Best of My Love by Susan Mallery
Expected publication: April 26th 2016 by HQN Books
Goodreads Summary: To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?
Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.
As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!
Review: I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Whenever I am looking for a feel good romance, I turn to authors like Susan Mallery. Her stories that take place in Fool’s Gold have never failed me and this one was no different. While there were some things that bugged me, I know that those things come with these kinds of books. The things I didn’t like included how unrealistic it is that a small town would have multiple ex-NFL players, country stars, ex-Olympic athletes, etc and that these stories are so predictable. But the predictability is also the reason I turn to these books. I want my happy ending. The main characters in this story, Aidan and Shelby, were very likable and I enjoyed reading their story. I love Charlie, Aidan’s little Bichon Frise. So cute. I think what I loved most was that both of these characters were overcoming some pretty heavy stuff and they were able to work through them together. It made their relationship stronger. And as their relationship grew stronger, they also grew stronger individually. Shelby was able to make her dreams come true and expand her bakery business. And Aidan was able to come up with new offerings for his tour business. There are many mentions of another town called Happily, Inc. where Aidan’s brothers moved to so I’m wondering if that is an opening to a new series.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a feel good romance.
Best of My Love is the final installment in the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery.