Title: Hold Me
Author: Susan Mallery
My Rating: B
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fools Gold #16
Main Characters: Destiny and Kipling
Release Date: April 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
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.
I've really been looking forward to this book, ever since Susan Mallery introduced Kipling while he was injured in New Zealand. And while it was pretty good, I was hoping for a bit more angst and drama. It just didn't seem to pan out as well as I'd hoped it would with the possibilities of this great story line. But even with that tiny complaint, I did still enjoy this book. Although I was surprised to find that it was really more of Destiny's story rather than Kipling's.
Destiny grew up in the shadow of her country star parents who dragged her out on the road with them and through all the drama of their many high's and low's. As a result, she wants nothing to do with the music business although the music literally flows through her. She just chooses to ignore that side of herself. She also doesn't believe in love...a hard lesson she learned by watching her parent's many, many mistakes. She's a pretty stoic girl. She works hard to stay on a very even keel, but between Kipling and her new fifteen year old sister who she suddenly has to care for, that ability is getting heavily challenged. I thought the sisters story line was very well written and really enhanced the story of Destiny's own issues with both her parents and music.
Then there is Kipling. He knows he should stay away from Destiny...he's not a long-term kind of guy and it's obvious she doesn't have a whole lot of experience, but he can't seem to help himself. I have to admit there is one point in this novel that is VERY unlike the way most scenes like this go in romance novels. I loved that Susan Mallery went there and the entire situation kept me laughing and giggling as it ALL played out over the course of the book. I loved that little bit of unexpected and applaud her for going there.
I've enjoyed all the Fool's Gold series. And while this one doesn't rank up there at the absolute top of my favorites, I did really enjoy it. I LOVE that we have a new bar in town, too. While I love Jo's. I'm happy that the guys have someplace to go too...and karaoke? Oh yeah, I hope we see lots of this bar in the future installments in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.