Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold) by Susan Mallery. HQN, 2013.


Gideon Boylan has survived being captured and tortured during his career in Black Ops; he doesn't believe that he has what it takes to be in a relationship and actually care for someone, let alone actually love someone. He has found his place on the fringes of the community that makes up Fool's Gold, California; as the owner of the local radio station, Gideon's not required to have much contact with people, which is how he likes it. The fact that his house is in a remote location works out perfectly in keeping everybody away... everybody but Felicia Swift, who appears on his doorstep one night seeking someone to talk to, but finding something more.

Felicia spent a wild night with Gideon several years ago when she decided to make him her first and finally get rid of her V-Card at the age of twenty-four. Felicia's unconventional upbringing at the hands of scientists and researchers due to her incredible intelligence has left her with a lack of proper social skills; Felicia tends to tell it like it is and provide factual and scientific details simply because that is how she understands the world around her. For Felicia, making friends has been tough, but she just may have found her place in Fool's Gold as the festival planner, a job held by Pia, until Pia finds herself pregnant. Logistics are a piece of cake for Felicia, but working with people that are resistant to the changes she proposes nearly sends her into a tailspin. Luckily, Gideon is proving to be someone she can lean on, at least for the time being.

Felicia gets a chance to help Gideon out when his thirteen year old son, Carter, appears in town. Gideon had no clue that he was a father and immediately feels as if he's just not good enough - for Carter and Felicia. Carter needs stability but Gideon doesn't feel like he can be the one to do it... Carter suffered with the death of his mother and needs to know he belongs and is wanted. Felicia takes an immediate liking to the boy and feels responsible for his well being, especially when Gideon remains emotionally distant. Will Felicia be have enough strength to glue this new family unit together, or will Gideon go running for the hills the second he feels overwhelmed?

Susan Mallery manages to create another hit set in the friendly, festival-filled town of Fool's Gold. The sense of a strong community is very present in this installment in the series and readers get a chance to check in with favorite characters and meet new ones as Mallery continues to build her world. Mallery's characters exhibit very human faults and work through everyday problems to find what they are looking for in life.

11 comments:

  1. I'm excited to read this book. Susan Mallery did a wonderful job setting up Felicia in Just One Kiss. She comes across as off-putting but very quickly she just becomes a-dork-able and you can't help but fall in love with her.

    I can't wait to know more about her and Gideon.

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  2. The next book in the Fool's Gold Series sounds wonderful!

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  3. Im waiting for this novel in my mail box as I type. Son on his way to check the mail to see if it has arrived.

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  4. I find the books just keep getting better and better and you think it's the best, then the next one comes along and it's even better.

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  5. I am so jealous that you have read this book! This is the second summer read this year in the "Fool's Gold" Series, I love Felicia, Susan Mallery has written a unique character in Felicia and I can not wait to read her story!

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  6. Looking forward to reading Felicia and Gideon story. So excited that I have a copy to start reading this weekend.

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  7. My favorite fools gold book yet! Love how awkward but loving felicia is, and how she brings gideon out of his shell

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  8. I can not wait to read Two of a Kind. Just One Kiss was a great read. I love Fool's Gold.

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  9. Love the Fool's Gold Series! Susan Mallery has created a unique character in Felicia, her debut in "Just One Kiss", made me look forward to her story in "Two of a Kind". Felicia's uber-intelligence gives the story a hilarious twist as she trys and succeeds in joining into the community of Fool's Gold! Great Read!!

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  10. I love the town of Fools Gold So cool! Cant wait for the next book!

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  11. I loved this book! The FG series just keeps getting better!

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