Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does.
Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall. (less)
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by HQN Books
Hold Me is the sixteenth book in the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery and she does not disappoint. Fool’s Gold draws you in and makes you just want to stay there forever. Mallery has a real talent in writing her characters that not only makes them likeable, but makes them come to life from page to page.
After a horrible accident ends his professional skiing career, Kipling is still getting used to small town life and it is beginning to really agree with him. He ends up a partner in The Man Cave Bar and is asked by Mayor Marsh to head up their Search and Rescue team. I loved how the guys wanted to have a bar where the guys could go drink, talk and watch sports. That was a nice treat since the ladies of Fool’s Gold have their own place to go. It was a nice touch to the story. I really liked Kipling. Not only is he smart and sexy, but he has a special way about him. He is always wanting to fix everyone’s problems, but even some problems he is unable to fix.
Destiny is in town to train the Search and Rescue team on her company’s software program. Since she goes to towns and only stays in each place for about three months at a time she doesn’t really have relationships or friends for that matter. Since she arrives she starts to make good friends and wondering if settling down with her half-sister Starr here in Fool’s Gold is the right choice. I loved how Destiny really grows as a person throughout the story and stops running from the issues she has with her family and wants to help not only herself, but Starr as well.
From the beginning of the book you can see the chemistry between Kipling and Destiny from when they first meet each other. I loved Destiny’s views on sex. It was absolutely hilarious.
She drew in a breath. “You’re going to want sex, aren’t you?” He did his best not to smile. “Yes, I am.” ”A lot?” “It depends on your definition of a lot.” She nodded, as if she’d expected the answer. “I’m not going to like it, but you can do it whenever you want. I won’t say no.” Now he did smile. “Thank you for that.”
I loved how Mallery brings in the characters from previous books and keeps you up to date with what is going on in their lives. This town is so close it just makes me want to pack up and head to Fool’s Gold. The path that Mallery sends these two characters on made this even more enjoyable to read. I really liked how these two found the happiness that worked for them. You will not only get a wonderful journey to the road to love, but a few unexpected surprises along the way.
This can be read a stand-alone, but trust me starting from the beginning of the Fool’s Gold series will keep you coming back for more. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. This series is truly addicting!