All Summer Long - Susan Mallery
Released August 2012
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
I couldn't wait. After finishing Summer Nights, I was dying to read Charlie's story. Fool's Gold's firefighter is an amazingly strong woman, but her past definitely influences her present.
In All Summer Long, Charlie knows she must move beyond events from her past if she's going to be a good mother. Her goal is to adopt or go through in vitro in order to have the child she longs for, but after she's come to terms with her college years. She decides that Clay Stryker, former underwear model and complete hottie, is just the man to help her.
Clay is honored and a little amused that Charlie's turned to him. He'll do whatever it takes to help her, yet neither of them expect for a casual agreement between friends to blossom into love. As both have been hurt in their past, love is out of the question.
I've specifically written this review so that no spoilers from Summer Nights are given. I will not delve into what Charlie's true problem is, but I'll say that it really captures the pain she's lived with in childhood and her college years. It really helps explain why she's so strong, and even stubborn, without ever showing a weak side.
Once again, the romance is spectacular. But the thing that I really liked, Fool's Gold goes through a period of growth that makes me envious of anyone who lives in a town like this. I want to live in Fool's Gold, and if anyone knows a town that's like it, I'd love to know!