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Editorial Reviews


"Mallery...excels at creating varied, well-developed characters and an emotion-packed story gently infused with her trademark wit and humor." One of the Top 10 Romances of 2011!

- Booklist on Only Mine

"An adorable, outspoken heroine and an intense hero...set the sparks flying in Mallery's latest lively, comic, and touching family-centered story."

- Library Journal on Only Yours

"Mallery's prose is luscious and provocative."

-Publishers Weekly

"When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself."

- RT Book Reviews on Only Yours

"If you want a story that will both tug on your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone, Mallery is the author for you!"

- RT Book Reviews on Only His

From the Author

Dear Reader,

The rugged Stryker brothers are about to ride into town, and Fool's Gold may never be the same again. I am so excited to return to my favorite town and to introduce you to three gorgeous heroes who embody everything I love about cowboys. The Stryker men are strong, loyal, protective, and sexy!

Fool's Gold is a unique place, and these cowboy romances are filled with the humor you've come to expect from stories set in the Land of Happy Endings. You've already met the women who will bring these tough men to their knees. Heidi the Goat Girl (SUMMER DAYS), Annabelle the Librarian (SUMMER NIGHTS), and Charlie the Firefighter (ALL SUMMER LONG) are three best friends destined to become family. What could be better than that?

The Castle Ranch where he grew up is the last place Rafe Stryker ever wanted to return, but to protect his family, he will go anywhere and take on anyone - even a scam artist like vivacious Heidi Simpson, a woman whose smile is so bright he can see it in his dreams.

To download a complete list of my books in order of publication, please visit the Freebies page inside the Members Only area of my website.

Susan Mallery
read. laugh. love.

Product Details

  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (June 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JJSN9U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women's lives--romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on "the new queen of romantic fiction." (Walmart) Booklist says, "Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and RT Book Reviews puts her "in a class by herself!"

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool's Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By KKJ on August 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
[NOTE: I read a digital reviewer's copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley]

The WTFery is strong with this book. Allow me to itemize:


-> Hero's TSTL mother paid heroine's slimy manwhore grandfather $250,000 for a ranch he didn't own. No title search is done and no deed changes hands.

-> Millionaire business tycoon hero is partly to blame for this travesty of justice because he signed contracts without reading them.

-> Hero files complaint. Heroine's grandfather spends one night in jail. TSTL mother refuses to press charges. Slimy con man grandfather is absolved of all legal and ethical repercussions. He graciously allows his beloved granddaughter - who was never involved in the fraud - to be responsible for paying restitution.

-> Judge orders disputing parties to share the property until restitution can be made. So they all move in together.

-> Heroine's defense lawyer advises her to sleep with the hero - aka the plaintiff. Everyone laughs.

-> Heroine's name is Heidi. She wears her hair in two long braids. She lives with her grandfather near the mountains. She raises goats (see below).

-> Hero's TSTL mother has a thing for impulse purchases of exotic animals on eBay.

-> Hero's TSTL mother marries the ex-carny con man who defrauded her of a QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS. Because "he did it for a good cause."

-> Heroine's ranch is menaced by feral cows. She wants to donate them to a zoo.

-> Hero refuses to discuss youngest brother's name because baby bro is a meth dealer. Just kidding. It's even worse - he's an underwear model and movie butt double.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, I really like Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series, but I just can't get into this one. Personally, it's the plot.

Heidi's grandfather Glen falsely sells Heidi's ranch to Rafe's mother for $250, 000. When Rafe's mother May arrives and finds out she can't have the ranch, things get complicated.

My problem with this is that everyone seems to forgive Glen because he STOLE the money to help a friend with cancer. While that is very noble of him, he still cheated a woman out of $250, 000. But no one besides Rafe thought that was too big of a problem, because he had a good cause. Even May forgave him and insisted they could work something out.

Oh please.

I find it ridiculous that Heidi's lawyer suggested sexual favors as a way to get Rafe to back off the ranch. I also find it ridiculous that a judge suggested Heidi and May share the ranch until she comes to a ruling. Glen wasn't punished for him crime, his FELONY. He also never seemed to apologetic. He could've ruined his granddaughter's life. She could have lost everything and he didn't seem to realize how big the consequences of his actions could be.

I also didn't like this book because towards the end I felt that Heidi became a too stupid to live (tstl) heroine. Like her grandfather committed fraud, she attempted to commit fraud in order to keep the ranch. I found that to be highly distasteful and I became so upset by her stupidity, as well as that of her friends Annabelle and Charlie, that I almost couldn't finish the book.

I didn't feel emotionally invested in any of the characters and I feel as though certain background characters, such as Evangeline, interested me more than both Rafe and Heidi. The characters, including May, were a little too unrealistic to me.
I simply can't suspend disbelief to believe that a man who knowingly stole $250, 000 would be that easily forgiven and go unpunished.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By McKaren on July 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a Susan Mallery fan-but this book was a big waste of time! I will continue the series and hope this book was a fluke! The end does not justify the means! This book tried to make us sympathetic towards Heidi's grandfather for swindling money from Rafe's mom to fund a friend's cancer treatment. I never bought how the swindle happened. Did she not have title insurance? As a successful businessman I didn't buy that Rafe would have signed so many papers without reading them throughout the whole book! Then when Heidi gets upset she decides to have her friends help her commit fraud. and her friends are all supportive of her. I thought the town and the judge should have supported Rafe not Heidi! I don't mind suspending some reality to enjoy a romance novel but when it starts justifying issues like theft and fraud-I expect some accountability! I didn't even buy the quick romance between Heidi's grandfather and Rafe's mom -that was idiotic to me! This book was just not my cup of tea!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Lawrence on September 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
There are so many things I admire about a good Susan Mallery novel: the marvelous female friendships, the humor, the hunky heroes, the adorable fictional towns that I wish existed in real life (so that I could move there).

Unfortunately, this is not a good Susan Mallery novel.

First clue that this one was going to go badly off the rails: The heroine, whose name is HEIDI, is an orphan sent to live with her grandfather as a child. She keeps goats. In the mountains. And she has blonde braided pigtails. Yet NOBODY in the novel ever once makes a single wisecrack or Heidi reference about this. Seriously??

Second clue: A con artist who has ripped off a nice middle-aged lady to the tune of $250K is portrayed as an endearing and lovable old guy who deserves forgiveness because it was for a "good cause". This unapologetic felon does exactly one night of jail time.

Third clue: Heroine Heidi's sole source of income is a very small herd of goats (8 total) whose apparently magical udders somehow produce enough milk that Heidi is able to A) sell goat milk to the locals, B) make cheese, C) make goat-milk soap, D) feed a bunch of stray cats, and E) earn enough from the aforementioned that some banker who is not, so far as we know, smoking crack in his office has actually considered her a viable candidate for a mortgage. Oh, and midway through the book Heidi is acquiring a sales agent and some kind of international marketing deal for her goat-milk products. Did I mention there are all of 8 goats? Yes?

And this is just the tip of the absurdity iceberg. I enjoy the escapism of a fun fluffy romance, and I certainly don't expect such books to be timeless literature for the ages--but I do expect the author to at least TRY to construct a readable plot. With this one I was muttering, "Give me a break!" every third page.

I've enjoyed several of the Fools Gold novels, but I'd suggest saving your money on this one.
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