Series: Fool's Gold #12
Published by Harlequin HQN on July 30th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Tanya Eby
Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool's Gold story from New York Times< bestselling author Susan Mallery?
Isabel Carlisle thinks she's cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another...man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she'll pursue her real dreams. At least, that's the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again....
Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can't take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool's Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same....
Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series on audio has really been working for me lately. The series is very long with many novellas filling in between full-length novels. I decided to read Three Little Words by Susan Mallery, and I really, really enjoyed this one.
- I have always loved the romance trope where one character has had a crush on another character for a long time. So of course I had to read Three Little Words which is about Isabel, who had a crush on her older sister’s boyfriend/fiance when she was a young teen.
- After Ford and her sister break up, and Ford joins the military, Isabel decides to write Ford letters. At first she confesses her love for him, but over the years the letters become more of a diary for Isabel. Her letters were really sweet, and I loved reading those letters. Ford never responded.
- I did find it a tiny uncomfortable that Ford and Isabel’s sister were actually engaged. I mean, I get it was a long time ago, but there is something a little icky about Isabel and Ford getting together. Still, I was rooting for them, and was able to put that icky-factor out of mind.
- Isabel is seriously easy to love. After her marriage ended in divorce, Isabel decided to move back to Fool’s Gold (temporarily) and run the Bridal Dress shop while her parents were traveling. The plan is to run the business and get it ready to sell, because her parents want to retire, and Isabel plans to return to New York City. Isabel is sweet, and intelligent and adorable. I felt so bad for her, because she was struggling after her divorce, and feeling a bit lost without a place. It was great seeing her slowly realize what she wanted out of life, not just romantically but career-wise.
- Ford was one gorgeous hero. I mean, I seriously loved him. He had some issues that he needed to work through, and it took him a little longer than I thought was necessary, but I loved him all the same. He’s just so competent and cool under pressure.
- I loved a scene early on when Isabel feels like she needs to confront Ford, who she has not seen since she was 14 years old. Since she’s back in town, she doesn’t want him to feel weird around her, so she finds him at his office to say there is no reason to feel weird, and it was just so adorable. I. Loved. It.
- Anyway, soon Isabel and Ford are pretending to be in a relationship to stop Ford’s mother from hounding him about marriage, and it’s adorable! I always love fake relationships, but it was done extremely well here! And of course, this fake relationship leads to genuine feelings. Swoony!
- I’m not normally a fan of secondary romances, but I did enjoy the romance between Ford’s brother and Consuelo (she works with Ford, and is one tough cookie). I really did like Consuelo a lot, and I loved that she was the tough one who could totally take anyone down, and Ford’s brother was the teacher. A nice flip on gender norms. But it also felt real, and neither character felt stereotypical.
Three Little Words by Susan Mallery is definitely one of my favorites in the Fool’s Gold series. But I still have lots left to read!
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