Before We Kiss (Fool's Gold Series #14)

Before We Kiss (Fool's Gold Series #14)

by Susan Mallery
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Before We Kiss (Fool's Gold Series #14) by Susan Mallery

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373778812
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Fool's Gold Series , #14
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 193,714
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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

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Before We Kiss 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 346 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending of the book had me in tears and makes me believe in romance. Susan Mallery knows how to write the epic ending for romance books each and every time so it feels very fresh. The supporting characters were quirky and fun to read as usual but my main problem was Sam and Dellina themselves. Sam was a great guy and Dellina was sweet but I didn't really feel the chemistry between them. I thought the conflict at the end was pretty contrived and then the resolution was so easy I didn't get the happy sigh of satisfaction I usually do when finishing a Fools Gold book. I couldn't believe how easy Dellina took him back. I also admit I missed that there wasn't the pity party with all the women crashing Dellina's pad with alcohol and food that we saw in past books as they console the heroine over the hero's stupid behavior. I have to state for the record--Sam parents are soo freakin funny!! I feel so bad for him. They do not have an off button. Just know you will wince and root for Sam to overcome some past issues with them to win back Dellina. Before We Kiss is a warm, friendly, and sometimes, hilarious read. Sam's parents are like no other....weird but lovable. And, of course, when Larissa needs help with one of her missions the town pulls together to help her out. The main characters, Sam and Dellina, had previously met and had some hot sex but Sam was scared away when he saw something that made him think Dellina was trying to hook herself a husband. He and his partners want to have a party for some of their clients and families and who better to help with that than party planner, Dellina. Very reluctantly Sam approaches Dellina, they clear the air about the husband hooking and the fun begins. As in all her Fool's Gold stories, Ms Mallery includes many of the characters from her previous books. Fayrene and Ryan are finally engaged, Taryn and Angel are getting closer to getting married, the mysterious, know-all see-all Mayor Marsha has done some more kind deeds which brings in a couple of new characters in the next Fool's Gold book.       
DComfort More than 1 year ago
5 Stars! Contemporary Romance Release: May 1, 2014 ABOUT THE BOOK: 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? MY REVIEW: This. THIS! This book was great. It was full of laughs, chemistry, and the zing that makes you want more. Ms. Mallery hit it on the head with this one! Enter Sam, this previous pro-football player who has had his share of ups and downs, mostly down, with women. He’s got nothing but bad luck when it comes to having a successful relationship, and he no longer wants one. Dellina is the same way. She’s got no time for that. She is trying to run a successful business, and having to pair up with Sam, especially after a crazy night that got even crazier after he discovered her “bridal room” tests her self-control. I adored the supporting characters in this book, Sam’s mom especially. The entire thing was great to read. A great addition to the series, and a very lovable set of characters you’ll want to return to over and over again.
HuskerD More than 1 year ago
WOW!!  Just WOW!!  If you have ever been freaked out talking about sex with your parents....You need to read this book!!!  If you LOVE to  laugh while you read....You need to read this book!!!  If you love romance....You need to read this book!!  If you Love Susan Mallery's books ...You need to read this book!!
rphdarla More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down! I loved the mixture of love and laughter. This visit to Fool's Gold was very enjoyable and gave insight into some future characters, along with some teasers that you would only catch if you had read all of this series. The characters were easy to identify with and their "baggage" was understandable. Great summer read--can't wait for the next one!
agardone More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Susan doesn't disappoint, can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm going to say it again. There is a REASON Susan Mallery is one of my FAVORITE Authors!! From disastrous relationships in his past to her having raised her sisters there are obstacles in Sam and Delina's relationship. The one night stand they had months prior, when Sam awoke to a room full of wedding gowns and a "How to get him to propose." list on the wall scared him stupid and he ran away in the night. It takes a huge weekend business party to get them together again! The chemistry between these too is sweet to watch develop! Can't wait for Jack and Larissa's story next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!  I would NOT want to have poor Sam’s parents as my own!  They are hilariously embarrassing to be around because they don’t have any boundaries—they talk about orgasms at the family dinner table—can you imagine growing up with that?! Susan Mallery creates laugh-out-loud moments once again as she takes us back to Fool’s Gold and into Sam Ridge and Dellina Hopkins’ story.  The couple has a history—a one night stand on Valentine’s Day.  Sam freaked out after walking into a room of wedding dresses in Dellina’s house.  He had avoided her for months afterwards, until he needed to hire her to plan a company party for Score.  Their story of finally getting together is one of the best ones yet.  Thank you to Susan Mallery for writing such good “brain candy” for this over-stressed teacher and single mother!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story of love, laughter, and taking a leap of faith. Fool's Gold is a magical town. I enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down. I kept wanting to see what happened next. Susan Mallery does a great job of weaving multiple storylines together. I'm still trying to figure Mayor Marsha out. It's amazing what she knows and can achieve. It makes me chuckle. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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julieford More than 1 year ago
Susan Mallery continues to create a wonderful town with the most amazing people. Sam has had nothing but bad luck when it comes to relationships. Dellina has raised her 2 sisters after her parents passed away. Neither is looking for a committed relationship or marriage but a one night stand and a working relationship lead to exactly that. They both must overcome their issues and find the love that is staring them in the face.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
This is the 14th book that I have read in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series. This was not one of my favorites. I think Susan's writing is just as good and is continually getting better with each book. However, there were story lines in here that I did not like and I think were pushed a little too far. The parts of the story that I did enjoy in this book were when she was telling the actual love story of Sam and Dellina. Unlike some other readers I did not find these two characters boring. I really liked the pace in which she built their love story. I think it was realistic and it showed that if you were burned continuously in the past in the areas of love and marriage that it would take more time than usual to fall in love. In addition, I like how they continued on the story of Fayrene and Ryan as I liked to see how characters love stories continue after their book is done. I think this is something that Susan does very well. Lastly, I really enjoyed the humor that she stuck in through out the book. She really showed how strong the relationship was between Kenny, Sam and Jack. Now to the part of the book I did not enjoy was how overboard Susan went with the parents. I think she could have done more hinting than actually telling. I really felt like the book was over sexed at times with their story. I think it drew away from the well written love story of Dellina and Sam. All in all I think that this was a good book just not my favorite in the whole series. I am interested to read the next story of Larissa and Jack.
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The slave is thrown at the gate of the castle.
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
Dellina Hopkins was raised in Fool's Gold until her parents died, & when she graduated HS, she got custody of her 2 younger sister & with Fool's Gold's help, raised them. Now both are in love & it's time for Dellina to unleash her inner BAD GIRL. Sam Ridge is cursed with bad luck with woman, for example his ex wife's tell all book & has a sex educator for a mom, who loves to talk, ask & yes, even demonstrate, in person or DVD, about all things sexual, but in the friends department he is loved, by his 2 football BFs & the crazy, gorgeous & extremely scary Tara, who he has a PR firm with. So what better way to be a BAD GIRL, than pick up the town's sexiest football star & have him hard & wanting. Sam loves this carefree & sexy Dellina, who rocked his sexual world, until he opens a door in her house & see it full of wedding dresses & a list of ways to get a proposal, so he freaks & flees. One problem thou, he needs her help to plan his PR firm's big weekend party, so he does what any scared wealth male does, offers her boat load of money & she explains that it's an "Only Professional Relationship", so off they go in their own mutual ignorance. With Sam around, her va-jay-jay is always getting happy, warm & swimming with wetness. With Dellina in his realm almost 24/7, he can't help pulling her into his arms & loving her mouth with his lips, tongue & occasional wandering hands. Soon all Fool's Gold Fairy GodtownNESS cast a love spell that either are immune too, the almost bunnies furry sacrifice, his mom shows up with all things sexual & uncomfortable, a unlocked bathroom door turned, a 57 kitties rescue, & even Sam's ex shows up to stomp on their little bloom of love. Will Sam embrace all the Fool's GoldNESS? Can Dellina let her GOOD GIRL have her man? Is Sam able to ever trust? Where can I get his Mom's sexually breathing exercise books? Ms. Mallery Fool's Gold series is such an amazing read with a town of such love, nosiness, kooky characters, dirty old women & the caring Mayor Marsha that I like to call their Fairy GodtownNESS. It a town I want to find & live forever. I burned many calories with this read, I HYPERVENTILATING with laughter, ROFL & I even squished my furry reading buddy (claws & all) once. Just when I think Ms. Mallery can't come up with more unique & uncommon goofiness, she pulls another out side-slipping, exhilarating & tickling tale of true love from her SPARKLY, SPUNKY & slightly SLEAZY mind! I must give Ms. Mallery my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for this romance that made me smile, giggle, have shivers & quivers in my girlie parts & HYPERVENTILATE until I peed my panties! This review bought via my local library! f
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent addition to Fools Gold. Loved Sam and getting to know Jack, Kenny better. Sam's parents were a hoot! Dellina and her sisters are wonderful. Watching Dellina and Sam find themselves and each other was a joy. I loved this book
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I give this a 4.5 star I totally Loved this book, what make it for me was the humor and Sam parents. I would so die if I had parents like his. This was a wonderful read with the one night stand they have months ago, leaving Sam running for his life when he make a wrong turn and walked into a room in the middle of the night in Dellina home and found it full of wedding dresses. In a small town like Fool’s Gold it isn’t easy to avoid one person, Sam did it for 5 months until he needed to hire a planner for a weekend party his company was giving. Dellina is a lovely lady who isn’t interested in finding Mr. Right she is just trying to make ends meet. She can’t forget the night her and Sam spent together. She didn’t understand why he ran and she wasn’t making it easy for him. Dellina parents died when she was young, she raised her sisters the best she could. She is loves her family and lives around them. Her one sister is a nut but a wonderful lady who needs help in finding her way and understanding men. Dellina is a strong women, knows what she wants and goes for it. She just doesn’t want a man right now but oh the things Sam made her feel, she wouldn’t mind feeling them again. Sam is an ex football player with many bad relationships he sure isn’t looking for anymore then a good time. When he saw all the wedding dresses he throws his clothes on and ran for his life. He has done his best not to run into Dellina but he can’t forget the one night they had which left him wanting more. He has to go to her to help plan his company party and sparks fly. They clear the air but that doesn’t stop him from wanting one more night with the beautiful sex Dellina. If life couldn’t get any worse he finds out his over sexed parents are coming to town and Dellina has signed them up for the party as guest speakers. Sam isn’t loving life to much, he finds his parents to be an embarrassment with their outspoken views on sex. You are going to love this installment of the town of Fool’s Gold. I have so enjoyed all the Fool’s Gold books but this one will keep you laughing. You will do a little head shaking along with OMG they didn’t oh yes they did. I have so enjoyed this series and the excitement these ex football players bring to this town when they decide to move their company to Fool’s Gold
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Love this series