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Summer Days (Fool's Gold #7)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,454 Ratings  ·  385 Reviews
Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to — the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could’ve prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s findi ...more
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May 29, 2012 Kaetrin rated it did not like it
A rant.

I've just started CHAPTER 2. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to finish this one. The narration is excellent but the story - first, heroine is Heidi - she has blonde hair which she is wearing in two pigtail plaits and she raises goats and was raised by her grandfather (sound familiar?) I haven't read any of the other Fool's Gold books so I thought maybe the childhood books/fairy tale theme is a gimmick of the series but a quick browse here on GR indicates not. Okay, this is perhaps c
This is the first Fool’s Gold story that I have read. I have been a fan of Ms Mallery for quite a few years now so I knew that I would enjoy reading any book that she had written and I wasn’t disappointed with this one. Even though this was part of a series Ms Mallery did a great job in telling about things we needed to know which meant that the book can be read as a stand-alone.

Rafe Stryker’s mother had gotten herself into trouble which means that Rafe has to return to Fool’s Gold, a town in wh
Brie C.
May 29, 2012 Brie C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Note: this review is long, contains spoilers and is a bit ranty. You have been warned.

Summer Days is the newest installment in a series that’s become a representative of small town romances joining the likes of Virgin River, Shelter Bay and Destiny. This is the 7th book in the series, and although the characters were introduced in the previous books, it stands alone perfectly well.

Heidi Simpson and her grandfather are the most recent residents of Foo
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 08, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Oh my gosh. The amount of stupid in the setup is beyond bearing. I'm not through three chapters and I can't stand any more. Rafe is a complete jackwagon, Heidi is an idiot, and her grandfather deserves to be in jail. Which is bad enough, but then the lawyers commit, like, nineteen ethics violations and the judge says random nonsense that comes from a base assumption that Heidi should be culpable for her grandfather's crime. I mean, all Heidi has to do is have a freaking brain and explain to Rafe ...more
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Nika (Off to Neverland)
My rating: 3.5 stars

Another quick, light read. Not one of the stronger books in the series, but not bad.

Rafe and Heidi go from disliking each other to liking each other. But neither think they can take the final step and plunge into the terrifying world that is love.

While Heidi's character didn't develop a lot (mainly because she was a good person from the beginning: kind, sweet, and loyal) she did learn that love isn't the bad thing she always thought it was. Rafe's character on the other hand
Manda Collins
Apr 05, 2012 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
For the past two years I've spent at least part of my summer vacationing (in my mind) in Fool's Gold, California. Now that the Hendrix triplets are married off, it's time for some of the other peripheral characters to get their HEAs. First up is Heidi, the "goat girl," so nicknamed because she keeps a herd of goats and sells cheese and soap made from goat's milk. Her hero is Rafe, a business tycoon whose mother has been swindled by Heidi's grandfather, who "sold" Rafe's mother Heidi's ranch to p ...more
Bella Carstairs
Dec 26, 2015 Bella Carstairs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otro libro bonito,tierno,pastelosillo (en su justa medida) y romántico para pasar un rato muy muy agradable y entretenido.
Me gusta mucho el estilo ágil y nada emperifollado de la autora. Si bien el fondo de todas las historias es el mismo, consigue que cada pareja tenga algo especial y resulta muy bonito.
Con la historia de Heidi y Rafe me he visto sonriendo y suspirando como una boba. Hay personajes muy entrañables y muchos mensajes que aprender.
Y como estoy en racha,me voy a por el siguiente. E
May 29, 2012 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

(Just a heads up before I begin my review: I am not going to write actual spoilers in this review (as in I will not tell you about how things turn out) but I will be talking about many events that occurred in the book.)

Summer Days is the seventh book in Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series. I have not read the previous books and I didn’t feel as though I was missing any vital information. I deem this book a stand-alone. I have heard countless wonderful th
I found myself having a love/hate relationship with this book, and it all revolves around the main plot.

Heidi’s grandfather, Glen, sells May ranch land for $250,000. Well meaning, the only problem is…it isn’t his land to sell. Rafe returns to Fool’s Gold to help his mother (May) sort out the problem. May feels like the ranch can be shared, and this isn’t a big deal. Rafe, however, sees this as illegal and wants the property or the money back – period. Heidi is upset, but loves her grandfather an
Claire S
May 29, 2012 Claire S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another home run for Mallery! Fool's Gold is the land of happy endings and we are lucky enough to get to read another one with Summer Days.

Rafe Stryker, the first of the Stryker brothers featured in Fool's Gold, is a perfect hero. He's tough, rough under his polished exterior, and throughout the book you see his softer side coming through. The book begins with Rafe heading to his mother's rescue over a dispute regarding the home of a new Fool's Gold resident, Heidi. Heidi owns a goat farm. Real
3.00 Stars - Contemporary Small Town Romance

There is nothing more Heidi Simpson wants but a stable home in form of Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold after growing up in the carnival all her life. But to aid a friend’s illness, her grandfather attempts to sell the property to one May Stryker. But alas it wasn’t his property to sell. Henceforth Heidi is now stuck with a rigid court order and a very pissed off May’s ruthless business tycoon of a son, Rafe Stryker.

A very rich man and a successful entrep
Apr 22, 2014 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2014-books
I really enjoyed SUMMER DAYS. The focus wasn’t all about the adversary of winning the ranch and there wasn’t a lot of hard feelings.

Growing up poor after the death of their father, Rafe Stryker has made it his mission to never want for anything. He’s grown his business and continues to expect the best from everyone…including his family.

When he learns his mother was lied too over the purchase of the ranch they grew up on, he immediately takes charge, despite his mother’s understand
Apr 30, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In typical Susan Mallery fashion, this book made me laugh and cry and melted my heart. When Rafe Stryker has to return to Fool’s Gold, the town where he grew up, to help his mother with a sticky legal situation, he is not happy. Rafe’s childhood in Fool’s Gold was less than spectacular with a poor, widowed mother and younger siblings he had to take care of. Rafe used that time in his life to motivate him to his current millionaire, ruthless, businessman status. But those old wounds linger and ar ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Let me start off by saying that I love Mallery's work. Her books are so heartwarming and the characters are compeltely memorable and real.

Some of my favorite books by her are from the Fool's Gold series, I just love the town and the people and the whole atmosphere.

So I jumped at the chance to read and review her 7th book in the series Summer Days.
Thankfully this one was just as good as some of her others in the series and did not disappoint at all.

Heidi was feisty and such a fun character. I re
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Susan Mallery has done it again! She brings you back into Fool's Gold with the story of two new characters that you can't help but root for from the first page until the end.

Rafe and Heidi find themselves fighting for a home on a beautiful piece of land that puts them in a difficult situation; a situation that leads to Rafe and his mother moving in with Heidi and her Grandfather until their next court date over this property. His mother is adamant on owning it and she will do anything to keep it
May 29, 2012 Beccie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Susan Mallery brings readers back to Fool’s Gold, California for another round of fun romances. The town that once had a man shortage is starting to even out nicely. I love this fictional town and its residents. Susan puts so much effort towards making this town as real as can be. Readers can visit to see just how real. As a Fool’s Gold cheerleader I got the benefit of receiving an ARC of “Summer Days” for review. I liked the story but it wasn’t my favorite of the series. Hei ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Jeannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was already tickled when Heidi and Athena appeared in the previous book so I was excited to know she's gonna have a own story.

Rafe grew up in Fool's Gold but left when he became of age as Fool's Gold reminded him of the charity he received as a boy. Being the successful business tycoon he was now, he definitely don't wanna be reminded of those times. Not that he was being ungrateful or anything. Still, Fool's Gold didn't give him many good memories so when his mum was caught up with a fake pur
Jun 02, 2012 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your looking for a great beach or rainy day book to read...

than look no further than "Summer Days" by Susan Mallery. She's back and continuing her very successful "Fool's Gold" series with three books this summer starting with "Summer Days." I absolutely loved this book and devoured the book in one session. Ms. Mallery has a way of making you sure you want to hate the "bad guy", in this case Rafe Stryker, but still infuses him with enough hidden sensitivity that hating him becomes impossible.
Jan 03, 2016 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adult
The plot was entirely too repetitive and really didn't go anywhere. "Oh they only want to win the ranch, but those beautiful eyes and nice butt confuse my feelings so". It easily could have been half the size without the novel losing anything.
May 30, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Fool's Gold series by Susan Mallery. All of the books are different--some are more serious, and some are downright hilarious! It keeps the story line fresh and I don't feel like "Oh, I've read this before; this is just like the last one." Rafe and his siblings lost their father at an early age and Rafe had to become the "man of the house". He's never been able to let that responsibility go. Heidi is so glad to finally have roots, after traveling most of her life, she'll do anything to ...more
May 18, 2016 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-fantasy
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Jul 31, 2014 jammastere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of another cycle of 3 romances set in the fictional Northern California city of Fool's Gold. This story is about Heidi, the woman who raises goats and lives with her Grandfather, and Rafe, the self made millionaire who never wanted to return to Fool's Gold.

This story starts out with Glen, Heidi's grandfather, being confronted for swindling money out of May, Rafe's mother, in order to pay for cancer treatment for his friend. Rafe is forced to stay in Fool's Gold at the ranch he
Apr 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
4.5 stars

Summer Days was probably my favorite Susan Mallery book I have read. I really loved Rafe and Heidi. They are both so similar even though they are reacting differently to their life experiences. It was really kind of sweet watching them work out their issues and fall in love.

The story starts off with Rafe coming to Heidi's ranch. Her grandfather had falsely sold the ranch to his mom, but didn't really. He wanted the money to help his sick friend get better from cancer. While I can unders
May 31, 2012 Carlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great romance from Susan Mallery. This is another story set in the town of Fool's Gold which see's the enigmatic Rafe Stryker come back to the town after $250,000 dollars was wrongly taken fro his mother who thought she was buying a ranch. He meets Heidi who owns the ranch and is caught up in the same mess.
This story will make you laugh and savour the romance. You may also want to shake the characters throughout but that is half the fun!
3.2 Stars. Public Library 7/6/15. There are many things about this story that I liked and disliked at the same time. Rafe and Heidi are in a unique situation Heidi bought the ranch Rafe grew up on. Her grandfather Glen then sold it to May Rafe's mother to help pay for a friend's cancer treatments but never intended to actually give the ranch up. I liked how it threw all the characters together but at the end of the day Glen still stole from May. I wanted a HEA but I also wanted some real consequ ...more
Didn't like it. The writing was good and I liked the secondary characters but I had huge issue with the whole set up of this one (i.e. the legality behind the "selling" of the ranch and making Rafe and his mother move in with Heidi and Glen). #7 in the series and it was not good. Glad I decided to wait and get it from the library instead of spending money on it.
Apr 01, 2016 Marcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to—the Castle Ranch in Fool's Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could've prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he's finding Heidi—and life as a cowboy—much more compelling than he wants to admit.

For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she's always
Another Mallery book that didn't disappoint! Happy to be back in the Fool's Gold world - these stories are so adorable, easy to follow, and simply fun! However I wasn't as intrigued with the main main, Raef, as I have been in previous Fool's Gold stories. He really had no redeeming qualities besides the fact that he, for whatever reason, decided to not go back to San Francisco immediately, and felt compelled to not go through with his plans to develop Heidi's ranch immediately. But he wasn't wri ...more
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With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it c ...more
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