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Two of a Kind: Susan Mallery

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery welcomes readers back to Fool's Gold, where a one-time fling could become the real thing...

Felicia Swift never dreamed she'd hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool's Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away...on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool's Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that.

Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm's length. Felicia wants more than he can give-a home, family, love-but she has a lot to learn about men...and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her.

As these two misfits discover that passion isn't the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.


Let me just state, I am a hard-core Susan Mallery fan and by no means do I mean for my review to deter anyone from trying this book. This is just my humble opinion on one book, and I highly urge anyone to try her books if you haven't read her before and if you have than you already know that Susan can rock an amazing story.

However, with that said, this book didn't work for me. Hmm, I really wanted to give Two of a Kind a higher rating, but this is the first Fools Gold book I couldn't quite get into. Felicia and Gideon almost became one of those dreaded DNF books for me, this makes me sad because Susan is an automatic comfort read for me, and I always know she will give me that sweet memorable read. I hung in there however and it did get better, but it didn't have that wow factor or the need to have more of the characters. It wasn’t that the characters weren’t engaging or lacked fun and sweet moments because just as with the other characters in Fools Gold they were spot on. I really loved Felicia and her spunky know it all attitude in Just One Kiss, but in her own book it just became too over whelming, and this is because Felicia is a wicked smart genus. The poor girl doesn't know how to converse without breaking everything down and getting crazy technical about whatever she is talking about while going off on a tangent about it. All the technical speak is what killed it for me. I found it over took the characters and the importance of her growth with them. It really took me away from the story leaving me easily distracted. Felicia is still a great fun character and I loved following her journey to self-discovery when it came to finding her space in her personal relationships and the town of Fools Gold. For me this is more of a personal thing than a reflection of the author's writing I just wish the smart talk was "dumbed" down a bit, I know that won't make sense to those reading the review but I am not sure how else to word it. Maybe I would have liked to see her a bit more “normal” and not so extreme with her brain.

As always, Susan has a wonderful way with her characters and adding just the right amount of romance and drama that keeps you hooked and coming back for more. In that aspect, Two of a Kind was no exception. I enjoyed the twist of Gideon’s son and Felicia taking over Pia’s position as the new Event Coordinator. It was also tons of fun visiting with old friends, and I am even more excited about getting to Ford’s book next. What I wasn’t expecting was Angel. Ugh, loved him even more in this book, and I can’t wait until Susan helps him put his damaged past behind him with a happily ever after of his own!

Thank you to Susan Mallery & NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Two of a Kind in exchange for my honest opinion.

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