WHEN WE MET is Book 15 in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold
series. The two main characters, Angel Whittaker and Tamryn
Crawford, were both introduced in previous books. Angel is
a bodyguard trainer and Tamryn is a PR woman. I have been a
fan of this Fool's Gold series for a few years now
seems to just get better.
There are a lot of parallels throughout WHEN WE MET. Angel
and Tamryn are both people who are not looking to get into
any serious romantic relationship for various reasons. He
is a widower who also lost a son and he still carries
around a lot of that pain. Tamryn also has some scars from
her past, although she got hers from a rough childhood. In
spite of their individual pain, they both present a
confident," in control" persona.
Another parallel is
Tamryn's relationship with Jack, Sam, & Kenny, or "the
boys" and Consuelo's relationship with the male members of
CDS. I liked that Angel recognizes that Tamryn is a strong
woman just like his buddy Consuelo, albeit in a slightly
different way, and that he is aware he's attracted to women
with that kind of strength. This is one of the many things
I love about this series -- the complex, well-developed
characters. You can't help but get pulled in, as you read
about the characters' struggles and triumphs. The sub-plot
involving the little girls and the Acorn group is such a
great addition to the narrative and is the source for some
humorous, as well as emotionally powerful scenes.
The romance between Angel and Tamryn in WHEN WE MET is
explosive at times, and sweet at others. I like that they
both went into things without looking for love, but both
fell hard. I think Susan Mallery does a wonderful job of
keeping a balance between sizzling romance, great story-
telling, and humor. I look forward to reading more fabulous
character-driven stories in this series!
It may not be like
your average town, but it's a nice vacation while you're
reading about it. I'm especially eager to see what Susan
Mallery has in store for Jack, Sam, and Kenny. By the end
of WHEN WE MET, I thought they were such great guys because
of how wonderfully they treat Tamryn.
Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can't be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool's Gold, California, he's cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he's not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe. Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe-to-toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses. Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory