The Book Worm: Review: Best of My Love

Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: Best of My Love

Book Review: Best of My Love, by Susan Mallery


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 Fool's Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the "adventure" in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he's inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby's boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool's Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they're just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: April 2016

Mature content: yes

Review: Best of My Love is the latest book in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold Series. It is a great, entertaining read. Both characters are solid and believable, but it's not getting five stars for just two reasons. 

First, the plot is totally predictable. While that is true in most contemporary romance novels, in this one it is a bit over the top. Besides, while it tries to pass on the idea that men and women can be friends without being romantically involved, it sort of comes out exactly the opposite way, since it is obvious from the start that Aidan and Shelby will end up together. 

And second, the other characters and subplots add too much confusion. While I can't say I've read all the other 20+ books in the series, I did read a few (you can find the reviews by clicking on the author's name in the side bar list) and they worked well as stand alone books. Best of My Love doesn't, not if you want to understand everything that is happening besides Aidan and Shelby's relationship. In places, I felt like I was watching one of those soap operas from the 80s where if you missed one episode you were out of the loop forever. 

That being said, it is still a very pleasant read and a feel good romance, perfect for a lazy spring weekend!

Happy readings,

the book worm, book blog


  1. I think I've heard of the author before but I'm not sure if I've read any of her books. Sometimes I like a nice, predictable romance though - especially for holiday reading! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing over at #FridayFrivolity

    1. Thank you for hosting and for stopping by! You're right, sometimes we need something predicable and uncomplicated to help us relax!


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