All Summer Long (Fool's Gold, #9)
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Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker has loved, tragically lost and vowed that he'll never risk his heart again. After making his fortune, the youngest of the rugged Stryker brothers returns to Fool's Gold, California, to put down roots on a ranch of his own. But he's frustrated to discover that even in his hometown, people see hi...more
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Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin HQN
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Dee
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4.5/5 stars


Clay, who made his money by modeling underwear and being a butt double, decided it was time to get out of the business and come home to be surrounded by family. As well as coming up with a great idea for a new business that would also bring extra revenue to the town, he wants to become a volunteer firefighter to help his community. However he constantly has to face peoples prejudice and they wrongly assume he is just a ‘pretty boy’ and therefore cannot possibly be co...more
willaful
I went into this book pretty dubious. I haven't been that crazy about the series, I didn't really like the heroine from previous books, the hero sounded improbable, and I tend to get put off by the "abused heroine must be gently coaxed into liking sex" plot. To my surprise, I liked almost everything about it.

I just loved the characters. Charlie (she eschews her birth name, Chantel) is a tall, strong woman who's always felt oversized and unfeminine, especially next to her tiny ballerina mom. The...more
Manda Collins
May 27, 2012 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, Susan Donovan
Shelves: contemporary
I think this is my favorite Fools Gold book ever. Yep, you heard that right. This is what? Number 12? I've enjoyed almost all of the FG series, but this is by far the best. Why? Two words: Opposites Attract! (An alternate title for this one might have been The Firefighter and the Underwear Model.) What I liked most about this one was the fact that Clay (former butt-double/underwear model) was not your typical Susan Mallery hero. I love her books, but dang her heroes can be total a-holes sometime...more
Cynthia D'Alba
ALL SUMMER LONG brings together Charlie Dixon, a muscular, tough, firewoman, with underwear model and movie butt double Clay Stryker. Talk about opposites.

Charlie is tough—physically and mentally—because she thinks she has to be. When her biological clock alarm begins ringing, she realizes that she has some issues from her past that must be dealt with before she can raise a mentally healthy child (i.e. not pass on her own fears and phobias to her child.)

Clay is a pretty face…or at least that’s...more
Amy
I can say what I want about this book since I was not given a copy of it in exchange for regurgitating the plot as printed on the back cover. Sorry, I just prefer to read reviews where people express their opinions about the plot, characters, etc and not give a synopsis that is available on goodreads.

That being said, I really liked this book. There was a moment when the cheese factor threatened to overwhelm me, but I came back from it enjoying the main characters immensely. Charlie and Clay wer...more
Kimberly
Review written for www.books-n-kisses.com

This is the ninth in the Fool’s Gold series. And the last of the Stryker Brother trilogy. And I think Mallery saved the best brother for last. This is the story of Clay and Charlie. We met Charlie a few books back. She is a Fool’s Gold firefighter and Clay is a NYC underwear model.

I will be honest, I could not imagine these two together. I imagined Charlie something like Kristen Johnston from “3rd Rock from the Sun” tv show. And Clay something like Matthe...more
Minna
Did NOT enjoy this. Why oh why oh why did I finish it? I am cursed with the kind of disposition that hates not finishing books, I guess.

Clay is a former underwear model, who now wants to do other stuff with his life. Clay is also the male epitome of my good friend, Mary Sue, and can do no wrong. He never acts in anger, his temper never rises, he can take heaps of bad behavior and abuse from strangers, acquaintances and his quasi-lover with equanimity, he is the world's best lover, a grieving wid...more
-r-
My library had a ton of Susan Malleey books available for the Kindle, so I thought I'd try one. The story was predictable, unrealistic, and dumb. There was foreshadowing that never led to anything, I'm guessing because the "clues" were setting up things in the next book. The sex scenes were fine, not too much for my prudish sensibilities.

I give this book 1 out of 5 boners.
Jennifer
Why read: Requested from NetGalley

What impressed me: The assumed-to-be-dumb underwear model and the tough firefighter, in a complete role reversal that is more difficult that you could ever imagine. I've never been a large fan of Charlie, but I feel like I understand her now. In All Summer Long, Susan Mallery finally explains by Charlie is so uninterested in men and everything starts falling into place. This was perfect plot planning and went a long way to endear Charlie to readers. Clay is some...more
Lisa
This is the 9th book in the Fools Gold series by Susan Mallery. So far it's not getting old. I read this in one day. Lost some sleep but it was worth it. lol You meet the Stryker boys a couple of books ago and this is one inlcudes the youngest, underwear model and but double Clay Stryker. Clay did really well as a model. Made some really good money and went to college for business. Loved and lost a woman he deeply loved. He's decided it's time to move on and do something else. He moves to the fa...more
Jenny E
I have a lot of thoughts about this book. It was the first Susan Mallery book I've ever read. I found her writing style to be enjoyable and easy to read.

I liked this book okay overall, but there were just SO MANY things going on in this book...like almost too much plot in one book. It sort of bordered on "chick lit" and the romance took a backseat to so many other issues. Some may like this, I didn't. I skimmed over stuff that didn't pertain to the actual romantic relationship. I came in mid-se...more
Rhonda
Review: All Summer Long by Susan Mallery
3 STARS
It was nice to go back to Fool's Gold and visit old friends and meet new ones.
Charlie in collage was raped and no one believed her, even her mom. So Charlie has a hard time even being close to a guy. She wants a family or at least children and does not want to pass on her fear of guys.
Clay wants to be close to his family and get them involved in a business plan for a haycation. Clay has made lots of money with his butt modeling and movie double wor...more
Lisa (Fic Talk)

Ooh, I very much enjoyed this one. I kind of had an inkling that I would have since I found Clay to be funny and dreamy and hot. I mean, dude was an underwear model... with hot underwear model friends. Yowza. Hee.

But alas, he felt like he was never taken seriously because of the all the fame he gained from being a guy who stripped down to his unmentionables to pose for magazines. And who needed to be in shape. A very shapely shape, but never mind me.

Anywho, I liked that there was more to Clay t...more
Harper
I've always loved Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold stories. Having said that, it's been a long time since I loved a book as much as I loved Falling for Gracie years ago. All Summer Long did that for me. It has the usual ensemble of Fool's Gold residents that you love to see updates on, even the dirty old women (I hope I am one in 30 years!). The latest story follows firefighter and resident tough girl Chantal "Charlie" Dixon and retired underwear model / movie butt double, Clay Stryker, a recent addi...more
Janga
I loved this book! It’s my favorite in the series. Both Clay and Charlie are wonderful characters, richly drawn with layers of complexity and genuine likeability. Tomboy Charlie has been an appealing character since she was introduced in the 2011 FG trilogy. She became more appealing as she played a larger secondary role in Summer Days and Summer Nights, and she is a terrific heroine of her own story. She’s smart, delightfully sarcastic, and fiercely loyal to her friends, and in All Summer Long,...more
Kristen
**ARC provided by Netgalley**

Charlie Dixon is a firefighter in Fools Gold. She discovered the small town on vacation and fell in love with the beautiful, welcoming town and stayed for good. Charlie carries demons from her past and she is finally ready to confront them and heal so she can move forward towards her dream of having a family.

Clay Stryker is a retired model. He’s come home and plans to stay for good. He has a dream to enrich his and his family’s way of life by putting his own mark on...more
Christi Snow
My Review:


Ever since Summer Nights, I've been dying for Charlie's book and it lived up to all my expectations. I loved Charlie and Clay's story...OMG, *sigh*...so sweet and romantic!!!

I have never known what to expect from Charlie's story. She's a muscular, non-girly firefighter who's 5'10" tall. She doesn't have a feminine bone in her body. She's also completely straightforward and honest to a tee. But in Summer Nights, we learned the "why" for a lot of this. She was raped as a freshman in coll...more
Julie Barrett
All Summer Long A Fool’s Gold Romance by Susan Mallery
ISBN: 9780373776948
Clay Stryker, model movie butt double was just trying to help the firewoman get the cat out of the tree.
Charlie is the towns firewoman and has a handle on things.
The Stryker family wants to go into business where families come to stay at their houses and work on the farm to see/feel how things are done in that environment with no deadlines, called haycations with some modern conveniences.
Clay was still considering joining t...more
JoAnne
This is the last of this summer's trilogy in Fool's Gold that had the Stryker family at its center. There was so much depth and reality to this story - especially the layers that we peeled away from many of the characters to see the real them. Clay and Charlie stole my heart. Clay was more than a pretty face who made his fortune as an underwear model. He had heart. He was so caring in the way he treated Charlie until the end but that resolved itself in a great way but I wanted more. The chemistr...more
Jenn Cunha
Another great book by Susan Mallery. I'm not sure why, but I had pictured Charlie as an older woman every time she's been mentioned in previous books (I think I had confused her with Police Chief Barns in my mind). Clearly, I was wrong because she and Clay are perfect together. Their friendship was really the best part of the book.

Charlie's mother really really really pissed me off and I'm still not entirely sure that I got the closure I wanted with that relationship. I needed Dominique to stop...more
Jess
I really loved this latest novel in the Fool's Gold series. Charlie has been an interesting character to me and I was really surprised by her past experiences with men. I was looking forward to seeing how she would deal with her issues and when she approached Clay to help her I practically jumped for joy. I had a feeling this book was going to be about Clay and at first I wasn't really enthused about it but as this book went on I grew to love Clay's character even more.

I also thought the town's...more
Lesley
I have to admit that I was surprised that I ended up liking this book as much as I did. In the beginning, I thought I would have trouble with the hero and heroine seeming to be such a mismatch, and one of my biggest pet peeves is completely implausible relationships that would NEVER work in reality. I came into this book having just DNF'd a different book for exactly that reason, and was worried that the same thing would happen with this one. I was very happy to discover that while on the surfac...more
Readsalot81
This book pushed a number of buttons and not in a good way.

- Horrible, selfish, bitchy mother. Check
- Model gorgeous hero paired with the not so lovely heroine. Check
-Dealing with the trauma (ie : rape) came off contrived and with no setbacks or qualms about intimacy (after a couple of "close encounters" - the heroine- YAY I'm ready to hop in the sack) except to rail at her mother for not believing her about the rape. (WHICH in itself.. TONS OF different ways to demonstrate how horrid the mother...more
Stephanie
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Amy Herskovic
Susan Mallery did it again!!!! I loved this book. I thought it started out a little slow but then it picked up. After about half way through the book, I realized that there is a lot more to the story than just the characters and what they were going through. There are a lot of lessons to be learned. True love in the end wins and no matter how you look, whether you are pretty, ugly, drop dead gorgeous, people are going to judge you accordingly. I think anyone who wants to read a story with a happ...more
Diane
After several duds and mediocre entries in this long-running series, the author picked up steam. This is the ninth book (not counting a few novellas) in a series comprised of trilogies set in Fool's Gold, a town located squarely in the heart of Romanceland. People are friendlier, better-looking, and more laden with secret angst from their pasts. The men tend to be wealthier and taller, too, always a good thing. In this novel, Charlie (Chantal) is trying to cope with a traumatic event by doing he...more
Jennifer
While All Summer Long didn't start off as good as the other Stryker brothers books, I found by the end I was really enjoying it.

I was really excited to read Charlie's story. I liked her in the last book and wanted to see how she resolved her issues. I also liked Clay. I could understand why he would be annoyed with everyone thinking he is just a model. He wants to do something else with his life now and to have everyone just see you that way...I get it. I liked the Charlie and Clay together. He...more
Barb
Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker has loved, tragically lost and vowed that he'll never risk his heart again. After making his fortune, the youngest of the rugged Stryker brothers returns to Fool's Gold, California, to put down roots on a ranch of his own. But he's frustrated to discover that even in his hometown, people see him only for his world-famous...assets.
Firefighter Chantal (Charlie) Dixon grew up an ugly duckling beside her delicately beautiful mother, a feeling r...more
Alexis
When I wrote my review for Summer Nights, I’m pretty sure I said the set up was leading to this book being a favorite. I was 100% correct. I LOVED this book. It was just so sweet and easy. A lot of contemporary romance novels have the setup where the main couple spends 90% of the book denying their feelings for each other. This book had none of that. Clay and Charlie were there to support the other literally from the first page.

Charlie has had a hard life when it comes to trusting men. I won’t g...more
Ann-marie
This is the continuation of the series fool's gold. In this book Charlie(the woman) is a firefighter. She sees herself as not beautiful like her delicate ballerina mother Dominique. Charlie is hiding a secret, she is extremely fearful of men due to the fact she was raped in college. She is not able to hold on to any relationship with men until she makes an arrangement with supermodel Clay Stryker. Clay who has been a male model for the past ten years have moved back to his hometown to begin a ne...more
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