Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Charming, serious, funny, sad, Only His was a book that had my heart racing! Why? I lived it, the death of a husband, stepping out of the box for a new job and walking away from a first love before he broke my heart! All of this was the focus of Only His, a most amazing love story.

This summer, I have so enjoyed reading Susan’s (3) book series, Fools Gold. These books have been about the Hendrix Triplets…..Only Yours, Only Mine and this one Nevada’s story, Only His.  As the back cover states, Mallery has written a love story about "letting go, taking a chance, and finding love".

Nevada’s other two sisters have found love and  were planning a double wedding. Nevada was happy for them but secretly felt some loss. On top of that, she wanted a change from working for her brother and the family construction business. A new construction company was going to be building a casino and hotel in Fools Gold and she wanted to interview for the position. However, she believed she would be interviewing with the father  and owner of Janack Construction.  Not the man she fell in love ten years earlier.  Of course, that was not the case, it was her first love, the son, Tucker Janack she would need to face. Let the games begin!

Then there was Nevada’s mother Denise Hendrix, who had led an incredible life, was an excellent mother and loved her children and the Fools Gold residents with all of her heart. It had been years since her husband passed away and there was a hint that her first love had moved back to town. In fact, she had a tattoo with his name, Max. She was also dating again. However, it was a scene with Nevada walking in on Denise and Max on the kitchen table that had me choking with laughter.

That was not the only complication in Fools Gold. It was her attraction to Tucker; her memories of how years earlier he had broken her heart and had been captivated and obsessed with a world famous artist name Cat.   On top of that, how Tucker had taken her virginity, how embarrassed she had been after the experience.  Now this flamboyant artist had returned to Fools Gold to make Nevada and Tucker’s new relationship even more complicated.   I could not believe it and wondered how this would end.

Susan Mallery always weaves fascinating tales with her romances and with her magic, always includes secondary characters. There was Jo, the woman who owned Joe's Bar, Max, Denise’s love interest, Will who was chasing after Jo. Not to mention Mayor Marsha, the two women who were Police and Fire Chief, the new Librarian and the "goat lady".   There was a shortage of men in Fools Gold and these women were some of the key players.  They supported each other.   In time of need, they all took care of each other. That was what the residents of Fools Gold did!  Add to the mix the new and old residents of this sweet, sweet town……Fools Gold, incredible reading!

However, there “must” be drama and trust me there was, especially with the visit by Tucker’s ex-Cat and a few surprises thrown into the mix.  You'll die laughing when you read Cat and Nevada's renewed friendship and the gift Cat wants to donate to Fools Gold.

Happy Endings? It would not be an excellent romance written Susan Mallery if there was not a sweet and charming happy ending. I laughed, cried, and had to reflect back on my own life and remember the lessons I had to learn, just like the towns resident's of Fools Gold learned in Only His.  Those lessons were about letting go, taking and chance and in the end, finding love.

Book Description:
Wedding bells are ringing in Fool's Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but she'll never forget the way he broke her heart.

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada's "business only" ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again…or will their past get in the way?

Behind the book:

Discussion about Only His at KMart

Susan and her HQN editor talk about Only His.  Comment at Romance Author Buzz for an opportunity to win an Amazon gift card.


StaceyC4 said...

This book was most definitely the most entertaining of the Fools Gold series and although I am not fond of the whole "ex showing up" thing, Susan put such a unique spin on it that I found that I didn't mind it so much. Another hit for Ms. Mallery for sure!

JenelTX said...

What a lovely review, Marilyn! I adored ONLY HIS, too. I keep going back and forth about whether that was my favorite Fool's Gold book so far, or whether ONLY YOURS was. They're both fabulous, but they gave me such different experiences while writing. ONLY HIS had me laughing right from the first line, and all the way through. ONLY YOURS had nice humor, of course, but it was a more emotional story for me. Loved them both - don't make me choose! :)

Heidi said...

I think this book is one to the funniest books that Susan Mallery has written! The plot twist and turns kept me hooked and laughing out loud. Susan perfectly wrapped up the triple trilogy and left me anxiously waiting the next book in the Fool's Gold series!


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