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All Summer Long

(Fool's Gold #9)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  9,926 ratings  ·  486 reviews
Can a summer fling turn into love that lasts a lifetime? Former underwear model turned entrepreneur Clay Stryker has loved, tragically lost and vowed that he'll never risk his heart again. After making his fortune, the youngest of the rugged Stryker brothers returns to Fool's Gold, California, to put down roots on a ranch of his own. But he's frustrated to discover that ev ...more
Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin HQN
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Well like always I am loving this book then right towards the end the hero freaks out like a coward and runs, hurting the heroine. God it just pisses me off so bad. The books have so much potential but always ruin it for me with some cowardly ass bullshit at the end.

Not only did Clay do the

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After he broke up with Charlie ripping out her heart he tells his brother that if his dead wife was still alive he wouldn't be with Charlie. So you know a coward and Charlie was the runner up prize

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Jacob Proffitt
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
What a relief to find myself liking this book. This one is way into the series by this point so you should know what you're getting by now. And yeah, you really don't want to read this one without the others first (at least the other Stryker brothers ones).

Charlie really made this book. Her combination of naiveté and courage was captivating from the start. I particularly liked that Mallery didn't have her go all girlie to be with Clay. She changed, yes, but became more herself rather than becomi
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4.5/5 stars

Clay, who made his money by modeling underwear and being a butt double, decided it was time to get out of the business and come home to be surrounded by family. As well as coming up with a great idea for a new business that would also bring extra revenue to the town, he wants to become a volunteer firefighter to help his community. However he constantly has to face peoples prejudice and they wrongly assume he is just a ‘pretty boy’ and therefore cannot possibly be co
I went into this book pretty dubious. I haven't been that crazy about the series, I didn't really like the heroine from previous books, the hero sounded improbable, and I tend to get put off by the "abused heroine must be gently coaxed into liking sex" plot. To my surprise, I liked almost everything about it.

I just loved the characters. Charlie (she eschews her birth name, Chantel) is a tall, strong woman who's always felt oversized and unfeminine, especially next to her tiny ballerina mom. The
Manda Collins
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, Susan Donovan
Shelves: contemporary
I think this is my favorite Fools Gold book ever. Yep, you heard that right. This is what? Number 12? I've enjoyed almost all of the FG series, but this is by far the best. Why? Two words: Opposites Attract! (An alternate title for this one might have been The Firefighter and the Underwear Model.) What I liked most about this one was the fact that Clay (former butt-double/underwear model) was not your typical Susan Mallery hero. I love her books, but dang her heroes can be total a-holes sometime ...more
Cynthia D'Alba
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ALL SUMMER LONG brings together Charlie Dixon, a muscular, tough, firewoman, with underwear model and movie butt double Clay Stryker. Talk about opposites.

Charlie is tough—physically and mentally—because she thinks she has to be. When her biological clock alarm begins ringing, she realizes that she has some issues from her past that must be dealt with before she can raise a mentally healthy child (i.e. not pass on her own fears and phobias to her child.)

Clay is a pretty face…or at least that’s
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can say what I want about this book since I was not given a copy of it in exchange for regurgitating the plot as printed on the back cover. Sorry, I just prefer to read reviews where people express their opinions about the plot, characters, etc and not give a synopsis that is available on goodreads.

That being said, I really liked this book. There was a moment when the cheese factor threatened to overwhelm me, but I came back from it enjoying the main characters immensely. Charlie and Clay wer
Did NOT enjoy this. Why oh why oh why did I finish it? I am cursed with the kind of disposition that hates not finishing books, I guess.

Clay is a former underwear model, who now wants to do other stuff with his life. Clay is also the male epitome of my good friend, Mary Sue, and can do no wrong. He never acts in anger, his temper never rises, he can take heaps of bad behavior and abuse from strangers, acquaintances and his quasi-lover with equanimity, he is the world's best lover, a grieving wid
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the ninth in the Fool’s Gold series. And the last of the Stryker Brother trilogy. And I think Mallery saved the best brother for last. This is the story of Clay and Charlie. We met Charlie a few books back. She is a Fool’s Gold firefighter and Clay is a NYC underwear model.

I will be honest, I could not imagine these two together. I imagined Charlie something like Kristen Johnston from “3rd Rock from the Sun” tv show. And Clay something like Matthe
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the last of this summer's trilogy in Fool's Gold that had the Stryker family at its center. There was so much depth and reality to this story - especially the layers that we peeled away from many of the characters to see the real them. Clay and Charlie stole my heart. Clay was more than a pretty face who made his fortune as an underwear model. He had heart. He was so caring in the way he treated Charlie until the end but that resolved itself in a great way but I wanted more. The chemistr ...more
Actually, I was kind of hoping it to be a boring story, so I could stop reading the series. It wasn't. Although All Summer Long was an easy read, it was unbelievably good.
I enjoyed the storyline. The main characters, Charlie and Clay, were smart, independent, and interesting. The book had enough romance, family drama, and also some wonderfully hilarious moments. The ending was very similar to all the other endings in this series, but I didn't care. Charlie and Clay were amazing. I fell in love w
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My library had a ton of Susan Malleey books available for the Kindle, so I thought I'd try one. The story was predictable, unrealistic, and dumb. There was foreshadowing that never led to anything, I'm guessing because the "clues" were setting up things in the next book. The sex scenes were fine, not too much for my prudish sensibilities.

I give this book 1 out of 5 boners.
Wonderful installment of Fool's Gold. Charlie has always been a great side character in previous books. A tough as nails, non-girlie girl kind of woman. She has a bad past where she has lost her loving father, her mother is a train wreck and really never showed her much attention, and to top it off, she was raped in college. She has terrible intimate issues and wants to solve those so she can eventually adopt a baby because she wants a family.

Here plays in the supermodel good looking man, Clay.
Monique Pearson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore this pairing. Unlikely pairs make the best stories.
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Review copy provided via NetGalley

Why I Read this Book: I think we all know by now that I enjoy reading this series. It’s a cozy contemporary romance with a small town setting.

What I Liked: Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot I liked about All Summer Long. It wasn’t so bad that I had to DNF it but I was a bit disappointed. That said, here’s what I did like.

Charlie is honest and speaks her mind. I like that about her. There’s no guessing work; she just lays her cards right on the table.

The tender m
**ARC provided by Netgalley**

Charlie Dixon is a firefighter in Fools Gold. She discovered the small town on vacation and fell in love with the beautiful, welcoming town and stayed for good. Charlie carries demons from her past and she is finally ready to confront them and heal so she can move forward towards her dream of having a family.

Clay Stryker is a retired model. He’s come home and plans to stay for good. He has a dream to enrich his and his family’s way of life by putting his own mark on
Harper Hamilton
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always loved Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold stories. Having said that, it's been a long time since I loved a book as much as I loved Falling for Gracie years ago. All Summer Long did that for me. It has the usual ensemble of Fool's Gold residents that you love to see updates on, even the dirty old women (I hope I am one in 30 years!). The latest story follows firefighter and resident tough girl Chantal "Charlie" Dixon and retired underwear model / movie butt double, Clay Stryker, a recent addi ...more
Christi Snow
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:

Ever since Summer Nights, I've been dying for Charlie's book and it lived up to all my expectations. I loved Charlie and Clay's story...OMG, *sigh* sweet and romantic!!!

I have never known what to expect from Charlie's story. She's a muscular, non-girly firefighter who's 5'10" tall. She doesn't have a feminine bone in her body. She's also completely straightforward and honest to a tee. But in Summer Nights, we learned the "why" for a lot of this. She was raped as a freshman in coll
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2014-books
3.5 stars.

ALL SUMMER LONG was better than I was expecting. However, the story just wasn't fun, witty or sexy.

More review to come.


When Charlie’s past came to light in the previous book, I was worried too much time would be spent on the trauma and not on the moving forward and essentially the romance. I’m glad to say I was wrong.

Charlie is such a strong character. If you’ve read these books in order, then you don’t question that, but with her own story, you get to see a different
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 9th book in the Fools Gold series by Susan Mallery. So far it's not getting old. I read this in one day. Lost some sleep but it was worth it. lol You meet the Stryker boys a couple of books ago and this is one inlcudes the youngest, underwear model and but double Clay Stryker. Clay did really well as a model. Made some really good money and went to college for business. Loved and lost a woman he deeply loved. He's decided it's time to move on and do something else. He moves to the fa ...more
Jenny E
I have a lot of thoughts about this book. It was the first Susan Mallery book I've ever read. I found her writing style to be enjoyable and easy to read.

I liked this book okay overall, but there were just SO MANY things going on in this almost too much plot in one book. It sort of bordered on "chick lit" and the romance took a backseat to so many other issues. Some may like this, I didn't. I skimmed over stuff that didn't pertain to the actual romantic relationship. I came in mid-se
Clay Stryker, former underwear model and butt double, has returned to Fool's Gold on a business venture. Unfortunately for him, the townspeople can't seem to look past his previous career and take him more seriously. Tomboy and Firefighter Charlie Dixon has grown up in the shadow of her world-famous ballerina mother. Her last intimate experience with a man has left a festering wound on her heart and keeps her from building the family she longs for. Clay has loved and lost and vows to never fall ...more

Ooh, I very much enjoyed this one. I kind of had an inkling that I would have since I found Clay to be funny and dreamy and hot. I mean, dude was an underwear model... with hot underwear model friends. Yowza. Hee.

But alas, he felt like he was never taken seriously because of the all the fame he gained from being a guy who stripped down to his unmentionables to pose for magazines. And who needed to be in shape. A very shapely shape, but never mind me.

Anywho, I liked that there was more to Clay t
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: All Summer Long by Susan Mallery
It was nice to go back to Fool's Gold and visit old friends and meet new ones.
Charlie in collage was raped and no one believed her, even her mom. So Charlie has a hard time even being close to a guy. She wants a family or at least children and does not want to pass on her fear of guys.
Clay wants to be close to his family and get them involved in a business plan for a haycation. Clay has made lots of money with his butt modeling and movie double wor
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It’s my favorite in the series. Both Clay and Charlie are wonderful characters, richly drawn with layers of complexity and genuine likeability. Tomboy Charlie has been an appealing character since she was introduced in the 2011 FG trilogy. She became more appealing as she played a larger secondary role in Summer Days and Summer Nights, and she is a terrific heroine of her own story. She’s smart, delightfully sarcastic, and fiercely loyal to her friends, and in All Summer Long, ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short n Sweet

It was refreshing to read about character where there was a sort of typical gender based role-reversal. On one hand we have Charlie Dixon who is a strong and independent fire-fighter, while on the other hand we have Clay Stryker who is an underwear model, and often objectified for his body.

As a victim of rape, Charlie has never been open to any sort of relationship, much less a physical one. But as an adult she experiences a yearning to have children. She then chooses the non-tradit
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Why read: Requested from NetGalley

What impressed me: The assumed-to-be-dumb underwear model and the tough firefighter, in a complete role reversal that is more difficult that you could ever imagine. I've never been a large fan of Charlie, but I feel like I understand her now. In All Summer Long, Susan Mallery finally explains by Charlie is so uninterested in men and everything starts falling into place. This was perfect plot planning and went a long way to endear Charlie to readers. Clay is some
Linda Walters
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
A pretty good story, although there is a lot of sexual foreplay in the story. Yes, I also realize there is a reason for it beside the usual reasons. I really liked Charlie; she was tough because she had to be. It was not only to protect herself physically (and do her job) but also because she really did have a large, tender heart. That tender heart had been stomped on more than once.
Its been a long time since Clay had been seen as much more than a beautiful man with a really great butt. Charlie
Ok, so I was not expecting to like this book AT ALL. I have liked Charlie since she popped up in the earlier books and I was intrigued by her back story and her skittish with men was well explained by the time she got her own book. But I figured that, in order for Charlie to get her HEA, Mallery was going to add a makeover and a few dresses to get her there. NOT so. In fact, there is no makeup. No makeover. No dresses. Mallery keeps my favorite five foot ten firefighter exactly how she is the en ...more
Jenn Cunha
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Another great book by Susan Mallery. I'm not sure why, but I had pictured Charlie as an older woman every time she's been mentioned in previous books (I think I had confused her with Police Chief Barns in my mind). Clearly, I was wrong because she and Clay are perfect together. Their friendship was really the best part of the book.

Charlie's mother really really really pissed me off and I'm still not entirely sure that I got the closure I wanted with that relationship. I needed Dominique to stop
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