Wow, I Was Sure Wrong!,
"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.
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."
The premix is not a new one, but the execution by Ms. Mallery is flawless. What might be clichéd in any other authors hand, is poignant in Ms. Mallery's hand.
The characters are well drawn and realistic (for fictional characters that is!), you do not need to stretch your suspension of disbelief too far to imagine the plot could really have happened.
My only problem is that the secondary story between Kent and Consuela should have been a full-length novel and not just a sort of side not to this book. I realize the there is most likely a limited number of books under contract and Ms Mallery has introduced us to so many book worthy characters that some may get the short end of the stick. But this story I think would have been a wonderful full length novel.