The youngest of the Hendrix triplets gets her story in the second of back-to-back releases of a trilogy within Mallery’s delightful Fool’s Gold series. Not only does this charming book contain the development of a caring and passionate relationship, but it is also filled with wonderful canine characters. When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself!

Montana Hendrix seems to have finally found her calling — training and working with therapy dogs. When one of her trainee dogs escapes and romps into the local hospital, angering a prestigious visiting surgeon, Montana suspects she might get fired. Dr. Simon Bradley is a plastic surgeon who specializes in burn victims. Scarred himself, Simon travels the world bringing his skills to those in need, a lifestyle that allows him to avoid emotional entanglements. However, from the moment Montana and Fluffy crash into him, Simon finds it difficult to keep his distance. Asked by the mayor to try and convince Simon to stay in Fool’s Gold, Montana fears her heart could be at risk if she tries and fails to convince Simon to stay. (HQN, Sep., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
JIll M. Smith