Book Review: Before We Kiss by Susan Mallery

Before We Kiss by Susan MalleryTitle: Before We Kiss
Series: Fool’s Gold, Book 14
Author: Susan Mallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: May 27, 2014 by Harlequin

Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women—from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless—until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life.

Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend's bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped her "wild youth" to raise her sisters. She doesn't want forever from Sam, but one night—all night—would've been nice.

His clean getaway gets messy when his firm hires Dellina to plan an event. As long hours lead to late nights, the two succumb to temptation again. Has Sam's luck finally changed? Or this time, will Dellina be the one to run?

Why I Read this Book: Ever since Sam and his associates from Score PR firm came to Fool’s Gold, I’ve been waiting for each of their books.

What I Liked: The best part of this book was Sam's parents, mainly his mother. She reminded me of Greg’s mother from Meet the Fockers (played by Barbra Streisand), who’s a sex therapist. Every scene that involved Sam’s mother was absolutely hilarious! She had no filter, no respect for personal boundaries, and totally overshared. Couples who attend her seminars “get the opportunity to make love in front of us so we can offer suggestions”!! And most likely because of Sam’s outlandish parents, Sam and Dellina are probably the most sexually adventurous couple in Fool’s Gold yet!

What I Didn’t Like: As much as I enjoyed Sam’s mother’s presence in the book, I found it awkward for Dellina to say “Your mother is amazing” to Sam post coital. Who wants to think about their mother right after having sex?

Fayrene and her tactics frustrated me in this book. She wanted Ryan to be a mind reader, when all he was doing was honoring her wishes.

It ain’t a Fool’s Gold novel unless a kiss is “met stroke for stroke”. I think that phrase is used in just about every novel in this series. I look for it now and it’s distracting.

Mayor Marsha is getting weirder by the book. At first her premonitions were cute. Now they’re popping up in every book to either fix a conflict between that book’s hero and heroine, or set the stage for the next (or future) book in the series. She comes off very persistent, almost always in a bribing way.

Memorable Moment:

”Darling, I know a much better brand of condom,” his mother called. “And where is that pink vibrator I sent you last Christmas? The one that’s shaped to reach a woman’s G-spot. I don’t see it anywhere.”

Overall Impression: As much as I love the small town of Fool’s Gold and its habitants, I'm getting burned out on this series. I want the author to shake things up for this town, to do something unexpected.

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
When We Met, Book 13

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  1. Aw that's disappointing. I've read about half of them so far and enjoyed them. I hadn't noticed the stroke for stroke. That is too funny. I have phrases/words like that that drive me crazy with authors who use them all the time. Hope the next one is a bigger hit for ya!

    1. It's a fun series, it's just getting a little too redundant for me. Glad you're enjoying reading it :)


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