Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Title: Thrill Me
Author: Susan Mallery
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Fools Gold #18
Main Characters: Maya and Del
Release Date: July 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool's Gold, California—five gorgeous men who've left a trail of broken hearts in their wake… 

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports. 

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward! 

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

My Review:
It's been a while since I gave a Fool's Gold book a 5* rating, but I really liked this one. The set up and the history between Maya and Gabe really worked for me. They dated and were engaged ten years ago until Maya got cold feet and broke Gabe's heart. Although she regretted how she handled things since then, they've been okay in the ten years since those events happened. Yes, it was heartbreaking, but they've both managed to live good, full lives then, so maybe that was the way it was meant to be.

That's the way they both think until they both come home at the same time and are thrown into working on a project for the town by the mayor. Suddenly there are all these "what if" questions and feelings arising again that neither one feels good about. It's ten years too late for them...or is it?

There's a lot to this story. Gabe has an interesting and unusual family dynamic. His father is a world famous and ego-driven glass artist. For his father, nothing is more important than his art and the entire family has learned how to work around that and deal with his ego. There are five sons (Gabe's the oldest) and their mother. When Gabe and Maya began to date, his mother took Maya under her wing since she'd never had a mother she could count on. Their friendship has lasted ever since and comes into play heavily in this book as his mother is dealing with some secrets that she doesn't want the men in her family to know about. Can we say conflict?

I liked that whole family aspect of the story line. I enjoyed the five brothers and the conflicts within them...there are some fantastic future heroes to this bunch. I also loved the artistic touches throughout the story. While Gabe didn't inherit the full amazing abilities of his father, he did get some creative genes which come to play in the videos that he and Maya are creating. I always enjoy stories that have a creative bent to them. 

Like I said...I did really like this one. I enjoy all the Fools Gold books, but this one was just a little step better to me in the overall story depth and details that made it a better book for my personal reading tastes. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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