Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

After Phoebe Kitzke's kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool's Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn't exactly thrilled by the city girl's arrival.

Thanks to his brother's latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn't fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss that convinces him she's exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.

In his arms, Phoebe discovers she's a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can't stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?

I liked this latest entry into the Fool's Gold series, at least in part because there was less contact with the quirck characters of the town and more with the two main characters. Phoebe is a great heroine though I was worried at first that she was too much of a pushover based on the interaction with her boss. Still, as her backstory unfolded, her desire to help people became better understood and I warmed to her open armed approach to life. Zane is a typical brooding hero, isolated from his family by his strong sense of duty. I loved watching how Phoebe helped him open to his family and how little brother Chase eventually realized the error of his ways. The fact that the book took place over the course of a cattle drive seemed a little contrived in a modern day romance, but that is my only quibble. Well written and enjoyable, this book makes for a great vacation read.

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