Summer Nights - Susan Mallery
Released July 2012
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Summer Nights is book 8 of Susan Mallery's popular Fool's Gold series. If you're unfamiliar with the town, don't worry, this book does stand alone. If you're a follower of the series, you'll love catching up with Heidi and Rafe (Summer Days), the Stryker brother's mom, and other favorites like Montana and Simon from Only Yours. All of the key players in the town of Fool's Gold have their spot in this book, including the pet elephant.
Shane Stryker is done with women. He's putting his heart and soul into building his horse ranch, including his new barn/stable and, perhaps less importantly, his new house. After all, a man can only live with his mother and her beau and his brother and his fiance for so long without going nuts.
Ready to let off a little steam, Shane heads to the local bars where he spots a sexy siren dancing on the bar. He can't shake off his attraction to her. He's been burned once by his now ex-wife, and the last thing he needs is another temptress in his life. He'd rather get set up with the librarian his mom suggests.
Little does Shane know that the bar-dancing siren is the town's librarian. When Annabelle Weiss asks him for horse riding lessons in preparation for an upcoming festival, he's not prepared. The more he spends with her, the more he can't help shaking the overwhelming chemistry between them. The last thing he needs is to get involved with another very sexual, very tempting woman.
Shane and Annabelle both have demons from their past. Watching them struggle with past relationships was fun and the chemistry between this pair is strong from the start. Shane is every woman's fantasy cowboy. He's sexy, strong, smart, and his interactions with local children warmed my heart. Annabelle's tough too. She's been through a messy marriage where she was more of an object than cherished wife, and her determination to be loved is clear. Romance readers will love the internal struggle both face.
Summer Nights also sets up the next novel perfectly. It's Charlie, the tough firefighter's, turn. Looks like the author is pairing her with the remaining Stryker brother, Clay, and I imagine that's going to be a fiery combination. Look for Summer Days in June, Summer Nights this July, and All Summer Long in August.