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Just One Kiss (Fool's Gold #10)

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He won't hesitate to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart?
Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw's otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now, he's back in Fool's Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published May 17th 2013)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
The hero does run in this book but at least he had a good and real reason for it so I liked this one a lot better and the others!
Jun 01, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Full review posted here:

I love the Fool’s Gold series, it’s one of my favorite contemporary romance series, and I absolutely adore all things Susan Mallery.

Patience loves living in Fool’s Gold, can’t imagine ever living anywhere else. She had a normal childhood, except for the time her best friend Justice suddenly disappeared without a word, or a trace. When Patience finds out Justice has returned to Fool’s Gold, and discovers his history in witness prote
Jun 09, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love small town romances and the Fool's Gold books are among the best. This is the first of this summer's trilogy and focuses on Patience and Justice. They had been friends for a year back in high school. Patience had a crush on him and was about to tell him her feelings when he disappeared without a trace, leaving her heartbroken. Now he's back and their feelings are becoming even stronger. But can they overcome their pasts and make a future together?

I loved Patience. As a teenager she had be
Christina T
Jun 09, 2013 Christina T rated it liked it
I am really torn about my feelings about this book. I enjoyed it but there were a quite a few things that really grated on my nerves. In this 11th full length Fool's Gold novel I have to wonder if they've run their course and the entire town should retire. On the other hand I truly love revisiting the quaint town. See, told ya', I'm torn.

This particular venture into Fool's Gold just didn't work for me. The town took on a Stepford feel to it where the children are just precocious, the teens are a
Debra Taylor
May 28, 2013 Debra Taylor rated it really liked it

I have tremendous love for the Fool's Gold series. Mallery's brings a fresh outlook to each book that keeps the series from getting stale as some long running series often do. I'm just saying that I've enjoyed each new book but Just One Kiss is one of the best of the bunch. It had the perfect element of suspense without overwhelming the romance and I really enjoyed that. Cause you know it's all about the love for this gal.
This wasn't Justice Garrett's first time around the block in the town of
May 28, 2013 Angelique rated it it was amazing
Tomorrow has finally arrived in Fools Gold, but will it be too late for Justice and Patience?

When Justice left Fools Gold he took a piece of Patience's heart with him. She never knew what had happened to him or whether she would ever see him again, but when given a choice in where he will settle down the memories of that year in Fools Gold draw him back to the only place that ever felt like home and the one woman whom he's never forgotten! Can Patience forgive him for disappearing on her so many
May 19, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic Fool's Gold book! I loved that Justice finally gets his HEA. And the back story with Patience's mom was a wonderful addition to the story, showing that age and "disability" have nothing to do with romance! I can't wait to read the next 2 bodyguard books! LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Review copy provided via NetGalley

Why I Read this Book: This small town romance series is on my auto-read list.

What I Liked: The prologue hooked me in; there was a little bit of mystery and suspense going on that I was anxious to get to the bottom of. It also set the stage for a 'reunited friends who become lovers romance'.

Both Patience and Justice are each in the process of opening their own business. I love the idea of Justice opening a defense training academy. Can you just imagine the type o
May 27, 2013 Molly rated it really liked it
My summer vacation in Fool’s Gold begins…

And it looks like it is shaping up to be a good one!

Just One Kiss, the 11th book in the Fool’s Gold series is about Patience and Justice. They were friends as teens until Justice disappeared one night, leaving Patience heartbroken and confused. Now Justice is back and oh so wonderfully grown up. Patience is divorced with a pre-teen daughter. They were attracted to each other as teens, but never acted on those feelings. Meeting as adults the attraction has
Aug 07, 2016 Fanny rated it liked it

La Caricia De Un Beso es el decimo libro de la saga Fool's Gold y tiene como protagonistas a Patience y Justine, personajes que conocemos brevemente en el libro anterior.
Reconozco que no estaba muy " motivada " cuando comence la lectura, en parte porque la pareja protagonista no me atraia y tambien porque habia leido una reseña bastante negativa, imaginense mi sorpresa cuando lo inicie y ya no lo solte hasta horas mas tarde ... despues de terminarlo, ademas esta ha sido la historia que mas me ha
Nov 09, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I liked the story in this book for the most part, but the names made me cringe every time I read them. Patience and Justice? Bleh. Justice was too hung up on the possibility he might be like his father, even though he very clearly wasn't and everyone told him so. I liked Felicia the best, and I might be tempted to read more books in the series to get to know some of the other characters, but this one was just okay.
Jun 07, 2014 Deborah rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This story felt flat. Not that it didn't have potential but what was going on could have been half the pages because much of it was filled with the inner turmoil and angst of the characters. At times I wanted to scream just move on already. Then the whole story happens in a few pages at the end tied up with a bow. Come on.
Jun 10, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
Whenever I pick up a book by Susan Mallery my heart does a big happy dance!

Just One Kiss is another Fool's Gold story, featuring Justice and Patience. As a 14 year old Patience had a huge crush on Justice, the 16 year old new boy in town. Before she has a chance to gather the courage to tell him how he feels though, he and his uncle just disappear...leaving Patience sad, worried, and very confused.

Years go by and suddenly with no notice, Justice is back in Fool's Gold planning to stay and open
Amy Logg
A Cute Romantic Story With Quirky Secondary Characters

The story:
I have to admit I don't normally like romance stories with children in them. It's not that I don't like kids, but the characters are often dealing with issues that I simply don't relate to. But this book didn't have that issue for me. At 29 Patience is a single mother after the father of her daughter Lillie ran off a few months after she was born. But with the help from her own mother Ava, she has created a warm and lov
Aug 26, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it
Just One Kiss
By Susan Mallery

Summery courtesy of
He won't hesitate to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart?
Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw's otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now, he's back in Fool's Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won't abandon her again-and her daughter, too?

When bodyguard
Shan ~ A ~
Jul 02, 2013 Shan ~ A ~ rated it really liked it
I have been thinking on what I wanted to say since I finished this book earlier. Rarely do I have to take the time to think on what I want to say. I am usually writing down notes on scraps of paper (no organization here, lol) as I read.

I have mixed emotions about what I read. I am a fan of Susan Mallery, but believe it or not this is my 1st Fool's Gold book.

I think that if I had read the series from the beginning (which I usually do) I would have enjoyed this story a lot more. I am going to re
Julie Barrett
Dec 31, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery
This book is located in Fool's Gold and is mostly about Patience McGraw. She works at the hair salon and has a daughter named Lillie.
When she was 14 she had a crush on Justine Garrett but the day she got up the nerve to tell him Ford had shown up so she walked away. The next morning she goes to tell him and his house is vacated. everything gone...
He is now a bodyguard and had guarded a local for a while a year ago but she never knew why he had left. He finds her one
Suzanne Barrett
Jun 25, 2013 Suzanne Barrett rated it it was amazing
Patience McGraw was on the verge of declaring her interest in fellow high school student Justice Garrett, but on the day she decided to make her interest known, Justice and his uncle had left the town as if they'd never even lived there. Now, fourteen years later, Justice is back, and Patience's passion once again rekindles.

Justice is as interested in patience as she is in him, but much has happened to the ex-military man who won't hesitate to save a buddy from danger but isn't willing to risk h
May 28, 2013 Kortney rated it it was amazing
Justice Garrett never thought he would return to Fool's Gold, CA the only place he ever called home and back to the only girl he ever really cared about Patience McGraw. But now he has returned and it is looking at making it his home again by opening a business that focuses on training bodyguards, etc. and doing company retreats. After seeing Patience shortly after he returned it becomes evident that although they have spent years apart there connection they had when they were children still ...more
Listened to on audio. Narrated by Tanya Eby.

The narration on this whole series is fabulous. It took a little getting used to but now I love it and think it suits the series perfectly.

I listen to this book again and again because it always picks me up and makes me smile. Patience and Justice are very sweet together and I love their back story. The humour as always is great but Patience and her sweetly sassy sense of humour especially appeals to me. I love her inner dialogue. She's also strong, go
Oct 08, 2015 Barb rated it it was amazing
He won't hesitate to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart?
Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw's otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now he's back in Fool's Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won't abandon her again--and her daughter, too?
When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought hi
May 31, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Just One Kiss
I really loved this book.
Susan always gives you characters that you can love. I love how different yet the same a lot of the girls are. They all have varied backgrounds from poverty to well off, from abusive to loving homes, from medical issues to perfectly healthy. Yet all of them just want someone to love and they are loyal friends.
Patience is a sweet and caring single mother with the dream of her own business and financial security for her daughter. She loves with her whole hea
Kerri Wenzel
Jun 01, 2013 Kerri Wenzel rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you saw your high school crush after he disappeared 15 years ago? Fall head over heels in love with him again, that's what!

And that is exactly what Patience McGraw does when Justice Garrett comes back to town. Both long for one another, a man with a past that leaves him feel defective and dangerous and a woman who is strong and determined not to get hurt.

Susan Mallery starts the summer off with sizzle in Just One Kiss. She also introduces new characters that are funny, lovab
May 28, 2013 Marcy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fools-gold
Just One Kiss is part of the ongoing Fool's Gold series, but don't be worried if you haven't read any of the previous titles. This book, while containing many lovable characters, can be read on it's own without confusion. I highly recommend this book!

Patience McGraw is a sweet, smart, girl-next-door. She loves her mother, daughter, and her hometown of Fool's Gold. But she never forgot her teenage crush Justice, though he disappeared under mysterious circumstances when she was 14.

Justice Garrett
May 28, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing
"Because that's what this place was about, making memories."

And NY Times Best Selling Author Susan Mallery did just that in "Just One Kiss". This is a book that you can't put down and when your through reading the love story of Patience and Justice, Ms. Mallery has left you with wonderful memories of one of the best books I've read in the entire Fools Gold series. There is something for everyone in this book, but what Ms. Mallery should be most commended for is her depiction of how Ava, Patienc
I really really really liked this book. Which worked out especially well, since I meant to buy "Two of a Kind" instead.

Nevertheless, it's one of Susan Mallery's best. It was a bit of an emotional at times but it also made me laugh and smile throughout most chapters. I stinking loved Justice and all his issues, poor man. And Patience was awesome. I wanted them together from the start, the first scene in the beauty parlor sealed it. Granted Justice mad me awfully made at him but he redeemed himsel
Kim Perry
Sep 27, 2013 Kim Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Just One Kiss. You can read this as a standalone even though it's a part of the Fool's Gold series. Patience is a single mom to the adorable Lillie and they live with her mom. Patience has grown up in Fool's Gold and can't imagine living anywhere other than this small town. Patience is an intelligent, strong woman and a great mom. Justice Garrett was Patience's best friend who disappeared without a trace 15 years ago and now he's back. I loved the relationship between Patience ...more
Lisa (Fic Talk)

Finally glad to have gotten Justice's story since he intrigued me so much when he was first mentioned in Charlie and Clay's book, All Summer Long.

He was the bodyguard of Charlie's Mother when she first came to Fool's Gold. But then he left shortly after since he wasn't needed anymore but there was just something about him. I knew he somehow had ties to Fool's Gold and I was right.

Great story, great cast of characters from the previous books and also some newer faces are introduced, that all hel
May 31, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Great summertime romance!

Susan Mallery's newest Fool's Gold romance introduces us to the Justice Garrett, a man returning to Fool's Gold after disappearing from the town when he was a teenager. In the first of the Bodyguard stories, we get to meet some new characters who are moving to town to open businesses, visit with current residents from previous stories and watch the aparks fly between Justice and Patience. If you love the Fool's Gold stories, you'll love it. If you haven't tried a Fool's
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
Another fabulous addition to the Fool's Gold series. A hero and heroine to enjoy and fall in love with. I mean, how can you go wrong with an ex-military cup full of sexy named Justice Garrett, and Patience sure is a lucky lady...she might be down on her luck, but a good lookin man who is sweet to your daughter, and he is the same boy who you first fell in love with...well...I am a sucker for a second-chance romance!

Keep them coming Ms. Mallery...I love Fool's Gold and each book just gets better
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“Felicia nodded. “Sometimes I have that problem. I know nearly everything you can learn in a book and very little that you learn in life. Like my fear of spiders. It’s silly, really. I’ve studied arachnids in an effort to get over my ridiculous overreaction, but still, every time I see one...” She shuddered. “It’s not pretty. I simply can’t control myself. A flaw—one of many.” “If you’re not perfect, then you came to the right place,” Charlie told her. “Fool’s Gold is a lively town with plenty of characters. You’ll get a crash course in how the little people live.” “I hope I can fit in.” Patience saw the concern in Felicia’s eyes and touched her arm. “You’re going to do just fine.” 0 likes
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