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Before We Kiss

(Fool's Gold #14)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,965 ratings  ·  511 reviews
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
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Tess Summers She does a great job making the book a stand alone. It will make you want to read the others though!

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Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc, kindle

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
Jacob Proffitt
This is fourteenth in a series. Which is a lot. This is second in a new set of friends, though, so you should at least read When We Met first. Other characters from throughout the series crop up, though, so the more background you have the less you'll be wondering who all these people are.

This one continues the current trend of both leads having gobs of negative motivation* and the guy being particularly stupid. It's a real shame because the town is charming (which is quite a trick given how pop
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
This series. As soon as I think I'm over it, I get sucked back in. But I really liked Sam and Dellina in this book and all the rest of this darn town. I'm not too thrilled with the introduction of Shelby and Kip but I get the author is setting us up for future books. Speaking of future books, I already have the next two in this series checked out on my phone because they deal with Jack (LARISSA!) and Kenny (BAILEY AND LITTLE CHLOE!), both of who loved in this book and in the previous once since ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Manda Collins
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
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
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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 accid
Christi Snow
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Kate Vale
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
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
Selena Blake
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I wish I could give this one 3.5 stars. I really liked the heroine but again, as I said in my last review, I'm getting tired of the "I can never trust again" trope and so the hero wasn't quite as much of a win for me.

I did love the set up though. And talk about a way to kill a one night stand! A room full of wedding dresses? Hilarious.

The thing that really bugged me about this book was the sister's relationship. I've read that book. I liked it a whole lot. (4, maybe 4.5 stars a lot) Which makes
Monique Pearson
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These two characters were perfectly matched. And the sex was steamy! I really enjoyed this installment in the series.
Monica Gearhart
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m enjoying the Fools Gold series. Yes, it’s predictable how it’s going to end but I like reading about each couples background. How things began, how things were in their past.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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

Former football-kicker Sam Ridge has terrible luck with women. One ex slept with both of his best friends right under his nose while another published a book, delineating their entire relationship after they broke up. Gaining Sam's trust is not easy, that is, until Dellina Hopkins comes into the picture. Dellina had to step into the parental role after the death of her own parents, meaning she grew up way too fast and had to take care of her sisters. She definitely isn't looking for commitmen
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
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3½ stars

Why I Read this Book: Ever since Sam and his associates from Score PR firm came to Fool’s Gold, I’ve been waiting for each of their books.

What I Liked: The best part of this book was Sam's parents, mainly his mother. She reminded me of Greg’s mother from Meet the Fockers (played by Barbra Streisand), who’s a sex therapist. Every scene that involved Sam’s mother was absolutely hilarious! She had no filter, no respect for personal boundaries, and totally o
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: susan-mallery, 2014
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
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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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May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, free-book-author
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
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
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the steamiest Fool's Gold book yet by Susan Mallery. I'm blushing just thinking about it!

The main character in Before We Kiss, Dellina, is an event planner which I found particularly interesting as it is one of the jobs that I most enjoy. And she is an excellent event planner, on top of everything. Dellina is working with former pro-football player Sam Ridge to plan an event for his company and the sparks do fly and they sizzle!

The secondary stories are quite interesting. I'm fi
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Darlene Torday
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
If you are looking for very detailed sex this is the book for you. I could not get into this story because of too many details. I had the audio version. The romance part of the story was okay but his mother was just too much for me. I was disappointed as have read other books by this author and loved them. I hope her next book is not like this one. Sex might sell but not to this reader. Give me a real romance story with a little sex thrown in not the other way around.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was a sweet romance that makes for a pleasant weekend read. I love the setup of the one-night stand with Sam freaking out and leaving, and then having to ask Dellina for help. I love that Dellina is strong and independent.

Sam's family is ridiculous, and once they appear on the scene, I had a hard time stopping my laughter. Every scene with his mom was hilarious and mortifying. It made the story very amusing.
Carrie Zagzebski
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just love this series. Its like taking a step into the small town it's based on. Susan Mallery does a great job of getting all of the characters from as far back as the first book into each book, even if they just have small supporting roles. I always look forward to the next book in this series :)
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