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Only Us: A Fool's Gold Holiday (Fool's Gold series) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Mallery
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Pet groomer Carina Fiore wants nothing more than to confess her feelings to the man she loves. She's drawn to veterinarian Cameron McKenzie's good looks, caring nature and especially his devotion to his young daughter. But he's also her boss and a good friend. Putting her heart on the line could cost Rina both her job and their friendship forever.

Since his divorce, Cameron hasn't been willing to trust his heart--or his daughter--with anyone else. For months he's pushed away all thoughts of taking Rina in his arms and kissing her, unwilling to risk their friendship for a single night of pleasure. But when a kiss under the mistletoe unlocks the simmering passion between them, Rina and Cameron may just find love for the holidays after all...
An ebook exclusive Fool's Gold series novella.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

There's a very interesting story behind ONLY US. On April 1, 2010, we celebrated April Fool's Gold Day on my Facebook page. At that time, none of the Fool's Gold books had been released yet, but my fans were happy to celebrate, anyway. (I love that about you!) I invited fans to create a character who would have a speaking role in a future Fool's Gold book. I honestly thought that I would give the character only a walk-on part, but the character they created - Cameron McKenzie, the new Fool's Gold veterinarian - turned out to be so intriguing that I had to write a book for him.

We started with nothing. Fans voted on the character's gender, age, occupation, back story, name... and they even gave Cameron an adorable daughter named Kaitlyn and a dog named Noah. Noah is a girl, by the way - yep, my fans came up with that, too!

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publisher's Weekly calls Susan's prose "luscious and provocative," and Booklist says, "Novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling." While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She's there for the coffee, not the weather.

Product Details

  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q0B4ZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fool's Gold Hit November 6, 2011
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Another Fool's Gold Hit!! This Sweet Holiday Novella gives us a look intot he life of Cameron, our very handsome Vet, and his "Friend" Rina, the pet groomer.

Rina has been in love with Cameron since the first day she saw him a year ago, but the love she has for his daughter is special to Rina and she doesn't want to do anything to threaten their relationship, so she knows that she can't tell Cameron that she is in love with him. Then she gains the courage on night to tell him the truth and things don't end up exactly how she planned. Will these two end up together in time for Christmas?? I think you will have to read the book to find out!!

This was a quick read for me. The story took us on a sleigh ride of friendship, love, heartbreak and overcoming fear. It is a sweet, little Holiday read that will warm your heart. A little hit chocolate for the soul, as only Susan Mallery can do! Enjoy!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story, but problematic for this reviewer December 31, 2011
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WARNING: Spoiler alert!

Carina Fiore has lived in Fool's Gold all her life. Working as a pet groomer for veterinarian Cameron McKenzie, Rina has become obsessed with the single father and his adorable eight-year-old daughter. She longs to tell Cameron she's in love with him but hesitates until spurred on by her friend Beth.

Cameron is happy with his life. He loves his practice, is devoted to his daughter and counts himself lucky to have a good friend in Rina. Not only does she work with him, she also helps get his daughter dressed for school and cooks dinner for them. Even though he has fleeting moments when he'd like to be more than a friend, he isn't about to spoil the relationship he has. After all, his experience with loving a woman resulted in that woman walking out on him and his newborn daughter.

But when Rina declares her feelings, Cameron is blind sided. He cannot risk losing her so he says he wants only friendship. That's not enough for Rina and she begins the painful process of moving on.

I wanted to like this story more than I did. Ms. Mallery is a wonderful writer and I've loved other Fool's Gold stories, however, I couldn't buy Cameron's excuse for keeping Rina at arm's length, and I bought even less his abrupt change of heart. Only Us is a charming story with likable characters (even Cameron, despite my desire to hit him over the head to knock some sense into him). The pacing is great for a novella and Mallery's skills are evident. I just couldn't accept the "I only want a friend...no, wait, I love her" ending.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect taste of Fools Gold November 11, 2011
By M. Dana
Format:Kindle Edition
It's so good to be back in Fools Gold and catch up with people! Only Us is a charming story, warm and romantic. Love the Christmas pet adoption idea, although I'm glad they didn't decorate the iguana! This novella might just be the perfect pre-Christmas escape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like romance and family this writer is for you. November 6, 2011
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Susan Mallery has proven yet again that if you mix interesting characters with an exciting romance, throw in some family dynamics, and stir gently, you will have a story that will not only touch the heart, but, warm your soul. I love the strong characters who live in Fool's Gold. You will too. I read my first book out of order, and then had to go back and read ALL of them from the beginning, as I wanted to know the full story about the many ongoing story lines. You can't go wrong with this series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Us Fools Gold Holiday Story November 6, 2011
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Wonderful addition to the Fool's Gold series. Very heartwarming, my only complaint is it wasn't long enough! I love this series and everyone who lives in Fool's Gold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Mallery Hit!! December 11, 2011
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Only Us: A Fool's Gold Holiday is another hit for Susan Mallery! A great holiday read..one to put you in the Christmas spirit. I'm a little prejudiced though, luckily I am one of the cheerleaders the book is dedicated to!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fool's Gold Holiday January 7, 2012
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Very upset that you can only get this on Kindle, there are a lot of readers out there who do not own them yet! This is an excellent book & it is unfair that many of your readers will be deprived of it because they do not or will not own a Kindle or similar reading devices. I was only recently converted over myself!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Fool's Gold novella/short story. January 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If there's one thing that's made my 2011, it's the fact I have found myself a brand new author to look forward to. Susan Mallery isn't an author I've ever read until 2011, but when I saw Only Yours on Netgalley I requested it and it was an utterly amazing novel. I then read Only His and it's just an awesome series and it's so nice to have tried and loved Mallery. So I was thrilled to see a Christmas Short Story available set in Fool's Gold and it was a really cute, really quick read.

Cameron McKenzie is the vet for Fool's Gold and since his wife walked out on their baby daughter, he's gone solo, and 9 years later, that works for him. Rina Fiore works at Cameron's vets' as the resident pet groomer and has been in love with Cameron for a year, and already feels close to his daughter since she looks after her every day, so it seems only natural that Rina tells Cameron of her feelings... But his reaction stuns her, and she finds herself wishing she hadn't risked her feelings after all, especially since its the holiday season.

It'll take you only minutes - about 10 or 15 - to complete Only Us. Yes, it's a short story and it's SHORT (would you believe me if I told you there was a review on Amazon that complains it's short? There really is and it makes me wonder what they expect from a "SHORT story"). However, it's a short story I thoroughly enjoyed. In the short time we were with Rina, Cameron and his daughter Kaitlyn, I felt like we really got to know them. I felt warmed by the tale, and although I won't say it was too short (it was not), I could have happily read a full-length novel to feature the three of them because they made an impression even if it was such a short time we knew them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick
A very quick easy read, with just the right amount of romance. Read it in one afternoon. Great easy read
Published 3 days ago by natasha berning
5.0 out of 5 stars but good book! Similar to the rest of the fools ...
It is a quick read, but good book! Similar to the rest of the fools gold books!
Published 7 days ago by Megan Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars feel good holiday story
This is a really adorable Christmas love story. It makes you like the characters and end with a smile on your face :)
Published 12 days ago by Cait
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 18 days ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars T find,t have a good life for all them and a good ending too.
A. Lovely story.on about what can happen of you are too stubborn to try and let the one who really loves you know how much you love him before it is too late.
Published 19 days ago by Norma J. Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read
Published 20 days ago by Hemingway888
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, good spirited easy read.
A feel good story. Not a difficult book for I read it in less than an hour. Nice light and quick story.
Published 23 days ago by LMG
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with lots of smiles. :-)
Aloha Susan,
I am so addicted with your entire series of Fools Gold. I bought all the books and entire Kindle collection. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Sarah Waeyenbergh
4.0 out of 5 stars short sweet story quick lovely read!
A sweet short peek into the development of a family in the addictive town fools gold. Warning it is a short quick read that will leave you with yearning for more as well as curious... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Megan DuPont
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book,
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia S. Mason
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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.

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