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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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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

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Product Details

  • Series: Fool's Gold (Book 11)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373777604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373777600
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 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 (707 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By BBMoreB VINE VOICE on June 8, 2013
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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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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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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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I confess to reading this book and being unable to put it down! I'm a fan of the Fool's Gold series and eagerly await each new addition. Having read the negative reviews, I found myself agreeing with a couple of points...the names Patience and Justice are a little much given the way their story played out. Of course, I felt the same way with Summer Days...Heidi who raises goats...seriously?

However, that being said, I love this quiet mythical town and it's cast of characters which provide an escape from my busy life. Book series, regardless of the author, all have a certain amount of predictability in them. That is their charm. They are like a warm fuzzy blanket on a cold night enveloping you in its warmth and providing comfort. I hated small town living growing up, people in your business all the time. As an adult, I think I could appreciate the a town like Fool's Gold, real communities where people look out for one another. I love coming back in each new book to see what has happened to characters I have gotten to know previously.

While Patience and Justice were not my most favorite characters, this book introduces several new characters which look promising for future books, especially Felicia. I'm looking forward to reading more about her in "Two of a Kind" which comes out at the end of this month. And I've really been waiting a long time for Ford Hendrix to come home to see what unfolds with his story...
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