Estelle: Just One Kiss (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery

Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery: Part of the Fool's Gold seriesJust One Kiss by Susan Mallery ( tweet | web )
Part of the Fool’s Gold series.
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Pages: 376
Target audience: Adult / romance / fiction
Keywords: childhood friends, single parents, family secrets
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!)

Summary: When she was a teenager Patience’s crush disappears without a trace. Fifteen years later, Justice returns to Fool’s Gold, to the only place has ever felt at home to find Patience and see if he can repair their friendship. Can Justice move on from his past? Can their old feelings bring on something meaningful now that they are adults?

Very few love stories can top the FRIENDS REUNITED SPARKS FLYING approach for me.

From the very minute Justice walks back into Patience’s life in Just One Kiss, the chemistry is alive and swirly; time after time, I couldn’t wait to get back to reading to see if these two characters could finally get it together.

It’s kind of a given in these novels that the characters come with a good amount of baggage. While Patience is wondering if she can trust Justice to stick around, Justice is having his own inner struggle. Is he a violent, heartless man like his father was? Is he capable of being in a loving relationship after the things that he has done? But, friends, how sweet and romantical is it that he cannot stay away from Fool’s Gold because of the Patience he grew up with? Swoon!

Even though Patience’s story is a little more prominent in this one and we get a little too much of Justice’s work partner when we could have had more kissing, I really liked the idea of Justice seeking solace in a place he was ripped from too suddenly as a kid. He’s so comfortable with Patience’s mom, and even Patience’s young daughter warms up to him and asks him if he can “protect” her from a boy at school. (Don’t worry; it’s an adorable little storyline.)

I swear, life just knows when I need a little bit of Fool’s Gold. There’s such a great sense of community there (even if everyone knows the other’s business) and it does truly sound like the perfect place to live. Even more so when Patience gets the capital to start her dream: a coffee shop called Brew-ha-ha. (How adorable is that?) There’s even talk of a Christmas stop opening up in the near future. (I love how I’m always trying to guess if this character will star in the next book.)

Again, I was totally charmed and I can pretty much call Just One Kiss my favorite Mallery book so far. A delicious couple that can’t keep their hands off each other, strong female bonds, a little suspense, and a celebration of small town living. With the warmer weather on its way, I can’t imagine a better pairing than a vacation and a Mallery romance.

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(Two notes: 1) Even though this is book 11, feel free to start anywhere in the series. It’s definitely easy enough to catch on. 2) The characters in this book are in their late 20s and early 30s. In case you were curious!)

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12 thoughts on “Estelle: Just One Kiss (Fool’s Gold) by Susan Mallery

  1. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    I think it’s ironic, and also awesome, that today’s Nook daily deal is the first book in this series! Especially after we talked about me needing to read these books. I love that you can pick up anywhere, not necessarily in order. I’ll definitely be adding this one to my tbr pile.

  2. charlotte sepulveda says:

    To flash back to a 14 year old wold be oh so scary for this 50 year old. I loved my time as a child but oh never want to flash there if even for a few min. I love my life as it has progressed and makes me who I am. 🙂 As for Patience yep she sure needed a strong man in her life. All women need one or two strong people in their live she had it in spades with Justice, mom and friends.

  3. Shannon says:

    I am so glad I found the Fools gold books! In every book it feels like you are in them yourself! I love how she also starts to hint to you about whos story she is going to tell next. can’t wait for the next book!

  4. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook says:

    I have been wanting to try something by Susan Mallery for such a long time, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    It sounds like these books have a great, small town setting. I am always drawn to books with small town settings.

    On a completely other note, his name is Justice? That’s kind of . . . odd, right? My TTT post tomorrow is all about weird names in books. If I had read this one, Justice definitely would have been on my list 🙂

  5. AngiMac says:

    I love this series!! And I love that Susan writes so fast, there’s a trilogy set in this town every summer. Can’t wait for the next two bodyguards!

  6. Alexa Y. says:

    I’m very intrigued by this series! I haven’t read anything by her yet, but I have her on my radar because of you. This story sounds pretty cute, and I’m always a fan of relationships that have history (even a sad one). I definitely need to check this series out and SOON!

  7. Shari says:

    I love the Fools Gold series. Just One Kiss was wonderful. Childhood crush comes back. Mother with disabilities. A special someone for everyone. I think I want to move there.

  8. Melissa says:

    Always love returning to Fool’s Gold. It is like returning home!! I love starting my summer reading a new Fool’s Gold book!! I love the relationship between Patience & Justice. I love Felicia, too. She is something, but I think she would be a great friend. Always there for you no matter what & that is the type of girlfriend we all need. I love Lillie. Patience has raised a sweet little girl & she should be proud of herself.

  9. Dee M says:

    Estelle, I have to agree with you, I love the community in Fools Gold! Friendship, loyalty and love abounds in the town! I can’t wait for the next one in the series!

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