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Christmas on 4th Street (Fool's Gold Romance) by Mallery, Susan (Oct 1, 2013)
October 1, 2013There'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….
Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery
This novel was lacking some of the sizzle that Ms Mallery’s romances usually have. I don’t know if that is because this is a Christmas book or because she has suddenly changed her writing style. Written in the third person, the characters are well fleshed but wishy –washy and the story is interesting, but it doesn’t grab you by the throat and demand that you pull an all-nighter reading it.
Gabriel has just too much going on with his psyche for me to do much more than worry about him. Noelle was just a little too perky and perfect for me to put myself in her shoes.
While this was a heavier read than I would like, it was a somewhat cute story and in the end they both get what they need and deserve.