Christmas on 4th Street: Gabriel Boylan and Noelle Perkins
(Fool's Gold #12.5)
There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped... Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That's why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.
Gabriel's memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year's eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle...and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can't stop sharing.
Gabriel didn't think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse....
Ok, so I admit it, Im a total slacker and I read this book weeks ago and I don’t remember a lot of details. I did a bunch of reading that week. Hey no judging I was on vacation and didn’t want to write. : ) So anyway, this book. It is definitely not my favorite of the series. It was alright, the typical cute and light hearted you have come to expect from Susan Mallery. This has not changed nor has her Fool’s Gold formula. They come together meaning to keep it light, but then they get in deeper and deeper then the guy gets scared about 90% of the way through. Someone runs off and the guy always comes back apologizes for being an idiot and then all is forgiven. Poof Happy Ending! Normally, its not a big deal. If the story is good enough, who cares about the formula, but it seemed to really stick out in the book. It almost had me going haven’t I read this book 12 times before but with different character names? Ok so it wasn’t that bad I guess.
There just wasn’t anything special about this installment I am sad to say. Noelle is cute and perky but had something dark in her past. This has just made her have a better outlook on life. There isn’t really anything to dislike about Noelle, but she isn’t a stand out. Gabriel again is a nice character. He’s an Army Trauma Doctor and has seen a lot of ish… This has basically taught him that one minute everything is hunky dory and the next it can all be gone. So obviously he’s more than a little bit skittish about anything long lasting and on top of that he has a super macho dad who always made him feel less because he isn’t super macho like his dad and brother. I kinda liked that he wasn’t a super macho, kind of refreshing. That doesn’t mean he is wimpy at all, but he is more into reading then shooting guns. I can get with that. Noelle and Gabriel were a cute couple, again nothing earth shattering, but nothing bad either. Overall, I’d say it’s a cute book, good but not great. I’m still looking forward to the next installments of the series. We still have the football players and Angel to look forward to.
*This book was provided thru NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.