03 June 2014

Before We Kiss (Fool's Gold #14)


(Fool's Gold #14)
by Susan Mallery
Published May 27, 2014 by Harlequin
Romance - Kindle edition, 384p.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with a digital copy for review.


Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women—from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless—until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life.

Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend's bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped her "wild youth" to raise her sisters. She doesn't want forever from Sam, but one night—all night—would've been nice.

His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires Dellina to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam's luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run?


BEFORE WE KISS is the classic fun and sexy Fool's Gold novel you should expect fourteen books into the series. Sam, one of the former football players who moved to town as a part of the PR firm, has a track record of choosing the wrong woman. When he ends up at Dellina's one night, he thinks things are going well (and totally normally), until he accidentally sees her guest room, which is full of wedding gowns and a white board featuring a troubling list. So of course he runs! Months later, the firm needs an event planned, and Dellina is just the person they need to do it... as long as Sam can clear up the awkwardness that has plagued them since he ran out on their night.

I absolutely loved watching their relationship unfold. The guest room that made Sam run is a source of hilarity and a fun explanation for why their promising connection stalled months before. While watching Dellina plan the event, you see she runs her business well, except for the accounting bits... and Sam just happens to be great with numbers. They're fantastic at working together professionally, which leaves you wondering if that could translate to their personal lives. They're both sweet and in need of a solid, loving relationship, and I found myself rooting for them throughout the book... even when they were trying to avoid it.

BEFORE WE KISS is a great addition to the Fool's Gold series. I love the relationships within the PR firm and it was nice getting to know Dellina and her event planning business, too. Sam was overdue for a successful romantic relationship, and Dellina's been waiting for one forever, too. If you're a fan of the series, this one won't disappoint... I'm looking forward to book #15!

Wondering if you'd like to start the Fool's Gold series? Take a look at my quick rundown of the first six books right here.