Summer Days by Susan Mallery
- ISBN-13: 9780373776832
- Publisher: Harlequin
- Publication date: 5/29/2012
- Pages: 384
- Series: Fool’s Gold Series , #7
- Source: Netgalley
Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to—the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could’ve prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s finding Heidi—and life as a cowboy—much more compelling than he wants to admit.
For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she’s always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won’t give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less wholesome.
As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they’ll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.
Really, I love how Summer Days starts with Rafe stopped on the drive into his childhood home, the last place he thought he would ever return to, by a goat in the road. This sets the tone for the entire story. Rafe’s mother purchased Castle Ranch only to find that the ranch did not belong to the seller, who needed the money to save a friend’s life. Rafe is in Fool’s Gold to be sure that his mother either gets her money back or gets the ranch and gets it now. Heidi is the true owner of the ranch, and runs her own business making soap from goat’s milk. Heidi feels bad that all of this happen but believes that they can work something out, as does Rafe’s mother. The judge orders that they all live on the ranch until they can figure out what can be done. Rafe soon finds that he does not mind Fool’s Gold so much and starts to fall for Heidi. The problem is both of them have ideas for the ranch and are working against each other in this way. It makes for a very interesting and quick paced book despite the fact that life in Fool’s Gold seems to move at a much slower pace.
I love this series! I can’t say enough about the story development and how each story just flows into the next and Susan Mallery always provides you with glimpses into the lives of the previous main characters from the series. I also thing that there are so many different story lines that run at the same times in these books and I think that is what brings me back to them time and again. The writing is always consistent and always leaves me satisfied.