Review: Only His by Susan Mallery.

Posted October 3, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Rowena’s review of Only His (Fool’s Gold Series, Book 6) by Susan Mallery.

Hero: Tucker Janack
Heroine: Nevada Hendrix

Wedding bells are ringing in Fool’s Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they’ve seen each other naked, but she’ll never forget the way he broke her heart.

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada’s “business only” ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again…or will their past get in the way?

The last of the Hendrix triplet’s gets their happy ending in Only His. This book follows Nevada Hendrix as she goes after a job that she wants, working for a guy that broke her heart. When Nevada was eighteen years old and away at college, her older brother Ethan gave her the name and number of a childhood friend who would show her around and help her if she ever needed it. Nevada wasn’t really planning on using the number but when Ethans asks, she caves and gives him a call. She wasn’t expecting Tucker to remember her or even be excited to see her but when she’s proven wrong on that front, Nevada agrees to meet him and from then on out, she was never the same.

Nevada fell hard for Tucker but he had a girlfriend. He had a girlfriend named Cat who was everything Nevada wasn’t and he was obsessed with her. He had no eyes for Nevada and even though hanging out with him hurt like hell, she couldn’t stop herself from seeing him. When Cat and Tucker break up, Nevada goes to him and Tucker dicks her over and that was the last she saw of him until ten years later when he comes storming back into Fool’s Gold, heading up a job that has Nevada salivating at the mouth for.

The romance between Tucker and Nevada was my absolute favorite part of this book. It was so easy to fall into their story and to be anxious for more from these two. Whether we’re learning about their past or watching them in the present, I enjoyed that part of the book. I loved seeing Tucker going soft on Nevada and seeing Nevada fight her attraction for Tucker. I loved how up front Tucker was about his attraction to Nevada and the way that he went after her was so freaking sexy.

My issues with this book was all of the corniness from the other people in this book. Will and Jo’s secondary romance left a lot to be desired from me. I wanted to like it but it was just okay. Will’s reaction to Jo’s confession had me rolling my eyes down the street. I thought it was so dumb and then every time they talked to each other, I could see the cheese oozing from their mouths. It was like that with everyone in this series and it makes me sad because I think I’m done with this series after this one. I don’t think I can take anymore of this happy, happy, joy, joy crap that’s going around Fool’s Gold.

The whole Cat and the giant vagina thing was another thing that I didn’t feel added anything to the story. It could have been left out and I probably would have enjoyed the story more. Cat’s part in this book should have been small and making her have lesbian feelings for Nevada did nothing but make me think, “WTF?” over and over again.

My issues weren’t with the main romance between Tucker and Nevada. I adored the two of them and watching them grow to love each other. It was all the other stuff going on around that made me want to throw up because there was just too much. All these pregnancies, all of these engagements and then the triple wedding? It was just too freaking much and even though I knew the triple wedding was coming (because how could you not?), I knew that I was done with this series. I know that there are more books in the work because there’s Charlie, Annabelle and Heidi wanting their own men and I don’t think I can sit through more cheesiness.

I think I enjoy my small town romances in threes. This series hooked me with six but I think I’m done with this series for now. I spent most of this book, rolling my eyes and complaining to Ames and Izzy. I mean, I know that eventually everyone gets married and what not but why can’t a happy for now ending be okay from time to time? Especially if the couple isn’t even the main couple. I know that we got that with Denise and Max but still, it didn’t feel the same.

The romance between Tucker and Nevada was great, it was everything I hoped for Nevada and Tucker was everything I was excited for and I’m glad that I got to know him. He was one of those sexy heroes that I adore and while he made some bonehead moves at the end, I still loved him.

Overall, the romance was great but the rest that came with it- I could have done without so for the romance alone, I’m giving this book the grade that I’m giving it.

Grade: 3 out of 5.

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This book is available from Harlequin. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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