Friday, July 31, 2015

Thrill Me by Susan Mallery (4 stars)

About Thrill Me

Series: Fool’s Gold Mass Market 
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 28, 2015)

Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake… 

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

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Maya didn't have the best role model for love, so when she fell in love very young, she ran out of fear. Her love interest, Del, left not too long after--stunned and confused.

Finally back in town, Maya gets to do the job she loves in a town full of memories. But she soon finds out she'll be interacting a lot with Del. Are they fated to be together, or was her decision to leave her true destiny?

What makes a book memorable to me are great characters. A great storyline, interesting plot twists, a beautiful cover, and excellent editing will elevate great characters to a truly amazing read. But if the characters are lacking, none of those can make up for it.

It's important for me to understand what motivates characters, and it's one of the reasons I really liked Maya. She grew up with a mom who ruined the idea of love, and although Maya didn't let it break her, she did allow it to taint her view of love and commitment... at least initially. And in the meantime, she worked hard and followed other passions. She didn't sit around and mope and feel sorry for herself. 

And who doesn't love romance? This book has fun romance with a side of real emotion. Sign me up. My only disappointment--if you could call it that--was a bit of predictability. But it's an excellent summer beach read. You'll be engaged and enjoy it, but I wouldn't say it's a story that'll stay with you for very long. 

But, then again, who cares. Sometimes you just need a light, fun read with good characters and some romance. And if that's what you're looking for, then Thrill Me fits the bill. For fans of the Fool's Gold series, you won't want to miss out!

Rating: 4 stars

NOTE: Before the review tour, there was an excerpt tour. So, if you'd like to check that out, please visit here for information on the various stops.

About Susan Mallery

097-croppedNew York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly). One major retailer recently described her as “the queen of romantic fiction.” 

While she deeply appreciates the accolades of critics and booksellers, Mallery is even more honored by the enthusiasm of her readers and the word-of-mouth that catapults her toward the top of the bestsellers lists time and again. Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband and a toy poodle who makes her laugh every day and who’s not even a little bit impressed by her growing fame. 

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Thanks to TLC for my review copy.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own. 

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!