Monday, September 12, 2011

Only Yours - Susan Mallery (Fools Gold series)

There are absolutely no words that can express how incredibly
fabulous Only Yours was to read.  Susan Mallery has written a real "hit" with this September release which showcased the second Hendrix triplet, Montana.  Fools Gold, Cailforna is a town everyone would want to move to as the residents not only love their town, they love and support each other.

I knew this book would be a winner and it was.  It placed #7 on the New York Times Best Selling list.  I've read the entire series and recently  Only Mine, and loved it.  However,  this one I adored because it was so intense regarding the heroine Montana Hendrix and a man who touched her soul; plastic surgeon Simon Bradley.  Their chemistry rocked the seismic charts!

Montana had a couple of issues due to past boyfriends.  She never felt she was good enough; they had always commented on "how she could improve" herself.  There was also the fact that it took her a little longer than her sisters Dakota and Nevada to find her career path.  Montana helped train service dogs. She not only did that, she had also created a reading program at the local library.  Children with reading problems, read to dogs and the reading program became a huge success.  Montana's boss was Max, a former Fools Gold resident and he had some secrets.  He wasn't the only one in town keeping secrets, so was Denise Hendrix, the triplets mom and so was Dr. Simon Bradley.  His childhood secret will rip your heart out! 

Mallery's hero was a plastic surgeon with a "tortured" past.  Half of his face was scared from a fire, plus other parts of his torso.  The other side of his face was extremely handsome.  He travelled the world performing miracles on burn patients and now he was in Fools Gold. doing the same. He had one very special patient, a little girl, Kalinda who had been badly burned over most of her body.  People from all over the world were traveling to Fools Gold for treatment.  He met Montana in a most bizarre way when she was walking a poodle named Fluffy, who got loose.  Fluffy made her way into Fools Gold hospital, causing all sorts of havoc and who did she bump into; the grumpy, Dr. Simon Bradley.

As it turned out, it was their destiny to meet and in the end Montana brought a sweet little six pound poodle named Cece to help heal little Kalinda.  I've read many interviews Susan Mallery has given and she describes Only Yours as a beauty and the beast story.  Honestly, I believe it was more than that because Simon wore his scars like a "badge" of courage.  He wanted his patients to see they could survive and live in the world, even with scars caused by burns. From Mayor Marsha, the Hendrix family, and the people of Fools Gold, they all recognized his brilliance.  They wanted Simon to stay and not move on to his next scheduled job in Peru.  The Mayor enlisted Montana to show him around town and try to convenience him to stay.  In the end, it all backfired because Montana fell in love.

As you can well imagine, Montana wasn't like any of the women Simon bedded, she "got him", she didn't see his scars, she accepted him as he was and she was like no other woman he had ever met.  However I wondered at what point he would push her away?  Montana and Simon definitely had passion, saw into each others souls and she was the very first woman who he let into his heart. But was that enough to keep him in Fools Gold because he was so driven to be the best and help those who would not normally be able to get this sort or care?  And then the most horrible thing was revealed in Only Yours, how Simon was burned and who caused it.  Physically it made me sick, it was so horrible.

The secondary characters were incredible. in Only Yours.  Susan Mallery only wets your appetite for wanting to read more books in this wonderful series. Some of the Fools Gold residents were introduced to readers in earlier books like the Hendrix family and they only enhanced the story.  New characters and secrets were also revealed. So many warm and wonderful town residents with stories I can't wait to read in future books.  Nevada Hendrix story will be the next in Only His.  If you're a fan of Susan Mallery's and have read her interviews you'll know it will be a the return of a man from her past; a "first love" story, so I can't wait!

Only Yours, is a stand alone book.  However, I encourage you to read all of the Fools Gold series you won't be disappointed.  Because I so believe in Fools Gold, I'm personally offering a contest for a Barnes and Noble gift card.  To say more about this lovely book would ruin your reading experience.  I hope you'll trust me, Only Yours had me laughing, crying and in the end sighing because Susan Mallery always gives her readers a happy ending.  However, sometimes to get there, the journey can be painful.  In Montana's and Simon's case painful doesn't even begin describe it!

Susan Mallery and Girlfriendology are also offering a contest for a chance for two to win a $150 card.,  I hope you'll check it out!

ONLY YOURS is a Beauty and the Beast story, which is one of my favorite themes, but which I never get to write because I don’t normally do dark, tortured heroes. Simon is a brilliant surgeon whose intelligence set him apart as a child, made him seem strange to everyone around him, including to his own mother. After a fire left him with scars on half of his face, he became even more convinced that he was unlovable. All his life, he has protected his heart by burying himself in his studies, then in his work. He travels from hospital to hospital to heal their toughest cases, moving on before anyone gets too close.

Montana, on the other hand, is deeply connected to her hometown, Fool’s Gold, and to her large, boisterous family. One of the Hendrix triplets, Montana has always seen herself as the screw-up. Until now. She’s finally discovered what she was meant to do – she works with therapy dogs, and the dogs play a big role in the story, which was a lot of fun. Montana has an amazing purity of heart. She’s just what Simon needs, and he will love her with a ferocity that will complete her.

Simon and Montana are one of my favorite couples. I love these two together!  
The above a direct quote from New York Times Bestselling author, Susan Mallery.

Book Description:

Montana Hendrix has found her calling—working with therapy dogs. With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she's finally ready to look for her own happily ever after. Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right… or maybe Dr. Right?

Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can't have. Scarred since childhood, he avoids emotional entanglement by moving from place to place to heal children who need his skillful touch. Can his growing feelings for Montana lead him to find a home in Fool's Gold, or will he walk away, taking her broken heart with him?


Angela MacIntyre said...

Hi Marilyn!! GREAT review!! I loved this book SO much!! Dr. Simon is so tortured and he needs Montana in a way that only she can "get" him. The therapy dogs, the burn unit and the relationship with the Mom just add so much depth to this book. Personally, I think it's going to remain my favorite!

StaceyC4 said...

Hey, Marilyn! This one was definitely my favorite and that's hard to say when Susan has so many great books!

Great review!

LoraLeigh said...

All of the Fool's Gold books have been awesome. Love Only Yours having the sideline story of the therapy dogs. As an avid dog lover it really adds to the story for me!

Amused said...

You're right! This does look like a series I need to check out!


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