Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Days by Susan Mallery

Review of Summer Days by Susan Mallery

Published: May 29, 2012

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Rafe is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to—the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could’ve prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s finding Heidi—and life as a cowboy—much more compelling than he wants to admit.

For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she’s always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won’t give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less…wholesome.

As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they’ll discover that summer love can last a lifetime."

Dear Susan Mallery,

I'm not surprised that I fell in love with your newest Fool's Gold book, Summer Days.  As a loyal reader and huge fan, I loved getting to know Heidi, Rafe, May, and Glen better and found myself a slave to finishing Summer Days within one day. I love how you tied in how Rafe and Heidi are so much alike, but got that way from two very different perspectives on love.  I laughed along with the characters who live in Fool's Gold, but especially loved drunk Heidi and her ramblings.  Your Fool's Gold shows town loyalty that never waivers and ends up even surprising your most cynical of readers (sure I may fall into that category if you are really wondering). Rafe is a hunk of man who I am sure I will dream about because like all of your characters, he is not perfect which makes him so much more real and relatable to life in general. I love May's perspective on ranching and how it is not just for horses or cows or even chickens anymore, it expands through the animal kingdom.  Glen being a handsome devil with quick wit finally got a dose of what real love is like and I can already tell in your upcoming books he will be whipped.  Heidi is a very strong character who seems to bring sunshine wherever she goes and even if she's in a sullen mood.  In short, I adored this edition to the Fool's Gold Series and cannot wait to read about another cowboy in the near future. Heidi and Rafe make me laugh and I love how their relationship wasn't all smooth sailing. I'd say keep up the good work, but we both know you are already brilliant and will continue to write stories that drawn readers into towns, families, and love.


Loyal Reader and Fan


  1. I'm so glad you loved the book as much as I did. Can't wait for the next installment in this awesome series.

  2. I love the Fool's Gold series by Susan Mallery. All of the books are different--some are more serious, and some are downright hilarious! It keeps the story line fresh and I don't feel like "Oh, I've read this before; this is just like the last one." . I really enjoyed getting to know this new family and can't wait to meet the other siblings. Now, I just wish there was a real Fool's Gold!

  3. Judie- The next installment is amazing! I loved all three that come out this summer!

  4. Angela- Every Susan Mallery book I have read, I have loved. I love Fool's Gold is just such a great town and series book, I wish it was real as well!!

    Thank you both for commenting! I really appreciate it!

  5. In SUMMER DAYS, Susan weaves a tale of learning to take a chance on love. As we visit the small community of Fool's Gold, we meet a strong alpha male with a nurturing spirit and a woman that will fight for what she loves. Sparks fly as they learn what is really important. Loved the book, and can't wait for SUMMER NIGHTS and ALL SUMMER LONG.

  6. Summer Days rocked loved Heidi and Rafe's story looking forward to the next 2 and Christmas edition

  7. o super cute review, I loved how you made it a letter

  8. Susan’s Fool’s Gold series is my absolute favorite. Not only do you wish the town and characters were real, you feel like it all is. Susan goes above and beyond other authors by giving us updates between the stories and after the HEA through her website http://foolsgoldca.susanmallery.com/ I really enjoyed Rafe and Heidi’s story. Their love bloomed gradually and they were both really real characters. I look forward to reading more about our favorite fictional town this summer :D

  9. You're not too snarky ;) Love the letter format, too!

  10. SUMMER DAYS is the perfect beach read. It’s funny, romantic, sexy, and it’s light both in tone and in actual weight – you can toss the paperback into your beach bag and go. It should be on everyone's must read list!

  11. I love Summer Days. Rafe & Heidi has a great chemistry together even though they are both stubborn. I feel so bad for Heidi, who finally has a home of her own. Rafe swore he would never go back to Fool's Gold, but he did it for his mother. I love May. She was something else! If you are looking for a good romance book, then this is it! You won't be disappointed!

    1. Since June, I have also read Summer Nights. It has became my favorite of all of the Fool’s Gold books. Summer Nights is another great summer read. Annabelle is caring, a great friend, & so sweet! I love that Annabelle wanted to learn how to ride a horse for her fundraiser for her bookmobile. There is 1 thing that I absolutely love a lot & it has to do with Shane, but I am not going to give it away. In Summer Nights, we find out more about Heidi & Rafe's story!! I can not wait for All Summer Long!

  12. Love your post!!!! Summer Days was such a fun story. I loved Heidi and Rafe!