An irresistible new love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of theFool's Gold series, set in a town Library Journal calls “so appealing, readers will wantto start scoping out real estate.”
To overcome her painful past, baker ShelbyGilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince herstubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool's Gold willthe petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?
Dark, charmingAidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and intothe beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he's inadvertently becomethat 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 sohe can change his ways and win back his self-respect.
As Aidan and Shelby explorethe secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool's Gold rumormill. If no one will believe they're just friends, maybe they should give the gossipssomething to really talk about!
Mallery returns to the tiny mountain town of Fool's Gold, Calif., in the 20th and final book in her contemporary Fool's Gold series (after Marry Me at Christmas). Shelby Gilmore followed her ski racer brother, Kipling, to town, and bought into the local bakery. After her abusive upbringing, men terrify her. Town playboy Aidan Mitchell will sleep with any woman who comes through town, but only if she's a tourist. When the two team up as friends without benefits to overcome their fears Shelby's belief that intimacy means abuse, and Aidan's belief that commitment means pain and extreme self-sacrifice neither expects the arrangement to turn into a true romance. Even as they try to insist that they're only friends, it's obvious to everyone else both fictional characters and readers that they'll end up together. Mallery spins such an appealing town in Fool's Gold that readers will want to move in, or at least return for many visits. Even though the ending is eminently predictable, this expertly characterized tale has heart and soul.