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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373777604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373777600
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (683 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Editorial Review of Just One Kiss

Just One Kiss will leave you wanting more…

Susan Mallery’s Fool's Gold series focuses on an all-American small town, full of quirky characters, close friendships, and busy bodies. This setting makes for a sweet and cozy romance that you can sink into instantly, surrounded by loving families and loyal friends.

Just One Kiss is the first in a new cycle of Fool's Gold books focusing around a group of former military special forces members, a few with previous connections to the town, who move in to start a bodyguard academy and corporate retreat called CDS. We begin with Justice Garret, a former soldier and private bodyguard who once lived in the town while in witness protection as a teenager. During the brief year he spent posing as a 16 year-old high school student instead of the 18 year old graduate he was, Justice befriended 14 year-old Patience McGraw.

Before their relationship could move beyond friendship, Justice’s father was spotted in town and he was forced to flee, leaving without explanation. The town searched for the missing boy but never found answers.

Fourteen years later, Patience is a single mother with a 10 year old daughter, working at the town salon and dreaming of opening her own coffee shop. Abandoned by her husband only weeks after her daughter Lillie was born, Patience is used to fending for herself. She’s never forgotten the boy her 14 year-old self was so desperately in love with but never heard from again. Needless to say, she’s shocked when he walks into her salon and back into her life, informing her of his plans to open a bodyguard academy in the town.

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From Booklist

Teens Patience McGraw and Justice Garrett are best of friends, and their relationship is blossoming into something more. Then one day, Justice disappears without a trace. Years pass, and Patience is a single mom caring for her mother, who has a debilitating disease. Then Justice returns unannounced to Fool’s Gold, California. He claims that he was forced to leave their small town despite his strong objections because was taken into the witness protection program after his father, a brutal criminal, threatened to kill him. Now, Justice wants to open a security training school in Fool’s Gold. Once again, Patience is drawn to Justice, but she doesn’t know if he’s the same boy she fell for when she was a teen. For that matter, what guarantee does she have that he won’t disappear again? Mallery’s story is packed with emotion. Readers will identify with her carefully crafted characters. Just One Kiss is the new book in Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series. --Shelley Mosley

More About the Author

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

Good story fun characters.
Bette Hansen
Just One Kiss is another one of my favorites, and I find myself telling everyone I meet that they need to get to know the Characters of Fool's Gold.
Susan D Updegraft
As for Patience I found her to be a character I'd love to know in real life.
Wilma A. Keel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By BBMoreB VINE VOICE on June 8, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Mallery first captured my attention with her contemporary series, Blackberry Island. I was so entranced with her writing style I followed it up with her most well-known series, Fool's Gold. So as you can see I love this authors writing, and I recommend her to anyone who loves a good contemporary romance. Now I want to discuss her newest release, Just One Kiss.

I absolutely adored this book. I loved how strong of a character Patience was considering everything she has overcome in her life. I couldn't put this one down; read it in a single day - it was a remarkably late night. This author really knows how to pull strong emotions out of her characters. I loved that she wrote Justice as a hero with real emotion. The authors writing style is both captivating and engaging. This is a delightfully well-written romance with characters that are charismatic and alluring. Another great visit to Fool's Gold - thanks Susan.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carole "The Romance Reviews" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have tremendous love for the Fool's Gold series. Susan Mallery brings a fresh outlook to each book that keeps the series from getting stale as some long running series often do. I'm just saying that I've enjoyed each new book but JUST ONE KISS is one of the best of the bunch. It had the perfect element of suspense without overwhelming the romance and I really enjoyed that. `Cause you know it's all about the love for this gal.

This wasn't Justice Garrett's first time around the block in the town of Fool's Gold. He'd lived in town for a while. I got that impression when he first showed up as bodyguard to the stars in All Summer Long. Turned out that I was right, as usual, and he had a past in the quaint little town. Now, he's back to open a defense academy along with one of the town's prodigal sons.

Well informed readers know that the town has a shortage on hot guys so they pretty much get snatched up as soon as they hit town. So it came as no surprise when Justice hooked up with his old school friend, Patience McGraw. They'd been close and she'd had a crush on him before he disappeared so suddenly all those years ago. The two are still drawn to each other and inevitably begin a romantic relationship. But they've both got some issues with commitment that stand in the way. She is afraid to fall in love only to be abandoned again. He is afraid that the sins of the father will revisit him and in a way he was right. The truth is that they were both scared to be hurt anymore, I'm thinking.

JUST ONE KISS is as good as it gets in the contemporary romance genre. Charming characters, engaging plot and the wonderful hometown setting that I've come to love with regards to this series. A superbly written story that hooked my interest and kept it right up until the ending.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2013
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Okay, I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I didn't like it. Not at all.

Pieces of the plot were just too contrived and stupid. Along with some very repetitive elements from this series.

Patience and Justice (And those names, seriously?) were just too unrealistic. For one thing, Patience has always wanted to open a cafe but never had enough money to save up or make a payment. But all of a sudden, in this book, she magically gets a wealthy great aunt who leaves her enough money to start her business. Which she gets running and off the ground in about a month. Wow. If only businesses worked like this in real life. That would be wonderful. Now, I was very annoyed by this magical and automatically successful business, but I think Justice's part is worse.

Justice, a former military sniper, a man who was previously in the Witness Protection Program, settled in a small, close-knit community to open a bodyguard training facility with two friends. Now, when I read what type of business he's creating I immediately asked myself, 'what purpose would this serve in a town like Fool's Gold?' Why is a bodyguard training school necessary? Fool's Gold is a happy, relatively safe place. Not a lot of crime, and no one in need of protection that much. But bodyguard training is definitely necessary. Oh right, it isn't. It's just the only way for Justice to keep his "hardcore" background while remaining in Fool's Gold. Okay. I just don't understand why this would be successful in a place like Fool's Gold.

Now, Justice believes he is unworthy of Patience and will eventually hurt her because there's darkness in him, apparently, even though he's never been an evil person. He believes his former past as a sniper makes him evil.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2013
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I really love the Fool's Gold series. I have recommended it to several friends. And I was looking forward to this next book in the series.
I typically read at least one book a day... with these stories, I have read two in a day. This one, however, took me several days. I just couldn't get into it.
I tried to figure out why... why not this one when all the others were so good. The only thing I can figure out is that there are too many subplots, and the so called main plot wasn't featured significantly more than the others. That, and much of the story was in the heads of the characters as most of their conflict was also in their heads.
Or maybe the suspense factor was minimal.
That being said, I still cried at the end, although I think I did so more because I can identify with the situation than for any other reason.
I will still buy all of Susan Mallery's books because the vast majority of them are brilliant (I have read at least 35 of them). I just hope subsequent ones are back up to par.
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