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I Belong

Review: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Title: Three Little Words

Author: Susan Mallery

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Fool’s Gold (Book 12)

Publication Date: July 30, 2013

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373777787 (Harlequin HQN)

ISBN-13: 978-0373777785 (Harlequin HQN)

Reviewed by: Michelle


Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again….

Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same….

Quick & Dirty: A great love story between two people that is worth writing about.

Opening Sentence: Dear Ford, I can’t believe my sister was stupid enough to cheat on you with your best friend two weeks before your wedding.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Susan Mallery was one of my first contemporary romance authors. I have followed her writing career since I started reading adult romance. It is a testament for an author’s talent and love for the craft that she manages to keep her audience engaged. That is the case for Three Little Words. In the twelfth tale from Fool’s Gold, I finally find out more about Ford Hendrix. Ever since the triplets spoke about their elusive brother, I have been intrigued. Well the time is here, and Mallery couldn’t have done a better job with him. Before I continue gushing about Ford, let me tell you a little bit about Three Little Words.

Three Little Words brings us the rekindling of Ford Hendrix and Isabel Beebe. Isabel has loved Ford since she was young teenager, when her sister broke Ford’s heart. When Ford left for the military, quickly after, Isabel began to write to him. She wrote to him periodically, first to just communicate, but later to confide in. Ford never responded, but didn’t stop her. Eventually, time passed, and they moved on. Isabel lived a life outside of Fool’s Gold, but she has temporarily came back to help her parents sell Paper Moon Wedding Gowns, their family bridal dress boutique. Ford lived his life far away from Fool’s Gold as he can. But his latest business venture and start of civilian life has brought him back as well.

I have been a fan of Isabel since Just One Kiss. She’s quirky, and I have admired her long-time crush for Ford. She makes it a point to avoid him, but reluctantly asks about him. She describes many women I know, and I’m sure I’ve acted the same at one point or another. Isabel is realistic and funny. She’s loyal to her friends and family, especially her grandmother. Mallery wrote her as if she was one of my friends. She became a tangible person with true emotions. I adored her.

Ford is delicious. Mallery did a great job with him. He has become this unattainable person that I’d want to chase…forever. I respected his blunt and brash thoughts, but loved how he was also caring when the time called for it. For someone like Ford, with what he has seen and done, it probably wasn’t easy to write a closed-off person. But I knew who he was, thanks to Mallery. She allowed me to see past his reservations and guarded persona, but not in a way where it was filled with angst and turmoil. It was easy to understand him. I love that about a character.

The recipe of love isn’t something new, but Mallery has told it in a way that is refreshing. There are elements within Ford and Isabel’s relationship that stay true to who Mallery is as a writer, but I think she also adds attributes that engages the reader. The character voices are unique and independent of one another, and I find it fascinating that she can write individual voices for each and every citizen of Fool’s Gold. There are so many, yet she manages to keep it all organized and entertaining.

Mallery’s writing style is familiar to me. Throughout her writing career, she updated a few techniques here and there, but it still stands out. I feel comforted by how she delivers a story of love, whether it is a sad tale or a happy ever after. Fool’s Gold is a great series and I cannot wait to read more.

I highly urge you to read Three Little Words, as well as the rest of the Fool’s Gold series.

Notable Scene:

“You went back on your word and broke my heart.” He hung his head, as if defeated.

She stared at him. For a second she allowed herself to wonder what it would be like if he were actually speaking the truth. If he did love her, the way Leonard loved Maeve – with his entire being. Or if not Fort, then someone. Because Eric had never loved her. Not as more than a good friend.

She gathered her resolve and smiled at him. “You’re going to have to solve this another way because I’m not going to be your fake girlfriend.”

He signed heavily. “I’m doomed.”

“So it would seem. Want a beer?”

His head came up and he grinned. “Sure.”

“And like that, he’s healed.”

“Hey, I’m a simple guy.”

Fool’s Gold Series:

1. Chasing Perfect

2. Almost Perfect

2.5 Sister of the Bride

3. Finding Perfect

4. Only Mine

5. Only Yours

6. Only His

6.1 Only Us

6.2 Almost Summer

7. Summer Days

8. Summer Nights

9. All Summer Long

10. A Fool’s Gold Christmas

11. Just One Kiss

12. Two of a Kind

13. Three Little Words

FTC Advisory: Harlequin HQN provided me with a copy of Three Little Words.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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6 Responses to “Review: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

  1. DeeNo Gravatar

    What a great review!! Ford is a delicious character, he is funny, sweet and easy going, who could not fall in love with Ford! Isabels love letters to Ford were such a sweet touch and the fact that he had kept them all was wonderful!!

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  2. JoAnneNo Gravatar

    Great review. My favorite book in the series so far! Loved that there were 2 love stories.

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  3. julie barrettNo Gravatar

    I love this series and just when I think I’ve read the best another one comes out and it’s even better.

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  4. ShariNo Gravatar

    I love this series. Loved the story of Isabel and Ford. Then with added romance of Conseulo and Kent, it makes for perfect read.

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  5. LesleyNo Gravatar

    I loved Three Little Words! This summer’s FG series have been the best so far!

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  6. PatsyNo Gravatar

    It has been a great summer in Fools Gold and finishing up with Three little Words is the icing on the cake. Isabel and Ford discovering each other within the safety of their ‘fake relationship’ is priceless. And for me the 2 for 1 relationship just made my day. I love this book. Everyone should read it.

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