Harlequin HQN, Jul 28 2015, $7.99
Ten years ago, Maya Farlow ended her engagement to Del Mitchell because of her relationship doubts and anxieties in spite of her love for him. She left Fool’s Gold, California to attend college, breaking two hearts.
Mayor Marsha hires Maya to be the town’s communications chief. Her biggest problem is controlling local cable superstars Eddie and Gladys until Madam Mayor assigns her to work with celebrity extreme sports guru Del on creating promotional videos based on the theme that Fool’s Gold is “The Destination for Romance”. Working together, Maya and Del know they still love one another, but both remain reluctant to risk rejection.
Even as several key support characters act as expected (not surprising after twenty books), the final romance in the latest Fool’s Gold trilogy (see Kiss Me and Hold Me) is a delightful contemporary that also seems to act as a bridge to start a new series starring the hero’s siblings. This is a wonderful second chance at love romance predominantly because Maya and Del have matured and changed since their failed first time.