Title: Summer Days by Susan Mallery
Fool’s Gold Book Seven
Imprint: HQN Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 384 pages
Book Rating: B+
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns with a new Fool’s Gold trilogy featuring three rugged cowboys who will find love in the unlikeliest of places…
Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to—the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could’ve prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s finding Heidi—and life as a cowboy—much more compelling than he wants to admit.
For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she’s always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won’t give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less…wholesome.
As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they’ll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.
Susan Mallery once again gives her readers an emotionally complex story that is quite captivating and tremendously entertaining. Summer Days is a welcome addition to the heartwarming and remarkable Fool’s Gold series.
Summer Days is full of thoroughly charming (but slightly unrealistic) characters. Heading up the list is Heidi Simpson. Heidi is just so darn cute! She is devastated to learn that her grandfather Glen illegally sold part of Castle Ranch to May Stryker. Desperate to keep the home she has always longed for, she and May’s son, Rafe continually butt (sorry, I couldn’t resist!) heads while alternately fighting and giving into their simmering passion for one another. The romance between her and Rafe is understated and love between them grows slowly and naturally throughout the novel. Her friendship with Charlie and Annabelle is fun and their advice leads Heidi to make a decision she instantly regrets, but cannot easily undo.
Rafe Stryker grew up too fast following his father’s death. He became the man of the house, taking care of his mom, two brothers and sister. His expectations for his siblings are high, and when they inevitably fail to live up to them, he easily dismisses them from his life. He is easily exasperated by his mom’s shenanigans, but his love for her makes it easy for him to give in to her. Revisiting Fool’s Gold gives Rafe a new perspective on his past and his relationships with his siblings. Of all of the characters, Rafe has the most growth as he comes to terms with his past.
May Stryker and Glen Simpson are probably the most unrealistic but most delightful characters in Summer Days. May is quite whimsical and she has an air of innocence that I found irresistible. Glen is equally charming and his storyline with May is so incredibly sweet!
Summer Days is a truly wonderful story about family, friendship and love. The sex scenes between Rafe and Heidi are deliciously steamy and filled with passion. The tantalizing glimpses of Rafe’s siblings are quite intriguing and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Mallery has planned for them.
The Fool’s Gold series is one of my favorites and Susan Mallery does a wonderful job keeping it fresh and unique. I am eagerly awaiting Shane and Annabelle’s story, Summer Nights which will be in stores June 19th.
Find my reviews of the other books in the Fool’s Gold Series HERE