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  • Series: Fool's Gold Series (Book 1)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (January 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469231840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469231846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For her first Fool's Gold romance, Mallery (Hot on Her Heels) eschews her tried-and-true formula of a passionate heroine and arrogant alpha male hero linked by a tumultuous past, setting up two wary strangers instead. The mayor of Fool's Gold, Calif., is determined to match-make between Charity Jones, a city planner hired to create jobs that will keep the town's men from moving away, and Josh Golden, a professional cyclist and reputed womanizer. Charity, a veteran of romantic disaster, is skeptical of Josh, who's always surrounded by cute female fans. Josh, traumatized by a teammate's death and no longer able to race, feels too broken to maintain a relationship. The book brims with quick-witted, good-natured characters, and though Charity and Josh occasionally verge on blandness, their romance grows poignantly and with chemistry to spare. (May)
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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for emotionally complex stories told with charm and wit. Susan has lived all over the United States, including a childhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles, graduate school in the hills of Pennsylvania and several years in Texas. These days, she makes her home in Seattle, Washington. She's there for the coffee, not the weather.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives. She has published more than 100 romance and women's fiction novels, beginning with two books the same month when she was just out of college. Her books have spent more than 120 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list and have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestsellers list, statistically tied for #1 (THREE LITTLE WORDS, a Fool's Gold romance). Known for her keen insight into human nature and her humorous take on life, Susan Mallery has been described by RT Book Reviews as "in a class by herself!" and was featured as a Red Hot Read in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In 2013, four of her books were named to Amazon's "Best Book of the Month" list.

With a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Susan is one of the few writers who can understand her royalty statement. She went on to get a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction and has extensively studied story structure in screenwriting courses, though she has no plans to write for the screen. Her goal, always, is to give readers a story that will move them, populated with characters who feel like real people.

Booklist says, "Novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and Publisher's Weekly calls her prose "luscious and provocative." Susan appreciates critical praise, but she values praise from her readers even more. She credits her successful career to the loyal readers who rush out to buy each new book on the day it's released.

With the advent of ebooks, Susan's career has soared even higher, and her books make regular appearances on both print and ebook bestsellers lists. She has embraced the Digital Age with a robust website (, an active presence on Facebook ( and a free Susan Mallery app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices ( At, she also provides bonus content such as after-the-happily-ever-after updates for the Fool's Gold romances, her most popular ongoing series.

Born and raised in California, Susan lives with her family in Seattle, where she survives the dreary days of winter with the help of a "happy lamp" and plenty of coffee.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Laura B on April 27, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
4 1/2 stars

This is the first in a new series from Susan Mallery about a town in California called Fool's Gold. I received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

Charity Jones has been hired by Fool's Gold's mayor to be the new city planner. She moved around all through childhood and now at 28 wants to settle down and grow roots. She loves the small town and can't wait to find a house and make a home. She's leaving behind a string of bad relationships and doesn't plan to do any more dating for a while.
Josh Golden is Fool's Gold's golden boy. He's a retired professional cyclist who has returned home after leaving cycling at a young age. He's got reputation of being a real ladies' man and all the women in town drool over him. Charity doesn't want to be part of the crowd, but she can't help but be attracted to him.

This is a classic and sweet romance. Many of the plot points are a bit predictable, but not annoyingly so. I liked the turn-around of how the golden boy can sometimes be the right guy and the "nice" guy isn't always the right one (think like the movie The Mask).
Both Josh and Charity were well developed characters with enough depth to give them realism and likability. I enjoyed the banter between the two as well as their development apart.
This is the first in the series and I was happy that the setup for the next book didn't occur until the very last paragraph in the book. This book can be read stand alone and you aren't left hanging too much--just a little interest left at the end. I have found lately than many series books have been setting up the next book 1/3 of the way through the one you are reading and you lose time with the current couple. Thankfully, no so in this one.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Trish on October 17, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think Susan Mallery was trying to appeal to a younger demographic with this book. I must of read about Josh's back side, front side, handsome face on just about every one of the 234 pages I made it through. The way Ms. Mallery seemed to keep describing him over and over was like a bunch of teenage girls would talk at a slumber party. Also, I have attended many all women meetings and they were never like the women in this book. The author tried to make them sound professional, but in the end it seemed like at every meeting the women had the same conversations about Josh and his wonderful body. Truthfully, Josh was just to good to be true for me. I actually got tired of hearing about him and his outstanding body. The romance between Josh and Charity was flat, I didn't really understand what Josh saw in Charity, and the only thing Charity seemed to care about was his fine butt (doesn't that make for long lasting relationships). Maybe pages 235 - 376 were better, but I just could not force myself to keep reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ionia Martin TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 10, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have heard a lot about this series and was hoping this book would be great. Not so much. I would say it was more...okay. I didn't find any of the characters to be particularly exciting and on a scale of one to ten as far as the sizzle factor between the characters I would give this a one. The setting is pretty cool and kind of quaint and cute, but unfortunately I found the setting more exciting than the characters and the plot. I don't think I will be reading another one of these books any time soon. The worst part of this book for me, was that there was really nothing happening in it that made you want to go on. I kept turning pages and waiting, but nothing much happened and when it did, it was expected. I wish I could recommend it, but I would be lying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FWM on February 3, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As much as I enjoy Susan Mallery's books, this one was less-interesting to me than some others I've read. I never really took to either Charity or Josh, but Charity particularly didn't resonate with me. Her character fell a bit flat, her motives and reasoning never really ringing true. And some parts of the story just didn't fit smoothly with the rest. This book introduces a series based around the small town of Fool's Gold, and I have moved on the second book, which I enjoyed more than this one. If possible, I would recommend reading all three books in succession like one larger novel to even out experience.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sherri G. Osborn on May 2, 2010
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Again, Susan writes a terrific story and a great beginning to a series. I want to move there. I love Northern California and the weather. My only disappointment is that I have to wait until the end of June for the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Obsidian Blue VINE VOICE on April 2, 2014
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The first novel in Susan Mallery's "Fool's Gold" series focuses on Charity Jones and Josh Golden.

Charity is recently hired as city planner in Fool's Gold. Charity is orphaned and is happy to be putting down roots in Fool's Gold and hopes that she can finally find a nice guy to settle down with after so many dating disasters. Josh is a world renowned cyclist who has moved back to Fool's Gold to recover from a bicycling accident that continues to haunt him.

The initial plot intrigued me but in the end I have to say that I found this entire novel to be a two star book. It really pains me to give this novel two stars. I mean seriously this does. I love Susan Mallery's Blackberry Island series and I am a bit perplexed that the author who wrote those novels wrote the "Fool's Gold" series as well. I purposely chose the first two books in this series for my To Be Read (TBR) 2014 pile because I loved the Blackberry Island books so much.

All in all I felt as if Charity and Josh were very flat, that the plot was patently absurd, and that the romantic chemistry was just not there. However, if only these things were present in the novel I would have still given it 3 stars. However, what really caused me to drop this novel down to two stars was the fact that several times throughout this novel it was shown that being a single woman with a good job was not enough. I several times had to put this book away because of that sentiment that kept being expressed by every single character that came into contact with Charity. She is told at one point to not purchase a home because she may meet a man and if they marry what is the point in having her own home. Several characters keep rhapsodizing about how hot Josh is, how perfect his body is, etc.
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