Sunday, September 11, 2011

Only Yours by Susan Mallery

Title:  Only Yours
Author: Susan Mallery
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fools Gold #5
Main Characters: Montana & Simon
Release Date: September 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Montana Hendrix has found her calling—working with therapy dogs. With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she's finally ready to look for her own happily ever after. Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right… or maybe Dr. Right?
Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can't have. Scarred since childhood, he avoids emotional entanglement by moving from place to place to heal children who need his skillful touch. Can his growing feelings for Montana lead him to find a home in Fool's Gold, or will he walk away, taking her broken heart with him?

My Review:
Another fabulous trip into Fools Gold. This time we got to see Montana (one of the Hendrix triplets) fall in love, but it was most definitely NOT an easy road, because her hero is not an easy man. Dr. Simon Bradley is a brilliant plastic surgeon and burn specialist, but he has really deep scars both inside and out from his own burns. Burns that were given to him by his mother after she pushed him into a fireplace twice at age 11. He was already an awkward child because of his brilliant mind, but after the ultimate rejection by the one person who was supposed to love him unconditionally, he has built up emotional walls that seem insurmountable.

But for as cold and unemotional as Simon is, Montana is the exact opposite. She is lively & vivacious....maybe a little bit too vocal, but beloved by everyone in this sweet little town. She has her own emotional issues after a series of bad relationships. Her walls are not near like what Simon is dealing with, but it helps her to understand a bit of what he is dealing with in his psyche.

What I liked about this book:
*loved Montana and her work with the dogs- the addition of the dogs and their different personalities, added a lot of interest in the story as well as an interesting additional narrative.
*the story with Cece (poodle) and Kalinda (child burn patient) was simply perfect. So wonderfully written especially in regards to how both of them affected Simon. Just a gorgeous story line.
*I loved the story with Montana's mom and Max. I am assuming that this one will be resolved in the final book of this trilogy, because I am really intrigued about the history for them.
*and of course, the cameos from all the characters of Fools Gold. I love this quirky little town and it is wonderful to revisit the characters from the past books. Still love the guys it when they come to get Simon to play golf. Just a sweet little scene that made me giggle.

Simon's story line in this book is such a difficult subject matter. The level of depth of his emotional scarring seems like it would be insurmountable, but I am suspending a bit of disbelief and choosing to believe in the power of Montana's healing love. It is a romance novel, and one that I enjoyed reading.


Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Great review. I loved this book but what's not to love about a romance with a happy ending, especially for Simon because he so deserved it.

StaceyC4 said...

This was my favorite book in the Fools Gold series. Susan created an incredible character in Simon who just seemed so real! His vulnerability just made you want to reach in to the pages and hug him. Great review for a great book!

Anonymous said...

I loved the inclusion of the dogs in the story line as a avid dog lover! This has been the best of the Fool's Gold series to me too!

Julie said...

*sigh* This is yet another author that I have not read... I must. I really must.

Char...... said...

Susan Mallery ahs done it again with her FOOLS GOLD SERIES. Simon and Montana's story is so heartwarming and loving. Awesome review!!!

Angela MacIntyre said...

I love Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series and this is my favorite of the series so far. Dr. Simon is one of my all time favorite heroes, and I loved the additional story lines. Great review!