"Is being alone the safest option?"
Reviewed by Viki Ferrell
Posted April 19, 2016
Shelby Gilmore has been in Fool's Gold for two years.
She's working in the local bakery and enjoying her new
life. On New Year's Day she finds Aidan Mitchell at Brew-
Ha-Ha and makes a pact with him. They decide to be
friends, just friends, for six months to help each other
Aidan runs Mitchell Adventure Tours and is somewhat of a
playboy. He only dates customers who are in town for the
week or weekend. He "loves them and leaves them," then
moves on to the next unsuspecting woman. A real
relationship is not in the cards for him. That philosophy
backfired on Aidan New Year's Eve. A woman he could not
remember lit into him with all she had about not knowing
who she was. Aidan wants to change his life and learn to
respect women and know them for who they really are.
Shelby is trying to overcome a very painful past. She's
afraid all men are like her father, and she needs to
learn to trust a man. She really wants her "happily ever
after" with a husband and kids. The six month experience
between Shelby and Aidan brings a lot of questions to the
table. Can they make it that long, and will each find
what they are looking for? Everyone in town is
Susan Mallery has found a gold mine in her Fool's Gold
series. She masterfully creates charming, realistic
characters and knits them into this cozy California town.
BEST OF MY LOVE is another installment that will have you
begging for more. If you've read several or all of this
series, Ms. Mallery does an outstanding job of bringing
in most all her previous characters in some way to
explain the relationships and update you on their lives.
And, because she does that, you can read them as a stand-
alone, or miss one here and there, and still enjoy them
immensely. BEST OF MY LOVE is a story about trust and
healing, about putting the past behind and moving forward
with your life. Both Aidan and Shelby want to change
their lives, but at the same time, aren't sure they want
to take the risk.
Ms. Mallery incorporates a little bichon frise named
Charlie into the story. As a prize for a charity auction,
she gave away the opportunity to have your pet as part of
the storyline in one of her books. Charlie won the prize
and will also win your heart in BEST OF MY LOVE.
An irresistible new love story from the #1 New
York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold
series, set in a town Library Journal
calls "so appealing, readers will want to start scoping out
To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on
the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her
stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town
as small as Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy
willing to not date her?
Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the "adventure" in
Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many
willing female tourists. Until he realizes he's
inadvertently become that guy—the one-night
Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe
Shelby's boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more
than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back
As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and
women, the heat between them fires up the Fool's Gold rumor
mill. If no one will believe they're just friends, maybe
they should give the gossips something to really talk
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