"Can a man and woman be just "friends"?"
Reviewed by Helen Williams
Posted April 26, 2016
BEST OF MY LOVE is a continuation of The Fool's Gold Series by
Susan Mallery that is the second story about the Mitchell
brothers. Once again Mayor Marsha seems to know what is
happening with everyone and always has the ability to
intervene when needed. How she seems to know about everything
is a mystery. The two octogenarian, Gladys and Eddie, are
their usual spunky selves. BEST OF MY LOVE leads to the
question of whether the opposite sexes can be just "friends."
This is one of my favorite series that I enjoy because of all
the different characters with varied personalities and
Shelby Gilmore is a baker who was rescued by Mayor Marsha from
an abusive situation and moved to Fool's Gold. Because of her
painful past Shelby finds it hard to trust men. In order to
change her psyche Shelby decides to look for a "male friend".
She chooses Aidan to be that friend.
Aidan Mitchell runs Adventure Tours and has a reputation for
bedding any willing female tourist. An incident shows Aidan
that he only uses women. After that epiphany Aidan decides he
wants to change. So when Shelby approaches him with the
suggestion of having a "friends" only relationship he agrees
to try it.
I enjoyed seeing Shelby and Aidan go outside of their comfort
zone. Being around Aidan helps Shelby to be more confident
and branch out. Shelby helps Aidan to come in touch with his
"feminine" side. Even though Shelby and Aidan continually
tell family and friends they are just "friends", no one
believes them. Are they trying to convince others or
themselves? Shelby and Aidan became quite comfortable with
each other. It was really funny how Aidan's brother reacts to
how he has changed.
I recommend BEST OF MY LOVE and any of the Fool's Gold Series
because they are all about family situations that will make
you laugh and sometimes cry.
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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