Review: Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold (# 17)
Release Date:  July 1, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 377
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

 

 

After Phoebe Kitzke’s kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool’s Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn’t exactly thrilled by the city girl’s arrival.

Thanks to his brother’s latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn’t fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss, but she’s exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.

In his arms, Phoebe discovers she’s a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can’t stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?

 

Review:  Whenever I want a pick me up, I like to fall back on some of my favorite longtime running series.  Fool’s Gold by Susan Mallery is one of those series.  Yes, the small California town is probably too idyllic and the folks that live there are just too perfect, but each and every story that I’ve read in the series tugs at my heartstrings and just makes me want to live in that little piece of heaven.

You’d think with Kiss Me being the 17th book in the series that maybe some of the magic of the series would start to fade.  And perhaps it’s because I read them sporadically, but every time I pick up one of these books, it’s like coming home and visiting old friends.  And Kiss Me is no different.

Zane’s lived his whole life on a ranch on the outskirts of Fool’s Gold.  He’s raising his younger brother who has gotten himself into a little trouble and now Zane is committed to hosting a touristy cattle drive.  Then there’s Phoebe.  She’s best friends with Zane’s step-sister and is a born and bred city girl.  She’s having work issues and decides to visit Fool’s Gold.  These two are opposites on the surface, but ultimately they had a lot more in common than expected.

I loved the interactions between Zane and Phoebe.  They’re drawn to each other, but aren’t sure what to make of it.  Zane has the world on his shoulders and Phoebe just wants to follow her instincts and help him.   The whole backdrop of the cattle drive just enhanced the growing relationship between the two and offered plenty of laughs and tears.

There was also a varied cast of characters from all of those folks participating on the cattle drive.  There was the vegetarian couple and a couple of elderly ladies (who make regular appearances in the series) who provided some comic relief.  And then there was a couple who accompanied a pair of kids from the foster system who made me keep a box of tissues handy.

Kiss Me took me on a wild ride and I couldn’t put the book down.  When I read a Fool’s Gold book, I always wonder why I was away so long.  After reading this installment, I’m planning on going back and reading some of the previous books that I missed.  The series can be read out of order, I’ve done so, but as with most long running series, there are always reoccurring characters that pop up and the books are only enhanced if you’ve read the series in order.  All in all, I’d highly recommend this book and series to fans of small town romances.