Series: Fool's Gold #12.5
Published by Harlequin HQN on September 24th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Tanya Eby
There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped...
Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That's why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.
Gabriel's memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year's eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle...and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can't stop sharing.
Gabriel didn't think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse....
I’m coming to realize that Susan Mallery puts together a great Christmas Romance. Christmas on 4th Street is one of a number of Christmas romances that are a part of Mallery’s beloved Fool’s Gold series, and I absolutely adored it.
What I Liked:
- I know I’ve mentioned it in other Fool’s Gold reviews, but I love this town! It’s so supportive of its citizens, and everyone helps each other out. But, of course, Fool’s Gold has it’s quirkiness too. It’s utterly charming and I wish I could live in a place like this.
- Noelle is my kind of heroine. She’s so strong, and has had more than her fair share of things to work through. But she’s done it, and she continues to be a kind, caring and hopeful person. How could I not adore her?
- Gabriel was pretty darn swoony, although he did struggle working through things. He’s also kind, and smart, and a hard worker. I loved how he felt so comfortable being around Noelle; that being with her soothed him when his family drove him crazy.
- The romance between Gabriel and Noelle was near perfect, in my opinion. Things didn’t get angsty, and both Noelle and Gabriel act like adults. As I mentioned, Gabriel has to work through some things, and there were definitely bumps along the way, but Noelle was just so calm through it all.
- Christmas on 4th Street definitely had that Christmas feeling, and I loved it!
- Tanya Eby continues to be a great narrator of the Fool’s Gold series.
What I Struggled With:
- Very little. The book did get a bit sappy, but that’s what I expected from a Christmas Romance. And it never really bothered me, which is saying something, because in general I don’t like a lot of sappiness.
Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery is my favorite Fool’s Gold book so far. It features a wonderful heroine, a swoony hero, and the most adorable small town.
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