Until We Touch by Susan Mallery (Fool’s Gold #15)

Until We Touch by Susan MalleryAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Harlequin

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length—a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold, California.

Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart wishes, Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa’s big secret is revealed…by her mother! When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa’s feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he’s not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?

Another engaging romance set in the Fool’s Gold town, a place most would find idyllic to live in. We continue to follow the owners of Score and watch as they find their one true love, definitely a fun addition to a series.

Larissa Owens works for the PR firm Score, she was hired by Jack years ago as his assistant and considers him her best friend. She is also a trained masseuse and keeps the ancient ailments that the three former football players have at bay. Between Jack, the weekly massages she gives and the causes she believes in, she is an extremely busy woman who does not have time to date, or at least that is what she tells herself, until her mother comes for a visit and informs both her and Jack something very different.

Jack is a former football player who, with two other teammates and a good friend, the loan female owner Taryn, own Score. They moved the business to Fool’s Gold recently and they all seem to like the change that living in a small town brings. Jack has always kept himself a bit removed from most of life, believing if he does not go “all in”, he will not get hurt. He remembers the pain as being all encompassing when his brother died years ago, so has closed himself off. When Larissa’s mother drops the bomb about how Larissa is in love with him, his whole world moves.

Fool’s Gold is your perfect small town, it has everything you would want in entertainment, education and employment yet it is small enough that you get to know the many people that inhabit the area, in theory I would love to live someplace like this but sometimes I enjoy the anonymity that a large town has to offer.

This is an entertaining romance that finds the hero and heroine enjoying their life together without all the troubles a real relationship brings, I like how they are both oblivious to how they act with each other. Jack gets to be around his best friend who satisfies several aspects in his life without having to get too close, in return Larissa gets to help as many causes as she wants knowing Jack will fund them, they seem to have a perfect setup without the sex. However her mother breaks their bubble by mentioning what they do not see, that they are in love and soon things change. I love how Ms. Mallery infuses humor into her stories, a perfect example is when parts of Jack’s body change while getting his regular massage from Larissa, and his reaction is hilarious. I also enjoy the new characters we are introduced to, such as Percy, the eighteen year old that Larissa finds and helps, he starts out as one of her causes and finds a place in her heart, just as Dyna, the cat does.

Larissa is a kick, she wants to help ever person or animal in need but usually at an arm’s length, it is not until she physically accepts a loving cat into her home that she begins to change and gets more involved. Both Jack and Larissa seem to have the same problem, no involvement, but Larissa accepts the changes readily as Jack throws fire all around pushing those that love him away, hurting all of his friends, and although I was a bit tearful and emotional during his upheaval, I was very happy to see him grovel at the end. There is not a lot of sex as Jack pushes Larissa away as often as possible, and I definitely felt sorry for her at times as she wears her heart on her sleeve.

The story is easy to read, the characters are engaging and the premise is interesting. I like how previous characters play pivotal roles in all Ms. Mallery’s stories making the books very cohesive, although this is number sixteen in the long running series, each book is a standalone and you will have no problem reading in any order. Until We Touch is a very fun, light romance with a bit of hero groveling.

I give Until We Touch by Susan Mallery 4 stars!

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