Friday, July 17, 2015

Review of Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery

Summary Courtesy of Goodreads:

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?

My Review:

This is the 14th book that I have read in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series. This was not one of my favorites. I think Susan's writing is just as good and is continually getting better with each book. However, there were story lines in here that I did not like and I think were pushed a little too far.

The parts of the story that I did enjoy in this book were when she was telling the actual love story of Sam and Dellina. Unlike some other readers I did not find these two characters boring. I really liked the pace in which she built their love story. I think it was realistic and it showed that if you were burned continuously in the past in the areas of love and marriage that it would take more time than usual to fall in love. In addition, I like how they continued on the story of Fayrene and Ryan as I liked to see how characters love stories continue after their book is done. I think this is something that Susan does very well. Lastly, I really enjoyed the humor that she stuck in through out the book. She really showed how strong the relationship was between Kenny, Sam and Jack.

Now to the part of the book I did not enjoy was how overboard Susan went with the parents. I think she could have done more hinting than actually telling. I really felt like the book was over sexed at times with their story. I think it drew away from the well written love story of Dellina and Sam.

All in all I think that this was a good book just not my favorite in the whole series. I am interested to read the next story of Larissa and Jack.

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