Series: Fool's Gold #12.5
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Military, Romance
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There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Timesbestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped... Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That's why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.
Gabriel's memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year's eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle...and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can't stop sharing.
Gabriel didn't think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse....
I like Susan Mallery, and this is by far not the first of her Fool’s Gold series I have read (although one of these days I am going to start from the beginning and read all of them, cause I really feel like I am missing out on some great backstory). Even though I have a tendency to read these books out of order, I never feel like I am missing out on something, Mallery does such a great job of pulling you into Fool’s Gold by the time you are done with the book you feel like you know is as well as your own town.
I have to say I really liked this book, maybe it was because it’s the town I already know and love, and some of the characters I have totally enjoyed getting to know, plus add in some Christmas time (in the town that can’t say no to any holiday) and you have my idea of a good time. I really liked Noelle, first, I love her name, reminds me of a childhood best friend of mine who has that as her middle name (shout out to my girl, you know who you are!). But more than that I love Noelle’s attitude. Seriously, she is who I strive to be everyday. It’s my belief that you are only as happy as you choose to be, sure some days are bad, but if you want up determined to be unhappy you will be and vice versa. But Noelle she has such a great outlook on life, she’s got such a hard past that she lived through, but she is determined to find the joy in life. She’s a great friend, a compassionate and kind woman, and just in general someone I would want to be friends with. Plus she gives me a run for my money on my affection for Christmas.
As for Gabriel, wow is he an interesting specimen, hot too. He’s a doctor, but he’s in Fool’s Gold for a few weeks before he decided if he is going to reup in the army, and to spend time with a family he hasn’t seen or spent time with in years. His dad is one of those hard ass guys, who never really identified with his son, so Gabriel takes a job at Noelle’s store to avoid having too much family time. Let’s face it being and army doc in war time can’t be an easy job (think Owen Hunt but with way less PTSD), so he totally needed the break. I like how his walls start breaking down over time and he really starts to let Noelle in. I like that he’s a gentlemen and just an honorable guy in general, but boy did I want to shake him sometimes for his funny way of thinking about love and life.
This is without a doubt a great addition to the Fool’s Gold series, another one of Susan Mallery’s books that I like. I love the Christmas addition, but I think even without that I would say if you like Susan Mallery you will once again like this book, so check it out.