A Fool's Gold Christmas

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The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage the Fool's Gold winter ...

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The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage the Fool's Gold winter festival, she vows to do as promised, then move forward with her life anywhere but here.

Jaded lawyer Dante Jefferson is getting used to the backwater town he now reluctantly calls home, but the pounding of little dancers' feet above his temporary office is more than any man should have to take! When he confronts their gorgeous teacher, he's unprepared for the attraction that sears him down to the soul. Evie is his best friend's sister—off-limits unless he's willing to risk his heart. Dante has always believed that love is the most dangerous force in the universe, but that was before he had to reckon with the magic of a certain small town, where miracles do seem to happen….

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Mallery’s 10th romance set in the Sierra Nevada town of Fool’s Gold, Calif. (after All Summer Long) brings together two people who aren’t exactly thrilled to be in town for the holidays. Dancer Evie Stryker feels like an outcast, and only returns to Fool’s Gold after a leg injury sidelines her performing career. Lawyer Dante Jefferson ends up in the tiny hamlet after his law partner, Rafe Stryker—Evie’s older brother—relocates their practice from San Francisco. Neither is looking for romance: Evie can’t wait to heal and get back to work, and Dante, whose mother was shot and killed as a “lesson” after Dante dated a gang leader’s girlfriend, is terrified of loving anyone. As Evie tries to forgive her family for a tough childhood and Dante wonders whether he can risk his heart, both experience the closeness and camaraderie of a small town where everyone pulls together. This sweet Christmas treat is a pleasant introduction to Mallery’s popular series. Agent: Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.)
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"Mallery's prose is luscious and provocative."

-Publishers Weekly

"Susan Mallery's gift for writing humor and tenderness make all her books true gems."

-RT Book Reviews

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


"Warm, funny, and sexy, this lighthearted yet touching page-turner is a satisfying, rewarding read."

-Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
Mallery's Christmas romance brings two lonely hearts together in the enchanting, magical community of Fool's Gold. When dancer Evie Stryker's three brothers bring her to Fool's Gold after a career-ending accident, she expects to stay a year at the most before escaping back into the real world. She certainly doesn't expect to be seduced by the town, her new job as a dance teacher or her sexy neighbor--who also happens to be her eldest brother's law partner. Dante Jefferson has a reputation as a player, so Evie knows that any relationship will be both short-lived and frowned upon by her family. Still, he's sexy, sweet and fun, and Evie has her eyes wide open. She'll be fine, just so long as she doesn't fall in love. But neither Dante nor Evie is ready for the soul-searing attraction they share or the slow-building connection they feel to the town. Dante has sworn off love forever, but he's moved by Evie's obvious strength and resilience, as well as her emotional vulnerability when it comes to her family. Even so, the closer they get, the stronger the urge Dante has to push Evie away. When he realizes that their lighthearted entanglement has led to a full-fledged love affair, Dante bolts. But who can fight the pull of the woman he loves, the magical season he thought he hated or the pretty little town he just can't get enough of? A sweet, heartwarming Christmas romance with engaging characters, a family-redemption arc and a winning seasonal charm that will delight most genre fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373777884
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Fool's Gold Series, #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 80,701
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Mallery
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that move them. Publishers Weekly calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,” and Booklist says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry and made the world a happier place to live. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather.
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The sound of eight tiny reindeer had nothing on a half-dozen eight-year-olds clog dancing, Dante Jefferson thought as he held the phone more closely to his ear.

"You'll have to repeat that," he yelled in to the receiver. "I'm having trouble hearing you."

The steady thudding above his head paused briefly, then started up again.

"What's going on there?" Franklin asked, his voice barely audible over the banging that nearly kept time with the damned piano music. "Construction?"

"I wish," Dante muttered. "Look, I'll call you back in a couple of hours." The stupid dance class would be over by then. At least he hoped so.

"Sure. I'll be here." Franklin hung up.

Dante glanced at the bottom right of his computer screen. The ever-present clock told him it was seven-fifteen. In the evening. Which meant it was eleven-fifteen in the morning in Shanghai. He'd stayed late specifically to speak to Franklin about an international business deal that had developed a few glitches. The clog dancers had made the conversation impossible.

He saved the spreadsheet and went to work on his email. He and his business partner had plenty of other projects that needed his attention.

Just before eight, he heard the clog dancers going down the stairs. They laughed and shrieked, obviously not worn out by an hour of misstepping practice. He, on the other hand, had a pounding pain right behind his eyes and the thought that he would cheerfully strangle Rafe first thing in the morning. His business partner had been the one to rent the temporary space. Either Rafe hadn't noticed or didn't care about the dance school parked directly above. The offices were in an older part of Fool's Gold and had been built long before the invention of soundproofing. Rafe didn't seem to mind the noise that started promptly at three every single afternoon and went well into the evening. Dante, on the other hand, was ready to beg the nearest judge for an injunction.

Now he got out of his chair and headed for the stairs.

He made his way to the studio. He and whoever was in charge were going to have to come to terms. He had to spend the next couple of weeks working out the problems of the Shanghai deal. Which meant needing access to his computer, contracts and blueprints. Some of which he couldn't take home. He needed to able to use his phone, in his office, while speaking in a normal voice.

He paused outside the door that led to the studio. It was as old-fashioned as the rest of the building, with frosted glass and the name of the business—Dominique's School of Dance—painted in fancy gold script. He pushed open the door and entered.

The reception area was utilitarian at best. There was a low desk, a computer that had been old a decade ago, backless benches by the wall and several coatracks. He could see through into the studio itself——a square room with mirrors, a barre that was attached to the wall and, of course, hardwood floors. There wasn't a piano, and he realized the endless, repetitive song that had driven him insane had come from a compact stereo.

He rubbed his temples and wished the pounding would stop, then walked purposefully into the studio. He was a coldhearted bastard lawyer, or so he'd been told endlessly by those he bested. He planned to reduce the dance instructor to a blob of fear, get her to agree to lay off with the dancing and then go back to his phone call. All in the next ten minutes.

"We have to talk," he announced as he came to a halt in the center of the room.

He realized there were mirrors on three walls, so he was seeing himself from unfamiliar angles. His shirt was wrinkled, his hair mussed, and he looked tired, he thought briefly, before turning his attention to—

Dante swore under his breath as he took in the tall, slender woman dressed in nothing more than a black leotard and tights. Despite the fact that she was covered from collarbone to toes, the clinging outfit left nothing to the imagination. He almost felt as if he'd walked in on a woman undressing. A sexy woman with big green eyes and honey-blond hair. A woman who was completely untouchable, for a host of reasons.

He ground his teeth together. Why hadn't Rafe mentioned that his sister was now working here? But even if his business partner didn't kill him for looking, Dante had a firm list of rules that were never broken. Not getting emotionally involved was number one. Anyone who taught little kids to dance had to be softhearted. Nothing got him running faster than a hint of emotion.

"What are you doing here?" Evangeline Stryker asked.

Yes, he thought as he stared at her. Rafe's baby sister.

She was responsible for the nightmare that was his life. She and those unbelievably loud mini-dancers she taught. So much for reducing the dance instructor to anything.


"Sorry," he said, doing his best to keep his voice from growling. "I didn't know you worked here."

Evie gave him a wide-eyed stare, then a strange half laugh. "Right. I work here. I teach dance. Lucky me."

Dante knew Evie had broken her leg a few months ago, but he didn't remember hearing anything about a head injury. "Are you all right?"

"No," she snapped and put her hands on her hips. "Do I look all right?"

He took a step back, not wanting to get in the middle of whatever she had going on. "I came upstairs because I can't work like this anymore. The pounding, the same piece of music playing over and over again. I have to talk to Shanghai tonight, and instead of peace and quiet, there were clog dancers. You've got to make it stop."

He held out both hands, palms up, speaking in what he knew to be his most reasonable tone.

"Make it stop? Make it stop?" Her voice rose with each word. "Are you kidding?"

Evie knew she sounded shrill. She was sure she was wide-eyed, flushed and more than a little scary, but right now she didn't care. She was in full panic mode and now Dante was stuck listening to her rant.

"You want to talk to me about your troubles?" she continued. "Fine. Here are mine. In approximately six weeks it's Christmas Eve. That night, the town of Fool's Gold expects yet another chance to see their annual favorite—The Dance of the Winter King. You've never heard of it, you say? I know. Me, either. But it's a huge deal here. Huge!"

She paused for breath, wondering if it was possible for her head to actually explode. She could feel a sort of panicked pressure building. It was as if she was in a nightmare where she was going to be naked in front of a room full of strangers. Not that being naked in front of a room full of people she knew was any better.

"I won't go into the details about the storyline," she continued, her chest getting tighter and tighter. "Let's just say it's a lot of students dancing. Oh, and the dances they're doing this year are different than the ones they did last year because, hey, they move up. Which wouldn't be a problem because there's always Miss Monica, who's been teaching here for the last five-hundred-and-fifty years."

She was getting shrill again, she realized, and consciously lowered her voice. "The only problem is Miss Monica has run off with her gentleman friend. The woman has to be pushing seventy, so I should probably be impressed or at least respectful that she has a love life, except she took off with no warning. She left me a note."

Evie pointed to the piece of paper still taped to the mirror.

"She's gone," she repeated. "Left town. Flying out of the country first thing in the morning. Which leaves me with close to sixty girls to teach dances I don't know for a production I've never heard of, let alone seen. There's no choreography to speak of, I'm not sure of the music and I heard the sets are old and need to be completely refurbished. In the next six weeks."

She paused for air. "It's up to me. Do you want to know how long I've been teaching dance? Two months. That's right. This is my first ever, on the planet, teaching job. I have sixty girls depending on me to make their dreams come true. Their dreams of being beautiful and graceful, because you know what? For some of them, this is all they have."

She knew she was skating uncomfortably close to talking about herself. About how, when she'd been younger, dance had been all she'd had. She might not have any teaching experience, but she knew what it was like to want to be special and, by God, she was going to make that happen for her students.

She stalked toward him and jabbed her finger into his chest. More specifically, she felt the cool silk of his fancy tie. It probably cost more than she spent on groceries in a month. She didn't know very much about Dante Jefferson beyond the fact that he was her brother's business partner and therefore disgustingly rich. Okay—he was reasonably good-looking, but that didn't help her right now, so she wasn't going to care.

"If you for one second think I'm going to stop having practice here," she told him, "you can forget it. I have a serious crisis. If you want to have a conversation with Shanghai, you can do it somewhere else. I'm hanging on by a thread and when it snaps, we're all going down."

Dante stared at her for a long moment, then nodded. "Fair enough."

With that, he turned and walked out of the studio.

She glared at his retreating back. Sure. He got to leave and go back to his fancy life. Not her. She had to figure out what to do next. While running in circles and screaming might feel good in the moment, it wasn't going to get the job done. Nor was railing at the unfairness, kicking something or eating chocolate. She might have failed in other areas of her life, but she wasn't going to fail her students.

"You have to rally," she told herself. "You're tough. You can do it."

And she would, she thought as she sank onto the floor and rested her head on her knees. She would figure out The Dance of the Winter King and teach her students and let them have one magical night.

First thing in the morning. But now, she was going to take a few minutes and feel massively sorry for herself. It was a small thing to ask, and she'd earned it.

The next morning, Evie started her day with a heart full of determination. She had survived worse than this before and probably would have to again. Mounting a production she'd never seen with no help might seem daunting, but so what? Her pep talk lasted through her first cup of coffee, then faded completely, leaving the sense of panic to return and knot her stomach. Obviously the first step was to stop trying to do this all alone. She needed help. The question was, where to get it.

She was new in town, which meant no support network. Well, that wasn't totally true. Her brothers had taken a surprising interest in her lately. Rafe had even prepaid for her townhouse, against her wishes. But they would be useless in this situation, her mother wasn't an option and going up to strangers to ask them what they knew about The Dance of the Winter King seemed questionable at best. Which left the women in her brothers' lives.

She had one sister-in-law and two sisters-in-law to-be. Of the three of them, Charlie seemed the easiest to approach. She was blunt but kindhearted. So after a quick routine of stretching to overcome the stiffness of her still-healing leg, Evie got dressed and started out for the center of town.

Fool's Gold was a small town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada—on the California side. The residential areas boasted tidy lawns and well-kept houses while the downtown held nearly a half-dozen traffic lights, making it practically metropolitan. There were plenty of pumpkins by front doors and paper turkeys in windows. Orange, red and yellow leaves flew across the sidewalk. It had yet to snow at this elevation, but the temperatures were close to freezing at night, and the ski resorts higher up the mountain had opened the previous weekend.

The whole place was one happy small town postcard, Evie thought, shoving her hands into her coat pockets and longing to be somewhere else. Los Angeles would be nice. Warm and, hey, big enough that nobody knew her name—which was how she preferred things. She just wanted to live her life without getting involved with other people. Was that too much to ask?

A stupid question, she reminded herself. She was here now, and responsible for a holiday tradition. She would get it right because she knew what it was like to be disappointed, and there was no way she was doing that to her students.

She rounded a corner and walked up to the fire station in the center of town. The building was older, mostly brick, with giant garage doors that would open if there was an emergency.

Charlie was a firefighter. From what Evie had been able to piece together, Charlie drove one of the big trucks. She was competent, sarcastic and just a little intimidating. She was also a bit of a misfit, which made Evie more comfortable around her. In addition, Clay, Evie's youngest brother, was crazy about her. Over-the-moon, can't-stop-looking-at-her in love.

Clay had been married before, and Evie had adored his late wife. Now that she thought about it, Clay kind of had extraordinary taste when it came to women. After years of mourning his first wife, he'd stumbled into a relationship with Charlie, only to find himself giving his heart and everything else he had. It was kind of nice to see someone as perfect as Clay brought to his knees by an emotion.

Evie hesitated by the entrance leading into the fire station. She told herself to just open the door and walk in. Which she would. In a second. It was just…asking for help was not her favorite thing. She could easily list ninety-seven ways she would rather spend her time. Maybe more.

The door swung open unexpectedly, and Charlie Dixon stepped out. "Evie? Are you okay?"

Charlie was a little taller than Evie, and much bigger. The other woman was all broad shoulders and muscle. The latter no doubt necessary because of her job. Evie had spent her life in search of the perfect combination of being strong enough to dance and thin enough to look good in whatever costume her job required. Which meant being hungry every day of her life since her fourteenth birthday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Just nice

    The story itself is heartwarming but im disappointed there is not more story to the enstrangment between Evie and May like it was with Charlie and Dominique. And the romance between Evie and Dante is VERY vanilla and lukewarm. The story is mainly focused on wide rnge of Fool's Gold characters, what happens at Christmas in FG, how the community comes together - more than Evie and Dante. And short - only 170 pages total of the story itself, minus the into, table of contents and 14 pages of an excrept of her other book and I paid $9.99 for 170 pages. Not too happy.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

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    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book - it was so wonder

    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book - it was so wonderful! A great Chritmas story as well as a great romance. When two lonely people lean on each other to get through the craziness of the holidays, love is sure to follow. A Fool's Gold Christmas was everything I wanted it to be, happy, heartwarming, even a little sentimental. Yes, I teared up a few times. The story of Evie and Dante is heartwarming and classic. I can't wait to read it again! Fool's Gold has always been my place for Happily Ever After and once again Susan Mallery does not disappoint!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012


    I love the Fool's Gold series. I enjoyed this book but it wasn't quite up to par with the others in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012


    But I mad at the author I just bought another book this week A Christmas Bride and its the same book as Only us. Which I bought earlier in the year. She literally change the name of the book. Can you do that. Rename a book and resale it as a different book. I wish I caould get my money bach on the Christmas Bride.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2012

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    Great Book

    Really great book. Kept me entertained all the way.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    wonderful read

    Another great book by Ms. Mallery. Only complaint -- too short, love the Fool's Gold town and people.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Good but not her best

    I truly enjoy susan mallery, and have been waiting for this book for a long time. The story is great i always love how the town comes together. I feel like there could have a little more romance with evie and dante, but still a great read. I cant wait for Ford Hendrix's book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Susan Mallery does it again!

    What a wonderful Christmas story and a great addition to the Fool's Gold series. It was great to reconnect with characters from many of the books that we've grown to love even if this was Evie's story. It was a nice representation of the population of Fool's Gold. There was a nice story line, lots of love and romance, laughter and of course tears. Great closure that whets our appetite for more. I look forward to the continuation of the story next summer since there's so much more story to tell! Keep up the good work Susan!

    This book was included free in my Fool's Gold Christmas goody package from Susan Mallery that all the Fool's Gold Cheerleaders received.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

    Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery 4 STARS Finally Evangeli

    Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
    4 STARS Finally Evangeline Stryker story is here. I wanted to know more about her since we met her in Rafe's book. I wondered how this story would work out for her. It was done in a good way. Thier are a few love scenes that I skipped over. I love the town of Fool's Gold and how they come together to help each other. I need to be more active like they are in doing good. Evangeline was not close to her family they taught her that those close to you did not love you. Her mom and her three older brothers were close until last year she hardly seen or talked to her older brother Rafe. She is living now in Fool's gold because when she was tackled at a football game and broke her leg on tv her family was watching. They brought her here when she was doped up and packed her things up and brought her to the ranch to heal. Rafe paid six months ahead on her condo she is renting. Evie told him no, but Rafe did not listen to her. Since Evie broke her leg she could not be a dancer anymore or even a professional cheerleader. She is working at the dance school and finds that she likes it and doing really well. Now the manager of the dance studio at 70 eloped and left Evie to pick up and in charge of the Christmas dance review. To a story she had never heard of and had no idea what the dances were like for it. Dante has not liked Fool's Gold he was happy living in San Fransico and being partners with Rafe. When Rafe decided to move the company to Fool's Gold he protested. Now he was working in an old building with little sound proofing. Thier was a dance studio right above him and they were driving him crazy. He was hear after work trying to call overseas and fix some problems but he could not hear the call. He decided enough is enough he was going up and talk to the dance instructer and tell her he needs quiet for a couple of weeks. He would use his charm and lawyer skills to convince her. Dante barged into the dance studio to ream at the teacher and found that he could not. He had no idea that Rafe's sister was working thier. Instead of him getting to yell at her she yelled at him and told him her problems that she had to throw together a performance in 6 weeks to a story and music that she did not know. Find and Make repairs to the sets ect. Evie the next day found her neighbor in the condo next to hers is Dante and he invited her to share his take out with her. They decide to hangout together to get through the holidays in Fool's Gold because neither one of them were used to small towns. It is fun to see all the things going on in Fool's Gold and see old friends again. I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley. 9/25/2012 PUB HarlequinHQN

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

    *This is one of Susan Mallery's greatest additions to the Fool's

    *This is one of Susan Mallery's greatest additions to the Fool's Gold series. If you are new to this series, Fool's Gold is a small town where everyone treats you like family. With each book we get to revisit characters we fell in love with from previous stories and catch up on what is new in their life. Don't let that stop you if your new to this series. Each book is an individual stand alone story that leaves you wanting more and you will enjoy reading past books to find other characters stories of "Happy ever after".

    *In "A Fool's Gold Christmas" we get to learn more about two people from the big city who are stuck in a small town they don't quite understand. Evie has spent her whole life feeling left out when it came to her mother and three brothers. Now they had brought her home, kicking and screaming, to recuperate from an injury and try to mend things between them. Dante is a big city lawyer with problems of his own. And now his business partner, Evie's brother, has moved the business to Fool's Gold were he feels like a fish out of water. Now it's almost Christmas and everyone in town is so...so...JOLLY! Will their hearts open to feelings they never thought they would feel, or will their past keep them forever alone?

    *This is a wonderful story that gets you in the mood for Christmas miracles. It's a story that will pull your heart strings and make you laugh at the same time. And besides, who can resist a dancing elephant?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

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    Hott Review
    AWWWW!! Going into this book I didn’t care much for Evie or Dante. In the other books they were sort of portrayed as whiners and that personality quirk just grates at me. I didn’t ever love them as people but I did like them much better at the end.
    What I liked: I liked the shock and awe the Evie and Dante had with Fool’s Gold. I know it sounds silly but there is just something about this town that makes even the reader feel like part of a community. This love and community shown in this book brought tears to my eyes several times!
    What I didn’t like: This book struck a personal chord with me due to the issues between Evie and her mother, so it was a bit more stressful than it would be for a typical reader.

    Steam: Adult

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

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    A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery ISBN: 9780373777020

    A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
    ISBN: 9780373777020
    Dante Jefferson a lawyer had rented some space at the dance studio but he needed some quiet time where he would be able to talk to his partner overseas.
    Evangeline Stryker is Rafe's sister and she's at the studio. Her mother is May and she has raised 4 boys til her husband died, had a weekend fling and Evie was the result. She felt like an outsider cuz of the age difference and nobody knows who her father is.
    She stumped what she is to do with 60 girls that need to be taught how to dance for the annual Christmas Eve show. The instructor has left town with her male friend and Evie has no clue what to do with the girls.
    She approached her sister in law to be, Charlie the woman firefighter for some help.
    Charlie tells her who to contact for all the aspects of the event, things the people in town do every year. The townsfolk help everybody out, as in turn help when needed.
    Thanksgiving day was going to be a new thing for Evie who's not used to being around friends, and relatives. The girls only meet at Jo's Bar, watching the parade on TV then off to Rafe's for the big dinner.
    Dante pairs up with Evie as they go around town to do the props for the CE ballet/event. They practice kissing also as they know they will be under a mistletoe this season.
    Love this town and how comfortable they make everyone feel. Catching up with everybody and what's new in their life's is always fun. It's not too confusing.
    Day after the holiday the townsfolk were busy redoing all the autumn scenes with ones for Christmas.
    It resembled a magical wonderland, like a snow globe.
    Second chances for each of them involves different things, different people. Someone they want to impress that they can be proud of...
    Evie spreads herself thin by accepting to do charity work during the holiday season, she just wants to fit in...

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

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    My Review:
    What a perfect holiday romance! I loved this book. Not only did it feature two incredible characters in Dante and Evie, but it also featured so many of my favorite things about the small town of Fool's Gold in the midst of the magic of the holiday season!

    These two characters have been favorites of mine for a while. Evie, just because her story is so heartbreaking. May is the perfect mother, except when it comes to her daughter Evie and everyone agrees that Evie totally received the short end of the stick there. She got pregnant with Evie during a one-night stand when she was mourning the death of her husband. Evie has never been made to feel like a true part of this family, either by her mother or her three older brothers. Then there's Dante. We've always known him as Rafe's really sexy, sarcastic business partner and lawyer. I've loved him from the very moment he landed on the page...and now, *sigh* if he wasn't perfect for Evie, I'd be fighting her for him. Another fantastic character who has some heartbreaking history that makes his (fictional) reality so much more inspiring and wonderful. This is a guy who's pulled himself out of the muck to become so much more.

    There's a lot going on in this story, but mainly it revolves about Evie and her finding her way back to her family....the Stryker's who we have fallen in love with over the last three books in this series. But it's also about Evie and Dante finding themselves at home in this little town which completely embraces the Christmas season. Neither of these characters is at home in small town life and they aren't exactly comfortable with all the trappings of the holiday season either, but Fool's Gold doesn't let anyone feel excluded. Soon, both these characters find themselves caught up in all the holiday activities and finding their own holiday spirit. It's a perfect book to read in prep of the upcoming holiday season to get you in the mood.

    I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Fools Gold Christmas comes out this month and I was so lucky to

    Fools Gold Christmas comes out this month and I was so lucky to get a signed copy from Susan Mallery for being the head cheerleader for 2011. Being a Fools Gold Varsity Cheerleader is an amazing opportunity for friends, fun, reading and so much more. I have met some awesome woman from cheering for Susan and Jenel.

    Fools Gold Christmas is about Evie the baby sister of the Styker men. Dante Jefferson the accountant who really doesn't want to be in the dumpy town of Fools Gold. Evie is given the impossible task of doing a Christmas winter festival, that means getting all the dancers to perform to the best they can even if she doesn't know the steps and also she has to find a horse she can train to be in the show. She saunters to the Stryker farm looking for lessons and a killer stallion named Khatar walks up to her as Clay stands back in horror at what the mean stallion will do to the pint size dancer. To his utter amazement Khatar acts like a gentle giant to Evie and she finds him very gentle and loving. Not words Clay or any Stryker man or woman would use about Khatar.

    Susan has done it again with the beloved Fools Gold series making our hearts melt over pint size to grand characters. Fall in love with Evie and her misfit family who welcome Dante with beady eyes and uneasy resistance because he is a family friend as well.. Thanks again Susan for the wonderful stories you inspire us to live by and want to be a part of the family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2014

    I found this really entertaining

    I enjoyed this book. it was a fun, light-hearted holiday read. The plot was fast moving and happy. The ending was good, but weak and predicatable.

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  • Posted November 9, 2014

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    A Fool¿s Gold Christmas is another heartwarming romance from Sus

    A Fool’s Gold Christmas is another heartwarming romance from Susan Mallery. 

    Fool’s Gold is a fictional small town in Northern California. With a small town setting you have a sense of community and close friendships.  This closeness is a big change for “city slickers” Evie Stryker and Dante Jefferson.  Both are new to Fool’s Gold and are in shock with the small town community and are also not excited with the upcoming holidays. In a way Evie and Dante are a modern day Grinch but not as extreme to be considered as a Scrooge. Both have had a heartbreaking past so this is why they don’t enjoy the holidays. Having this in common helps to form a friendship that builds to something more.  But there is a major problem with their attraction – Evie is the sister of Dante’s friend and business partner.  Another problem they face is they are both afraid to get hurt again so they avoid allowing themselves to care for people.  This includes caring for family and friends, not only romantic relationships. But this book is called A Fool’s Gold Christmas so because of the Christmas setting you know this story will have a magical and happy ending.  Even though this book was predictable I still enjoyed it.

    Susan Mallery has a great way of developing realistic and likeable characters.  Evie and Dante have had a heartbreaking past but it was good to see their characters grow.  They both deal with their heartache but also have some fun scenes.  So this book had the right amount of drama that kept me entertained.   

    A Fool’s Gold Christmas is book number 9.5 in the Fool’s Gold series.  I haven’t read all the books in the series but I was able to follow along with the story.  The author does a great job of giving quick recaps of previous books so it was a nice reminder.  But there were so many characters I think new readers would be overwhelmed.  So I think it would be better to limit the number of characters that are mentioned in a story.  Now that I’ve read this I do want to go back to the last book I read from this series.

    A Fool’s Gold Christmas is a sweet romance and is perfect for the holiday season!

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  • Posted October 11, 2014

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    Reviewed by Aubrey Book provided by NetGalley for review Review

    Reviewed by Aubrey
    Book provided by NetGalley for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    It has only been in recent years that I have started to read and enjoy Christmas themed books. I really liked the main characters of A Fool’s Gold Christmas. Both were very jaded about life in general and hated Christmas for their own reasons. Their mutual hatred for Christmas brought them closer but could it change their views? Will they start to enjoy Christmas or hate it more???

    Evie did not have the best childhood. She had 3 brothers and a mother that virtually ignored her because of the consequences of her birth. It was not her fault and she always found reasons to stay away and avoid her family. She had very good reason to be the way she was. Dante’s reason for avoiding relationships with women and settling down were different but still brought on the same heartache and need to run from love and affection.

    Evie comes to Fool’s Gold to heal from an accident and does expect to stay once she is healed. However, Fool’s Gold has another idea for her. Everyone that comes to the town tends to get sucked in by the people and their generosity. She does not see things changing between her and her family and she certainly does not see herself falling in love with a man that has stated he does not do the long haul.

    Dante is a gorgeous man that gets Evie and is just the man that can penetrate her walls. But he is scared of the feelings that come up when they are together. The power of love can heal both of them but are they willing to take the risk???

    A definite must read for fans of the Fool’s Gold series but also those that enjoy Christmas themed books with a very sweet HEA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    This was petty good

    Not the best book i have read but it was ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    I have had the pleasure of reading a few books by Susan Mallery,

    I have had the pleasure of reading a few books by Susan Mallery, but this was my first Fool’s Gold novel. This story was absolutely wonderful! It combined so many of the things I love, dance, Christmas, involved communities, and sweet love stories, and left me with a quite smile, and a warm heart.

    The characters of Evie and Dante were well written; both had deep scars from their pasts, which have them running from love. Miss Mallery wove these characters together so intimately; in such a way that each of their individual healings could not happen without the other person. This is not a story that explicitly describes each physical intimacy, which I appreciate, favoring more of the emotional connection of these two wonderful people.

    If you like a good romantic story, full of Christmas cheer, community service, and personal healing, pick up A Fool’s Gold Christmas!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014


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