Best Of My Love
by Susan Mallery
An irresistible new love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold series, set in a town Library Journal calls “so appealing, readers will want to start scoping out real estate.”
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!
“’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 people today. You’re not as bright as my generation.”
“I so want to be her when I grow up. Speaking my mind and ogling younger men. It’s fantastic.”
“‘We heard there was going to be lots of single guys here… We’re into that. Maybe someone will want to have sex with us… Not at the same time. We aren’t comfortable with the idea of a threesome.’ An unexpected conversation, especially when the two women in the question were in their eighties.”
“The condom companies must’ve really loved you. Did you get a Christmas card every year?”
“I’ve seen combat. I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff. Nothing prepared me to watch a doctor slice open my wife’s stomach like a watermelon and pull babies out. They should warn you.”
“We like to think only men are stupid… But dumb is an equal-opportunity employer.”
I smirked and chortled through my second ever Susan Mallery tale – I want to read her entire listing! Best Of My Love was a sweet, humorous, and entertaining friends to lovers story that remained platonic, much to the disbelieve of the entire community, for two-thirds of the book. The storyline was current, relevant, and intriguing, while Ms. Mallery’s writing style was amusing, clever, touching, and well-paced. Her characters were endearing, quirky, and people I would like to know. I remained engaged with the story from start to finish and look forward to a return visit to this quaint community.
Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at