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Three Little Words (Fool's Gold #12)

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Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool's Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she's cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 332 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published June 22nd 2013)
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4.5 stars

14 years old Isabel had a huge crush on Ford Hendrix. The thing is, he was her older sister fiance.
When their engagement was and he joined the army, Isabel was crushed but devoted herself to write him letters.
In the course of 10 years, she wrote to him, poured her feeling and what she was experiencing. Since he never wrote back, it worked for her like a diary, where she shared all her fears and dreams.
She finally decided to sop writing him and move on with her life.

A few years later
Me gusta ésta serie,aún cuando continúo leyéndola de forma desordenada. Lo cierto es que éste ha sido el más simple de los que he leído, pero me mantuvo con una sonrisa durante toda la lectura.

Quizás le faltara un poco de romance,pero es super tierno. La historia paralela a la principal,fue genial. Ame mucho a Consuelo y me gustó que ela fuera la diferente y la de la carga emocional más pesada.
Ford's story is so not one to miss and probably one of my favorites in this series. It was nice to be back in Fool's Gold and revisit beloved characters. I haven't loved every single book from this series yet I've grown attached to this fictional town and its inhabitants.

Ford was witty and cocky and funny and downright charming. His romance with Isabel was easy and on the smooth side which is nice once in a while (love my drama but sometimes my little heart needs a break).

I loved the secondary r
This might have been my favorite Fool’s Gold story to date. Ford and Isabel have a history. Isabel has loved him from afar for years, when he left town after a broken engagement. She writes him letters – about life, love, and all the good and bad of her growing years. Now it’s years later, and they’re both back in town. She’s licking her wounds, and he’s found success and (unwanted) attention as the town’s hero.

Ford is a fun character. Despite his years in the military (or perhaps because of the
Oh Susan Mallery how I love you. This might be my favorite contemporary romance series, I've yet to really find a book that I didn't like. This is the 13th book in the Fool's Gold series and since I'm not yet tired of hearing about the characters I think that's a pretty good sign.

Ford Hendrix didn't really appeal to me in the last series, he seemed to be really whiny and I wasn't digging that. So I was wondering how Mallery would get me to change my opinion and get me to like the book. How dare
Anna's Herding Cats!
Three Little Words was just what I needed this week. Something that would lift my spirits. That was sweet and heartwarming. That would make me smile and laugh a bit (or really quite a lot) and had some sexy going on. And it definitely gave me all of that. From a fun romantic set up to the crazy town it was a great escape that really made me want to be a part of this little community and group of friends.

I'm gonna go all girly and *squee* but it's a case of "fake mates" that have known each other
3.5/4 stars!

When Isabel was 14 years old, she fell madly in love with her older sister's fiance, Ford. When Maeve and Ford's too-young romance implodes because Maeve fell in love with his best friend, Ford leaves their small-town and joins the military. He becomes a SEAL and serves in the army for 14 years, leaving behind broken hearted Isabel. Isabel starts writing Ford letters, declaring her love for him, telling him about herself and her life and urging him to stay safe. Ford never responds,
I had a really difficult time getting over the "eww" or "ick" factor of: The hero was the 1st lover to the heroine's older sister, now 14 years later he's now sleeping with the younger sister (the heroine). I just thought that was gross. Hence, the "ick" factor.
Once I pushed that to the back of my mind, the story wasn't that bad.
However, I'm not planning on reading anymore of the "Fool's Gold" books. It's a small town. And while it can't be classified as "inbreeding", too many people have slept
I have been looking forward to Ford's story and it was definitely worth the wait. Ford has returned to Fool's Gold to run his security business with his friends. After ten years in the military it is a bit of an adjustment. One of the changes he has encountered is his ex-fiancee's little sister - who isn't so little anymore. Isabel used to write to him when he was deployed and even though he never wrote back those letters had been important to him. If anyone can make him believe he can love it's ...more
I'm surprise I didn't find out about Susan Mallory sooner because her books are addicting. I love books that connect to each other and have characters from the other books appear. This could me made into a movie and I would watch it because it is fun and have a bit of sexy to it.
Isabel Carlisle and Ford Hendrix are not what I had expected honestly. I would have thought that Isabel would hate her sister for hurting Ford and well Ford would hate her sister as well for hurting him. From how I read
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3 1/2 stars.

I always want to like Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold books more than I actually do. Don’t get me wrong—the setting is charming, the small-town feel is idyllic, and the characters are fun and quirky. They’re feel-good books, to be sure. I have enjoyed much about these books—obviously, because I keep coming back for more. Lately, though, their “cookie cutter” feel is beginning to overpower their overall charm for me.

They start out with two characters—our hero and he
The lastest installment of Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series does not disappoint. Isabel finds herself back home in Fool's Gold, but she insists it's only temporary. The boy she had loved at age fourteen from afar, Ford, has come home too, after a long stint in the military. Their friendship is endearing. Their paths are different but they really care about each other. Ford needs to get his meddling -in a good way- mo
Absolutely LOVED Ford & Isabel. Their characters had great chemistry, and all the laughs between them made the whole book fly by.
I wasn't a huge fan of Kent and Consuelo's story. Maybe because I wasn't a big fan of Consuelo's character or maybe it had a little something to do with the fact that I was expecting something to happen between Consuelo & Angel. I could've sworn that the last book hinted at it, but I guess I was wrong.
Either way, it made me want to go back & figure out th
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Aubrey
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Without a doubt, this is my all time favorite Susan Mallery novel. I have been waiting for Ford’s novel since he was first introduced as a character. There is something about Ford that makes him super endearing and lovable. I wanted to fix him and take his problems. You feel sorry for him because his mother wants to marry him off to stay in Fool’s Gold.

Isabel is a super adorable character who has
I loved how Ford and Isabel pretended to be in Love while Falling in love for real. Also I enjoyed the story of Kent Hendrix and Consuelo Ly falling for each other too. I just wish their mom would let the boys do the romance thing on their own. Denise Hendrix needs a book of her own. I can't wait to read about Taryn and the Football players.
I say this each time, but this might be my all time favorite of this series!! I laughed so many times during this story, but there were just as many Awwwww moments, too. Sigh. This series gets better with each book. Amazing!
Swanangel15's Book Review
First time reading a Susan Mallery book and it was a good start, but it would have been great if I had started from the first book in the "Fool's Gold" series. This book have a type of go with it vibe that I am not used too and I cannot decide if I like it or not, yet. I need more of Susan Mallery's book to come to my own conclusion.

Isabel Beebee (Yes that is her real name) has had the biggest blow to any woman's pride, ever, she turned her husband gay and he left her for another man, dun dun du
Can first love turn into the real deal? Anything can happen in a sizzling new Fool's Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery.

Isabel Beebe thinks she's cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she'll pursue her real dreams. At least, that's the plan,
She never fails to impress me. Fool's Gold is still going strong thirteen books later. Isabel's sister broke Ford's heart when she cheated on him with his best friend. He signed up for the military and off he went, leaving young Isabel herself heartbroken. She wrote him letters for years, never receiving a response. Now, all grown up she is back in Fool's Gold helping whip her parent's bridal shape into order so they can sell it. Ford's back in town, and his mother, the formidable Denise is houn ...more


Fool's Gold is a town that has lots of festivals all year round. It is a community that gathers together to help each other in good or bad times. We have met many of the characters in previous books and get to visit and see how they are all doing. Three Little Words is fun full of humor, fun characters, too many detailed sex scenes, enjoyable place to visit and meet new friends and say hello to old friends. It is always good to visit for a good time.

It is finally Ford Hendrix story. We ha
At fourteen Isabel Carlisle believed she had met her one true love, Ford Hendrix. Even when her sister broke his heart and he fled and joined the military, it did not stop Isabel from writing him letters confessing her feelings. Years later Isabel is back in Fools Gold, California after a failed marriage to help with the wedding shop while her parents on vacation.

Ford can't believe what a beauty Isabel has become, now that he lives in the apartment over the house she is living in they seem to f
Beyond Reading

Three Little Words may just be my favorite book of the Fool's Gold series so far. I've pretty much loved every book of this series but this particular summer trilogy of 2013 amped the game WAY up. I think Three Little Words was Susan Mallery's most anticipated Fool's Gold book just because Ford has been mentioned from way back in the Only Yours/Only Mine/Only Ours trilogy and his name had been mentioned with increasing frequency since then. Barring that, I loved this book. It was s
Isabel has always loved Ford. When he went away to war she wrote him letters for 10 years. He never wrote back. What Isabel doesn't know is how much her letters meant to Ford. How they kept him alive. Now, Isabel and Ford are back in Fool's Gold. Can they be friends or more?

I really enjoyed this story the whole way through. It made me happy and I looked forward to reading it. When I first set out to give it a rating my instinct was to give it 4 stars. But, when I started writing out what I liked
After 14 years Isabel must face her first love again. She wrote him regularly for 10 years and he never responded...not even once. Now they're both back in Fools Gold and its apparent that they can't avoid each other forever... Ford's mother is desperate for more grandchildren and she'll do whatever it takes to get her two single sons married. Ford realizing he can't hide from his mother forever convinces Isabel to be his fake girlfriend to get his mother off his back. Before long they have the ...more
I was a little apprehensive going into Three Little Words by Susan Mallery as it is the twelfth book in a series, but just as promised this delightful romance worked perfectly as a standalone. Three word review: small-town, charming, and romantic.

Isabel Carlisle hasn’t had much luck when it comes to romance. As a teen she had a huge crush on Ford Hendrix her sister’s boyfriend. When he joined the military she wrote him letters and he never once responded. Now her husband has left her for another
Finally!!! Ford Hendrix gets the spotlight. After hearing about the mysterious Ford for far too long, I am pleased to let you all know that he lives up to every thought that I, might, have entertained about him. After finding out that his fiance cheated on him, Ford did the only logical thing and joined the Navy. Well, logical to a heartbroken 18 year old boy, that is.

Only Ford left behind 14 year old Isabel, his ex-fiance's little sister, who promises to love Ford forever. For 10 years, Isabel,
Three Little Words can make a big difference in a person's life. Good thing it is the name of Susan Mallory's newest novel! The story is about Isobel and Ford. Two characters that are funny and hot and caring and and and and more. The crux of the story is that Isobel thinks she is leaving Fool's Gold so it is okay to pretend to be in love with Ford. Ford is using the fake girlfriend thing to get his mother and sisters off his case about being married. Yet again a perfect setup for a story in Foo ...more
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If you’ve never read a Fool’s Gold book, or anything by Susan Mallery, pick up Three Little Words. You’ll get a wonderful love story and a great introduction to the fantastic world Mallery has created. (Of course if you have read any of her books, you’ve probably already got a copy of this one.) She always makes me smile, laugh, sigh and even occasionally cry. And her stories never fail to delight – full of characters that are witty, touching and sexy, and dialogue that is smart, funny, flirty, ...more
Fourteen years ago, Ford Hendrix left his hometown and joined the Navy after having his heart broken. The letters that he received from his ex-fiancé’s younger sister Isabel kept him sane when the world he worked in was a very scary place. Now, he’s returned to Fool’s Gold to work at his friend’s fledgling security consulting company. After her disastrous marriage ended with her husband leaving her for another man, Isabel is back in town to help her parents get the family business ready to sell. ...more
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