Review: Only Yours by Susan Mallery

Only Yours by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold (#5)
Publication Date:  August 30, 2011
Publisher:  Harlequin
Pages: 384

Source:  Netgalley

Montana Hendrix has found her calling—working with therapy dogs. With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she’s finally ready to look for her own happily ever after. Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right… or maybe Dr. Right?

Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can’t have. Scarred since childhood, he avoids emotional entanglement by moving from place to place to heal children who need his skillful touch. Can his growing feelings for Montana lead him to find a home in Fool’s Gold, or will he walk away, taking her broken heart with him?

Review: This is the second of the Hendrix triplet’s stories and the fifth of the Fool’s Gold series.  Of this series, I’ve only read Only Mine, book four.  However, I’m a huge fan of Susan Mallery’s so when I say this book on NetGalley. I had to grab it.

Montana has always struggled to find her place as the youngest of triplets, but the pieces seem to fall in place when she begins to train service dogs. The story begins with Montana talking a walk with a dog-in-training.  Fluffy gets loose and ends up running around the local hospital and while Montana is chasing him, she literally runs into Simon, a doctor who is not understanding about this accident.

Simon’s a world renown surgeon, specializing in burn victims.  He’s visiting Fool’s Gold for a short stint in the hospital.  Due to a traumatic childhood, Simon is determined to keep his distance from everyone and not form any attachments.  But something about Montana worms her way past his defenses and add in a spunky dog and a young burn victim and Simon is a goner.

I love how Ms Mallery spins a tale.  She has a way of creating characters that just reach in and tug at your heart strings.  I really felt for Simon as his past is revealed and how it effected his life and relationships — especially as he fought his growing feelings for Montana. But what I really like is that while this book is a part of a series and past characters (and ones who will star in future books) make appearances, the book focuses on the stars and doesn’t really have any subplots to complete for time.  And what subplots there are, are relevant to Simon’s and Montana’s story.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, and hunting down some past books so I can revisit Fool’s Gold.


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