Book Review

by Susan Mallery

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance
Sensuality: HOT

RT Rating

One woman’s lie has kept a child from his father in the intense second installment of Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series. Emotions run raw and deep in this story that explores flawed characters and the events that can either tie them together or drive them apart. While there is less humor in this book than others in Mallery’s bibliography, the author tackles important themes with an abundance of warmth, caring and romantic passion. Guaranteed to touch your heart!

Liz Sutton left town a a pregnant teenager, hurting from the apparent betrayal of her lover Ethan Hendrix. Five years later Liz returned to tell Ethan of his son. Liz never saw Ethan herself, but told his wife about the child and then received a cold letter — ostensibly from Ethan — disavowing Tyler.

Tyler is now 11 and Liz, a successful author, gets an e-mail from her niece informing her that Liz’s brother is in prison, his children abandoned by their stepmother. Liz and Tyler head right back to Fool’s Gold to do what’s right and care for the girls. When Ethan learns about Tyler’s existence he is enraged and devastated. Can these two ever manage to overcome the chasm that’s come between them? (HQN, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: HQN

Publisher: HQN

Published: July 2010

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3 Stars

Average Rating: 3 Stars
(2 ratings)

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Almost Perfect

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 28, 2013 - 12:31pm.

Liz Sutton had never planned on going back to her home town of Fool's Gold, California. But after receiving an email from her nieces saying they had been left on their own when their father was imprisoned, Liz packed up her 11-year-old son, Tyler, and drove to the small town. Hoping to get in and out of town quickly, Liz runs into her former boyfriend, Ethan Hendrix. Ethan is glad to see her until he learns that Tyler is the son she never told him about. Now he wants Tyler in his life and blames Liz for all of the time he lost with his son.

I was looking forward to reading this book after the character of Ethan was introduced in the previous book in the series. Well, I had a real hard time with this story. Ethan is a complete jerk who spent more than half the book going on and on about the fact that Liz never told him about his son. There were reasons she never told him, but that doesn't stop him from blaming her. And the people in the small town were ridiculous. She was approached by strangers who told her what they thought of her actions several times in the book. Okay, that might happen once but not over and over again. The saving factor with this book is the character of Liz and the fact that Susan Mallery's style of writing is so easy to read. My rating: 2.5 Stars.