Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again….
Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same….
This is the 12th in the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery. This is the first I’ve read. I normally don’t like to start off with a random book in the middle of a series. Doesn’t do well with my OCD or anxiety levels (#imafreak), but sometimes I go against the mold and surprise even myself with how free I can be (#sarcasm).
I normally love series like this. You have a group of people, in each book, they pair off into couples. I’ve missed a few couples (or nearly a dozen), but I felt like I was able to catch on pretty quickly who was was and who was with whom. There were a couple of times when I felt like I missed something from a previous book, but for the most part, this book can stand alone.
There are two couples in this book. The main couple: Isabel and Ford. Isabel has been in love with Ford since she was 14 and Ford was engaged to her sister. She wrote letters to him for 10 years, then stopped before she got married. Her marriage didn’t last and now they are both back in their hometown. Ford’s mom is adamant that he gets married, so he decides to “fake it” with the girl who was once head over heels for him. I absolutely loved the relationship between Isabel and Ford in this book. They have a history. They are fun. They are playful. Oh and they have some great chemistry.
The other couple is Kent and Consuelo. Kent is Ford’s brother. Two brothers in one book? Unfortunately, their relationship didn’t do as much for me. They are definitely the epitome of opposites attract. Consuelo teaches martial arts and works for a security firm. Kent is a math teacher. Their relationship is kind of in the backseat of this book. While it helped kind of beef up the book, I could have done without it. I found myself kind of perusing through their part so that I could get back to Isabel and Ford.
I will keep my eye out on other books in this series, but think this was the perfect one for me to pick up. I give Three Little Words 4 out of 5 bookmarks.