Three Little Words by Susan Mallery
Source: From NetGalley
Publication date: July 30, 2013
Series: Fool’s Gold #12
Summary from Goodreads.com: Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again….
Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same….
After being on a Bliss book binge and loving them I decided that I was missing out not reading more of the sweeter side of contemporary novels. I wasn’t sure what to pick up next and decided to try a Susan Mallery book and loved it!
Being my first Mallery novel I wasn’t sure if I could just jump into the Fool’s Gold series but that wasn’t a problem. I was probably missing some of the background of the relationships between the characters but I still really enjoyed the story.
Isabel was such a sweetheart and I felt so bad for her for having to her husband leave her for another man. How can you not wonder if it had anything to do with you even if logically you know it probably didn’t. Then to be betrayed by another supposed friend it was just so horribly wrong. I loved Ford as well and he cracked me up with his “modesty” and charm. Plus how can you not love a man who cares so much about his mother’s and sisters’ feelings. He doesn’t want to get into a serious relationship yet he doesn’t want to hurt his family’s feelings by telling them to go shove it and mind their own business.
The relationship between Isabel and Ford was built up perfectly. It wasn’t an instant love with no basis to the relationship. We got to see them go on dates, doing chores around the house and really get to know each other and then fall into bed with each other. I also liked that we saw the little things Isabel loved about Ford like him bringing her coffee each morning and his little foibles like what a slob he could be at times.
Another great thing about this story is that we get to know the rest of the community Ford and Isabel live in and how they pull together around their own. You can already see which characters are being set up for future books and I cannot wait to read them all!