Title: Kiss Me
Author: Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold #17 (Stand-alone novel)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 30th 2015 by HQN Books
Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery creates the small-town destination for romance in charming Fool’s Gold, California—where a loner cowboy finds the one woman who can capture his heart…
After Phoebe Kitzke’s kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool’s Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn’t exactly thrilled by the city girl’s arrival.
Thanks to his brother’s latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn’t fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss, but she’s exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.
In his arms, Phoebe discovers she’s a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can’t stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?
3 of 5 stars to Kiss Me by Susan Mallery
Cover Art: 4.5 stars! It’s so pretty! I don’t know about you guys but contemporary romance books usually have tacky covers (in my opinion) and it’s very rare to see one that is as beautiful as this one! The colors, the models, the font, everything is on point. Why not 5? Let’s say I find it pretty but it’s not gonna be on my fave covers list. 😉
The book is an absolute feel good story. I love the characters. The female protagonist, Phoebe, particularly caught my heart. She’s the kind of heroine I want to read about. She is very caring, selfless and funny. I just adore sweet girls like her. They make life seem like rainbows and unicorns. To be honest, we need more women like her in the world. If only she was real.
The male lead, Zane, on the other hand, is also adorable in your typical brooding hero kind of way. He is mysterious, aloof and 100% pure male that you can’t help but be infatuated with. I also love the chemistry between the two leads. The rest of the characters are remarkable in their own way. They each have wonderful stories to tell and I love that even though they aren’t the center of the story, the author still took time to give them sub plots and made their characters grow. The sub story of the orphans particularly tugged at my heartstrings.
Quite frankly, the book is more of a 3.5 stars. I love its entirety but it still didn’t give me those reeling feelings of great awe and wonder. Hence only an average rating. But really, I had a fantastic time reading this one. So if you love a nice, light read but with emotional depth and good character development, you should totally start on this one!