Summer Days by Susan Mallery (Fool’s Gold #7) and Giveaway!

Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker 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.

Heidi’s grandfather, the man who raised her since her parents were killed when she was three, fraudulently sold her ranch to May Stryker in order to get money to pay for medical procedures for a friend dying of cancer.  When May comes to Fool’s Gold to claim the property, she doesn’t want to press charges on Glen, the grandfather, and wants to work with Heidi to reach an agreement that will be beneficial to all parties concerned.  But of course, her son, Rafe, whose name is also on the paperwork, doesn’t think his mother should be so willing to work with the Simpsons.

Rafe doesn’t like being back in the town where he grew up with his family after their father died.  What he remembers about being there is getting charity from his neighbors and the pity in their eyes.  Rafe’s made something of himself and he thinks that people will only see him as the poor little boy; he expects to be overcome by those memories and the helpless feeling he had when he was a child.  But what he finds are people who are willing to help their own.

When Rafe sees all the changes and growth that Fool’s Gold is going through, he wants in on the action and, together with his business partner and lawyer, makes tentative plans to use part of the ranch for housing.  When Heidi finds the plans, she feels she has to resort to low measures to do everything in her power to keep her home.

Heidi and Rafe don’t get along initally because he’s some big shot business man who always wins, and she raises goats.  They are just about polar opposites on the surface.  Despite the fact that they were both duped by Glen, no one wants to put the seventy-five year old in jail.  The two of them forge some kind of tentative truce, because the Strykers move into the Ranch and start to make improvements.

Of course I loved the book.  Why?  To start with, it’s a Fool’s Gold book.  The characters that inhabit this town are priceless and fun.  I especially love Mayor Marsha.  I like to think that there is a town like this somewhere and I wish I could move there.  I love how they come to Heidi’s defense, despite the fact that Rafe and his mother were the wronged parties.  I love that the friendships and relationships in this town seem genuine and uncomplicated.  I love reading about past Main Characters and where they are now.

I liked Rafe because, despite his initial impression on me (he seemed a little snooty), he took to the ranch like a seasoned pro.  He was made out to be selfish, but he went out of his way to do all he could for his mother and even helped Heidi improve her business, as well as doing other selfless things in the book.  He was a little misguided, sure, but he needed to grow in order to truly be capable of loving Heidi.

Heidi was a trip.  I’ve loved this character since she was first introduced with her friends Annabelle and Charlie.   She comes from a circus background, which was interesting and different, and that really explained her need for stability and a home.  I could totally sympathize with her in that respect.  Her grandfather’s actions made her feel impotent because she felt indebted to him and she loved him, despite his many and varied idiosyncrasies.

The next books in the series follow the Rafe’s two brothers and Heidi’s two friends.  Rafe’s brother Shane was introduced in this story and I really liked him, so I am very much looking forward to his story.

Pecans: 4/5

We received a few promotional items (below) from Susan Mallery and would like to pass them on to you, along with a copy of this book, which comes out next week.  To win the top prize, the book, as well as the rest of the swag and a couple surprises, send us a tweet by Monday, May 28th (@gone_pecan) or email us @ gonepecanla @ gmail dot com.  I will use a randomizer to pick a winner, and anyone else who wants one, we’ll send a Fool’s Gold bookmark.  Thanks for playing & have a nice day!

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15 thoughts on “Summer Days by Susan Mallery (Fool’s Gold #7) and Giveaway!

  1. Judie Bouldry May 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Love the review! Can’t say enough good things about Fools Gold, it’s a story line that continues to engage from book to book. I hope the series continues for may years to come.

    • Gone Pecan May 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm Reply

      Me, too. I really enjoyed the glimpses into what coyld be the next few books. I hope we get more from the last two Hendrix brothers. Thanks fo stopping by!

  2. mythredwink May 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm Reply

    One of the things that I loved about the book was that May had her own unique plans for the ranch – ones that merged so well with Heidi’s!

  3. Kendra Ogles May 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm Reply

    I’m proud to be one of the Fool’s Gold Cheerleaders! 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 😀

    • Gone Pecan May 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm Reply

      i have finished all three about the Stryker brothers, cannot wait to read about Evie.. thanks for stopping by!

  4. AngieMac May 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm Reply

    What a wonderful review! I’ve been hooked on Susan’s Fool’s Gold series since the beginning. I’ve loved every single one of the books and honestly, couldn’t pick my favorite. They’re all so different! Some are more serious, while others are downright hilarious! I love the small town community she’s built and sure wish there was an actual town like this. I can’t wait to read Shane and Chad’s stories this summer!

  5. Shannon May 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm Reply

    Susan Mallery delivers again in the next Fool’s Gold Series! Summer Days is a great summer read and should be on your must read list for the summer. Susan writes wonderful books, but the Fool’s Gold series has you always looking forward to the next book. I enjoyed Rafe, his family and can’t wait to meet his siblings in the books to come. Come on, who doesn’t love hot cowboys!!! If you’re looking for a series or even a fun summer read than Fool’s Gold is for you! Happy Reading!

  6. Claire May 31, 2012 at 9:03 pm Reply

    I also love that Susan always brings Mayor Marsha in her books! I hope hope hope we see her love story in the near future 🙂

    • Gone Pecan June 5, 2012 at 9:20 am Reply

      i would love that, but i doubt it. I don’t think Mayor Marsha will be getting any action 🙂

  7. Shannon June 5, 2012 at 9:02 am Reply

    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!

  8. Melissa June 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm Reply

    I am a Fool’s Gold Cheerleader. I am having a ton of fun!! I love Susan Mallery & Fool’s Gold!! 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!

    • Melissa July 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm Reply

      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!!

  9. Stephanie G July 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Great review! Summer Days was such a fun story. Made me LOL several times. I loved Heidi and Rafe!

  10. […] It really was a very sad situation and I was very interested in it through the other books, Summer Days, Summer Nights, and All Summer Long (Rafe, Shane & Clay’s stories).  May knows […]

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