Book Talk Tuesday: Until We Touch

Today, I’m talking about the third in Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold 2014 releases, Until We Touch.

book_june2014This is Jack and Larissa’s story and it’s wonderful!

Jack McGarry is one of the newcomers to Fool’s Gold. His PR firm, SCORE, moved to town a few months ago and he’s enjoyed being part of the community and watching his business partners and friends settle in.

Larissa Owen’s is the firm’s massage therapist (three of SCORE’s four partners are retired NFL players) and Jack’s personal assistant.

The previous books have hinted at Larissa’s connection to the emotionally unavailable Jack and I looked forward to seeing how Mallery would work that out.

Larissa loves a rescue and a cause. She’s often called to help find homes for wayward animals and she directs Jack’s charitable causes, especially transplant patients.

Jack suffered a loss years ago and he’s compensated by not allowing anyone to get too close. So how did Larissa get to him and why didn’t he notice until it was too late?

I found Until We Touch particularly satisfying emotionally. I’ve said before that I didn’t care for Mallery’s heroes penchant for running away before they have their epiphany. Jack definitely retreated, but in a way that made sense to me. Then his epiphany and turn around worked. Also, there was less sex in this one, a plus for me, and the first sex scene didn’t happen until at least two/thirds of the way in, and I have to say I liked it. Not just because these books push my steaminess boundary, but I think the increased tension added to the richness of the story.

The town of Fool’s Gold is not quite as much a character as in past books, but we still get a definite taste for the feeling of community. Mayor Marsha is up to her usual tricks. Several new characters are introduced who will likely be the focus of next summer’s books and I can’t wait. I’m especially looking forward to Bailey and Kenny’s story. I can’t wait to see how Kenny will fold and surrender to the inevitability of love in Fool’s Gold, California.

My recommendation: Two thumbs up!


I received a free copy of Until We Met, in return for a honest review.

Book Talk Tuesday: A Preview

I’m reading several books right now and have slowed down my pace a bit.

Here’s what I’m reading or about to read, both on my Kindle and from a print book.


Havah by Tosca Lee. A first person, fictional (obviously) narrative about Eve, the original “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.” I’m a bit over halfway and enjoying it very much. Tosca Lee is a lovely writer. I’d heard good things about this one and even though it’s not normally something I’d be drawn to, I picked it up on my Kindle. It started a bit slow for me and the prose took some getting used to, but now I’m into the story and looking forward to tonight when I’ll read some more. Even knowing how the story turns out doesn’t dampen my appreciation.

worldWhen Your World Falls Apart by Dr. David Jeremiah. Good and practical for how to journey through the seasons when God shakes up your life and your plans. I’ve loved the chapter on Psalm 121, one of my favorites and one I memorized several years ago.  I lift my eyes to the heavens—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth.


Until We Touch, by Susan Mallery, will round out her summer Fool’s Gold releases. I’m expecting my advance copy of this one any time. It’s probably waiting for me in the mail box right now. I’m looking forward to some more Susan Mallery to read during the hottest summer days.




And finally, I’ve finished an advance copy of Ellen Sussman’s July release, A Wedding in Provence. It’s a lovely story and one I enjoyed. I’ll be sharing my review here very soon.




What are you reading? I’m always looking for new titles to add to my Mount To Be Read stack.