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A Fool's Gold Christmas (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Susan Mallery

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Title:A Fool's Gold Christmas
Authors:Susan Mallery
Info:Harlequin HQN (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:2012, Fool's Gold, Read but unowned
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The Good: I fell behind in this series and spent far too much time away from this cozy little town I love. What a wonderful time to come back to it, with a Christmas themed story. Evie was a natural choice for the female lead, having introduced her, a little, in a previous novel. Dante was a little more surprising as the male lead, but they worked together perfectly. Evie and Dante's fears were both understandable, if not completely relatable. The Christmas setting made the entire story a lot more festive and upbeat than their romance would have been alone. Beyond their relationship, it was absolutely wonderful to see Evie interacting with her family, building those relationships for the first time, as well as seeing both Evie and Dante become real, included members of the community.

The Bad: I disliked the turn towards the end of the novel before the inevitable happily-ever-after. Mallery has a nasty little habit of making her male leads act in an unnecessarily cruel manner out of fear of commitment before realizing there is no fighting true love. It happens really often. I find it hard to believe that all these men use this same juvenile tactic and that they are always forgiven for it in the end. To the point where the other townswomen who've gone through it in their own relationships will get together with the hurt woman and laugh about their own miserable experiences. Once, sure. Twice, okay maybe. An entire town full of women who take back purposely hurtful men like it's some sort of right of passage, um, no. ( )
  TequilaReader | Jan 19, 2016 |
I don't think I've ever read a Susan Mallery book I didn't like, and this was no exception. The chemistry between Evie and Dante was amazing and I enjoyed their back and forth banter. ( )
  seanbata | Jun 14, 2015 |
This was a fast read. I am very much enjoying Fool's Gold and the people who live there. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This is the first book on this series that I read but, even though it was apparent that several of the characters on it where protagonists in previous books in the series, it’s not necessary to read them because each story is independent.

The protagonists are Evie Stryker and Dante Jefferson, both newly arrived at Fool's Gold. But, unlike Dante, who only moved there because his best friend and business partner (and Evie’s brother) also moved there, to Evie it was a return to her home town. And to the familiarity of the family with whom she has had practically no contact with since she left home at seventeen to go to Julliard to study dance... And the truth is that the decision to return to Fool's Gold wasn't even hers, but her family’s that brought her back after the accident that ended her dancing career.

And that is how Evie finds herself living in a town she practically doesn't even remember and assuming control of the dance studio in which she got employed, after the manager of it left town all of a sudden, and having to assemble the annual Christmas show for which there are no instructions available... It’s no wonder she’s not really feeling the Christmas spirit, is it?

And then there is the matter of the family that never really cared about her, all of a sudden, suffocating her with motherly and brotherly love. However, Evie never really felt as part of the family and her mother’s attempts of getting close are too little, too late, as far as she’s concerned. So Evie’s plan is to put up with Christmas and New Year and save enough to leave Fool’s Gold.

Not all is bad though, because Evie discovers that her brother’s business partner, whose office is on the ground floor of the dance studio where she works, is her neighbour. And he seems to share her aversion to all things Christmas. And, as they spend more and more time together, and realize the attraction they feel is mutual, somehow starting over in Fool's Gold doesn’t seem like such a ridiculous notion to Evie. Of course she will have to overcome her issues with her family and Dante also has a trauma stopping him to ever becoming attached to a woman to overcome but, with a little bit of Christmas magic, it may just be possible.

I liked the story and I’m going to keep following the series. Even if it’s the type of book that always leaves me feeling sorry that these small towns only exist in fiction... ( )
  landslide | Feb 17, 2015 |
I liked this holiday romance centered around a Christmas ballet pageant The heroine was the star of the story showing her inner strength but the hero was a jerk with insufficient atonement. Attorney Dante goes to complain about the noisy dancing above his office and finds the teacher Evie is his partners sister.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
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The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage the Fool's Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend's sister--off-limits unless he's willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen....

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When an injury forces her to return home to Fool's Gold, and into the fold of her estranged family, dancer Evie Stryker, who doesn't believe in Christmas miracles, agrees to stage the winter festival and then plans to leave town, but her brother's best friend has other plans for her.… (more)

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