I'm always excited when a new Fool's Gold book comes out. Usually, I'm really excited to see what's going to happen to a character that was introducedI'm always excited when a new Fool's Gold book comes out. Usually, I'm really excited to see what's going to happen to a character that was introduced in a previous book. Hold Me was a little different from that aspect. Kipling was briefly introduced in an earlier book in the series, but Destiny was completely new to me. At first I was a bit thrown off because I wasn't familiar with her, but this book was a great reminder that these books really can stand alone.
Destiny was such an interesting character. She was so headstrong and had such conviction about what she believed, yet her actions often contradicted that. Her relationship with Starr was really sweet. It was awkward at times, but it was really enjoyable to see the sisters get to know each other.
I liked Kipling, too. He was such a fixer, which could be annoying, but it was nice to see how his first instinct was to solve people's problems. I also found the conflict with his bar, The Man Cave, to be a fun part of the story.
Destiny and Kipling really complimented each other. Even though Destiny wouldn't want to admit it, I think she needed someone like Kipling, who wanted to help fix things.
I did have a few issues with the story, though. Destiny's naivety, in particular. I won't spoil it, but it was a plot point that just bothered me because I found it hard to believe that she would just tell herself that something wasn't possible, when she should have known better, and went on without a second thought.
Overall, this was another great Fool's Gold novel, and there were several characters that I'm hoping to see more of in new books, and it was awesome to see some old characters that hadn't been around for a while. ...more
I've been an avid fan of Susan Mallery for several years now, and she never ceases to surprise me with her books. She creates such wonderful worlds, fI've been an avid fan of Susan Mallery for several years now, and she never ceases to surprise me with her books. She creates such wonderful worlds, full of atmosphere and relatable characters, and The Girls of Mischief Bay are no exception.
This book reminds me a bit of another Mallery book called Three Sisters. Don't get me wrong. The books are very different, but like Three Sisters, Mischief Bay follows three woman, who are all at different stages of their lives, and takes you into their friendship and struggles.
What I really liked about this book is that I found Nicole, Pam and Shannon all very easy to relate to, despite their age difference. I think this is a great book for women of all ages because there's something for everyone.
Mallery is so great at romance that sometimes I forget just how awesome she is at writing women's fiction. There is romance in this book, of course, but at the core, The Girls of Mischief Bay is really about Nicole, Pam and Shannon's friendship, and it is a wonderful friendship.
There were some parts of the plot (namely in Shannon's story) that seemed a little cliche, but I wasn't that bothered by it. There were a lot of moments in this novel that really pulled at my emotions, and I love when a book can really make me feel something, whether it is sad, annoyed or angry, and this novel did that in spades.
I love when Susan Mallery builds worlds--one of my favorites is Fool's Gold--and I'm just as excited about Mischief Bay, and I look forward to reading more about Nicole, Pam and Shannon as well as many of the other characters introduced in this book....more