New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery’s classic blend of lighthearted humor and intense emotional conflict works its magic on two newcomers to the California town of Fool’s Gold, which Library Journal calls “a setting so real and appealing readers will want to start scoping out real estate.”
Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that’s calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn’t. Her temporary assignment with the Fool’s Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what’ll happen if she does.
Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker’s cool facade is a woman who needs more than he’s ever given. With her, he’s ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.
Review: It was great to be back in Fool’s Gold since it’s one of my favorite places to be. The town, the people and festivals make me feel like I’ve come home each and every time I pick up a Fool’s Gold book. Susan Mallery makes us care about the characters, the family and group dynamics, the businesses and the town which is why she is one of my favorite authors.
Hold Me is the eighteenth book in the series and once again I was transported back. We had met Kipling and his sister in a previous book so we knew they would both end up in Fool’s Gold. The characters were all multifaceted as usual and had many layers to them that needed to be peeled back in order to get to know them. Kipling and his sister Shelby were hurting for different reasons.
Destiny Mills was only in Fool’s Gold for a few months to help get the new search and rescue team up and running by mapping the mountains. She has a protective shell around her and doesn’t like anyone to get too close due to her childhood as the daughter of two country music stars that had a volatile relationship. She also moves around a lot for her work assignments and never really puts down roots. She sees no reason to get close to people and definitely doesn’t want excitement in her life or feel the need for sex which is why she’s looking for Mr. Sensible. Her half-sister Starr, whom she gets guardianship of even though they had never met, is afraid of being hurt and unloved. Watching them get to know each other as well as their new town and its inhabitants was heartwarming but often heart-wrenching as well. My emotions weren’t as engaged in this book since all four of the main characters held something back and kept their emotions in check not wanting to give themselves away and chance being hurt. When they did make a connection with others it was a great feeling but then they often quickly retreated back into their shell.
There were family, friends, Mayor Marsha doing what she does best, many of the characters we’ve met before, camaraderie, friendships of longstanding as well as those newly cultivated, laughter, tears, heartache, fear, lots of music, romance and love. There was a happily ever after that was a joy to see and nice closure. I know we’ll be back in Fool’s Gold later this summer to meet up with everyone once again. I for one can’t wait!
Favorite Quote: “I like calm. The highs and lows never end well. Better to stay emotionally steady. It’s easier.”