Review (Interview): Hold Me by Susan Mallery

Hold Me (Fool's Gold, #16)
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.

Susan Mallery is a goddess in creating a homely family romance that you feel the warmth throughout the story.  She has done it again by creating another fantastic and addicting A Fool's Gold trilogy.  It starts off with Hold Me by Susan Mallery from the famous skier Kipling and fanastic song writer Destiny. Readers have previously read a bit about Kipling from previously books since it hints on the next character who will get their romance story. Kipling has been though a tough childhood that he is known to fixes all problem for his family no matter what. And it takes no surprise when he wants to help Destiny. Destiny has been though a lot in her childhood from different siblings from her father and mother. She does not take any risk at all that she does not want to take her chances since she is afraid. However, things start changing in Kipling and Destiny life that it will be unexpected for them but it will challenge them to find what they want to be in life in order to have happiness. Reader will definitely love the challenges that Kipling and Destiny face separately and together because they show their strongest quality in them. Plus, reader get to read the hilarious conversation between past characters and future characters.  Hold Me is a great family read because it contains so much love and laugh that it makes it whole! Another best-seller in the A Fool's Gold series. 5 Stars.

Susan Mallery Fool's Gold Summer

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly). One major retailer recently described her as “the queen of romantic fiction.” While she deeply appreciates the accolades of critics and booksellers, Mallery is even more honored by the enthusiasm of her readers and the word-of-mouth that catapults her toward the top of the bestsellers lists time and again.

Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband, plus a toy poodle and two ragdoll cats who are not at all impressed by her growing fame. Visit Susan online at

Susan, readers are excited about returning to Fool's Gold this summer. What can you tell us about Hold Me, Kiss Me, and Thrill Me?

First off, I want to assure readers who have never read a Fool's Gold book that you can jump right in. Each book is written as a standalone, each story complete in and of itself. If you like heartfelt, sexy romances that are going to make you laugh loud enough to frighten animals and small children, give Hold Me, Kiss Me, and Thrill Me a try.

The #FoolsGoldSummer (more about the hashtag later) kicks off with Hold Me, featuring Kipling Gilmore. Kipling came to Fool's Gold under dramatic circumstances. An Olympic skier who was injured last year, he was laid up in a hospital in New Zealand when he learned that his younger sister was in danger from their abusive father. Mayor Marsha, a woman he'd never met, said she would keep his sister safe—and she did. Kipling has vowed to do anything for the mayor, including run the new search & rescue squad in a weird little California town.

Destiny's deepest secret is that she's just as passionate as her country music superstar parents. After watching so-called "love" destroy their lives again and again, through one marriage after another, she's determined not to ever give in to the emotion. As she's falling for Kipling despite her best efforts, she finds herself writing a love song in the dark of night, a song that will change the course of her life.

KISS ME (July)
Kiss Me is a complete change of pace, with most of the action taking place on the Nicholson Ranch outside of Fool's Gold. At Fool's Gold High, Zane Nicholson was voted "the guy girls most wanted to be with" four years running—including the year after he graduated. Since their dad died, Zane has been raising his younger brother, trying desperately to teach Chase to become a good man. When Chase sells tickets to a fake cattle drive on the ranch, Zane decides that the best way to teach his brother a lesson once and for all is to hold the cattle drive and give his brother all the crap jobs. He starts to question his decision as soon as the city slickers begin to arrive. Especially the big-hearted brunette with the hottest body this side of the Sierra Nevadas.

Like me, Phoebe Kitzke is a city girl. Our idea of the great outdoors is walking from the car to the mall. Phoebe has been alone in the world since her parents died. All she wants is to be someone’s most important person.

Oh, and for those of you who are Fool's Gold fans, Eddie and Gladys are on the cattle drive.

THRILL ME (August)
"Danger signs flashed, but Maya ignored them all. Because this was Del and maybe a girl was always supposed to have a special place in her heart for that first guy."

Maya and Del were in love once. They were planning to get married, but Maya was terrified of trusting someone else, so she ran away. She went to college and has been working as a producer on a celebrity "news" program in LA. Del left Fool's Gold, too, and made a fortune in extreme sports.

Now they're both back, and Mayor Marsha has asked them to work together to create a series of videos to promote the town's new slogan, a destination for romance. The fire between them is as hot as ever, but Del is wary of being burned.

By the way, Del is the eldest of five single brothers, all of whom will find love in the next year or two. You're going to love the sexy Mitchell brothers!
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Tell us more about the hashtag you mentioned, #FoolsGoldSummer.
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, I'm going to give away a weekly prize to a reader who uses the hashtag #FoolsGoldSummer on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. You can post pictures of the books in interesting places or mention anything that reminds you of Fool's Gold—a festival, an elephant, a couple kissing… the more times you use the hashtag, the better your chances to win. The prize will be a coveted Priscilla the Elephant stuffed toy.

What are you working on now?
I'm busy writing the first Fool's Gold romance of 2016, Aidan Mitchell and Shelby Gilmore's romance. Aidan's kind of a dog, but in the most charming way. Circumstances at the start of the book teach him in a very visceral way that he needs to make some changes in his life. Shelby is the perfect woman to take that journey with him.

But before that, don't miss Marry Me at Christmas, the fourth Fool's Gold romance of 2015! Madeline is going to fall in love for real with her celebrity crush.

Destiny's Song: Cruel Stranger

Destiny Mills is a fictional character. The song was written by Shae Cottar and is performed by Kendra Ogles.


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