Estelle: Summer Nights by Susan Mallery

Summer Nights by Susan Mallery
Part of the Fool’s Gold series.
Publication Date: June 26 2012
Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 384
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: romance, sex, cowboys, second marriages
Format read: ARC from Netgalley!

Summary: Bitter from his divorce, Shane is determined to find a quiet, boring woman to marry when he settles back in Fool’s Gold. Things don’t go as planned when his eye catches Annabelle, a red-headed knock out, dancing on a bar. He knows she is trouble but he can’t get her out of his head. Little does he know, she’s the town librarian and he’s about to get roped into giving her riding lessons on his ranch.

A cowboy and a librarian meet in a bar… sounds like the perfect joke, right?

Summer Nights kind of starts that way. Shane thinks he’s going to be teaching a mousy librarian with cardigans and glasses how to ride a horse, and instead the redhead from the bar shows up. The very woman Shane thinks is bad news. Annabelle may be an knockout (not that she’s aware) but she’s learning to ride a horse to make money for a project that would bring books to people who can’t get into town. She legit has a heart of gold and Shane is just too stubborn to realize it.

The truth is, for him, it’s easier to believe that Annabelle is just like his ex-wife. He doesn’t have to get invested or get all swoony over her. Instead he can sort of lust after her from a corner of his ranch and let that be the end of it.

But that’s not the end of it.

It’s a romance novel, people. A hot one. That had me blushing, and it’s not because Shane remained in that corner daydreaming about Annabelle. Nope. Instead he gave her the kiss of the century and invited her to engage in a whole lot of other activities that gave me my own education. Whew. It was steamy, way steamy.

At the same time, Annabelle is frustrated because she has no idea what Shane really wants from her and she has no idea how to convince him she is just her, a woman who could love him (and rock his world), and not be deceiving jerk like his ex. Both Shane and Annabelle have their baggage and I like how Mallery went back and forth between the two. So many of the romance novels I read when I was younger seemed to focus just on the woman and her thoughts. I liked getting both sides.

Mallery has created quite a world with her Fool’s Gold series and there are a ton of characters that enter and exit the scenes in Summer Nights; she also plants the character for her following book and it was a surprisingly serious storyline that balanced out the romance and the “will they/won’t they” theme. No fear though. Summer Nights is perfect as a standalone, so you don’t have to reread the books before it (unless you want to, of course). While I enjoyed Mallery’s characters and dreamy setting, she did have a tendency to repeat certain actions during hot make out scenes that had me cringing toward the end (or even anticipating that phrase).

The thing about romance novels is that they are fun and extremely addicting, even if they are light and have sort of a fairy tale like quality to them. Mallery inserts a lot of comical moments as well (like with Shane’s growing farm) and really knows how to build chemistry and intrigue.

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Bonus, as a fan of country songs and the boys who sing them, I made a playlist that screams Summer Nights. Here’s one of the songs and you can check out the playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!

19 thoughts on “Estelle: Summer Nights by Susan Mallery

  1. Jess @ Gone with the Words says:

    I’m so happy you liked this one! It’s one of my favorite romance series and am always excited when my friends read them and like them. 🙂

    Also, that playlist couldn’t be more perfect, Estelle!!! I’m going to listen to it anytime I feel like remembering the hotness that is Shane. 😀

  2. elena says:

    Ooh, this book got you blushing? It must be really something then! Romance novels are fun and addicting. I mostly read historical romances but maybe I will branch out one day.

  3. Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined says:

    A librarian and a cowboy? Yes, please! That pretty much guarantees any book a spot on my TBR list, regardless of plot, haha.

    I’m excited to check out the playlist, too! I love listening to country music in the summer, so that will be perfect.

    Great review. 🙂

  4. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books says:

    YAY FOR THIS PLAYLIST! I always like a good country recommendation, though I only started listening to it fairly recently. And this book sounds like a lot of fun! I’m definitely going to have to give this Fool’s Gold series a try 🙂

  5. VeganYANerds says:

    I don’t read a lot of romance novels but this does sound fun! I like that there was a librarian and that she wasn’t stereotypical. I am wary of the way romance authors tend to overuse descriptions, but if it was only towards the end, I’m sure it’s not too bad!

  6. Shannon says:

    Fool’s Gold is addicting! Summer Nights was a perfect summer book. It should be on everyone’s must read list! Enjoy!

  7. Tiffany says:

    I love Susan Mallery’s books. I think this is a great read for those who love romance but want a great story to go along with it. Susan has built up her Fool’s Gold stories by building upon the town and it amazes me how they each stand alone but are perfect as a series too! I’d recommend buying this one and reading it again later.

  8. Michele says:

    I loved “Summer Nights” and the way Shane and Annabelle connected as friends and he didn’t even realize he was in love with her until she turned his marriage proposal. From cover to cover, this was a great book and for me, her books always end to soon. I can’t wait to read Charlie and Clay’s story in “All Summer Long”. I will be so sad when this trilogy comes to an end and we have to wait until next summer to get our fix again!.

  9. Dollie says:

    I love the Fool’s Gold series, and your play list is AWESOME! I could totally see Luke Bryan or Jason Aldean holding a concert in Fool’s Gold. Your review of Summer Nights reminded me of how much I loved reading the book! My favorite part of Summer Nights has to be the ever growing farm 🙂

  10. Melissa says:

    Summer Nights is a great summer read. Annabelle is caring, a great friend, & so sweet! I love that Annabelle wanted to learn how to ride a horse for her fundraiser for her bookmobile. I don’t want to give away anything. I love that there is so many surprises! There is 1 thing that I absolutely love a lot & it has to do with Shane, but I am not going to give it away. Summer Nights is my favorite book in the entire Fool’s Gold series!

    • Estelle says:

      Thx for stopping by Beccie! Your comment made me laugh. I should be starting her next book soon & I’m curious if she uses the same words… we shall see.

  11. Tanya says:

    Summer Nights is one of the best books I have read this summer! But then again, I always love Fools Gold. The playlist is awesome I love all tose songs buth what about THE Summer Nights anthem (you know the one from Grease) I know it’s not country but…I think it deserves an honorable mention. I can’t wait for All Summer Long to come out!!!!

  12. Stephanie G says:

    Great review! Summer Nights was a fun story. I loved the dancing on the bar scene at the beginning. Fools Gold is such a great series. Susan is such a great story-teller and I absolutely love all of her books. 🙂

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