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Before We Kiss

by Susan Mallery

Harlequin | May 27, 2014 | Mass Market Paperbound

Before We Kiss is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
New York Times bestselling sensation Susan Mallery returns to Fool''s Gold, California, where it''s true that sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs… 

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?

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 368 pages, 6.64 × 4.14 × 0.93 in

Published: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373778813

ISBN - 13: 9780373778812

Found in: Romance

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely priceless Ok, this settles it. I’m moving to Fool’s Gold! Mallory has developed this enchanting sound in such a vividly real manner that I feel like I’ve walked through the town. Although Mallory’s descriptions and narrative make everything vivid in the reader’s mind, the story itself remains firmly planted in reality. Everything is so easy to believe and immerse yourself in that you can’t help but fall in love with it. The storyline was also completely unique with twists and turns that I could have never imagined, yet that fit perfectly with the characters and their stories. I laughed so hard at times. Mallory writes real life at its best, but with the fairy tale ending that so many of us want in our own lives. Mallory’s work has an underlying message of hope that makes you realise you’re not alone. The characters in this novel have real lives. Sure some may be wealthy beyond belief, but that doesn’t mean that they have a happy go lucky, easy life. Take the main characters that we come to know and love in previous novels in this series but who really shine in this instalment. We get to know them on a much deeper, more intimate level. We find out that what is on the surface isn’t necessarily exactly what’s inside. I appreciate that Mallory’s story is about so much more than just the main couple. She brings this whole town to life. Because Mallory’s focus is wider than simply the two main characters you actually get to know them better. By reading about everything happening around them you feel like you’re part of their lives, not just seeing a snippit of it. You, along with the main characters, are also part of something larger. Overall this was a brilliant addition to Mallory’s Fools Gold series as well as an intriguing standalone novel. It is an emotionally stimulating novel that will capture your heart and your mind. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others or to re-read it myself (and I’m not generally one for re-reads).
Date published: 2014-05-31

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Before We Kiss

by Susan Mallery

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 368 pages, 6.64 × 4.14 × 0.93 in

Published: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0373778813

ISBN - 13: 9780373778812

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"Returning to the scene of the crime?" Dellina Hopkins asked as she stared at the dark-haired man standing on her porch. She supposed the polite response to his presence was to invite him in. And she would…in a minute. But first she was going to make him work for it. Sam Ridge, all six feet of dark-eyed, arrogant handsomeness, narrowed his gaze. "You're not going to make this easy, are you?" he asked. Dellina smiled. "No. Would you, if you were me?" He surprised her by flashing a grin. "No, I wouldn't." "An honest man." She bumped the door open wider with her hip and stepped back to let him in. "It's a miracle." He moved into the house. Dellina let the screen door slam into place, but left the thick wooden door open. It was summer in Fool's Gold, and plenty warm. The breeze would be nice. Plus—and this was the part she would never admit to Sam—having the door open meant they weren't totally alone. Okay, they were alone, but it didn't feel so intimate. And based on what had happened the last time they'd been together in this house, that was a good thing. Sam paused in the middle of her living room, as if not sure where to go. His head turned slightly and she had a feeling he was glancing down the hall—toward her bedroom. No doubt remembering what had happened some five months ago. Dellina wanted to say it hadn't been her fault—that everyone was allowed to be stupid on Valen
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New York Times bestselling sensation Susan Mallery returns to Fool''s Gold, California, where it''s true that sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs… 

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?

About the Author

Romance author Susan Mallery has a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a New York Times bestselling American author who has written over 80 books, including the Marcelli Sisters Trilogy and the Desert Rogues Series. She won the Romantic Times' award for best Silhouette Special Edition and the National Readers Choice Award.

Editorial Reviews

"Romance novels don''t get much better than Mallery''s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling." -Booklist