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Before We Kiss (Fool's Gold #14)

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New York Times bestselling sensation Susan Mallery returns to Fool's Gold, California, where it's true that sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs…

Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women—from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless—until she takes him home and he discovers a room devo
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2014)
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Somehow and i know i have said this before Susan Mallery keeps this series fresh. No idea how but she does. How she keeps track of everything and everyone. Again no idea. I think she must be the real life Mayor Marsha. She has to be. lol Anyway in this book we finally get a story for Dellina and Sam. Both have had interesting and in different ways difficult lives. Dellina had to finish raising her twin sisters when their parents passed away unexpectedly. Now they are grown and one married the ot
Sam has had more than a few disastrous relationships in the past and definitely got burned from his marriage, so didn’t believe women could be trusted and didn’t intend on getting caught again. Dellina had lost her parents at an early age and despite the fact she was only eighteen herself, she took responsibility and raised her fourteen year old twin sisters. As far as she was concerned she had already done the family thing and now only wanted to have a good time.

Before the book starts Sam and D
Manda Collins
This was easily my favorite of this summer's Fools Gold trilogy. Mostly because Sam and Dellina were so darn cute together. Add in Sam's TMI sexpert parents and it could have been a weird ride, but as motivations for keeping one's personal life personal go, they make a lot of sense. I also appreciated Dellina's backstory of feeling like she's already raised her family because of having had to raise her younger sisters. I would have been happier if Mallery had pushed the envelope all the way and ...more
I stumbled upon this book because it was in the top 10 romance books in amazon (where my favorite books of 2014 - It Happened One Wedding and Once in a Lifetime by Julie James and Jill Shalvis, respectively, are included). I read the summary, it looked interesting and right up in my alley so I immediately downloaded a sample and then bought the whole book.

The book started off great... The hero and heroine were likable and they have chemistry.... However, there were just TOO MANY characters and
Christi Snow
My Review:
I absolutely LOVE the background story to this book with their one-night stand five months before. The idea of Sam freaking out about the wedding dresses and then dodging Dellina ever since is just a great start to this romance. It's such a guy thing to do and it just makes me giggle every time I think about it especially since all the women in town know about it and view it the same way. And this is also why I love Dellina. She's a tough, independent character who simply lets things r
Kate Vale
A Fools' Gold story that focuses on Sam Ridge, one of the three pro football players who run SCORE, and Dellina Hopkins, a party planner. Sam reluctantly, and after a 5-month delay, approaches her, desperate for her to help him out. SCORE wants to give a party to their clients as a special thank-you, but they're guys. Don't do parties. Dellina does. A no-brainer, right? Wrong. The previous Valentine's Day night, Dellina went to bed with Sam and both are now embarrassed about the one-night fling ...more
This is the 14th book in the series and features Sam and Dellina. Sam is one of the football players who has come to Fool's Gold. Dellina is a party planner that has been hired by Sam's company. Unfortunately, Sam and Dellina already know eachother and Sam has been doing his best to avoid Dellina ever since. Now that they might have to work together, they both have to try to move on and get along with one another.

I liked the plot of this book and found the situation between Sam and Dellina reall
this was the dirtiest book I have ever read by this author.... and that is probably the only good thing I can say about this book. it was just ok, average, so-so, kinda boring. yes, for once, there was a hot sex scene, but other than that, this story left me cold and bored. my biggest problem was the main characters, they went from zero chemistry to totally cheesy romantic fools and that just did not work for me. the end just was so ridiculously roll-my-eyes cheesy that it almost ruined the whol ...more
Poor Sam just cannot catch a break when it comes to women. As a pro football player he had his pick, and managed to get losers every time. Even the woman he married was just interested in his fame and what he could do for her. When they divorced, she wrote a terrible tell-all book about their marriage. For a man who values his privacy it was a horrible betrayal. He's given up on finding his dream woman and having his own family, convinced that any relationship will go down in flames. When he mee ...more
Before We Kiss features former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge and party planner Dellina Hopkins. Things are getting hot in Fool’s Gold; Susan Mallery added extra fervor to this installment. Witnessing these two fall in love was amazing – I love when fate takes over.

Poor…Poor *shakes head* Sam – he has the worst luck when it comes to women. This is a guy that seems destined to end up alone. His notoriously bad luck has even followed him to Fool’s Gold. A one-night stand with the gorgeous, indepen
This Fools' Gold story is about Sam Ridge who is one of the three ex-pro football players who run a PR company called SCORE and Dellina Hopkins who is a party planner. Sam’s company is throwing a big party for their clients and their families which is to take place over an entire weekend. Sam is not getting far with the plans so he has to ask Dellina for help which he now needs fast. He doesn't want to talk to Dellina because he had a one-night stand with her and hasn't talked to her since. Howe ...more
Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
The Fool’s Gold series is one of those enjoyable, small town romance series that I just enjoy. Before We Kiss is a wonderful addition to it and I am so happy I had a chance to read it.

Sam Ridge and Dellina Hopkins almost share one night together. That is until he discovers she has a room filled with wedding gowns and a board devoted to catching a man. Without pausing to ask her about it he makes a run for it. Now Sam is in desperate need for Dellina’s help in planning an important weekend for h
Jonel Boyko (Pure Jonel)
Ok, this settles it. I’m moving to Fool’s Gold! Mallery has developed this enchanting sound in such a vividly real manner that I feel like I’ve walked through the town. Although Mallery’s descriptions and narrative make everything vivid in the reader’s mind, the story itself remains firmly planted in reality. Everything is so easy to believe and immerse yourself in that you can’t help but fall in love with it. The storyline was also completely unique with twists and turns that I could have never ...more
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Book #14 - and we finally get to hear about Sam and Dellina ☺
We already met them in the previous book/s and I was really looking forward to hearing their story.

It's summer in Fool's Gold!
Last Valentine's Day, Sam (who has the worst luck with women) meets Dellina in a bar (she never had a one-night-stand before - but this former football star would be totally worth it)


They go back to Dellina's place and spent some amazing hours together - but when Sam gets up to get something to drink he acciden
I’ve enjoyed other Susan Mallery books, however, this one didn’t quite work for me.

Before We Kiss is about Sam and Dellina, months after a one-night stand, they're tasked with planning his company party. There’s a couple subplots, too, one involves a world-class skier and his abused sister, the other features Dellina’s sister who expects her boyfriend to read her mind about marriage.

Caramel the dog was a cuddly little sweetie, and I always appreciate supportive friendships and siblings, but the
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Poor Sam. He has had his share of bad luck when it comes to woman. A little gun shy now with who he trust the last thing he ever expected when moving to a sleepy little town of Fool’s Gold would be Dellina. But of course he had to go and screw that up too.
Dellina had to grow up fast when her parents were killed and she took over the raising of her little sisters. While she would like to have a man in her life the l
Aliaa El-Nashar
Like I said in my review of When We Met by Susan Mallery, I'm hopelessly in love with Fool's Gold. The people, the romance, the comical incidents that occur, I just love it all. I can't get enough of these characters and I am definitely going to work from the top reading them until Jack's story comes out, because boy will that one be exciting. But that's not it, there's also Kenny, and Kipling and Shelby and yeah, you get the drift, there's so much more excitement to be had with this series and ...more
I have to say upfront I think Lark was one of the best side characters ever written in any book. Susan Mallery outdid herself with Lark.
Before We Kiss is an excellent book. Sam had been hurt many times in the past, but really liked Dellina, you know once he got the truth about what happened that caused him to freak out during a one night stand. Dellina is a sweetheart that couldn't hurt anyone if she tried and hurts herself to keep others happy. Reading their story on finding their Happily Ever
This romance disappointed me. Sam and Dellina never even went on a date. They were two decent people but a bit boring, and their story was really easily told in a novella. Each had issues that led to a fear of commitment--such an overdone retread plot. It seemed as though Susan Mallery used Dellina's sister's convulted story to fill enough pages and then looked ahead to a skier's story that will obviously be in some future book. Both these subplots really interrupted the main story's flow. The h ...more
This book had me laughing out loud one minute and sitting there with my jaw hanging open the next. Sam and Dellina are a very charismatic couple and I loved how their relationship developed throughout the book. Sam's parents, especially his mother, were an absolute hoot and supplied many of the LOL moments along with some OMG's at what would come out of Sams' moms mouth. This book definitely has more steamy moments than we've read up until now, but in pure Susan Mallery style it's handled with c ...more
Alayna Dickerson
Sam is a retired football player that now works at a PR Firm with his fellow retired football players. He's had a lot of bad luck with women, from the cheaters, to the ones using him for their own fame. He's not wanting to take anymore chances on women, so he's decided that the only way around this is to not get serious about anyone who is serious. He hooks up with Dellina, who seems perfectly normal, but then after he gets into her bed, he finds out that she has a room filled with wedding dress ...more
nice read.i like their relationship. the parents are funny and the mom is too open but i like how dellina was able to stand up for sam. sam only had two relationships even though it didnt end well.i mean call it bad luck or not meeting the right woman but not so that merits distrusting women so i find the conflict a bit faked but nonetheless the author is always good to find the right scene to make it all right.the event that dellina planned seemed too good to be true and went off without a hitc ...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Dellina Hopkins was raised in Fool's Gold until her parents died, & when she graduated HS, she got custody of her 2 younger sister & with Fool's Gold's help, raised them. Now both are in love & it's time for Dellina to unleash her inner BAD GIRL.

Sam Ridge is cursed with bad luck with woman, for example his ex wife's tell all book & has a sex educator for a mom, who loves to talk, ask & yes, even demonstrate, in person or DVD, about all things sexual, but in the friends depar
Before We Kiss is another great book by Susan Mallery and the Fools Gold series. I will keep looking forward for more to come.

In Before We Kiss, Dellina Hopkins has not have an easy life since her parents died unexpectedly, she had to raise her twin sisters all on her own and forget about doing anything wild like many young girls. Thankfully, they are both grown now, one married and the other engaged. Now all she wanted was a single night with Sam Ridge. But her she didn’t expect that helping he
I love these Fool's Gold books. They are fun reads. Before We Kiss was no different, though it did start off different from the others. Sam and Dellina slept together a few months ago. They were both alone on Valentine's Day and they were attracted to each other so Sam came home with Dellina. Everything was going fine until he stumbled upon her room full of wedding dresses and board with a plan for how to get a guy to propose. That really freaked Sam out so he left and has been avoiding her sinc ...more
April Symes
When I sat down to read Susan's latest Fools Gold book, I was wondering would it be gold.....well let me put your mind at rest. It is another 5 star hit!!!

This stars Sam and Dellina who are working their way back to each other after a misunderstanding some months back......and away we go...Sam and his partners use Dellina who is a party planner for an upcoming event. From there the book just takes me away.

Mayor Marsha pops up and we meet a new cast of upcoming Fools Gold characters thru her....i
Before We Kiss is by Susan Mallery. Susan takes us back to Fool’s Gold with a new trilogy. I really like the way she writes about this town. It is a town that I would love to live in. Things just seem to be perfect in Fool’s Gold.
Sam Ridge is in trouble and the only one who can get him out of it is Dellina Hopkins. She is an event planner and he needs her to plan an event for his company. However, the last time he saw her was when he ran out on her after seeing a room full of wedding dresses in
Robin Barton
Once again Ms. Mallery gives us a story to fall in love with.

'Before We Kiss' gives us Dellina and Sam's story. Sam is an ex-football star and now in business with two other football players. (Can never have too many hunky men in a small town)

Dellina has just finished raising her twin sisters one is married the other almost…when Sam enters her life. It is now time for Dellina…to find a guy and fall in love.
When the two finally find each other Sam finds himself scared away by none other than wed
Gwen Larson
Men will be boys chemistry is GREAT!

As a mother of three sons, I’m really enjoying the 2014 installments of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, which feature three retired professional football players who have relocated their public relations firm to Fool’s Gold.

The camaraderie among these brothers by choice is dead on — and funny as heck!

BEFORE WE KISS is the story of Sam Ridge, whose history with women is filled with bad luck, and professional event planner Dellina Hopkins. The two had a half
Kim T.
Before We Kiss was a romantic comedy of sorts that took me completely by surprise. It started out with a bang and a laugh and it ended with a gigantic wahoo. It was funny, quirky, playful, with just the right amount of seriousness to create tension.

Fool's Gold was such a delightful place! I loved how the town rallied together and supported one another. The length and depth of their compassion were admirable.

Sam and Dellina's story...well, it was so sweet. Dellina was so patient and strong whil
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