Book Review: When We Met by Susan Mallery

When We Met by Susan MalleryTitle: When We Met
Series: Fool’s Gold, Book 13
Author: Susan Mallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: April 29, 2014 by Harlequin

Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can't be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool's Gold, California, he's cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he's not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe to toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.

Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.

Why I Read this Book: When We Met was an auto-read for me because I love this small town romance series. And I’ve been waiting for Angel’s story.

What I Liked: Wow, does Angel have a story to tell! There are some very dark clouds in Angel’s past, some of which brought me to tears. And the way Taryn responded to Angel’s past, and how he handles it in present day, really illustrates what a great person she is. We also find out about Taryn’s own dark past and about her brief marriage to Jack.

I loved Angel’s role with the Future Warriors of the Máa-zib. There were some hilarious moments, as well as some tender ones.

Something I look forward to when reading this series is checking in and catching up with other characters. I found that I like Felicia better as a secondary character. I can tolerate her much better in lower doses. Newcomers Sam and Kenny have some very interesting pasts.

What I Didn’t Like: I wanted to find out the story behind the scar across Angel’s neck but I didn’t get it. When Taryn asked Angel about his neck, more than once, he evaded the question. I get that his character may not want to talk about what happened but give me a flashback or something to satisfy my curiosity.

Taryn and Jack present a town problem to Mayor Marsha, in which they offered their services to help solve the matter. Mayor Marsha expects tells them that it will be done pro bono. This rubbed me the wrong way.

This is really silly but it bugged me that Taryn used her hairbrush in the girls’ hair. She’s with a group of girls, whom are waiting for their parents to pick them up, and she braids their hair using her own hair brush. As a mom, I didn’t like this.

Memorable Moment:

“Where do you see this going?”

He leaned back in his chair. “This is a mating game, Taryn. Or didn’t you know?”

Overall Impression: Even with my gripes, I still enjoyed reading When We Met. There were some great times and some tender moments. I look forward to reading the next two books, and then some.

Brianna’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

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Brianna’s reviews for other books in this series:
Chasing Perfect, Book 1
Almost Perfect, Book 2
Only Mine, Book 4
Only Yours, Book 5
Only His, Book 6
Summer Days, Book 7
Summer Nights, Book 8
All Summer Long, Book 9
A Fool’s Gold Christmas, Book 9.5
Halfway There, Book 9.6
Just One Kiss, Book 10
Two of a Kind, Book 11
Three Little Words, Book 12
Christmas on 4th Street, Book 12.5

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  1. I am a Susan Mallory fan. I appreciated hearing your reservations and shortcomings with this book. I like honest reviews and they did not turn me off reading the next Fool'd Gold chapter.

    1. I don't love all the books in the series but it's one of my favorite series. Definitely auto-read for me.

  2. I was all on board until the unprotected sex.

    1. I caught that too, but I was okay with it since they discussed it afterwards. It's when there's no condom and no discussion that I don't like. Did you DNF or did you finish reading?


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