Sunday, July 13, 2014

Until We Touch by Susan Mallery

“Mallery’s prose is luscious and provocative.” 
Publishers Weekly

“Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” 

“Susan Mallery is one of my favorites.”
#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

“Both smile and tear inducing. Mallery is one of a kind.”
 —RT Book Reviews

“Susan Mallery’s small town of Fool’s Gold always offers romance and fun.” 

Title:  Until We Touch

Series:  Fool's Gold #15 
Author:  Susan Mallery 
Published:  June 24/14 by Harlequin HQN 
Length:  384pgs 
Format:  ARC paperback
Genre:  contemporary romance 
Shelf:  review 
Rating:   ★★★★★


After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length— a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold, California. Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart

wishes, Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa’s big secret is revealed—by her mother!

When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa’s feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he’s not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.


Jack hadn't known how Larissa was going to react when he told her what her mom said, but he'd guessed it would be a show. She didn't disappoint. Her face went from red to white and back to red. Her mouth opened and closed. With her jaw tightly clenched, she muttered something like, "I'm going to kill her," but he couldn’t be sure.

Nancy Owens' words had hit him like a linebacker. Larissa in love with him? Impossible. For one thing, she knew him better than anyone except Taryn and to know him was to understand he was all flash and no substance. For another, he needed her. Love meant a relationship and having a relationship meant she would eventually leave. No. There was no way Larissa could be in love with him.

But he'd been unable to shake the words and had realized he had to get the truth from the only person who actually knew.

Larissa drew in a breath. "I don't love you. We're friends. I like working for you and the charity work is terrific and I know you have my back, but I'm not in love with you."

Relief eased the tension in Jack's always aching right shoulder. He kept his expression neutral.

"You sure?" he asked.

"Yes. Positive."

He shook his head. "I don't know. I'm pretty hot. I could understand you having a thing for me. You've seen me naked. Now that I think about it, your reaction is inevitable." He sighed. "You love me. Admit it."

Larissa's mouth twitched. "Jack, you're not all that."

"But I am. Remember that fan who had my face tattooed on her breast? And the one who begged me to father her child? And the woman in Pittsburgh who wanted me to lick her—"

Larissa rested her arms on the desk and dropped her head to her arms. "Stop. You have to stop."

"Stronger women than you have been unable to resist my charms."

"In your dreams."

"No. Apparently in yours."

She looked at him then, her blue eyes wide, her mouth smiling. "I give."

"In the end, they all do."

The smile faded. "I'm sorry about my mother. She shouldn't have said that. I swear, I am not, nor will I ever be in love with you. I love my job and you're a big part of that. But we're friends, right? That's better. Besides, you have terrible taste in your 'let's end this now' gifts."

"Which is why I let you buy them." He hesitated a second. "We're good?"

"The best." Her smile returned.

The last of his worry faded. This was the Larissa he knew. All funny and earnest. Hair pulled back in a ponytail and not a speck of make-up on her face. She wore yoga pants and T-shirts and always had some cause to discuss with him. She believed the world was worth saving and he didn't mind if she used his money to try. They made a good team. He didn't want to have to do without her and having her love him... Well, that would have changed everything.
Excerpted from the book UNTIL WE TOUCH by Susan Mallery. Copyright © 2014 by Susan Macias Redmond. Reprinted with permission of Harlequin. All rights reserved.

My Review:

This is the type of story that makes you feel whole again. Both tears & laughter fill the pages of Mallery’s work. Mallery takes the comic moments from real life and transposes them into her story. She has a down to earth writing style that you can connect with. I appreciate how many aspects of life and how many areas of the town Mallery covers without feeling like she’s flitting around. The storyline is solid but vast, like life itself. Mallery also jogs your memory with regards to previous events and people, without recapping everything, giving you a point of reference.

This novel and its characters are fantastically real. I already loved Jack and Larissa coming into this novel, but getting to know them in such a profound and intimate way was a treat. Surrounded by the members of the town we’ve come to love, and the new characters that Mallery so brilliantly inserts into our lives they create the perfect centre point for this brilliant tale.

This novel is perfect. It’s sweet and sassy with just that touch of heat. This may be my favourite Susan Mallery novel to date. I’d highly recommend it to all romance enthusiasts, both those who have and have yet to read one of her novels.
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About the author:

SUSAN MALLERY is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives. She has published more than 100 romance and women’s fiction novels beginning with two books the same month when she was just out of college. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and went on to get a master’s in writing popular fiction and has extensively studied story structure in screenwriting courses. Her goal, always, is to give readers a story that will move them, populated with characters who feel like real people. Born and raised in California, Susan now lives with her family in Seattle, where she survives the dreary days of winter with the help of a “happy lamp” and plenty of coffee.

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