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Only His (Fool's Gold Series #6)

Only His (Fool's Gold Series #6)

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by Susan Mallery

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Wedding bells are ringing in Fool's Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but


Wedding bells are ringing in Fool's Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they've seen each other naked, but she'll never forget the way he broke her heart.

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada's "business only" ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again…or will their past get in the way?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Warm, funny, and sexy, this lighthearted yet touching page-turner is a satisfying, rewarding read and the 'perfect' beginning for Mallery's Fool's Gold series." - Library Journalon Chasing Perfect

"The book brims with quick-witted, good-natured characters... [the] romance grows poignantly and with chemistry to spare."

- Publishers Weekly on Chasing Perfect

"...an abundance of warmth, caring and romantic passion. Guaranteed to touch your heart!" - RT Book Reviews on Almost Perfect

Best Books of 2010! Finding Perfect was selected by Amazon editors as one of the Top Ten Romance Novels of 2010.

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Fool's Gold Series , #6
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7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Never agree to a job interview in which the interviewer has seen you naked.

Nevada Hendrix was confident that nugget of advice had been sewn on a pillow somewhere, or made into an inspirational poster. Unfortunately, no one had shared it with her before. Now, facing Tucker Janack for the first time in ten years, she discovered it was very, very true.

She'd had a plan. That's what killed her. She'd polished her resume, practiced her answers to different interview questions, had bought a new blazer and had even paid an extra seventeen-fifty to get some stupid gloss treatment to make her hair look shiny. She who avoided all things girly whenever possible. Done in by a formerly naked guy and gloss treatment.

"Hello, Nevada."


She was careful to keep her game face in place—whatever that meant. All she knew was that having her mouth drop open and gape in astonishment wasn't going to make her look capable.

"I was expecting your father," she admitted. After all, the call she'd received about the final interview had specifically said she would be speaking with Mr. Janack. Not a name she associated with a guy she'd known back in college.

"I'm running the construction and doing all the senior hiring personally on this project," he said, motioning for her to take a seat, which she did.

They were in a conference room at a hotel in Fool's Gold. Ronan's Lodge, known to locals as Ronan's Folly, was a beautifully constructed building with hand-carved woodwork and elegant furnishings. Things she might have stopped to appreciate under other circumstances. As it was, she couldn't see much past the man who'd taken a seat across the table from hers.

Time had been kind to Tucker. He was still tall—which shouldn't be a huge surprise. So few men shrank these days. His hair was dark, with just enough curl to keep him from looking too pretty. The dark eyes, square jaw and hint of a smile on his kissable mouth were exactly as she remembered.

Um, no, she told herself firmly. Not kissable. Far from kissable. He was her potential boss. Or not, depending on how he remembered the past.

She swore silently and wondered why old man Janack couldn't have kept control of just one more project…but when it came to Tucker, she'd never been able to catch a break.

"It's been a long time," he said, giving her that slow, easy grin of his. The one that had made her feel like the most special girl in the world. That had been a complete lie and had broken her heart to the point that it had almost not healed itself.

She drew in a breath, pushed all memories of a younger Tucker out of her brain and squared her shoulders. "As you can see from my resume, I've been busy. After college I worked in South Carolina for a couple of years, learning all aspects of construction from the ground up, so to speak. we did mostly commercial spaces and, before I left, I was in charge of a five-story building."

It may have sounded small to him, but it was something that made her proud. "We came in early and under budget, with the cleanest inspection record the company had experienced."

He nodded as if he already knew all this. That, if he'd read her resume, he did.

"Why didn't you stay?" he asked. "They can't have wanted to let you go."

"They didn't, but I wanted to come home."


"Yes." She did her best not to remember that he'd never experienced what it was like to settle in one place. He'd grown up all over the world. After all, Janack Construction was multinational. She remembered Tucker talking about summers in Thailand, winters in Africa.

She sensed the danger of getting personal and reminded herself she really wanted the job.

"Since returning to Fool's Gold, I've handled mainly smaller projects. Some residential. I have experience working with crews of different sizes and understand state and local building codes." She continued talking, giving examples of her various skills.

"The team that will be working here is one of our best," Tucker told her. "They've been together a long time and they don't take well to outsiders."

"Do you mean outsiders or do you mean women?"

Tucker leaned back in his chair and flashed that killer smile again. "Janack Construction is an equal opportunity employer who complies with all state and federal employment guidelines."

"How very politically correct. I'm not afraid of a team of men, if that's what you're getting at. I grew up with three older brothers."

"I remember. How is ethan?"

"Good. Married. Happy. If you're going to be around for a while, you should look him up."

However, if the powers that be actually liked her, then Tucker was only in town to hire and would soon be jetting off to another part of the world.

"I will. I'm going to be here through the initial phase of the construction."

Damn. So much for being liked by a higher power.

"You work for Ethan," Tucker said. "Why do you want to come work for me?"

She didn't. She wanted to work for his father, but that wasn't an option. "I'm looking for a challenge," she said, admitting the truth.

"You've seen the scope of the project?"

She nodded. Janack Construction had bought over a hundred acres north of town. They were building a resort and casino complex on tribal land. The company had leased additional acres to a developer that specialized in outlet malls—a fact that had the female population in the area quivering in anticipation.

"We should talk about it," he said quietly.

Nevada stared at him, wondering why the project could warrant the slightly furrowed brow. And then she knew. The "it" in question wasn't work related.

"No, we shouldn't." She fought against the urge to stand and possibly back up, putting more space between them. "It was a long time ago."

"Nevada," he began in a low voice.

"Don't. It's over and done. It was meaningless."

He raised his eyebrows. "Really?"

Why couldn't he be like every other guy on the planet and want to avoid talking about anything remotely uncomfortable? Did they have to rehash the past?

"Tucker, it was ten years ago. Five difficult, awkward minutes out of my life. Seriously, it doesn't matter."

He shifted in his seat. "Is that how you think of it?"

"That's what happened. You were drunk, I was…" She pressed her lips together. No way was she going to say the words "a virgin" during a job interview. "Let it go."

"It wasn't five minutes. I've never—" "Oh, my God!" Unable to stop herself, she stood. "This is about your ego? You can't handle the fact that our brief sexual encounter a decade ago was a bad memory? Grow up, Tucker. It's not important. I don't think about it. I came here to have a job interview, not…" She stopped herself, but had a feeling it was a little too late. "We were friends then, too. Can't we remember that instead?"

He stood, as well. "You didn't think of us as friends. Not after."

She wasn't a screamer, which was the main reason she didn't shriek at him. Instead she forced herself to sound completely calm and in control. "Did you have any other questions about my work experience?" "No."

"Then it was great to see you again, Tucker. Thank you for your time."

With that, she turned and walked out of the conference room. She kept her head high and her shoulders back. No one looking at her would guess that on the inside she was both humiliated and defeated.

Having to relive that embarrassing night with Tucker was bad enough, but to lose the chance at her dream job was even worse. She'd wanted the opportunity to work with Janack Construction. They were a great company and she would have been able to stretch herself professionally without having to leave Fool's Gold. Life didn't get much better than that.

Instead he was going to dismiss her without considering her qualifications, which was just like a man. Talk about unfair.

She spun on her heel and marched back to the conference room. The door was still open. She saw Tucker slipping a folder into his briefcase.

Her folder, she thought grimly. Sheets of paper representing her hopes and dreams.

"I'm good at what I do. I work hard and I know this town," she told him when he looked up and saw her. "I understand the people and I could have been an asset to you. But that's not going to happen, is it? All because of a meaningless act that took place years ago. So much for integrity."

Tucker watched Nevada turn her back on him for the second time in less than a minute and walk away. The door closed firmly behind her, cutting off his view of her cropped blond hair and stiff back.

"Not a bad exit," Will Falk said, coming through a side door. "When did you two have sex?"

Tucker glared at the other man. "It's none of your business."

"You think I wanted to hear all that? Based on what she said about your performance, you need to do something." Will, a forty-two-year-old friend of the family and Tucker's assistant, grinned. "Five minutes? Pretty humiliating."

Tucker ground his teeth together. "Thanks for the recap."

He wanted to shout that it had to have been longer than five minutes, even though, technically, he couldn't remember much about the evening. As Nevada had pointed out, he'd been drunk. Not to mention out of his mind, lost in a tempest named Caterina Stoicasescu. Unfortunately, Nevada had also been caught up in the hurricane of Cat's life, however briefly.

"You really blew it," Will offered helpfully. "I thought she had potential."

"She does. I'm not done with her."

Will chortled. "Seriously? You think she'll come work for you now?"

"She wants the job."

"No. She wanted it. Past tense being the key here. Now she knows it means working for you. Hell, Tucker, five minutes?"

"Would you let go of that?"

"I guess I'm going to have to. Still, you were a smart kid, not ugly enough to crack a mirror. I figured some woman somewhere would take pity on you and show you the ropes. Guess I was wrong."

Tucker pointed to the door. "Out."

"Or what? Going to pull my hair?"

Will was still snickering when he limped out of the room.

If it had been anyone else making fun of him, Tucker would have been pissed. But Will was practically family. Barely ten years older than Tucker, Will had been working for Janack Construction since he'd left high school, and Tucker had always thought of him as the older brother he'd never had. Will had quickly moved up the ranks, until an accident six years ago had broken both his legs and fractured his back.

The company medical insurance had taken care of the bills, and Tucker's father had kept Will on the payroll. Even after a year of healing, Will hadn't been able to go back to working at a site.

Right about then Tucker had started running projects on his own. He'd offered Will the job as his right-hand man and they'd been working together ever since. They were a good team, which was why Tucker was willing to take so much crap from his friend. All of which was interesting, but didn't solve the Nevada problem.

The casino-resort project was huge. The biggest one he'd ever run. He needed a good team in place and Nevada brought a lot to the table. The fact that he knew her and trusted her made him unwilling to let her simply walk away. But how to convince her to let go of the past and come work for him?

As he followed Will out of the conference room, he realized once again the trouble in his life could be traced back to Caterina Stoicasescu. Cat had always been hell on wheels. Those around her had the choice of ducking out of the way or being run over and left broken and bleeding on the side of the road. He'd been run over plenty of times, until he'd realized he was done being a fool for love. The emotion wasn't worth the trouble. Unfortunately, Cat had left him one more mess to clean up.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women. 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.” Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. Visit her at www.SusanMallery.com.

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Only His (Fool's Gold Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 194 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
One of my fav. Fantastic read that kept me entertained for hours.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Susan Mallery consistently writes contemporary romances that I just love to read for an afternoon's escape. Her books are sweet, fun, romantic, witty, and always feature a wonderfully quirky cast of characters. The Fool's Gold series continues to delight my reader's mind. I just really love this series. There is something about continually getting to visit this sweet little town and the wonderful characters that live there, that just makes me happy. This book is about Nevada, the last of the Hendrix triplets to find love. Her hero is Tucker, although it takes her a while to realize it. Tucker was one of Ethan's (Nevada's brother) friends and when she goes to college where Tucker lives, Ethan tells her to look Tucker up. That results in a friendship between Nevada, Tucker, and Tucker's girlfriend Cat. Tucker doesn't realize that Nevada actually has feelings for him, but Cat does, and in a twisted scheme, Cat "gifts" Nevada with Tucker. This results in the most horribly disappointing five minutes of Nevada's life. She hasn't seen him since until she walks into a job interview for her dream job ten years later. Needless to say, they have some issues that they need to work out. Such a fun book. I love that the history between Nevada and Tucker is so embarrassingly horrifying for both of them. It makes it a really fun set-up for the book. But beyond that and before the romance truly starts to develop, I like that Tucker & Nevada develop a true friendship and comradery both at work and outside of it. They both have their faults and have both made mistakes in their history, but these are definitely two people that you can like and cheer for as a reader. There are also some fabulous side stories in this one...the romance between Will & Jo, Nevada's mom & Max (OMG, I don't know if I have ever laughed as hard as I did when Nevada walked in on them), and even the addition of Cat and her mixed up sexuality. It was such a fun book to read. I had quite a few laugh out loud moments and I read this on a day where I was really sick and miserable, so that is saying something. This has been such a fun series. I have loved getting to know the triplets this summer. I am so glad that we get three more installments of it next summer. Whooohooo!!!
AllThingsRomance More than 1 year ago
I think this book is one to the funniest books that Susan Mallery has written! The plot twist and turns kept me hooked and laughing out loud. Susan perfectly wrapped up the triple trilogy and left me anxiously waiting the next book in the Fool's Gold series!
KLM418 More than 1 year ago
While the first two books in this summer's Fools Gold trilogy were heartwarming and a little heartbreaking at times, Nevada Hendrix story in Only His is pure comedic gold. It brings out the laughs to go along with the love and the usual cast of Fools Gold characters who also make their appearances. Long time Fools Gold fans will be happy to learn more about mysterious bartender Jo and see her shot at happily ever after, but the true crux of the story lies with Nevada Hendrix and Tucker Janack, a wonderfully matched pair. Their relationship has a unique history and a charming present that will keep readers turning pages until the end to find out just how they get their own HEA.
mstylezp More than 1 year ago
This is the first love story that I've read and I was into it like no time just by reading the first few chapters. This novel is about love like no other, true love. It starts off as desperateness then evolves into something much grater between two people. It is like a connection that only two people can feel. After reading this novella; I cannot wait to read others like it in the Fool's Gold Series
daccms More than 1 year ago
I love all the other Fool's Gold Books. This was the only one I did not buy. I read a lot of romance books about 1 every 2 days. That being said I have never run across a person in these books that did not some way resolve the issues. This time I did. I fully understand that these are books but I love the people in these books we only get to see how they fall in love and then we have to chose how they live the rest of their lives. I feel Nevada will spend the rest of her life being stepped on. In the book she shows how strong of a woman she can be, but when it comes to the people around her she is for ever just the forgiver with no one really making amanze to what they did to her. And I totally feel she starts her relationship out in a lie which is also a first for one of these books for me. I mean alot of times they get themselves caught up because of a lie but in the end the truth is always revealed not so in this cause.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Only His is the last of the Hendrix triplets trilogy. Nevada Hendrix has always been more comfortable in a hard hat than in high heels and she's proven her worth as a construction boss working under her older brother, but she has dreams too and to spread her wings means flying from the safety of the family business nest. Nevada accepts an interview with Janack construction, a global company with a great reputation expecting to interview with company owner Elliot only to find herself face to face with his son Tucker. This wouldn't be a problem because Tucker is friends with her older brother and she's known him for years, it's just that she also happens to know him in the biblical sense in a decade ago debacle one-night(mare) stand that she's never quite gotten over. Tucker wants Nevada to take the job, a local is always valuable on a job site, someone who knows the ropes and the rules, but to convince her he's got to let the past go even though seeing her again is stirring up feelings he's not happy about and the word lust comes to mind every time he sees her. Susan Mallery has got this romance thing down to a science because I could not put this book down, plus you get more than one romance for your money as she brings us other couples tales as well in this one for the books contemporary romance. It's a plot that's sure to engage the true romance lover with the normal anxiety and angst with a little added bonus of that second chance at romance. Her dialogue is easy to read, easy to understand and will keep you turning those pages as fast as you can read them. Her characters are all impressive, all engaging and all imperative to the story. Her hero Tucker is a real guy's guy and our heroine Nevada is a guy's guy too although she has no trouble being female too. The love story is two worlds colliding impossible and super nova spectacular and you'll be kept on the edge until the very end. The love scenes are sensual but tasteful. Come back to Fools Gold for this last of the Hendrix triplets trilogy, reconnect with old friends from the fictional town and meet a few new ones as well. You don't have to be an already fan to enjoy this but you will become one if this is your first visit. My suggestion is to read the trilogy in order for the best results, then if you haven't get all the novels in the Fools Gold series. Thanks Ms. Mallery for another fun trip through the estrogen enhanced town of Fools Gold.
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TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
Where to begin with this review...hmmm. First off, any story following Simon and Montana would be hard to impress me. It's a very tough act to follow. I did like this story, however a few things irked me. The whole Cat wanting Nevada was way off base and frankly a little weird. I felt it was too far left field and came out of nowhere. Cat is a man eating woman, who loves having men worship her and now all of a sudden she's back in town after ten years and wants Nevada? Umm no! Second the whole Max and Denise thing was strange. She wanted to start dating and she believes in more than one true love per person and yet she doesn't want to marry max? I don't get it.....I did like the chemistry between Tucker and Nevada. They seemed to be a perfect match. I do wish just once in the fools gold series, the couple would fall in love and not have a dramatic scene where one person has to chase the other at the end. I get there has to be a storyline but it's a little typical of how each story is going to go now. So, this story gets a solid 4 stars, maybe 3 1/2?
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Yes. Result 4.
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This is Nevada's story. The last of the identical triplets. Great book, not only did it focus on Nevada and Tucker, but on other members of the Fools Gold community. This one had tears, and, lots of laughs. I loved the new sculpture!
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