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Best of My Love

(Fool's Gold #20)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,921 ratings  ·  563 reviews
The final chapter in the Fool's Gold series, it can't be missed!

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Susan Mallery, read what reviewers are calling the biggest romance of this summer!

To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Foo
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by HQN Books
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Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Imagine a second-wave feminist writing a romance novel, but set it in contemporary times, and you'll have BEST OF MY LOVE. Shelby Gilmore, traumatized by an abusive father, still has difficulty trusting men, and ends up picking all the wrong ones as romantic partners. To try and wean herself of this bad habit, Shelby decides she needs to be friends with a guy, something she's never done before. So she asks local manwhore Aidan Mitchell (who is suffering from embarrassment after one of his one-ni ...more
3.5 stars probably but I rounded it down because I wasn't too fond of the way the gender lines were so drawn in this book. There are "man" things and there are "women" things and they can not overlap! The two main characters weren't too bad though, although the plot was predicable as all of these novels are. I do believe this is the last novel of this series (after 20 and a bunch of novellas!) and she will be doing a spin off series in a town call "Happily Inc" (yupp, real name). Not sure if I w ...more
The Best of My Love by Susan Mallery is a 2016 HQN publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The last book in this series I read was kind of lukewarm, but I realize any long running series will have a ‘one off’ from time to time, so I was confident the next book I picked up would be back on track.

I did worry at first, though, when the first half of the book seemed to repeat the “We are just friends” mantra over and over agai
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Best of my Love is the perfect read if you're looking for a slow building low drama romance. It was a lovely time as Shelby and Aiden start up a bit of an experiment--strangers spending time together and becoming friends. No romance involved. That's right. No naughty bits shall meet and become friendly like. Just two people--who happen to be a female and a male-- getting to know each other, hanging out, and hopefully getting
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
Whenever I am looking for a feel good romance, I turn to authors like Susan Mallery. Her stories that take place in Fool’s Gold have never failed me and this one was no different. While there were some things that bugged me, I know that those things come with these kinds of books. The things I didn’t like included how unrealistic it is that a small town would have multiple ex-NFL players, country stars, ex-Olympic athletes, etc and that these stories are so predictable. But the predictability is ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This one was a lot of fun.

I loved Shelby and Aiden and the deal that they made. The idea of having girl nights and boy nights was hilarious and effective. It really showed how each of them grew as the story progressed. I loved that he painted her toes and she played poker. I especially loved how they reversed the roles when the big break up inevitably happened.

My only complaint is that I would have liked more of the HEA. The ending was fabulous, but I really wanted more of a future-t
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. This may be my favorite out of the series because it was emotional, fun, and definitely different than the others. Aidan and Shelby are two people who are determined to make changes in their lives. Aidan is a good-looking charmer of a guy, with a reputation as a ladies' man. Then he is confronted with the realization that he doesn't like the man he has become. He's determined to avoid women for a while until he can find a way to earn back his self-respect. Shelby is an attractive ...more
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

With the new upcoming series I knew I needed to get caught up on the Fool's Gold series, especially this book since it's Aidan's brothers that start the new series.

One of the things I love about Susan Mallery and the books that she writes is how comfortable they are. I know that sounds weird, but that's kinda how I feel.

I think it has something to do with how well she establishes her characters. You really feel li
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Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I have said other books in this series have been my favorite and while that is true I have to say this might be my most favorite one to date. Mallery is back with another fantastic addition to the Fools Gold series!

Shelby came to Fools Gold 2 years ago after her mother passed away from cancer and her father was sent to prison for being abusive. Now she has a new life filled with great friends, a career on the rise and town that she loves. The only thing missing is love and trust from som
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, series, 2016
I loved every page of this latest novel from Susan Mallery. I couldn't put it down from the first page until the very last. I just noticed on Goodreads that it's listed as "the final chapter" in her Fool's Gold series. Say it ain't so! This is my favorite romance series and it will be dearly missed if it really is over. Maybe it's time to start back at the beginning and fall in love all over again... ...more
Mary McFarlane
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I loved this! How they did the boy girl thing and then towards the end how the girls took care of Aidan and the guys took care of Shelby. I was kind of hoping that we would get a preview of the next book, I mean I hope there is another book coming, maybe the Mitchell boys move back? I need more fools gold
Alicia Thompson
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
ABookishRainbowSanctuary Nat
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*sigh* I realised it's been a while since I've read a sweet romance like this, and boy have I missed them! Could I predict where this story line was going? Yes. Did I care? No. And you know why? Because I loved sharing the journey they took to get there. I really enjoyed Shelby's troubled past, it was very authentic because domestic abuse is high. There would be many readers who'd experienced it themselves, or know someone who has gone through it, and can therefore identify. And for a reader, be ...more
Verity W
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Urgh. As disappointing as I feared but with added cameos from pretty much everyone who has ever featured in this series ever. And didn’t love the couple at the centre of it either.
DJ Sakata
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Favorite Quotes:

“'Do those have a lot of butter?' the eighty-something woman asked, pointing at a sugar cookie that had been dipped in chocolate. 'My doctor told me to watch my cholesterol. I told him I'm too old and he can watch it for me. Now I'm feeling defiant, so I want cookies with butter and later I'll have a steak."

"You should wear tighter clothes... You've got the goods. Let's see them. Share the bounty. Take off your shirt once in a while. Put on tighter shorts... Young pe
After 20 books in a series you know what to expect when you pick up a new book. But this one had a great twist, not romance but friendship. I honestly didn't think things would work out as well as they did, that Aidan and Shelby they would have enough in common to be friends. What I think helped them out is that they were honest and actually talked about things important to them and that they did boy/girl events to show the other one how things usually went with their gender. I thought it was ea ...more
Aliaa El-Nashar
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
November 2020:

Okay so, in a way better than most in the series. Absolutely hilarious at times. But as much as I liked the idea of the woman finally running not the man, it was very badly done. Especially because of how serious the trust issues Shelby has, it was horrendously handled. Just... no. Very annoying.
On the bright side, Aiden was epic in his girly moments. Just not as a whole.

February 2016:
I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would initially. The story was quirky, hilarious,
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I was a little iffy about this in the beginning. The premise that you need to set up some "experiment" to be friends with a member of the opposite sex was kind of silly to me. I also thought setting up a time limit for that friendship was odd. But once I got past that, I did really end up liking the relationship between Aiden and Shelby. I wish there would have been a little more Just Friends time before they started to fall for eachother, though. However, I did really like that they ...more
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Best of My Love (Fool's Gold #20)
by Susan Mallery

Arc was received for an honest review, Reviewed by Ang from PNR Book Lover Reviews

EEEk I was so excited to receive this one, I have been a Susan Mallory for so many years.

I used to hire her books from the library, so to get this book which is like the 20th Fools Gold story was so cool.

Shelby and Aidan were so fun to read about, I adore these to I enjoyed there chemistry and the reason for why they wanted to be friends first and foremost.

The plot,
I liked the characters and there really are a lot of them in this book. However, the plot felt too simple for my tastes. While I can appreciate simple plots, it at least has to have some in-depth sketch of its characters, I felt that too is missing. But it's good for a simple holiday read or if you only want a plain romance plot. ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love visiting Fool's Gold, even for the twentieth time plus. Once again we catch up with old friends and get to know Shelby and Aidan better. Shelby needs a male friend for the next six months to help her overcome her trust issues of men, so she picks Aidan, who is well known to the females. This friendship will include NO Sex! Love it!!! You will be cheering them on and laughing along with them, as they make their journey. I believe all relationships need to have friendship as a basis to a go ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun read in the Fool's Gold series. This is Aiden and Shelby's story. Shelby was abused as a teenager by her father, beaten badly, and has trust issues with men. Aiden's father is a gifted artist who in his own way is verbally abusive. They form a bond. In spite of their backgrounds, I found myself laughing out loud from time to time. As always, I enjoyed going back to Fool's Gold for a visit and finding out what old friends have been up to. Great weekend read. ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
Definitely my favorite of the Fool's Gold series. LOL funny. ...more
Ohhhhh boy, I don't think I've ever read a book I had such strongly split feelings on. Part of me is desperate to round this up even one more star because the love story is so, so good-- and part of me wants to give it ONE STAR for the ABSOLUTELY HORRENDOUS GENDER POLITICS. I'M SO GODDAMN TORN! So I'm settling on three stars, and I'll let the two aspects fight them out below, ha.

First, let's talk about what I loved, because a lot of Aidan and Shelby's relationship is really, really good. It's a
Nicole Coxon
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the last book in a 20 book series, Fools Gold, (and of course I read it first) it’s about Shelby and Aiden learning to love, trust and respect a member of the opposite sex.

Super cute, sweet and fluffy!!! Too bad I read this one first. Now I need to go back and start at the beginning and get everyone else’s story.

It does have one more graphic sex scene but only one it’s just too sweet for more. Lol.
This was a nice read. It was a connection to her new series. The brother from this one was in that one. I thought that was nice. It was nothing different that most of the contemporary books out there but it was still nice. I was glad that everything worked out. I will probably go back and read the rest of the series from the beginning. Thankfully each book is about a different couple. So it won't screw me up. ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
love the humor that was mixed in
Monique Pearson
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it was great! Yes it was moving. Yes, it had valuable lessons about love and friendship. But I looked and this series is almost over. I don't want it to be over!! ...more
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Fool's Gold series is on book twenty with novellas thrown in here and there and it still doesn't falter or get old but continues to hold its own and to even get better! This book is Shelby and Aidan's story and took me totally by surprise. Both of them have trust issues from how they grew up and their family dynamics. Shelby has her brother, Kipling, who was always there to save her when he could. Aidan has four brothers who were always there for each other and still are. Neither Shelby or A ...more
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