Saturday, June 1, 2013

Just One Kiss-Susan Mallery

Just One Kiss

Susan Mallery

Harlequin HQN, May 28 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777600

In Fool’s Gold, California fourteen year old Patience McGraw and sixteen year old Justice Garrett are friends though both want more. Instead he vanishes and all traces that he lived in Fool’s Gold disappear with him.

Fifteen years later, Justice returned to town as a bodyguard to a ballet dancer. He visits Patience at Chez Julia, the hair salon where she works. Over coffee, he explains his father Bart Hanson, Sr. was a career criminal who killed people while robbing them. Justice testified against his dad and was in the Witness Protection Program when he was forced to relocate; he conceals from her that he believes his father killed his mother. In the personal protection business, Justice and his partners plan to open up an academy in town. She introduces him to her ten years old daughter Lillie. As they fall in love, he knows he is not spousal or daddy material and she expects him to abandon her and Lillie; while his father continues his hunt.

Though the latest Fool’s Gold romance starts a bit slower than usual, fans will enjoy this second chance at love entry as the male lead’s childhood has him doubting that he deserves the love of a family. Readers will enjoy the heroine living up to her name when it comes to the love of her life as Justice must defeat his demonic dad emotionally as much as in person.

Harriet Klausner

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