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Two of a Kind

Two of a Kind

Написано SUSAN MALLERY

Озвучено Tanya Eby


Two of a Kind

Написано SUSAN MALLERY

Озвучено Tanya Eby

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4.5/5 (34 оценки)
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Jun 25, 2013
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9781480501997
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New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery welcomes listeners back to Fool's Gold, where a onetime fling could become the real thing.…

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.

"The wildly popular and prolific Mallery can always be counted on to tell an engaging story of modern romance." -Booklist on Summer Nights

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No.1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives - family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.

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  • (4/5)
    This is my second trip back to Fool's Gold California. I became acquainted to this heartwarming place in "Just One Kiss", where I was first introduced to Felicia and Gideon. Reading the second book "Two of A Kind" was like coming back home! I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next.
    I was totally captivated by this book - not only did I get caught up in this touching tale, I also found myself chuckling a lot as well. I find the setting of Fool's Gold to be comforting - a place I can't wait to return to. The characters are so endearing...you can't help but love them all.
    Although I am somewhat new to Susan's books, I am fast becoming a die-hard fan. I have so enjoyed these first two books, and am eagerly awaiting the next one, "Three Little Words".
    I would like to thank Susan for giving me the chance to discover this great series through her Review Crew. I am honored to be part of this group, and look forward to more great books by this wonderful author.
  • (3/5)
    I have read several of the books in the Fools Gold series and I'm still waiting to fall completely in love with them. I like the basic premise of this novel, but the execution was not up to the promise. Felicity is a quirky heroine and I usually like those. She never engaged me. Lori Foster's Alice (Bare It All) is a similar character. I liked her from the first. Felicity just seems awkward. Mallery didn't smooth off her edges. It didn't seem reasonable when Felicity did so well with raising a 13 year old boy with no notice. It was too smooth to be believed. Gideon is a stronger character, but he hangs on to his issues with both hands before suddenly letting them go, This book was okay, just not great.
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely loved this. My DH would come to see what I was laughing about, thinking it was on TV, but I would be reading and chuckleing. Of course, there were a few tears too.It was fast moving and hard to put down. I'll be looking for other Fool's Gold books.
  • (3/5)
    If I could I would move to Fool's Gold. It is a town of perfect partners and happily ever after.
  • (4/5)
    Fool's Gold magic is still working! For socially awkward Felicia the loving people in Fool's Gold are perfect to help her find her normal. When Felicia and Gideon meet up again after 4yrs the sparks are still there. Fun read... Recommended
  • (5/5)
    Another excellent visit to Fool's Gold. Felicia has come to town to help her friends get their bodyguard school up and running. She is amazingly intelligent but socially awkward and is looking for a little "normal" in her life. Gideon came to Fool's Gold a year ago and bought two radio stations where he is basically hiding out. Four years ago they had had an incredible night together. They are still attracted to each other but want totally different things - Felicia wants a family and Gideon wants to avoid emotional ties. But she thinks he's the only one who can teach her about men. Just as they start to settle in to a dating/friends Gideon is confronted with a thirteen year old son he didn't know he had. Now it's Felicia's turn to help Gideon.I loved Felicia. She is so intelligent that at the age of four her parents couldn't handle it and gave her to a university to raise. As a result she is highly educated but never learned how to relate to people. When she talks to people she tends to take things literally and often goes off on scientific tangents. She joined the military where she was assigned to do logistics for a Special Forces group, which is where she met Justice, Ford and Angel. They asked her to come to Fool's Gold and use her talents to help them set up their business. She has come to love the town. She has made friends with some of the women who gently tease her about her "scary smarts" but treat her as one of their own. I totally loved some of the conversations they'd have when Felicia would say something completely unexpected. Felicia was surprised and a bit embarrassed to find Gideon in Fool's Gold and spent some time avoiding him. Once they reconnected she discovered she was still attracted to him and in her own bluntly honest way let him know that she was available. I loved her confidence that she could sleep with him and not fall for him. I also liked the way that she could talk to him about anything. When the mayor asked her to take over running the festivals it was Gideon she went to for advice. I really liked the way that he supported her and gave her the confidence to do it. I enjoyed seeing her take on her first festival. The descriptions of her thoughts and reasoning, then the reactions of the attendees and vendors were so great that I felt like I was there. Gideon's arrival and his ability to calm her panic attack was sweet. When his son showed up it was Felicia's turn to help him as she moved in with them to help Gideon learn what to do. Felicia had absolutely no experience with parents but she had really good instincts. I loved seeing her relate to Carter. Even her odd way of talking helped her with him because he thought it was cool. As the weeks went on and she continued living with Gideon and Carter her emotions became more involved. She began to dream of actually being part of a true family with them. I liked Gideon too. He was hiding out in Fool's Gold. While he had been in the military he was captured and spent two years being tortured and watching the rest of his men die. Seeing them suffer as they thought of their families made Gideon vow he would never have one of his own. He was also suffering from terrible survivor's guilt since he was the only one who survived. He still suffers from terrible nightmares and flashbacks and considers himself to be irreparably broken. He is surprised to encounter Felicia in Fool's Gold. He has great memories of their night together and wouldn't mind a repeat but he realizes that Felicia is looking for permanent and he won't go there. When she shows up at his house late one night to ask his advice, their desire takes over. He's honest with her about his inability to commit but she just wants him however she can get him. I loved the way that he agreed to help her learn about dating men by taking her on some dates himself. I also loved the way that he gave her the confidence to take the festival planner job. I liked seeing the way that he couldn't stop himself from checking on her while she was working her first festival. One of the things I liked best about Gideon was the fact that Felicia's intelligence didn't bother him. He really enjoyed the things she said and how her mind worked. When his son showed up in Fool's Gold needing a home Gideon was obviously terrified by the idea. He had no idea how he was going to be able to be a father. He was desperately relieved when Felicia offered to help out. I enjoyed seeing the way he pretty much did whatever she told him to do when it came to Carter. As the weeks went on he got used to having them in his house, but he was still avoiding letting either of them emotionally close. When Carter makes a desperate attempt to show Gideon that they should be a family he really panics and pushes them away. I loved the way that his friends tried to help him and the way he finally was able to open up.The secondary characters were just as well done as Felicia and Gideon. Carter was the most important of those. While he showed a lot of intelligence and ingenuity, he was also a fairly typical thirteen year old. He showed some of the age appropriate attitudes but thanks to Felicia he was good at accepting consequences. I enjoyed his friendship with Reece and their scheme at the end was pretty good. Mayor Marsha's brief appearances were always great, if a little spooky. It can be a little scary how she seems to know so much about people. I loved seeing more of Ford and Angel and their competition and newcomer Consuelo's ability to cut through their crap. I'm looking forward to stories for all of them.
  • (5/5)
    Read in June, 2013Listened for Review (Brilliance Audio)Overall Rating: 5.00Story Rating: 5.00Character Rating: 5+Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)First Thought when Finished: My favorite Fool's Gold book to date! I swear it isn't just because the lead character is named Felicia!Story Thoughts: Two of a Kind just hit all the right contemporary romance spots for me: fun, sweet, quirky, original, and emotionally stunning. Felicia and Gideon's love story was the kind of bumpy ride that I enjoy reading about. I adored all the twists/turns and seeing two people clearly made for each other both realize it. I also enjoyed connecting with the other Fool's Gold peeps and meeting some new people. Really excited about the stories coming up in this series.Character Thoughts: I loved Felicia when we met her Three Little Words. She was such a unique character that just stood out whenever she was on the page. Felicia has quirks! I love the quirks! I love how smart she is, how direct she is, and how clueless she is. All of these just make me smile. Gideon is a great counter to Felicia. Socially he has it more together but because of his PTSD issues, he needs someone just like Felicia. They are fantastic together. Just need to add, I think I am going to love the Sports people coming into town. I loved the lady that we met in the shop scene!Audio Thought: Narrated By Tanya Eby / Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins Tanya does a great job with the Fool's Gold ladies. She makes each of them unique and has the tempo of this series down to a science. I can't imagine anyone but her narrating these stories.Final Thoughts: Next up is Christmas on 4th Street a novella. I am excited about Noelle's story (I need to know her secret).
  • (3/5)
    I don't know why but I did not love Gideon as much as I thought I would.
  • (5/5)
    Mallery is back with another excellent entry into her Fool's Gold series. I laughed and I cried and loved this "feel-good" romance.Felicia has always been a misfit. She is a genius who was given up by her parents when she was four and raised in a university laboratory setting. She became an emancipated minor when in her early teens and faked her age to join the Army when she was sixteen. She is a genius at logistics and worked with Special Ops teams whose members became her substitute family. Now she has moved to Fool's Gold with some of her Special Ops friends who are setting up a business to train bodyguards. Felicia wants more than anything else to be normal, to fall in love, and to have a family.Gideon has also come to Fool's Gold after serving in Covert Ops, being captured by the Taliban, and surviving more than two years of captivity. He watched his fellow captives and brothers-in-arms suffer and die and feels that the only reason he survived is that he had no emotional connections with anyone. He is convinced that he is irretrievably broken and is just a shell. Felicia and Gideon had met four years earlier in Thailand where she approached him. They had a brief sexual encounter, her first, and haven't seen each other since. Now back together in Fool's Gold, Felicia wants to resume the relationship and have Gideon teach her how to be normal so that she can find someone to love and fulfill her dreams.Things get even more complicated when a twelve-year-old son Gideon didn't know he had shows up. Carter's mother had told him about his father when she was dying of cancer. Carter had been living with friends of his mother but, now that they were getting a divorce, Carter feared that going into the foster care system was in his future if he couldn't find a way to make Felicia and Gideon his new family. Part of the joy of this series is the strong relationships among many of the characters. Felicia has developed a close group of women friends. Gideon has a good group of men friends too. The community is also close and caring. I feel a strong urge to find more of this series to see how the friends find their own true loves.Romance lovers won't want to miss this one.
  • (4/5)
    This really was a good book. Good, but not outstanding and I know that Ms Mallery can do so much better. There are holes in the plot and a very rushed ending that really makes very little sense.Ms Mallery sticks with the romantic genre's script just a little too closely for my liking:Girl sleeps with boy in the past.Girl re-meets boy several years down the road.Boy is terribly flawed and hurt by circumstances out of his control and he swears that he CAN'T love anyone...it just isn't in him.Girl sleeps with flawed boy swearing she won't get attached...Hah!Complicated things happen and these complications shake up the couples perceptions of themselves the world.Boy does something stupid, but finally comes to his senses.The End.What I did admire greatly about this book, is the ability of Ms Mallery to write such a unique and complicated character such as Felicia. I had no trouble at all imagining her and I liked her very much. The town of Fool's Gold is still as crazy nosy as it always was, and I do wish we could learn a little more about Mayor Marsha.This is not the worst book of the series, and it really has some wonderfully poignant moments; but it is also not the best in the series.
  • (4/5)
    Good, solid, fun story by Ms. Mallery.Decent reading by Ms. Eby.
  • (5/5)
    Inhaltsangabe:Bei Felicia wurde schon früh Hochbegabung festgestellt. Aus Unsicherheit haben ihre Eltern sie mit vier Jahren in die Obhut von Universitätsprofessoren gegeben. Entsprechend ist Felicias Unerfahrenheit mit den zwischenmenschlichen Beziehungen. Sie analysiert alles und ist außerdem ein hervorragender Organisator, aber sie möchte auch normal werden und eine Familie gründen. Doch wie fühlt sich Liebe überhaupt an? Und woran erkennt man das?Gideon, ein ehemaliger Soldat, hat die Rundfunkstation in Fools Gold gekauft und sendet Nacht für Nacht die Oldies über den Äther. Seine seelischen Wunden sind tief, überlebte er doch als einziger die zweijährige Geiselhaft bei den Taliban im Irak. Er glaubt, es gibt nicht mehr viel Menschliches in seinem Innern.Felicia und Gideon verbindet eine heiße Nacht in Thailand vor einigen Jahren. Doch in Fools Gold ist es anders – dort ist das normale Leben in einer großen Gemeinschaft. Wird Felicia sein Herz erobern können? Und werden seine tiefen Wunden heilen? Aber auf die beiden wartet ein noch größeres Abenteuer …Mein Fazit:Wer die Serie kennt, weiß, dass die Geschichten aus Fools Gold die geistige Natur des Lesern nicht besonders anstrengen. Muss es ja auch nicht, Bücher mit reinem Unterhaltungswert haben für mich mindestens genauso einen hoch Stellenwert wie anspruchsvolle und tiefgründige Literatur.Diese Serie lese ich nicht in der Reihenfolge, da ich aus verschiedenen Gründen die Bücher so nehme, wie sie auf amazon angeboten werden. Im Grunde ist es nicht nötig, die Bände hintereinander zu lesen, denn jede Geschichte ist insich abgeschlossen. Allerding tauchen die Protagonisten aus früheren Bänden manchmal auf und dann weiß man schon, wie die Geschichten ausgehen. Bei Susan Mallery ist immer ein Happy End garantiert, was es auf lange Sicht vorhersehbar macht, für mich aber trotzdem einen gewissen Reiz hat.Auch hier geht es wieder heiß her, aber wie ich finde, sind die Rahmenbedingungen ungewöhnlich. In diesem Kontext muss man Felicia verstehen, die zwar um Längen cleverer als ihre Mitmenschen ist, aber in Sachen Freundschaften und Beziehungen keine Erfahrung vorweisen kann. Jeder Vorgang in ihrem Leben wird mit ihren Überlegungen begleitet, die aus ihrer Sicht eine logische Natur haben, aber für „Normalsterbliche“ gewöhnungsbedürftig sind. Gideon, der bei der Armee war und eher das Leben eines Einsiedlers führen möchte, hat mit Felicia keine Probleme, nur mit ihren Wünschen kann er nicht so ganz konform gehen. Zumindest ist er von Anfang an ehrlich und lässt sie über seine Ziele nicht im Unklaren. Aber wie es oft so ist: Das Herz hat ja auch noch ein Mitspracherecht!Die Autorin ist etwas mehr in die Tiefe von Gideons Seele gegangen, hat seine Qualen geschildert und seine ungeheure Verletzlichkeit, auch wenn er sich nach außen hart und kühl gibt. Wie es nun in der Army genau zugeht, weiß ich natürlich nur aus Filmen und das wird auch nicht alles richtig sein. Aber ich fand es zum Teil schon recht interessant. Auch die Folgen dieser langen Folter sind Gideon deutlich anzumerken und das hat ihn in meinen Augen auch so sympathisch gemacht.Ansonsten bietet die Geschichte wie gewohnt viel Humor und Herzenswärme. Eine Stadt wie Fools Gold würde mir auch gefallen, man ist im Grunde niemals allein. Trotz der vielen kleinen und größeren Klischees möchte ich dem Roman fünf Sterne geben, er bot mir doch für ein paar Stunden prickelnde und hurmorvolle Unterhaltung.Anmerkung: Ich habe es als eBook gelesen.
  • (5/5)
    TWO OF A KIND is Felicia and Gideon’s story. I won’t rehash the blurb for you but will just say that the story is a true finding love romance. Felicia is a great character. Fans of smart characters who are quirky will adore Felicia, she just makes you smile. Gideon is a hero to die for, he’s strong, silent and simply sexy. The story itself will leave you laughing, sighing, and at times a little teary-eyed. There are great characters, both main and secondary. The setting of Fool’s Gold, CA is just outstanding. Fans of the series will have another winner on their hands. Those who are new to the series will have a great introduction that will leave them eager to read all the previous titles. While this is part of a large series, The Fool’s Gold Series, you can read it alone or with just the previous title, Just One Kiss, which begins the Bodyguard Trilogy. However you don’t have to read any title to follow TWO OF A KIND.I do highly recommend TWO OF A KIND. Fans of small town romances, romances with characters who seem completely different, fans of lovers who are reunited and basically any reader of romance. I’d suggest you pick up TWO OF KIND today, you won’t regret it! I finished it in one night, so be prepared to not want to put it down!Rating 4.5Heat Rating: MildReviewed by WendyK*Amazon,Goodreads,etc, won’t allow a 4.5 and I feel a 4 is too low*Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
  • (4/5)
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.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.The Review: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.Notable Scene: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.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.
  • (5/5)
    TWO OF A KIND is Felicia and Gideon's story. I won't rehash the blurb for you but will just say that the story is a true finding love romance. Felicia is a great character. Fans of smart characters who are quirky will adore Felicia, she just makes you smile. Gideon is a hero to die for, he's strong, silent and simply sexy. The story itself will leave you laughing, sighing, and at times a little teary-eyed. There are great characters, both main and secondary. The setting of Fool's Gold, CA is just outstanding. Fans of the series will have another winner on their hands. Those who are new to the series will have a great introduction that will leave them eager to read all the previous titles. While this is part of a large series, The Fool's Gold Series, you can read it alone or with just the previous title, Just One Kiss, which begins the Bodyguard Trilogy. However you don't have to read any title to follow TWO OF A KIND. I do highly recommend TWO OF A KIND. Fans of small town romances, romances with characters who seem completely different, fans of lovers who are reunited and basically any reader of romance. I'd suggest you pick up TWO OF KIND today, you won't regret it! I finished it in one night, so be prepared to not want to put it down!*review posted on MyBookAddictionAndMore.com**book received from the author for the purpose of an honest review*
  • (4/5)
    4 STARSI really like the town of Fool's Gold. The characters make you smile. They don't stay out of their neighbors business at all. They get involved with each other good or bad. Some good drama, some funny moments, too much sex scenes and good friends make a enjoyable read.Felicia is such a fun character to read about. She is so smart, organized and beautiful. When she is nervous she spouts of facts. The spiders are out to get her. I have felt that some times. She was raised by a collage that studied her. She joined the military early by forging papers. She is a good organizer it social situations that she has hard times fitting in. Gideon owns the radio station. A few years ago over seas he had a one night stand with Felicia and that came to a end when their hotel door was broken into by her friends. Who also were the ones that broke him out of prison. He had been a prisoner of war and the only one of his group to survive the torture. He still has lots of issues with it. He had no idea that Felicia was a 24 year old virgin at the time.Now they all lived in the same small town. Felicia was staying out of Gideon's way. Till she saw a spider and screamed. He burst into see what was wrong. After that Felicia turned to him when she needed a sounding board about taking a new job for the town of Fool's Gold. They started to sleep together and then date. When a surprise out of Gideon's past shows up.Gideon never plans to get married or have a family and he warns Felicia. Felicia wants a normal life like everyone else but she has no ideas how to get it. She has never been on a date. She has worked with special forces but most of them treat her as a kid sister.So Gideon agrees to date her.It is easy to get lost in the story and you don't want to put it down. I admit I skipped over the sex scenes. I can't wait to see what everyone gets up to next in Fool's Gold.I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.June 25, 2013 by Harlequin HQN 384 pages ISBN-10: 037377768X
  • (3/5)
    3 1/2 stars, though I went back and forth quite a bit on this one. Parts were very strong (characters like Ford, Carter and Reese in particular), parts were weaker (Felicia came off as more of a caricature than a character, and I don't for a minute believe that Gideon's problems will be magically solved by love), and parts were mildly disturbing (the nosiness of the townspeople, and especially Mayor Marsha. Seriously. Creepy). I really liked the ending, though, for all its abruptness, so went with 3.5 over the 3 stars I was originally going to give it.Overall, I liked this one a bit better than the last one in the series, Just One Kiss, but I didn't love it. Mallery does keep me reading this series, though, because I always want to know what is going to happen next for her characters. Even though she heavily hints at future pairings (more than I'd like, actually), it apparently works with me. I'm dying for Ford's story, which is next. Some of the most amusing parts of this book were the instances of "friendly" rivalry between Ford and Angel, so hopefully those will continue in book 12.
  • (4/5)
    Two of a Kind by Susan MalleryThe Fool's Gold book is mainly about Felicia and others we are able to catch up to date on their happenings. There is enough backstory that gives you tidbits of information about everybody in town so you won't be left in the dark.She is the smart one and can do wonders but she's not the social type-doesn't know how to take things, even meant as a joke. The mayor wants her to head up the festival as she and others know she will do an excellent job of it.Gideon attempts to come to her rescue when she screams due to a spider but his war memories crept up on him and he vacated the bulding. He had been held for over 2 years in a 'prison'.He runs the local radio live station for the folks of Fool's Gold.Without giving away too much of the plots, some have family closeness problems and they tend to run and others in town come to their rescue.The bodyguard business is coming along as new equipment has arrived.Consuela joins the bodyguards in town and she's an asset and lays down the rules to moving in with Ford and Angel.Felicia figures out quickly that if things are in order for all the major events things fall into place because of her bodyguard friends..Very hot steamy sex scenes add to this book.He takes things back to a normal relationship and they talk and learn about each others past and to first dates.Love hearing of others wedding plans and how Noelle is setting up the Christmas store. Love specialty shops.4th of July and booths are set up, the one Mrs. Hendrix has is explosive!Learned all about wine flights! Just when you think things are normal, typical everyday things occur, the surprises pop out. Everybody has them-too many to mention but it'll keep you busy with them all.There are hints that other businesses are arriving in town along with more people...I received this book from Net Galley and Harlequin HQN and from the author herself in exchange for my honest review.
  • (4/5)
    This book was a hoot! Felicia has come to Fool’s Gold to help set up the headquarters for her friend’s bodyguard school. Felicia is an interesting lady. She grew up as a child prodigy in a situation where she was younger, smarter, and more naïve than everyone around her. She joined the military to be independent and found she had a knack for logistics. Three of her ex- military buddies, Justice, Ford and Angel, have started the new business and she is handling the initial work for them. Her goal is to start a new life that includes becoming a regular person with a family and 2.5 children, all of the things she missed out on growing up. Enter Gideon….Gideon is the man who “deflowered” Felicia four years prior and then was forced to stay back as Ford and Justice swept in an took her away in a rush of misplaced chivalry. Gideon is also looking to start a new life as the owner and talent portion at the Fool’s Gold radio station. He is a man with many broken parts in him, and he is definitely not looking for the same future that Felicity is hoping to find. He is however, still really attracted to her and they are hitting the sheets pretty soon after finding each other in town.I loved Felicia’s character. She is so literal and is always spouting off factoids in lieu of conversation and then catching herself and getting all flustered. Her childhood has left her socially inept and she is constantly trying to fit in not realizing that people just love her quirkiness. Her new job as festival coordinator brings out the best and the worst in her. Gideon’s dark history has left him empty and he doesn’t think he can be what Felicia needs. He needs to let go of his past and want to have a future with Felicia. Watching them work out the kinks in their relationship was enjoyable.The other great part of this book is both the return of older characters and the introduction of the new. It’s fun to catch up on the lives of familiar people we have met before. It’s also exciting to see new people that could be the subject of future books, Yay! I hope this series just keeps going because it has been a lot of fun to read and the romances have been so satisfying.