Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: "Hold Me" by Susan Mallery


Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. 

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Review:
I really enjoyed the beginning of Hold Me, and my apologies for using a completely overused cliche - Kipling and Destiny have a witty repartee from the very beginning. Kipling is very comfortable in his own skin, and Destiny's outlook on life and love, albeit a bit screwed up, sets the stage for some fun interactions between Kipling and Destiny throughout the book. Both of them have strong feelings about relationships, influenced strongly by their childhoods, but in both cases they have taken it too far. What may initially seem as divergent relationship goals and personalities are actually very similar. From the very beginning, I loved how Destiny intrigues Kipling and he makes no apologies for his interest in her, albeit only in a "serial monogamy" kind of way. He sees her temporary residency as perfect to meet his goals.
Destiny has an innocence about her that is really quite endearing.  Her background has left her both "wise to the ways of the world" and "innocent to the realities of love and emotion." Her views on life and love are really quite mixed up, and perfect for Kipling, who is a fixer. He doesn't even realize he's doing it half the time, but his interest in Destiny is partly due to his need to fix what he sees needs fixing. Destiny sees her views as protecting herself from what she saw as an lonely childhood. Everything she does in life is about what she believes is protecting herself from being emotionally hurt, up to and including her desire for a "sexless marriage".
In true "Fools Gold" fashion, the strong women in town influence the happenings, and I laughed as we see Kipling's partners in the "Man Cave" succumb to their wives desires with regards to the bar.  I could literally see in my mind each of them looking sheepish as they explain the hold their wives had over them.  And Kipling's completely baffled by this reaction.  The gaggle of women that meet at Jo's bar were so welcoming to Destiny and Starr, and even Shelby (Kipling's sister), it makes me want to join them for a margarita-filled lunch one day! Hold Me is a great return to Fools Gold for 2015!

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About the Author:

New 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, plus a toy poodle and two ragdoll cats who are not at all impressed by her growing fame.


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