ALL SUMMER LONG
The dangers of basing opinions on appearance are examined from both angles in Mallery’s newest Fool’s Gold book. For both the hero and heroine, being judged or discounted because of their appearance has led to challenges and some emotional scars. Mallery does her usual excellent job of giving readers a funny, warm-hearted story that is edged with cutting emotion!
Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker is used to being underestimated, even by his own family. However, he won’t let that stop him from starting his newest endeavor in Fool’s Gold. The daughter of a legendary ballerina, firefighter Charlie (Chantal) Dixon never measured up in her mother’s eyes. Because of a sexual assault during her college days, Charlie has been unable to get close to a man. When Clay decides to become a volunteer firefighter, Charlie begins to see him in a new light. Can Clay help Charlie get over her fear of physical contact? The unexpected arrival of Charlie’s mother resurrects plenty of old pain and insecurity. Will Clay and Charlie get past their own fears and insecurities? (HQN, Aug., 336 pp., $7.99)