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"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."

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

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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
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Product Details

  • Series: Fool's Gold (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; First Edition edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776832
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,319 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 (, 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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45 of 46 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
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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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