Friday, May 16, 2014

When We Met (Fools Gold #13) by Susan Mallery

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.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Can I just move to Fools Gold now? Please??! Lordy but Mallery can weave together a wonderful romance that leaves a girl wistful and completely sated. *nods* And When We Met was no exception as girly, yet tough as nails, Taryn and the oh so sexy Angel take each other on and find true love. *swoons*

So the gist is that Taryn and Angel are both pretty new to the town and, well, neither's really looking for love--they're just trying to adjust and build their new lives-- but there's an attraction between them they just can't resist and seeing as the other isn't interested in long term..really what would be the harm in giving things a little look-see together as they get involved in the town and end up needing each other's help just a little bit.

The two were just perfect together. Neither thinks they have it in them to love but slowly they break each others walls down and they become friends. There's something sweet about them together. They keep each other on their toes, play some games with each other (not in a bad way) and every once in a while things get a little steamy. There's not a ton happening in that department but what's there is nice and oh the sexual tension leading up to everything is yummeh!
"You're saying I get to you?"

"Why would you think otherwise?"

Because every woman had doubts, she thought. She put her hand on top of his. "Now what?"

"Now we order dinner."

He pulled back his hand, then reached up and tucked her hair behind her ear. He leaned in close enough for her to feel his breath on her cheek, then he spoke very quietly.

"Of course I want you, Taryn. I'm breathing, aren't I? Because it would take being dead to not want you. You told me you wanted me to work for it and I'm more than willing to do that. To wait to feel your skin against mine, your mouth, your breasts, all of you. But when we are together, it's going to be my way. It's going to be slow. There won't be an inch of you I won't touch, won't please. I want to learn everything you like and then figure out how to do it so well I can make you come anytime, anywhere. And I will."
He slipped his hand through her long black hair and cupped the back of her head. "I want you," he breathed. "And I'll wait." 
I totally loved Angel. He's older--40ish--and established. He's rocking some confidence, is upfront and just sexy as hell. This is a man that knows exactly what he's doing and does it very well. As much as he has it together he's also scared and trying to move on from the loss of his family in a horrible accident. There were some scenes with him that just about gutted me as he dealt with his losses. Whew. There were some amazingly endearing moments as well as he takes on a volunteer gig with a group of kids and ends up being the papa bear for a group of little girls. I mean. I totally melted over him and his go with the flow self.

Taryn was an interesting one. She's a bit of a ball buster and not used to men standing up to her. I liked her even if she was a bit clothes obsessed which did get to be a little too much description-wise for me. She's not the shy type in any way really and I enjoyed watching this city girl adjust to small town life. She's got a good heart--even if she wants to deny it--and cares for others--much to her dismay. And it was rather entertaining watching her reactions to things.

The town made for a charming and sweet backdrop for their romance. Parades, quirky friends and meddling from all sides. I really enjoyed seeing Angel and Taryn with their own friends and the people they considered their families as well as seeing them together. It was just a nice feeling overall and somewhere I'd love to visit for a spell.

While things could be a wee bit repetitive in spots When We Met was a lovely romantic escape that kept me smiling and totally had me in a swoon. Getting lost in the land of happy endings was just a delightful way to spend an evening as two lost souls found friendship, romance and their happily ever after.

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