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Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

January 6th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: January 1, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin

Series: Fool’s Gold #11

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Felicia Swift never dreamed she’d hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool’s Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away…on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool’s Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that.

Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm’s length. Felicia wants more than he can give-a home, family, love-but she has a lot to learn about men…and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her.

As these two misfits discover that passion isn’t the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  I’ve been reading this series out of order as I’ve been able to get them at my library.  In the books that I’ve read I haven’t liked Felicia all that much.  Her demeanor and social awkwardness always rubbed me the wrong way rather than coming across as endearing but I actually really came to like her in this book.  Maybe it was finally learning why she was the way she was and seeing how badly she wanted to fit in with everyone else that made me grow to love her.  The way she over analyzed or felt the need to over explain things to everyone made me laugh and it was refreshing to see that even someone as beautiful as she was could feel uncomfortable in social situations just like the rest of us.

Gideon took longer to warm up to.  I understand he went through this extremely traumatic experience and it left him pretty shattered.  While this is totally understandable I did not feel there was much progression showing that he was slowing coming to terms with his feelings towards Felicia and his new son.  It was like one day he wished he could have normal feelings towards them and bam all of a sudden he’s able to have this massive breakthrough and give everyone what they need and want.  I would have preferred to see a more gradual building to this to make it more believable.  Yes, I know nothing else in Fool’s Gold is really that realistic but this was a bit much.

So while the basics of what I love about the Fool’s Gold series were there and I ended up liking Felicia a lot more than expected this doesn’t rank up there as one of my favorites.

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