BOOK REVIEW: Lovers endear themselves, but story is a little too hot

jhildreth@idahostatesman.comOctober 20, 2013 

  • ‘Two of a Kind’

    by Susan Mallery (Seattle); Harlequin ($7.99)

Publisher’s synopsis: Felicia Swift never dreamed she’d hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool’s Gold, Calif. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away — on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships — and romance — but she came to Fool’s Gold looking for ordinary.

Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that. Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm’s length. Felicia wants more than he can give — a home, family, love — but she has a lot to learn about men, and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her.

As these two misfits discover that passion isn’t the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.

My take: This latest in the Fool’s Gold series is as well-written as all of Susan Mallery’s books. Some strong points that stand out are when the hero discovers he fathered a child more than a decade ago and must find his feet in instant fatherhood with an adolescent. At this point the story gets real and resonates with the reader. Mallery’s depiction of Felicia’s attempts at “normal” are humorous and endearing.

However, each successive book in this series seems to be less of a story and more of a sex scene played out over a two-week period. I’m not the only one to have observed that sex is not a spectator sport, so leave something to our own imagination instead of laying it all out in black and white. We need a storyline that delivers.

My rating: 4 out of 5

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