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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • 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 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 and 2014, four of her books were named each year 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 (www.susanmallery.com), an active presence on Facebook (www.facebook.com/susanmallery) and a free Susan Mallery app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices (www.mobileroadie.com/apps/susanmallery). At www.foolsgoldca.com, 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.

Customer Reviews

I think she does a better job than most of making her characters have their own unique emotions and motivations.
Amazon Customer
This book was nice because in addition to the romantic pair, there were other great characters that added a lot of fun and interest to the story.
*rose*
I read the 2nd book in this series 1st..but all in all I am enjoying this series..can't wait til I get the 3rd one..
Darlene Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 26 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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12 of 14 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Sullivan on June 8, 2013
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The "romance" was contrived and without any true emotion. It was difficult to actually care about the lead characters and the author did a horrible job creating any semblance of a love shared between them. There were too many subplots that clogged the flow and did nothing to add to the story. I won't go into detail just in case someone still wants to read it but really, there are so many other really good romance books out there to waste your time with this silliness.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dog Lover on May 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sigh...

Unless the next 2 books in this series are significantly better than this one, I suspect these will be the last Mallery books I read.

It isn't that the book is so bad. It is that I know Mallery can do so much better. Her first ten or so books were very good - character development and plot were well presented. The last 7 have been "Mallery Lite." It is almost as if she has a minimum page limit or time frame in which to finish writing a book and she works toward that goal.

In Chasing Perfect, Mallery has the outline of what could have been a really good story. The background of Josh, his management of his fear, his relationships with several other people were seeded with possibility. Instead of having Josh actually work his way through issues so that we can experience that journey with him, he just kinda all of a sudden decides to face his fears and Voila! he is healed! Same can be said of Charity - possibilities left hanging.

I saw no purpose to the slight mystery secondary line - just page filler IMO. The whole point seemed to have been the reinforcement of Charity's belief that she had no instinct for picking men. Fell flat.

What really fell flat though was Josh's and Charity's relationship. We are never told "why" Josh is so attracted to Charity. Charity's attraction to Josh, in the beginning, was purely (and in a very overwritten style) based on Josh's unbelievably handsome exterior.

The chemistry was so lacking that I literally skipped any of the physical scenes between these characters because it just didn't work for me. Sorry - the pheromones just didn't manifest.

I'm giving the book 3 stars because it did have the outline of a very interesting plot.
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