Review~Hold Me by Susan Mallery

Title: Hold Me 
Series: Fool’s Gold #16
Author: Susan Mallery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that’s calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn’t. Her temporary assignment with the Fool’s Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what’ll happen if she does.

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker’s cool facade is a woman who needs more than he’s ever given. With her, he’s ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.


I have been an avid reader of almost anything of Susan Mallery’s. I have loved the Fool’s Gold series with an unhealthy passion. True, some more than others, but still, I enjoyed them. The town, the townspeople, the friendships, the humor, the sex, the story arcs, the desire of the town to help it’s own citizens and most of all, the way it made me happy while reading.

This installment had none of that. Examples are as follows:

The alpha males in town became pussies. A bunch of scared, whiny, bitching pussies. Nothing attractive about that, at all!

The women that I have grown to love over this series became a group of overbearing harpies. Bullies. To try to ruin someone’s business because he didn’t ask a woman business owner in town before he opened his business? Get your heads out of your vaginas! Again, nothing attractive about that either.

A teen in town gets caught kissing another teen. He’s asked by the hero of the book, to leave the house. The hero’s house. The teen refuses but in the end does leave. Only to run home to his dad and tell that the hero yelled at him. The father then races over to the hero’s home to possibly assault him for yelling at his son. Even after the situation is out in the open, he doesn’t apologize. He expected the hero to apologize to his disrespectful brat. Hello, parent your son, dickhead!

I wish I could find something positive to say about this book but I can’t. The above things ruined not only the book but the series for me. Shame on the author for ruining a perfect series and fictional town that I used to enjoy visiting. I sincerely hope you turn it around and bring the series back to what it once was. But I will no longer be a part of it.
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