is not the best choice and Felicia is so smart to fall for that. Another surprise to us all was Carter. I don’t have anything against him, but he sounds more like Felicia than is necessary in this book.

Carter discovered that his adopted family was going to separate and he needed to find a new place to stay, so he decided to discover where his father is after all those years, detail the boy is only 13. Too young to now all these. But I liked how in the middle of all the drama we can see that he was good for this couple and united them.

I liked Felicia new job and it’s very important to the town, but she had a few difficult moments. Overall, this was one of the best books in this series.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Romance Review: Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

Just One Kiss  (Fool's Gold #10)

Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777604
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: May 28th 2013
Number of pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
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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.

Summary:

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.

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Review:

I really liked Patience and her spirit, she suffered a lot in life and still manages to have dreams and hope. Plus she has a great daughter and a second chance with her best friend. Justice disappeared and it broke her heart, but now he’s back again and this time is for good, so these two totally deserved a fresh start.

I understood Justice reasons for staying away and her drama with a relationship all those years ago, but he could never forget that pretty girl and now she’s even better. So it was really hard for him to attempt to keep it casual.

I loved Patience family. Her mother got a second chance in love and after all the heartbreak her daughter can have a bigger family now. They are perfect together and Justice made a great decision in moving to Fool’s Gold.

I don’t want to spoil the news and those little things, but this was a happy book for me and a great addition to this series.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

Romance Review: A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery

A Fool's Gold Christmas (Fool's Gold #9.5)

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….

Title: A Fool’s Gold Christmas
Author: Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold
Publisher:  Harlequin HQN
Format: ebook from Netgalley
ISBN: 0373777027
Genre: Romance
Release date: September 25th 2012
Number of pages: 320
 
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I think the mother-daughter relationship in this book was a little strange and I still don’t understand why people keep finding reasons to explain the way Evie was left behind. her family was busy with something else and nobody thought about her at all and now everyone is thinking she just need to accept them all and live with it. It’s not that simple and they need to learn things do not fall in their lap, because everyone was very successful and Evie was struggling.
 
I liked the way her relationship with Dante was more friendship and them evolved into sex, because she was in a different town and needed a friend. Her family was her problem so she couldn’t go to them, but Dante was a nice guy and totally listened to her. I liked him and the way he changed his life. Rafe brought him to Fool’s Gold and expected him to just say okay, but it’s a different town and he doesn’t know a soul, so it’s difficult, but he’s a nice guy.
 
I also loved Christmas in Fool’s Gold, it was very especial and it’s super nice seeing all those couples again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street


 

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