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Hold Me

(Fool's Gold #16)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,743 ratings  ·  560 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's classic blend of lighthearted humor and intense emotional conflict works its magic on two newcomers to the California town of Fool's Gold, which Library Journal calls "a setting so real and appealing readers will want to start scoping out real estate."

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the c
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by HQN Books
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
1 I can't.. I just can't stars

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DNF! I quit! Page 189 and I can't read another damn word! OMG I can't fuckin' do this anymore. I am so fuckin' done! This series has been pure hell.

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I have read over 1000 books in my lifetime and never once have I DNFed a book. I didn't think I had it in me. I have said this before in reviews, but I have OCD. Like diagnosed by a doctor, take Zoloft for it, ocd. When it comes to tv or books. I have to watch or read them all. I have never been able to quit no
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I normally really enjoy Susan Mallery novels. I did not care for this one so much. I found the two lead characters kind of one dimensional and I did not feel the spark between them. I did enjoy the sisters part of the story.
Jacob Proffitt
This is sixteenth in a series. Which is a lot. They aren't getting any better, either. This one is the start of a new grouping, so you don't really need to read the others first. Characters from previous books are very present so you'll do better with back story and it can be fun to see prior couples living their HEA. But it's not necessary.

Maybe I need to give Mallery a rest. This book has both leads sporting flaming piles of negative motivation* of the moronic "bad people claim to have been in
Hold me by Susan Mallery is a 2015 HQN publication.

This book is the sixteenth in Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series. I have not read all the books in the series and have followed it in an erratic fashion, popping in and out from time to time. I picked this one up from my overdrive library hoping to catch up with the series a bit because I signed on to read and review an upcoming release.

Kipling, an Olympian who suffered a career ending accident, is putting his life back together now, and is th
Kristen Anderson
Oct 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I think it is time for this series to end. I didn't care much for this book. there was zero chemistry between the two main characters. the biggest problem I had was that I waited literally for the entire book for this couple to figure it out and be together... and when it finally happened, the book ended. when I say that, I mean there was literally one sentence left in the entire book after they decided to be together. WTF? are you kidding me? ugh. I am so disappointed.
I have been a follower of Ms Mallery for years and have loved this series and look forward to each new one so it pains me to give this such a low rating.....As much as I love catching up with the residents of Fool's Gold I think the time has come for me to say goodbye :((
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Book #16 - and finally Kipling's story - we've been waiting for him to come to town, ever since out Mayor went flying around the world to find him ☺

He's a former Ski-Superstar / Olympic Gold Medal winner ... who's unfortunately had to end his career because of a bad accident - he almost ended up in a wheel-chair :(

But now he's in our favorite town, running the newly formed HERO - Search & Rescue unit.

And Destiny - she's in town for a few months to get the HERO software up and running...and the
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Sweet romance. My only complaint is that there should be a cast of characters & a map in every Fools Gold novel as I can no longer remember who's who. ...more
Janet Robel
I enjoy reading the Fool's Gold series. Love the small-town setting. Destiny and Kipling are solid protagonists. They've both been through a lot. This town and each other may be just what they need for a fresh start.
Christi Snow
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
I've really been looking forward to this book, ever since Susan Mallery introduced Kipling while he was injured in New Zealand. And while it was pretty good, I was hoping for a bit more angst and drama. It just didn't seem to pan out as well as I'd hoped it would with the possibilities of this great story line. But even with that tiny complaint, I did still enjoy this book. Although I was surprised to find that it was really more of Destiny's story rather than Kipling's.

Destiny grew up
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Perhaps I'd think differently if I started Mallery's series with book 1, rather than jumping in at book 16. But to me, the friendly California town of Fool's Gold seemed like my idea of hell on earth. Sharply drawn gender lines (there's a bar for women, and a bar for men, called The Man Cave, ugh!); our new-to-town heroine is immediately invited into the club with the heroines of most of the previous books in the series, and, despite being an introvert loner, strikes up friendships immediately; ...more
I really like the Fool's Gold community, so I always look forward to reading this series. Sometimes when newcomers are added in it leaves thing lacking, but this one didn't do that.

I liked Kipling and Destiny from the start, but it did get a bit old that their issues kept coming up. It seemed like everyone kept saying how Kipling was a fixer and I hated how Destiny kept turning her back on her history. Both things had a big effect on them both. They did work together as a couple if they both ca
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I normally adore Susan Mallery's books, but this one was not my favorite. The whole thing felt pretty rushed and clunky. It skipped around without really going anywhere. I didn't feel like there was really any real romance between Destiny and Kipling, it was more like she was super grateful that he was helping to solve the problems between her and her step-sister because "that's what he does"-- he's a problem solver (and it's not like that was mentioned about 500 times or anything)!

Plus, **SPOIL
Two-haiku review:

She avoids passion
He wants short relationship
Can he convince her?

Each one has issues
Characters well drawn but I
Just didn't feel it
Monique Pearson
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I usually love Susan Mallery fools gold series stories but this one wasn't that good or anything to me.
Nancy Stopper
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the beginning of Hold Me, and my apologies for using a completely overused cliche - Kipling and Destiny have a witty repartee from the very beginning. Kipling is very comfortable in his own skin, and Destiny's outlook on life and love, albeit a bit screwed up, sets the stage for some fun interactions between Kipling and Destiny throughout the book. Both of them have strong feelings about relationships, influenced strongly by their childhoods, but in both cases they have taken it ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Perhaps Fools Gold has finally jumped the shark!

I was incredibly disappointed in this book, especially after Girls of Mischief Bay (Mallery's latest non-Fools Gold book) was so very good.

There was very little to like about either of the main characters. Destiny was kind of a judgmental bitch. I never believed the whole, "music is in me and I have no control" story. She simply lacked any real passion. Sure her parents kind of sucked, but her grandma was great. Life is hard, grow up! Kipling was j
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good beach read, and I actually read it on the beach ;) I really enjoyed the chemistry between Destiny and Kipling. Destiny is the daughter of two mega star singers whose relationship was filled with drama from the start. Her parents split and both divorced and remarried others over and over leaving Destiny with numerous half siblings. She grew up feeling sex was the root of all evil and just doesn't want any part of it nor a deep committed relationship. Enter Kipling, a handsome and ...more
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
HUH?? I am all about the Fool's Gold books and the thing about Fool's Gold is that there are few men in the town. All of a sudden, this book has a ton of men that we have never heard of and every chapter introduces/mentions these men that have appeared out of nowhere. I have read all of the Fool's Gold books in order, so it isn't like I missed a book or something, this one starts and is just very confusing!
Kiki Z
Mar 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Kipling rapes Destiny. There's no way around that. She's drunk. It's rape.

Beyond that they have no chemistry. They're both very messed up people and emotionally stunted. I didn't like Kipling. I found him too annoying. He's a fixer. Not necessarily a bad thing but it's such a big part of the plot it goes start to irritating. We get it. He likes to fix stuff. Stuff that really isn't his business. He's also generally not that interesting of a person. We never really get anything about him.
Blushing Reader
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books-read
3.5 stars. I love this series but something about this book didn't strike the usual chief with me. My favorite parts were guest appearance from secondary characters. While this story wasn't my favorite this is a series I will never tire of.
Ann Lorz
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Like all the rest of the books in the series this one is so good. Mallery knows how to write the characters we love alone with a heart-warming story.
Oh boy, this book is even more of a shitshow than my usual disliked Fool's Gold books are. It's getting two stars (closer to 1.5, really) because there's some nice moments -- Destiny's relationship with Starr, the music, the female friendships, as always -- and because despite itself, it's still fun to read in that easygoing fluffy kind of way. But, uh, everything else? Yikes. YIKES.

On my first read, I was especially horrified by Destiny's insistence that she got a "free pass" from pregnancy her
Swanangel15's Book Review
Hold Me, what does this title say about this book? I have no idea, I just saw that this book was written by +Susan Mallery and I requested it immediately and I was approved. Here is what I learned about Hold Me and F.Y.I the title fits the story.

Destiny Mills is always running away. Except, she does not see it as running away, but as moving on. After growing up with parents who were always on the road, never settling for months on end, and never settling with only one partner, Destiny has learne
Jul 07, 2020 marked it as dnf
Just could not get into this one.
K. Schroeder-Kessler
Aug 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Overall, Susan Mallery has long been one of my favorite romance novel authors, but after this book I may be over her and anything else she writes.

The story is about a skier who has had a terrible accident and the daughter of famous people who does not want what her parents had. They are working together to create the HERO program which will help find people who are lost in the wilderness. Kipling is the manager of the program while Destiny is responsible for implementing the computer software an
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Hold Me is the sixteenth (sixteenth!!!!) installment in Susan Mallery's warm and inviting Fool's Gold series and it is just as fresh and appealing as the novels that proceed it. In this heartwarming addition, it is newcomers Destiny Mills and Kipling Gilmore turn to find their happily ever after.

Destiny, along with her teenage sister Starr, temporarily move to Fool's Gold while Destiny sets up the software for the town's new search and rescue program. Her job requires frequent travel,
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hold Me is the sixteenth book in the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery and she does not disappoint. Fool’s Gold draws you in and makes you just want to stay there forever. Mallery has a real talent in writing her characters that not only makes them likeable, but makes them come to life from page to page.

After a horrible accident ends his professional skiing career, Kipling is still getting used to small town life and it is beginning to really agree with him. He ends up a partner in The Man Ca
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