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Summer Nights (Fool's Gold #8)

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,451 Ratings  ·  354 Reviews
Horse whisperer Shane Stryker is done with passion. This time around, he's determined to meet someone who will be content with the quiet life of a rancher's wife. And the fiery, pint-size redhead who dazzles him at the local bar definitely does not fit the bill.

Small-town librarian Annabelle Weiss has always seen herself as more of a sweetheart than a siren, so she can't u
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by HQN
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Jan 31, 2013 Bookswithbenefits rated it it was ok
Synopsis: A librarian and a cowboy must learn to trust and love again after divorce. The community of Fool's Gold gives them a hand.

The Good: Mallery, in a recent speech, expressed her favorite thing about romances: the relationships between an ensemble--not a focus on the main couple, but one on the connections that surrounded them: family, community, etcetera.If you are reading for community, this might be the book for you.

Personally, I found myself frustrated, hearing about people I didn’t kn
I loved it!

I have been reading Susan Mallery books for quite a few years now and this lady knows how to tell a good romance story. I know that I will never be disappointed or regret reading one of her books. I haven’t been following this series I have only read the last few, but I now want to go back and read them all from the start.

Both Shane and Annabelle were divorced and had scars from bad marriages. Shane’s scars were deeper and it took a long time for him to begin to trust Annabelle, but a
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 15, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, steamy
This was a tedious story. Most of that is Shane, but some of it is choices the author made to "further" the story. Annabelle is okay, but I thought I'd like her way more than I did.

This is deep into the series, and the author really relies on the reader having read most of them. Main characters from previous books pop up like popcorn and Mallery pretty much relies on you remembering who they are and what their situation was. It's a little sloppy and I couldn't shake the feeling that the studio a
This was an absorbing story but suffered from too many phrase repetitions. I think this series is getting churned out too quickly.

Pretty much every single character from the previous books in the series turned up, all heavily laden with pregnancies and/or babies; at one point the hero even wound up at the hospital for the childbirth of two people he'd never even met. That was supposed to be cute, but was just weird.

And what's with every unmarried person in a romance novel who wants to have a ba
I really enjoy series like Lucky Harbor and Virgin River where there are character cross-overs. We meet a friend, sibling, or co-worker of the main characters in one novel and then they get their own story. This really works and I've gotten attached to characters because I feel like I've known them longer.

This book doesn't just introduce secondary characters. It dwells on them to the point of being tedious. This is book 8 in the series, so that's 16 characters and sub-plots to contend with. Thi
Amanda P
This is my second Susan Mallery read, I started with Summer Days which was the first Stryker brother Rafe, and I think I’ve been hooked into the Fool’s Gold world. The town is just so quirky and fun it’s hard not to get sucked in. Shane is returning after spending part of his childhood in Fools Gold, he always had fond memories of the town, its where his love of horses started. Now, he is back and starting his dream, his own ranch and breeding program of thoroughbred race horses. Annabelle is a ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Darkfallen rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually the cowboy type but this book is definitely making me re-think that...

Annabelle is done conforming to what men want her to be. Never again after her failed marriage. So she moves to the small town of Fools Gold to start her life over working as a librarian at the local library. She's not usually what you would consider a wild girl, in fact she might even be considered boring by most people, but that's not the impression Shane gets when he sees her dancing on a bar. After Shane's
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Jun 20, 2012 My Reading Addiction rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance

Those who have followed my blog for a while now know that I am a huge fan of Susan Mallery and her Fool's Gold series. I was extremely fortunate to get another ARC from the series!

First impressions can be detrimental. Annabelle lives up to the librarian name, she is sweet and reserved. Unfortunately, Shane catches his first glimpse of her during the worst possible moment. Annabelle is desperate to find someone to perform a sacred dance on a horse for the
Jul 06, 2012 Vox rated it really liked it
First, a word about the cover. Absolutely no scenes in this book take place on a beach, certainly not any love scenes. I'm all astonishment that this photo was chosen as the cover, because it reflects nothing about the book other than a couple who falls in love.

Which is a shame, because Summer Nights is a fun, sexy read and perfect for reading at, say, the beach.

The eighth in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series (I read none of the previous books, and had no trouble understanding this one), Summer
Jun 30, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shane and Annabelle were cute sweet and a match. Both had been married and hurt in the past by their exes. Shane had a tough time moving on and trusting but he comes through in the end. I needed a straight forward no third party testing the relationship book and got it. I know you'll say the memory of a doing him wrong ex was the third party but I mean there wasnt another girl there dating him or trying to come between them etc...they met got to know each other and were drawn to each ...more
Dixie-lee Campbell
Jan 19, 2015 Dixie-lee Campbell rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed reading this book ... gave it 5 stars.... I think Annabelle Weisse was the female "horse whisper" of the Arabian horse Khatar in this romance . Loved it.!!! She had the power. Shane was the slow to heal and slow to learn what was great & just right in front of him. I really enjoyed the Stryker family. Grandpa Glen was Perrrrfect too. Glad there was May too.

Once I started reading this book.... Could Not Put It Down !!! Lov
Nov 09, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
I was sold at the word “librarian,” being a librarian myself. From the bar-dance to the festival, we get to see that Annabelle is willing to put herself out there for what she is passionate about (in this case, her community). She appeals to Shane to help her see through the horse dance for the festival, which will raise money for a much needed library vehicle to bring materials and computers to those farther out.

Shane sees an attractive woman; one with happily-ever-after and wild-sex-fiend spe
Jul 18, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Being back in Fool’s Gold is like coming home... Home to a city you wish really existed. This is the eighth in the Fool’s Gold series and the second regarding a Stryker Brothers.

Annabelle is a librarian who we met a few books ago. She decides to raise money for a bookmobile and will be a part of a parade and do a dance on horseback. However she has no idea how to ride a horse. That is where Shane comes in. Shane has been hurt before and after seeing Annab
Cyndy Aleo
Jun 24, 2012 Cyndy Aleo rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, arc, netgalley
Horse breeder Shane Stryker's first impression of librarian Annabelle Weiss is that she's an attention-seeker: just like his ex-wife. But when she shows up at his temporary ranch for riding lessons, he finds himself drawn to her. Annabelle is likewise attracted, but after the disaster of her first marriage, she's not willing to take a chance to someone who isn't willing to go for it all when it comes to relationships. Their relationship takes off in fits and starts, but the true test will be whe ...more
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May 22, 2012 Carlyn rated it really liked it
This is my first read of the Fool's Gold series by Susan Mallery and I really enjoyed it! The story centers on Annabelle and Shane. She is the local librarian and is trying to raise money for a bookmobile by doing a show in the local parade, which she needs to ride a horse to do. Shane breeds horses and Annabelle goes to him to learn how to ride and this is where the fun begins.
I really like the characters in this book, not just the main characters, as the town of Fool's Gold is full of great ch
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Dec 13, 2014 Mandi Kaye Ottaway rated it really liked it
While I still love the town and all of the characters, these books are starting to have less conflict in them. Resolving conflict is part of what makes romance so appealing!
Bella Carstairs
Dec 31, 2015 Bella Carstairs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Nada, que me ha dado fuerte con esta autora este mes.
Ha sido enganchar un libro con otro y no parar...y aún sigo leyendo libros suyos de la saga Fool's Gold.
Son tan fáciles de leer, tan romanticones y tan bonitos, que es un gustazo y es lo que me pide el cuerpo últimamente.
Noches de verano es un libro precioso, sobre segundas oportunidades y encontrar al amor de tu vida cuando menos te lo esperas.

Reseña completa en mi blog:
Linda Walters
Oct 18, 2015 Linda Walters rated it really liked it
I liked this story; it was pretty good. Both Shane and Annabelle were such great people, you just wanted to have them have a HEA. Of course there are plenty of misunderstandings guaranteed to hear things up. Some of the writing is humorous of course. Like when Annabelle referred to her relationship with growing plants..she had the "black thumb of death."
I loved the fact that Annabelle wasn't going to settle for less than the best when it came to relationships. She's already been through the gau
Feb 11, 2015 Suzan rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy a trip to Fool's Gold, and this is no exception. While I enjoyed reading about the previous town residents, I am really enjoying the Stryker family. Rafe was a wonderful character in the previous book, and I truly enjoyed reading about Shane in this one. Shane is another successful Stryker brother, making his name in horse breeding and racing. I liked everything about him and he and Annabelle are so well suited for each other. It was fun watching them get their act together. They ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Jez rated it liked it
I'm usually a romantic suspense person but sometimes I like a little just romance. And when the description mentioned a horseman I was sold. I had never read anything by Susan Mallery before. I heard mention of her name in comparisons to Jill Shalvis. I wouldn't say I like her as much as Shalvis but she does a good job. I did feel however that this is one of those series where you really have to have read other books in the series. There were a lot of characters involved who were only briefly in ...more
Aug 15, 2014 jammastere rated it liked it
Once again a Fool's Gold romance that I thoroughly enjoyed!

This contemporary romance series takes place in the fictional town of Fool's Gold outside of Sacramento California. There is something about how Ms. Mallory writes her characters that just make them so compelling! You care about them and want them to make the "right" choices; event though you know the HEA is pretty much a sure thing.

This story is about the 2nd Stryker brother, Shane, and the town librarian Annabelle. Shane is a cowboy wh
Apr 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
4.5 stars

Oh Shane and Annabelle. I really enjoyed Summer Days and Summer Nights was just as good if not better. These Stryker guys are pretty amazing, even if they do mess things up a lot. I hope the next book about the last bother is as good as these two have been.

Shane was married previously, but it didn't work out. His ex was constantly cheating on him so he doesn't want that kind of woman again. He wants a nice, no frills lady who will love him and be with him forever and not want another gu
Feb 23, 2014 Alexis rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
If you haven’t read the rest of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, you should just stop right now and go pick up Chasing Perfect. While each book in this series is its own free standing story, Mallery likes to revisit the characters from her past books and it can get confusing or annoying to those that have not read the rest of the series.

Summer Nights is the 8th book in the Fool’s Gold series, and the 2nd in the Stryker brothers mini trilogy (Summer Days, Summer Nights, All Summer Long). I wil
Apr 09, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Now that big brother Rafe has found love Shane decides that he wants to find a quiet love himself, no passion involved. His mother is eccentric and she can't help but meddle. Annabelle Weiss is the town librarian who is normally quite reserved except for one night and well, he got the wrong impression. Shane doesn't want anything to do with a woman who is as "wild" as he believes Annabelle to be and things just go bizarre after that. Momma Stryker returns with her wild and eccentric antics that ...more
3.2 Stars. Public Library 6/14/15. I've been reading this series out of order so my perception of some the characters are different then how they appear in their book. Each couple in this series have their own issues to work through some are unusual while others are ordinary. Shane and Annabelle are a good example of ordinary issues such as baggage ie. not blaming your new partner for for what your ex did. The baggage issue was a good idea but as characters our lovely H and h fell flat for me. T ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Karla rated it liked it
Para conocer mi opinión completa, por fa visita mi blog y déjame ahí tu comentario.. te dejo el link y un adelanto de la opinión.. ;)

Ya sabemos por los otros libros de Mallery que el estilo de la autora es fácil y sus historias son super rosas.. En este conocemos a Anabelle que es la bibliotecaria del pueblo y a Shane quien acaba de mudarse para establecer el rancho donde cría caballos junto a su mamá y hermano (Libro anterior).

La verdad es que este es el
Dec 08, 2014 JoAnne rated it really liked it
Fool's Gold #8 Shane sees Annabelle dancing on the bar at Jo's his first night back in Fool's Gold. He is attracted to her. But she is the wrong type for him. He doesn't want wild. He wants boring and nice. But Annabelle is not wild or boring. She is just what he needs but he doesn't see it that way. He keeps pushing her away. Annabelle hangs in there, trying to be his friend.
Then her ex-husband shows up. He says they aren't divorced. Her lawyer never filed the paperwork. So she heads over to th
Romancing the Book
Jan 12, 2014 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I love and read all of Susan’s books but this one is extra special since Susan chose the name I suggested for the librarian – Annabelle – and then gave her my last name so Annabelle Weiss was born. It was such a nice feeling to see Annabelle’s name in print throughout the book since essentially Summer Nights is her story.

There was the requisite happily ever after but it was a long time coming –
Julie Eichelberger-ford
Feb 21, 2016 Julie Eichelberger-ford rated it it was amazing
Fool's Gold is a town created by the talented Susan Mallery and Summer Nights is another story from the this series. This is the story of Annabelle, a librarian, who is divorced from a controlling man who was mentally abusive. She has moved to Fool's Gold to start over and is currently trying to raise money for a bookmobile. Shane Stryker is a cowboy who is also divorced and doesn't trust the fairer sex. His ex was a cheater. Shane agrees to teach Annabelle to ride a horse for the parade that is ...more
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Fool's Gold (1 - 10 of 20 books)
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“I'm a librarian in town,' she began.
'You sure about that?'
The words popped out before he could stop them.
Annabelle raised her eyebrows. 'Fairly. It's my job and so far no one has told me to go away when I show up for work.'
smooth, Stryker, he thought, very smooth.
'I was expecting someone wearing glasses. You know. Because librarians read a lot.'
The raised eyebrows turned into a frown. 'You need to get out of the barn more.”
“you're Shane, right?'
He inched away from her and managed a quick nod as he twisted the rag he held in his fingers.
'Heidi sad you were willing to teach me how to ride.' Her expression shifted from entertained to confused, as if she was wondering why no one had mentioned he was a can or two shy of a six-pack.
'A horse,' he clarified, then wanted to kick himself. What else but a horse? Did he think she was here to learn to ride his mother's elephant?
One corner of Annabelle's perfect, full mouth twitched. 'A horse would be good. You seem to have several.'
He wanted to remind himself that he was usually fine around women. Smooth even. He was intelligent, funny and could, on occasion, be charming. Just not now, with his blood pumping and his brain doing nothing more than shouting "it's her, it's her" over and over again.
Chemistry, he thought grimly. It could turn the smartest man into a drooling idiot. Here he was, proving the theory true.”
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