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A Fool's Gold Christmas (Fool's Gold #9.5)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,153 Ratings  ·  375 Reviews
A classic heartwarming tale for the holidays from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

The cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. An injury has forced her to return home to her estranged family. So she won't add to the awkward scenario by falling for the charms of her brother's best friend, no matter how tempting he i
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published September 18th 2012)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 Cowardly Jerk Stars

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OMFG! I took a little break from this series because all the books were setting me off and giving me cases of the rants. I hate cowards in books and this series is rampant with cowardly men. What makes this worse is I almost always love book up til the end when the hero does his chicken dance and then it just ruins it for me. It's like being out at a restaurant eating a beautiful meal and you're really enjoying it. Then when your 3/4 done the chef comes out and farts in you
4/5 Stars

As soon as I started reading this I knew it would be another good book....It was a smooth and easy read, a classic Mallery, easily identifiable as one of hers.

We had met Evie and heard about her in previous stories and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her but that soon changed. She never knew her father and always felt the odd one out and was often ignored even by her mother, which kind of shocked me considering May (her mom, who has featured in previous Fools Gold stories) comes ac
Jan 19, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The Good: I fell behind in this series and spent far too much time away from this cozy little town I love. What a wonderful time to come back to it, with a Christmas themed story. Evie was a natural choice for the female lead, having introduced her, a little, in a previous novel. Dante was a little more surprising as the male lead, but they worked together perfectly. Evie and Dante's fears were both understandable, if not completely relatable. The Christmas setting made the entire story a lot mo ...more
Cynthia D'Alba
Aug 27, 2012 Cynthia D'Alba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A FOOL’S GOLD CHRISTMAS has another mother-daughter estrangement storyline, but this time is May Stryker (mother of Clay in the previous book and his brothers from books 7 and 8) and Evie Stryker.

Evie is a half-sibling to the Stryker men, conceived during a one-night stand during the time May was reeling from the death of her husband. I admit that the way Evie was ignored by May (and many times by her brothers) while she was growing up broke my heart. She suffered true psychological and mental
Welcome back to Fool’s Gold, California where dancer Evie Stryker is settling while recovering from an injury. Evie could easily be labeled a scrooge during the holiday season, with a family who she has never been close to closing in and trying to make amends for issues in their past. Evie finds a welcoming diversion when she meets lawyer Dante Jefferson, who is best friends with her brother. Dante is not looking for a relationship, but a way to get through the holidays and when Evie agrees to a ...more
Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Two books ago I broke up with this series. Obviously I have no willpower because the minute I saw this one on NetGalley I requested it. The reason I wanted to read it was because the heroine was actually the one redeeming part of what I call the book with the goats of doom . I’m happy to say that this one wasn’t awful.

Evie Stryker is the estranged half-sister of the brothers that were the leads of the past three books in the series. The reason she’s
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I was totally in the mood for a unique Holiday romance that takes place in a small town and this book hit every one of those points. This is one of those lovely stories that was so easy to get into and to lose myself in.

After a horrendous accident, Evie Stryker’s family has finally brought her home. The problem is Evie has never felt like she was a part of her own family. Now her family is trying to change that and one of her brothers has asked his business partner and Evie’s neighbor Dante to
Mar 10, 2015 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple of years ago I really got in to Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series. Only Yours/Only His/Only Us I devoured back then and so whenever a new Fool's Gold novel was released, it was downloaded to my Kindle. But I didn't keep up with the books and I now have 8 or 9 to get on with. I foolishly thought A Fool's Gold Christmas was a novella (I don't know why) so decided to start with that one, although I am now kicking myself because A Fool's Gold Christmas comes after the Summer Days/Summer Ni ...more
Jac (For Love and Books)
Is there a better place in the world to spend Christmas than Fool's Gold?? I think not!

Today I was having a rather blah day and I wanted to curl up with a book that I KNEW would be good. I surfed through my shelf, nothing. I looked at my Kindle. Nothing. I resorted to Netgalley and immediately found what I was looking for! I've said it a thousand times, Susan Mallery is my go-to for a feel good read! (My husband compares my bookshelf with her books to my childhood teddy bear, because when I pul
Dec 10, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book. Loved Evie and Dante. I have been waiting for their stories since I first met them in Summer Days, but never suspected at that point it would be their story. Evie was brought to Fool's Gold by her family after a devastating injury. She doesn't want to be there as she has always felt like an outsider in her own family. She was emotionally neglected by them, especially her mother, left home at seventeen and never looked back. Evie finds herself spending more time with her mother an ...more
Jasmine Riel
As if enduring a leg injury wasn't bad enough, Evie Stryker wakes up in Fool's Gold - the last place she wants to be - after being dragged back against her will by her estranged family. Fate keeps throwing curveballs at her, including 60 girls who have to perform the annual winter ballet, her mother who has treated her as less than a daughter growing up, and the totally tempting Dante Jefferson, her brother Rafe's best friend, who is completely off-limits. Dante is a lawyer whose only long term- ...more
Amanda P
I quite simply adored this book! It is the final book of the Stryker’s I have to say I’m going to kind of miss them, although as true to Fool’s Gold tradition I am sure we will still see them in following Fool’s Gold installments. I started this series with the Strykers, but I certainly am not going to end this series with the Stryker’s. I am quite curious for the returned and returning home military men! This book was true to Susan Mallery form in that it was funny, fun and sweet. You leave the ...more
This is another great addition to the Fool’s Gold series. This one was all about Evangeline “Evie” Stryker. Estranged from her family, never feeling like she truly belonged, she feels out of sorts when her brothers and mother bring her to Fool’s Gold to recuperate after an accident on the football field side-lines as one of the team cheerleaders. Her first thoughts are to just get better and leave as soon as possible. Then she finds herself settling in as a dance instructor for Charlie’s mother ...more
Review also post at my blog, TBR MOUNTAIN RANGE.

Even if you don't read the FOOL'S GOLD series, you'll still enjoy this book because this couple is so very charming. If you love a friends to lovers theme, then grab this book and enjoy this sassy dancer and the lawyer who can't stop imagining her in a leotard.

The thing that I love most about Susan Mallery's books is that they're so easy to read. It's like sitting down with an old friend and catching up—whether you read the series or not. A FOOL'S
 Reading In Pajamas
Review: A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
Reissue Publication Date: November 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Dawn
Rated: 4.5 Stars
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A wonderful love story. A Fool's Gold Christmas had me hooked from the first page. Dante and Evie's story had every element I look for in a great romance. I love how Susan Mallery can write a story and make you feel like you are right there in it.

Dante was captivated by Evie from the moment he saw her and Evie wa
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
What a great end to the Stryker Family saga within Fool's Gold. I was very curious to know what Susan had in mind for Evie and she certainly didn't let me down.

Evie Stryker, baby of the three Stryker brother's, is forced into Fool's Gold when she is injured while performing as an NFL Cheerleader. Evie has a lot of resentment towards her family, especially her mother, who has always treated her like an outcast, since she was conceived out of wedlock. Evie takes a position at the local dance stud
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Review copy provided via NetGalley

4 stars

Why I Read this Book: When I heard that A Fool’s Gold Christmas was Dante and Evie’s book, I was so excited. I may have even squealed. I had to read this book. Both characters were a great addition to the town and having them paired up was icing on the cake for me.

What I Liked: I like the we’re just having fun together but aren’t going to take this too seriously trope. I love seeing the hero and heroine fight the inevitable and then watching it all come t
Originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

I’m willing to bet I’m one of the biggest Christmas enthusiasts you will ever meet. I know I complain about fall clothes being out before summer is even half done, or the Halloween decorations jam-packing the aisles before school even starts… but I get a secret thrill when I see my first bit of Christmas merchandise or get my first email that tells me tickets for the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall will be going on sale soon.

What I’m tryi
Cover & Title - 4 out of 5
Favorite Line - "She would simply put one foot in front of the other. After all, she was used to dancing through the pain."
Favorite Character - Alexander, the cat.

Ok so i will be the first to admit that i am a total grinch. Normally because of this i am not a big fan of season books, this book however was by an author i like & the other reviews made it sound not too cheesy/corny so i decided to try it. I was not disappointed by the cheese factor as there was a

Ms. Mallery has cemented herself as one of my must read authors! Fans of her Fool’s Gold series are in for a delightful and funny treat this holiday season.

Evie Stryker is in Fool’s Gold against her wishes. Her family abducts…well coerces her into coming to Fool’s Gold while she heals from an accident. To say that being around her family is an understatement is being nice. She has always been the outsider and the close knit town is an additional stress for Evie. To pass the time, Evie decides to
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Susan Mallery delivers a sweet small town romance that is packed with her trademark wit and humor. Emotion backs this story up, making it more than just a sweet interlude between two people. As Dante and Evie help each other through their emotional issues, A FOOL'S GOLD CHRISTMAS becomes a story celebrating support and love.

It took me a little time to warm up to Evie's character because she was introduced as a shrieking, stressed-out mess. But once more of her personality shone through, I found
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
I've been a big fan of the Fool's Gold series from the very beginning. I certainly have liked quite a few things as I've gone through the first nine books. And while I certainly liked this entry, I was more than a little disappointed. I could appreciate Evie. I understood her feelings toward her family but just didn't get how she got over them. I never really warmed to Dante. I don't know. I just didn't really warm to any of it. I though that Mayor Marsha is becoming a caricature. And every time ...more
Bella Carstairs
Sep 01, 2015 Bella Carstairs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bueno, otra historia de amor de los personajes de Fool's Gold. El tiempo no acompaña, pero la historia es preciosa. Perdonar, encontrar el amor y ser valientes para lanzarse a ello.
Enganchada a Fool's Gold :)
Apr 06, 2016 Marcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The unrelenting cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. She learned early on that Christmas miracles don't happen, at least not for her. And this year seems like no exception. An injury has forced her to return to the family fold, no matter that they're estranged. She won't add to the awkward scenario by being seduced by the bad-boy charms of her brother's best friend, the last man she should ever want to date. Even when she's recruited to stage the F ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evie & Dante

Evie Stryker has only been back in Fool's Gold for a few months after sustaining an injury from being trampled by a professional football player on the field where she was a cheerleader for the L.A. Stallions. Her estranged mom and three brothers brought her home while still unconscious and she's none too happy about being there. They have a lot of fixing to do to get their family dynamic back on track as she was always treated as an outsider in the family. She's been working as
Jan 08, 2015 Corinna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Es weihnachtet sehr in Fool's Gold – der Stadt, in der nicht nur zur Weihnachtszeit Herzen zueinander finden! Weihnachtszeit in Fool's Gold: Eine weiße Decke liegt über der Welt, köstliche Düfte erfüllen die Luft, und melodisch ertönt "Stille Nacht" … Einfach grässlich, findet Evie Stryker! Nur ihrer Familie zuliebe ist sie in die Stadt gekommen, um sich von einer Verletzung zu erholen, die ihre Karriere als Tänzerin zerstören kann. Um sich nicht mit ihrer nervigen Ver
Dixie-lee Campbell
Jan 04, 2015 Dixie-lee Campbell rated it it was amazing
I gave it a 5 star because I thought it was amazing and could not put it down... and when I did kept thinking about finishing it ... so got up at 4 am & finished it today. I love Christmas stories and thought this was awesome. Loved how the kids and animals were worked into the story... and respect they each received. As in reality and here in Fool's Gold, there are problems in families and there is hope for troubles to be overcome - outcome was positive. Love how Evie and Dante met and how ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Aubrey
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

It has only been in recent years that I have started to read and enjoy Christmas themed books. I really liked the main characters of A Fool’s Gold Christmas. Both were very jaded about life in general and hated Christmas for their own reasons. Their mutual hatred for Christmas brought them closer but could it change their views? Will they start to enjoy Christmas or hate it more???

Evie did not ha
Lori Palle
Jul 28, 2014 Lori Palle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“She no longer wanted to live her life on the outside—watching everyone else be a part of something larger than themselves.”—Evie’s thoughts

All Evie wants to do is heal from the leg injury that pretty much ensures that she’ll never professionally dance again. Instead, she’s dragged back home by her estranged family who wants to make things up to her and left in charge of sixty dance students and their Christmas production that is a BIG DEAL to the town. At least she has her new friend and non-bo
Apr 19, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm late reviewing a bunch of Christmas-themed romances, and I have to say I'm enjoying myself.

The Christmas spirit manifests in many ways. For Evie and Dante, newcomers to Fool's Gold, they just want to get through the holiday emotionally unscathed. They lean on each other through Dante's bad memories and Evie's Christmas dance recital responsibilities. And then they lean on each other for love.

This is a typical Fool's Gold romance in that it's focused on the hero and heroine, there's a wond
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