Title: Two of a Kind
Author: Susan Mallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fool’s Gold (Book 11)
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Format: Paperback, 384 Pages
ISBN-10: 037377768X (Harlequin HQN)
ISBN-13: 978-0373777686 (Harlequin HQN)
Reviewed by: Michelle
Felicia Swift never dreamed she’d hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool’s Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away…on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool’s Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that.
Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm’s length. Felicia wants more than he can give-a home, family, love-but she has a lot to learn about men…and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her.
As these two misfits discover that passion isn’t the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.
Quick & Dirty: A sweet story that started out as a fling but continued into something more.
Opening Sentence: Rational thought and a working knowledge of hand-to-hand combat were useless when faced with the villainous power of the American house spider.
It’s not a surprise that I’m a fan of Susan Mallery’s. Most of her stories are easy to connect to. A strong woman, in her own right, meets a handsome man with his own strengths and weaknesses. Usually a romantic relationship develops, and there are hearts fluttering all around them. I have always gone to Mallery’s work when I needed an emotional pick-me-up. In the case of her latest story in the Fool’s Gold series, Two of a Kind, I fell in love with Gideon.
Following the latest group to settle into Fool’s Gold, we follow Felicia. Once a military strategist, she has settled in the small town to connect with people on a more personal level. Her intelligence has always intimidated people, never allowing for a real connection. Eventually it became a shield to protect her from awkward social situations. But Felicia is determined to change all of that, hoping to have a normal lifestyle with a husband, a family, and a small house with a picket fence. Gideon is Felicia’s long-ago one-night fling. He also served in the military, they met overseas. Due to Felicia’s inexperience with many social situations, she propositioned him to do more than just talk. Gideon has since then moved to live a life of privacy, trying his best to escape his own past. But as small towns go, he meets soon encounters Felicia.
I adored Felicia. As a reader, I always find ways to connect to one or more of the main characters. It was easy for me to connect to her vulnerabilities. Mallery wrote her as a real woman, with all the insecurities being with other women, other men, and social situations altogether. I loved how she wasn’t a damsel in distress. Felicia is smart and capable, and I really adored that she intimidated men.
It took me a bit to warm up to Gideon. He was too protected for me to understand who he was. The slow build of his character, regardless if I’ve seen him in the previous books, put me off in some ways. I couldn’t connect to him, and maybe that was on purpose. He’s strong and he has so many good qualities about him, but it wasn’t love at first sight.
This time around, Fool’s Gold wasn’t renewed or Mallery didn’t showcase a whole side of town I didn’t know. She stuck to the familiar and that was good enough for me. Sometimes, I can get caught up in wanting something new that I forget to just appreciate what is already there. Fool’s Gold is a story that is 12 stories long now, and I have not yet grown tired of it.
I wasn’t in love with Two of a Kind as I am with the other stories. And it isn’t the fault of the story itself or Mallery for that matter. I have most likely read a similar story. And this happens to stories more often than not. Mallery wrote it with her characters in mind and this is probably where the progression of her characters were going.
If you love Fool’s Gold and all of Mallery’s characters, you’ll love Two of a Kind.
She swayed toward him. “Our previous encounter was very satisfying. There have been two other men, and it wasn’t the same. I suppose it’s one of those intangibles that can’t be measured. With you, I felt more comfortable. We laughed and talked in addition to making love. I remember that we ordered champagne and you–”
He knew exactly what he’d done with a mouthful of champagne. He remembered everything about their night together.
Unable to stop himself, he put his hands on her waist and drew her to him. She went willingly, her head already slightly raised so he barely had to bend to kiss her.
Fool’s Gold Series:
4. Only Mine
5. Only Yours
6. Only His
6.1 Only Us
6.2 Almost Summer
7. Summer Days
11. Just One Kiss
12. Two of a Kind
13. Three Little Words (September 2013)
FTC Advisory: Harlequin HQN provided me with a copy of Two of a Kind. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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