Review: Summer Days by Susan Mallery

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Summer Days by Susan Mallery

3 Stars

The town of Fool’s Gold has gotten itself some cowboys, y’all!

Rafe Stryker is one of those men who are so much more than meets the eye. I mean, sure, the eyes see this tall, dark, and handsome man, but he also comes off as grumpy and cold. Discovering the many layers to Rafe was a delight. He surprised me and I didn’t think I’d love him as much as I did. I liked that he was determined to show everyone that he was not what he seemed to portray. Maybe he just wanted to prove us wrong, which would prove he always has to come out on top.

Now Heidi I already liked. The girl with the goats who lives on a mountain with her grandpa had already been introduced to us in previous Fool’s Gold books, so liking her was not a problem. If I lived in Fool’s Gold though, I’d probably be wearing my Team Rafe button. Sorry, Heidi! But Rafe was totally in the right in this situation. Her grandpa did swindle money from his mom and all. I anything, I felt Heidi should’ve been a lot angrier at her grandfather!

With that being said, I did enjoy Summer Days overall. It had that same Fool’s Gold quirk and charm. I’m really intrigued to see what the other Stryker brothers have in store for us. While this book is part of the Fool’s Gold series, and some characters we love do make appearances, you could completely jump into it and not be lost or feel like it’s missing something. So, if you’ve been thinking of trying out this series but don’t want to read the first six (which I suggest you do because I love them), here’s your chance!

Book Info

Summer Days by Susan Mallery
Series: Fool’s Gold #7
Published by HQN
Pub Date: May 29th 2012
Pages: 378
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
Buy the book! | Goodreads

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns with a new Fool’s Gold trilogy featuring three rugged cowboys who will find love in the unlikeliest of places….

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.

About Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

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

Jess @ Gone with the Words

12 Responses to “Review: Summer Days by Susan Mallery”

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    I love Cowboys and am so glad that Fool’s Gold has some hunky ones :) I agree that Heidi let her Grandpa off easily, but then again I have never had just one person be my whole family. I loved Summer Days and know that the rest of Summer series is going to be awesome, too!

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    LOVE your cover photo!! I agree… Team Rafe was right. Heidi’s grandfather did swindle the money. I don’t know how I’d react to try and save my only living relative who’d raised me and try to save my farm at the same time. It would have to be a tough place to be. Though, I loved it that Fool’s Gold citizens rallied around Heidi and her grandfather. What a great series! I can’t wait to read Shane and Chad’s story!!

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    As always? I agree with you entirely!! I loved Heidi, I love Fool’s Gold, I love Susan Mallery. But my button definitely says Team Rafe!! I was a bit shocked by the whole story line, but I loved the book none the less. (Summer Nights?? Was even better though!!) 
    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    Kendra O

     Susan’s Fool’s Gold series is my absolute favorite. Not only do you wish
    the town and characters were real, you feel like it all is. Susan goes
    above and beyond other authors by giving us updates between the stories
    and after the HEA through her website
    I really enjoyed Rafe and Heidi’s story. Their love bloomed gradually
    and they were both really real characters. I look forward to reading
    more about our favorite fictional town this summer

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    I read this book in one sitting, it was that good.  Although the Fool’s Gold series has kept us on our toes over the past few years, this one makes you want to settle in and just absorb it.  I tried and I mean TRIED to hate Rafe Stryker but it was just impossible to actually hate such a flawed man.  And it takes a strong woman to take on someone like Rafe but Heidi not only did it but did it with class.  If you one buy one book this summer, make it this one.  Because I can guarantee that after you read this, you’ll  be just as frustrated as me waiting for “Summer Nights” and “All Summer Long” to be released.  It is one of this summer’s must reads!  And maybe more than once!

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    If I were a new comer to Fool’s Gold I would have been a Team Rafe but since I’ve been around I had to take Goat Girl’s side just to stick with the girls.  Although yes her grandfather was in the wrong but woman power and all that =0

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    SUMMER DAYS is the perfect beach read. It’s funny, romantic, sexy, and it’s light both in tone and in actual weight – you can toss the paperback into your beach bag and go. (Ebook too) It should be on everyone’s must read list!

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    M Gladde

     Rafe & Heidi has a great chemistry together even though they are both stubborn. I feel so bad for Heidi, who finally has a home of her own. Rafe swore he would never go back to Fool’s Gold, but he did it for his mother. I love May. She was something else! If you are looking for a good romance book, then this is it! You won’t be disappointed!

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      Since June, I have also read Summer Nights. It has became my favorite of all of the Fool’s Gold books. Summer Nights is another great summer read. Annabelle is caring, a great friend, & so sweet! I love that Annabelle wanted to learn how to ride a horse for her fundraiser for her bookmobile. There is 1 thing that I absolutely love a lot & it has to do with Shane, but I am not going to give it away. In Summer Nights, we find out more about Heidi & Rafe’s story!!

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    Melissa Mincey

    I read this in just a few hours. It makes me glad that I get 3 Fool’s Gold a year. I loved it and really liked the back and forth between Rafe and Heidi!! :)
    Can not wait till next week!! Summer Nights 6 days!!! :)

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    Stephanie G

    Great review! Summer Days was such a fun story. Made me LOL several times. I loved Heidi and Rafe!

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