Review: Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Best of My Love by Susan Mallery
Series:  Fool’s Gold (# 20)
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher:  HQN Books
Pages: 380
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!


Review:   Susan Mallery is one of my favorite writers. Best of My Love is her latest and last book in the Fool’s Gold series that I greatly enjoyed. Her writing was refreshing as always with family, friends, romance and love front and center. The new tale completely swept me into the  plot which was addictive as all her books are.  Steady paced but engaging. I couldn’t stop reading it.

Inside Best of My Love, I got to follow Shelby and Aidan as they grew and explored their relationship. It was fun to watch as they approached their relationship in creative ways starting as friends. I felt excitement race through me as I followed them. Many themes were explored including friendship, love, and trust and both Shelby and Aidan had trust issues. It was easy to relate to them both.

I’ve not read a novel by Susan Mallery where the characters weren’t as believable as the ones in this book.A great amount of humor was included and at times I almost cried from laughter. As I dug further into the Best of My Love, I was reunited with many of the previous characters. The Fool’s Gold cast of characters are unforgettable. The entire journey was an emotional roller coaster. So much to love…funny, sweet, and heart melting. Susan Mallery has a knack for teasing and keeping me engaged. Shelby is the lead female protagonist and her baked goods made my mouth water. The ending was worth the intrigue. Overall, I felt completely satisfied with this new book by Susan Mallery but sad to see the series end.  Best of My Love is one contemporary romance I recommend to all along with the rest of the Fool’s Gold series.