Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: THRILL ME (Fool's Gold, #18) by Susan Mallery

Publisher: HQN Books
Published: July 28,2015
Genre: women's fiction 
Source: print Arc
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool's Gold, California—five gorgeous men who've left a trail of broken hearts in their wake… 

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports. 

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward! 

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all. 

Picture my happiness when I receive a beautiful package with Thrill Me inside of it. If you're familiar with my reviews then you'll remember that my first book ever read by Mallery was the one right before this; Kiss Me. I absolutely adored it! But I think Thrill Me takes the icing on the cake. I'm a sucker for the stories that involve the second chance romance theme. Del and Maya were crazy in love as teenagers but all that changed when Maya left. She left Del. As a result, Del ran. He ran far, far away; into the unknown. Traveling the world and making something of himself. Something he probably wouldn't have done if Maya never left him...

Now it's ten years later and Maya is back. As you may or may not know, Maya came back to Fool's Gold to be a buffer of sorts between her step-brothers. The reason being because Chase, the younger one, decided to make a fake cattle run and take people's money. Before he could give that money back though, he ended up losing it instead. Resulting in Maya and her best friend Phoebe going to Fool's Gold. Even though the cattle run came to end, Maya ended up staying. The mayor then offers Maya a job bringing publicity to the 'The Destination of Romance'. Imagine Maya's surprise when the celebrity spokesman turns out to be none other than Del. 

The two must set aside their differences and work together as a team. What neither of them expect is it to be easy and carefree. It's as if nothing yet everything has changed. As the two begin hanging out more, they start thinking of the past. After all, how could they ever expect to move forward when they have so much history between them. Both are successful in their own right but something is very much missing. Could Del ever trust Maya after what she did to him?

Can two adults let go of what happened in the past? And more importantly, will they be able to move forward to a future? Along the way, problems arise when Maya is asked to keep a secret from Del and it puts her in a compromising position. It could put into danger the friendship that Del and Maya are trying to repair. I don't know how I feel about the "secret" because I can see both sides but at the same time, it's sad that the person whose asking, feels they have to keep secrets. 

Overall, it's no secret that I fully recommend these books. They are fun and help you forget, even if it's just for a little while. I can't wait to see where Mallery goes next with the series. I hoping to get more books with Del's brothers! They are hot. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at

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