Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery

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Publication Date:
27th May 2014
Publisher: Harlequin 
ISBN: 9780373778812
Age Group: YA-Adult, 17+
Genre: Romance
Source: NetGalley
Lootability: ***

Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women—from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool’s Gold looks harmless—until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life. 
Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend’s bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped her “wild youth” to raise her sisters. She doesn’t want forever from Sam, but one night—all night—would’ve been nice. 
His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires Dellina to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam’s luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run?

I received a copy of Before We Kiss from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I had fun with my introduction to the Fools Gold series. The romantic leads, Dellina and Sam, were charmingly flawed and the secondary romance, between Fayrene and Ryan, was amusing and sweet.

Dellina has lived her whole life in Fool’s Gold, suffering a tragedy and faced with raising her young twin sisters; now her sisters are happy, her business is flourishing and her friends are everything she could hope for. Dellina doesn’t think she wants more, until she is forced into close quarters with the sexy Sam – one-time one night stand and her latest client.

Sam has bad luck with women. An ex-football star, his first girlfriend stalked him, his ex-wife published a tell-all book and his mother is a sex guru. Sam knows the minute he gets too close, a relationship with Dellina will fail – but he can’t stand to stay away from her.

The story is a sweet one. There are no villains, tragic events or horrors to be faced in this book – although Sam’s ex-wife is a giant bitch – this is just the story of Sam and Dellina and the commitment fears of two people who have faced tragedy or betrayal. I enjoyed Dellina’s honesty, with herself and with Sam. She is true to herself and isn’t afraid to follow her own advice. Sam takes longer to come to terms with his changing reality – he struggles to face it on his own but trusts the people he cares about to steer him in the right direction.

Mallory has created a charming (and steamy!) story and I definitely want to go back and read the first 13 books and their companions; the background characters really shone through the story and left me wanting to know more! The next book will be Jack and Larissa’s story and I can’t wait to see how that goes!

Rating: 3 out of 5.


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