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Two of a Kind

(Fool's Gold #11)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  8,855 ratings  ·  544 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery welcomes readers back to Fool's Gold, where a one-time fling could become the real thing...

Felicia Swift never dreamed she'd hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool's Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away...on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her fr
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Published June 25th 2013 by Harlequin
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Jacob Proffitt
This is eleventh(!) in a series and other couples are scattered throughout this story. You don't need to have read them for this to make sense, I don't think. But it helps understand the background and to be less annoyed by all the happy family dynamics on display.

Oh my gosh is this awful on so many levels! Felicia is a poorly thought-out stereotype and Gideon isn't even that good. Here's a clue for authors: smart people are socially awkward for one of two reasons. They are on the autism spectru
Sharon Redfern
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a hoot! Felicia has come to Fool’s Gold to help set up the headquarters for her friend’s bodyguard school. Felicia is an interesting lady. She grew up as a child prodigy in a situation where she was younger, smarter, and more naïve than everyone around her. She joined the military to be independent and found she had a knack for logistics. Three of her ex- military buddies, Justice, Ford and Angel, have started the new business and she is handling the initial work for them. Her goal ...more
Jennifer Brown
Feb 28, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and was happy to visit the town again. The romance moved quickly and didn't feel like it had too many snags. Overall a nice romance that I'd recommend to others. ...more
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Review copy provided via NetGalley

Why I Read this Book: I’m going to be honest, I was apprehensive about reading Two of a Kind because Felicia did not rub me the right way when her character was introduced in Just One Kiss. I was sort of hoping I’d have at least one more book until I got Felicia’s book, to get more acclimated to her, but as it were, her book was next.

What I Liked: For me, Two of a Kind was all about the secondary characters. I heart Consuelo; she is one kick ass chick. She’s one
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this small community and the characters who flow in and out as each couple finds their HEA.
Jacqueline J
Sweet read. The stories set in Fool's Gold are quite saccharine. Of course since this is not my first trip to this town I wasn't surprised. The people there are really unbelievably nice and supportive etc. Still I did enjoy the heroine who was written as firmly on the Asperger's spectrum. She was brilliant but extremely socially awkward. Since usually if that comes up in a novel it is typically the man with these issues it was interesting to read this switch. Ultimately pleasant but I couldn't t ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love having a visit back to Fool's Gold. I really loved this book!! You can jump right into the storyline and you feel as though you are visiting old friends. Felicia, the main character, is new to town and wants to fit in. Due to a different childhood and her over the top brilliance, she has a hard time trying to fit in. Because the town is made up of such nice people, she is taken in right away. Her biggest problem is with love. She has a history with Gideon and needs to see if they can star ...more
This is absolutely my favorite book in the series! I love Felicia!!!!
Two of a Kind
3.5 Stars

Frightfully intelligent yet socially awkward, Felicity Swift is a newcomer to Fool's Gold. So imagine her surprise upon learning that the man with whom she spent one explosive night in Thailand is the new owner of the local radio station. Suffering from PTSD after spending two years in captivity, former special forces operative, Gideon Boylan, is looking for some much-deserved peace and quiet. The last thing he wants or needs is a woman in his life, but he just can't seem t
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent visit to Fool's Gold. Felicia has come to town to help her friends get their bodyguard school up and running. She is amazingly intelligent but socially awkward and is looking for a little "normal" in her life. Gideon came to Fool's Gold a year ago and bought two radio stations where he is basically hiding out. Four years ago they had had an incredible night together. They are still attracted to each other but want totally different things - Felicia wants a family and Gideon wan ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Let me just state, I am a hard-core Susan Mallery fan and by no means do I mean for my review to deter anyone from trying this book. This is just my humble opinion on one book, and I highly urge anyone to try her books if you haven't read her before and if you have than you already know that Susan can rock an amazing story.

However, with that said, this book didn't work for me. Hmm, I really wanted to give Two of a Kind a higher rating, but this is the first Fools Gold book I couldn't quite get
Felicia Swift, having grown up on a university campus away from her parents, has a scarily impressive IQ but lacks the social skills she deems necessary to achieve a 'normal life.' When she is personally offered a job in Fool's Gold, she hopes it is a step in the right direction toward her ultimate goal - to fit in, get married, and have a real family. Two years in a taliban prison, where he was tortured and forced to watch his fellow soldiers die, has taught Gideon Boylan that to love is to be ...more
Kathy Martin
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mallery is back with another excellent entry into her Fool's Gold series. I laughed and I cried and loved this "feel-good" romance.

Felicia has always been a misfit. She is a genius who was given up by her parents when she was four and raised in a university laboratory setting. She became an emancipated minor when in her early teens and faked her age to join the Army when she was sixteen. She is a genius at logistics and worked with Special Ops teams whose members became her substitute family. No
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-supplied
Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery. A charming, often funny story from Fool's Gold, CA, a fictitious small town that I would love to visit. Everyone there is kind, sharing, and caring with and about each other.
This is Felicia Swift's story. She is extremely smart and because of her upbringing, doesn't truly understand conversational dynamics. She wants to be "normal". This story tells of the growth of her people skills and throughout the story, as she learns the nuances of everyday life, and express
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book 17 stars. Seriously, LOVE this series, and Felicia might be my favorite character ever!! Can't wait for the next Fool's Gold book!! ...more
Monique Pearson
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Felicia is so much like someone I love. Too smart to blend with everyone else, but exactly the special mix needed to make things always a little better. It takes a special person to love someone like that and appreciate them. This story really touched me.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of this book. The story took a weird turn halfway through, and I after that I lost interest in this book. There is a happy ending, though.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one! Loved Felicia, she was so funnily awkward and direct. Just love this entire series!
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, read-in-2013
Full review posted here:

I was so excited to read Felicia’s story, because I loved that her character was so incredible smart, and more than a little socially awkward. She reminded me of the character TV character Bones.

Felicia didn’t think she would stick around in Fool’s Gold after helping to set up her friend’s business, but when she runs into her first flame, Gideon, and then begin seeing each other once again, the pull of the town is too much for Feli
Reviewed for: Lets Get Romantical

Definitely one of my favorite books of the series! This book was all about Felicia! It was impossible not to love her. She is quirky, caring, social awkward and just so giving. All she wants is to be normal but her upbringing and her intelligence make that impossible. In Fools Gold she is finally finding her footing. She is making friends that don’t seem to mind that she is the smartest person on the room and that sometimes she goes off on random tangents why ove
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the 12th book in the Fool's Gold series and it is the second book released in the newest trilogy from Mallery. In the last book we were introduced to Justice Garrett who was bringing some of his military friends to Fool's Gold to open up a bodyguard business. Felicia is one of those friends. She used to be in a special branch of the military running the logistics because she is a super genius. Felicia followed Justice To Fools Gold to help him set up his new company but now her goal is j ...more
Another great book. Loved it!

TWO OF A KIND was great! This series really is getting better and better. Gideon and Felicia were so unique that they were fun to read about.

I liked what happened in this book. I enjoyed it all and was never bored. Things flowed well and even had a few surprises thrown in.


Gideon was such a deep character. He was the sole survivor of being held and tortured for nearly two years. He was written off by so many and now he lives his life in solitude. He be
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

You know, I almost can't put these books in the "realistic fiction" shelf because everything in Fools Gold seems to be covered in rainbows and sparkles and unicorns. This time around we've got Felicia and Gideon, two former military operatives trying to find their place in Fools Gold. Felicia, with her background in planning military operations and movements, has settled into the job of town event manager and seems genuinely thrilled to be living a normal, civilian life.
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, earc
The Fools Gold series continues with Two of a Kind the story of Felicia Swift and Gideon Boylan. Gideon we met a while back and Felicia more recently. Both have issues with their past. Felicia is pretty much a genius but was left at the age of 4 by her parents with a college because they couldn't handle her. Raised at the college and taken care of my professors she was smarter than most of them but didn't learn how to socialize for her age and so grew up being a little on the odd side in some wa ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I want to be BFF's with Felicia. I really liked what we saw of her in the last book, her straight forward manner, her awkward social interactions, and how she realized that she had both of these issues. Felicia had the potential to grate on my last sane nerve, instead I love her!

I really enjoyed Felicia with her new friends and how proud she is to have them. The other ladies seem to get Felicia and roll with her oddities and find ways for them to help out. I had an inkling from the last book tha
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Two of a Kind is the most recent book in the Fool’s Gold series. For those not familiar with the series Fool’s Gold is a town California. It is in the hills where gold was once discovered but here there was only Fool’s Gold.

Characters: Felicia Swift and Gideon Boylan are the two main characters in this story. Felicia is a very smart woman who just wants to be normal. She is a great character who is very honest, does not really understand small talk and has some great lines in the book. She offer
Suzanne Barrett
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Four years earlier, logistics expert Felicia Swift had a one-time fling with a Black Ops soldier. Now she's in Fool's Gold, helping her former crew set up the logistics for a bodyguard training school. Following this, she wants out. Felicia wants a normal life with a picket fenced house, a loving non-military husband and the requisite children. Imagine her shock when the low, sexy voice of a local disk jockey is none other than the man to whom she willingly lost her virginity in Thailand.

Kelly Oakes
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
I really enjoyed the characters in this novels. Ms. Mallery sets a beautiful back drop in Fool's Gold for this romance to take place. Our Heroine is quirky, yet blunt; Straight forward, overly organized; and a genius, but completely and utterly awkward.
Her complicated childhood has led her to Fools Gold, trying to find a place to belong; to have a family and friends. Felicia Swift was never the dating type; well anything type...other then smart. So when she decided it was time to finally lose he
Gwen Larson
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brava, Susan Mallery!

Felicia Swift is THE best character Susan Mallery has written! Described as “freakishly smart,” Felicia just wants to be normal — with girlfriends, roots and finding the man of her dreams who will give her a happily ever after.

I cannot imagine the work it took Mallery to write for Felicia, who routinely offers more information than the conversation requires and struggles with English colloquialisms.

Two of a Kind is a delightful romance that reunites Felicia with Gideon Boyla
Shan ~A~
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only my second book in this series, the first being Just One Kiss(Book #10), and I definitely like this one more than the first.

I think that my first time in Fool's Gold was a little tainted because there were a lot of question, seeming as though this was an established series. Had I read just one book before that I would have had a better understanding of what the town of Fool's Gold was all about.

Now having a little perspective this time I was much better able to appreciate the cast o
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