Guest & Contest: Susan Mallery

Embarrassing Crushes
by Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at

When I was younger, I had a deep and abiding love for a celebrity who shall remain nameless. I wasn’t the kind of girl to hang his picture in my locker or cover my room with his posters – ours was a private love. I grew up in LA, and my dad worked in TV, so I was convinced that my one true love and I would one day meet. And when we did, I didn’t want him to think that I was like the millions of silly girls who had a crush on him. They didn’t know him. I did. My love was real, and as soon as we met, he would recognize me as his soul mate.

Back then, I didn’t tell anyone how I felt because our love was sacred. Today, I still won’t confess his name because, frankly, I’m embarrassed. What was I thinking?! He wasn’t very smart, only marginally cute, and he ran like a girl. (There’s your one hint – he was on a TV show that required running. And he had dark hair. Two hints, but that’s it.)

In THREE LITTLE WORDS, my latest Fool’s Gold romance, Isabel Beebe knows all about embarrassing crushes, though hers wasn’t on a celebrity. When Isabel was 14, she had a crush on Ford Hendrix, her sister’s then-fiancé. Worse, Ford knew how she felt because when her sister broke up with him, Isabel chased after him, sobbing, begging him not to leave. And when he joined the Navy, she wrote him dozens of long, impassioned letters.

Over the years, her letters became less like teenage love letters and more like a “Dear Diary” kind of thing, but that brings its own special twist of humiliation. Because now Ford is back in Fool’s Gold to open a bodyguard-training facility, and this dangerously sexy ex-Navy SEAL knows all her most embarrassing secrets. He knows about her first kiss. He knows when she lost her virginity and where (*cough* inthebackofatruck *cough*).

All summer, Isabel has been ducking around corners to hide from Ford, but as THREE LITTLE WORDS begins, she’s decided that enough is enough. Fool’s Gold is too small for her to avoid him forever, especially since he just rented the place next door.

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Who was your embarrassing teenage crush? Why are you embarrassed?

14 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Susan Mallery

  1. I was a pre-teen, and it’s really, really embarrassing. Buck Owens. From Hee-Haw. I have no idea why, other than we shared a birthday, though mine was many years later than his. (Can’t believe I’m admitting that!)

  2. Jackie Delude says:

    my most embarrassing crush was one of the guys on my little league baseball team! he only thought of me as a friend and even asked if I would have one of my friends come to our game because he liked her!!! and of I did so what does that tell you!!

  3. Kathleen O says:

    My most embarrassing Crush was on a and older man when I was just 16… I thought he was going to come back to me when I was 18.. I pinned for awhile, but then someone else came along and turned my head… I would not have changed that time in my life for anything..

  4. Crystal B says:

    Probably every crush I had as a teenagers. Aren’t those always the WORST and most embarrassing moments of your life? 🙂 The drama of teenage love… 🙂 LOL Now I look back and laugh

  5. Sue K says:

    I had a couple of crushes when I was a kid. One was a celebrity — he was on a weekly Western and I was sooo in love with him! I even wrote him a fan letter, but of course, I never told him my feelings! I think I was 11 or 12 and he was a couple of years older.
    Then there was a boy in my 8th grade class, He was tall and smart and never even looked at me. 🙁 He ran for a political office years later and I even voted for him!

  6. had a crush on one of my brohers basketball friends and they were much older than i. didn’t last long. I love this series and just when I think I’ve read the best another one comes out and it’s even better.
    If anybody needs a $1 coupon off a paperback For Three Little Words, just released today, let me know.

  7. Nancy Goldberg Levine says:

    I had a crush on Peter Tork from “The Monkees” and the actor who played Bud in the old TV show “Flipper.” That wasn’t too embarrassing until my snotty music teacher read the note I passed to my friend about that actor.

    I also wrote a short story where the heroine had a teenage crush on a guy from school and sees him kissing another girl on Valentine’s Day. She meets him years later and doesn’t feel the same way but then she meets the hero.

  8. Lesley L. says:

    I loved Three Little Words! This summer’s book have been the best yet! My teenage crush is the same one I have today – Bruce Willis!

  9. Dee says:

    I was a social misfit…no crush for me!! Growing up on a farm limited my social development, we could barely get one good channel on the TV, we may have got to town once a week! Books were my freedom and escape, loved the library! I remember falling into lust with Rhett Butler from ‘Gone With The Wind’! Romances are so wonderful!! My favorite series is Fool’s Gold! Ford is my favorite male character!! He is funny, sweet and caring!!

  10. Chris Bails says:

    I had a crush on a boy in school for about 3 years. I don’t know if he ever knew, but I was so “IN Love” with him. Kind of funny now that I am older and understand love. I live in a different town now and just found out a couple of years ago that our kids go to the same school. Kind of a funny story. I see him often and of course he is happily married with 3 kids and 2 adopted kids. They are a very nice family.
    Love the Fool’s Gold series and want this book.

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