Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

August 29th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Giveaway, Review 86 Comments

29th Aug

Today I am excited to be a part of the BookTrib tour for Three Little Words by Susan Mallery. Grab a cup of mocha coffee, sit back and enjoy my review of this sweet and romantic contemporary romance and then enter to win an awesome Bridal Kit filled with lots of wonderful beauty products and a copy of Three Little Words!

 

Three Little Words
Three Little Words
by Susan Mallery
Series:Fool’s Gold #12
Publisher: Harliquin
Publication date: July 30, 2013
Source: tour
Purchase: Amazon


Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again…. Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same…

I was a little apprehensive going into Three Little Words by Susan Mallery as it is the twelfth book in a series, but just as promised this delightful romance worked perfectly as a standalone. Three word review: small-town, charming, and romantic.

Isabel Carlisle hasn’t had much luck when it comes to romance. As a teen she had a huge crush on Ford Hendrix her sister’s boyfriend. When he joined the military she wrote him letters and he never once responded. Now her husband has left her for another man! I mean how sad is that? So Isabel once again finds herself back in her hometown and handling the affairs at her parent’s bridal shop. She plans out her life as she works when suddenly her plans are turned upside down. Ford is back in town and sexier than ever and Isabel is feeling fourteen and awkward again. The tale that unfolds is sweet, hot and oh so romantic as these two tango!

Ah, how so many of us will be able to relate to Isabel, especially as a teen. She was awkward, shy, a little chubby and madly in love with her sister’s beau. She is down to earth, has a witty personality and you just identify with her and want her to get her HEA. Ford is smexy, a military man; some may say a ladies’ man and he is a little nervous about returning home. I loved the banter between these two, while there is a physical attraction this was a friendship to romance courtship. We meet other characters, deal with Ford’s marriage minded mama and sink into the small town charm.

I adore pretend relationship troupes and Mallery made this convincing. The sparks, banter and personalities of the characters allowed me to slip right into the tale. I laughed, grinned, and giggled my way through this. Isabel was truly delightful, I do however wish Mallery peeled back Ford’s layers a little more but as a couple they felt genuine. Seeing them work out issues, have personal growth and form a bond was deliciously romantic. I enjoyed this so much, that I picked up Chasing Perfect the first book in the series, I want to meet all of the characters in Fool’s Gold , California.

Fans of small-town romances will enjoy Three Little Words and this delightful couple.

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86 Responses to “Three Little Words by Susan Mallery”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have read other books/series by her, so I am glad it worked as a standalone

  1. kindlemom1

    I have loved every book by her I have read but I know what you mean about series with a huge book list, sometimes they lose something over time and just aren’t as good as you would like them to be. I am so glad this isn’t one of those series and I do love how they all can be read as a stand alone, I think that really helps.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I agree Ali, it keeps things fresh when they work that way, and this was sweet.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I consider myself practical in the real world, and a hopeless romantic when submersed in my novels!

  2. Nick

    I have read one book by her and I remember enjoying it very much. I love romances where the heroine has a crush on the guy since a long time, but the crush only develops into a romantic relationship after a long time. I can tell I’m going to enjoy the romance between these two, especially since they seem to have great banter as well.
    Also, the main character sounds very relatable and loving. And I love a good military man too! They are very attractive.
    I’ll be sure to check this one out, Kim!
    Fantastic review! 🙂
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  3. Jessica R

    I am a romantic. <3
    We just celebrated our 12 year anniversary… he did well 😉

  4. Tanja

    I haven’t heard of this book but it sounds like a sweet read to me. Even too sweet for my taste but still we all need that kind of book from time to time. Once when I get overwhelmed with my classes I might enjoy this one 🙂 Great review 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like that in a series, especially this type. Thanks again for letting me know, you have no idea how much I appreciate that.

  5. Em Ma

    I’m definitely a romantic. So hoping to win this wonderful prize for my romance filled wedding this fall.

  6. Carolyn Valdez

    I am very much a romantic. I also love to read all kinds of romance stories.

  7. Candace

    You know, I thought I was suppose to be part of this tour but I never did hear back or receive my book. Oh well. I’m glad you enjoyed it, it sounds really lovely! I love small town stories!

    And yes, I’m a romantic! At least when it comes to my stories. 🙂

  8. Lark

    Good review, Kimba! I’m glad you enjoyed this one, and I think you’ll like the series (not that I’ve read that many of them yet, myself!) We’re on the same page regarding Ford; I wish Mallery had explored the depth that she hinted at — especially vis-a-vis how his war experience affected him. But it is an enjoyable tale anyway, and Isabel is a heroine I can relate to!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am never drinking coffee again when reading your comments..you are so funny and snarky lately…why kind of meds do they have you on? hehehe 🙂

  9. Jackie

    I am TOO MUCH OF A ROMANTIC! I fall in love so easily! It can be a problem, but at the same time, it will be perfect for when I find my soulmate! 🙂 Susan Mallery is fabulous 🙂

  10. Braine Talk Supe

    Yes, unfortunately I am a hopeless romantic and sometimes that’s the reason why I get in trouble. My expectations are this high and I know it’s ridiculous sometimes. What can I do? I’ve met a lot of perfect men in books real guys can’t live up to them.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Don’t give up, when the right one comes along your romantic side will think his flaws are sweet 🙂

  11. Lorelei

    Yes! I’m a true romantic. Thanks for the review and the chance to win! Susan Mallery is a favorite and her Fools Gold series is great!

  12. Maida

    I have heard so much about this series and honestly the only reason I’m not picking it up yet is cause there are so many books in the series. I don’t mind that, but I just know that if I even remotely enjoy the first book I am going to purchase all the other books in the series right away (I just don’t like reading books out of a series even if they can be read as a standalone.!) But I love the sound of the characters here, and I love that its a love story. It really does sound fun and enjoyable! Glad you also enjoyed this Kim! Lovely review! 😀

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Maida, I was delighted each of these work as a standalone, but like you prefer to read them in order 🙂

  13. Adriana

    I get a little nervous when the love interest is described as sexy. I don’t know why just some bad experiences with NA books. But, this one looks sweet. It also helps that they start out friends. I”m also really curious if he kept the letters or it helped him or what because that would be completely adorable <3
    I think this is a series me, my mom, and aunts will enjoy. They especially oerly romantic stories but I'm a sucker for them also (; Lovely review.
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  14. Chelsea K.

    I like to think that I am a bit of a romantic but I am not sure since I do not have much real life experience in relationships. Congrats on the new book, this seems like a great series!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Chelsea, experience will come, and I like to think we all have some degree of “romantic tendencies” living within each of us.

  15. Belle Read

    This sounds like a series that I would enjoy. I love when you can jump in to a book within a series without having to read the previous installments. The only drawback to that can be some repetitiveness while the author catches us up for fans who have read the others in the series.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      No, I think each book here is about one couple, and you meet others, you just don’t know them as well.

  16. Leanna

    Even though I love reading romance books I generally do not like romsntic over the top things. I hste it ehen guys write poetry or sin/play guitors for thrir eomen.

  17. Kimberly

    I wish I could enter the giveaway but good luck to those who enter. I’ve got the first book of the series on my tbr list after seeing her books around for years. I’ve heard they remind people of the Virgin River series which I love. Great review!

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