Friday, January 17, 2014

Christmas On 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Christmas On 4th Street by Susan Mallery
My Rating:      3.5 stars
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin HQN

There's nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool's Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped... Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That's why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool's Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that's magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.

Gabriel's memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year's eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle...and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can't stop sharing.

Gabriel didn't think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse....
My Review
I love returning to the Fools Gold world! It is a home away from home, and I love visiting all of my old friends, and meeting new ones!
There is nothing like being in the world of Fools Gold during the Christmas time. This Christmas we get to spend it with Gabriel and Noelle. Gabriel is a doctor for the military, and Noelle owns a cute little Holiday store.
No one says romance like Susan does. In most of her books the romance starts almost immediately. Noelle is asked to check on a friends dog, and we are introduced to Gabriel. Almost right after they connect with each other. In other Susan books we usually have a little time before the romance starts, but this time we didn't.
The characters of course were amazing, but I felt as if the book was a bit rushed. I can usually finish a Susan book in one day, but kept putting this one down. At first I couldn't figure out why I wasn't really into the book. A few of the old characters were there, but something was missing.

I was missing the story line. I couldn't really get a feel for what the book was really about. Usually Susan provides us with something more than just the romance, but I just didn't feel it. I also thought the book was rushed. Of course I loved the romance, but compared to the last 3 books; this just didn't hit its makr.

All Susan fans know that FG has a lot of festables and activities going on durring Christmas time, and just in the book in general. This time we just didn't get that holiday feeling from our characters. The little we did get to see was over shadowed.

Although I wasn't really into the book; I did enjoy the little cute moments in the book. When Gabriel and his family decorated Noelle's store window; I thought that was so sweet! Another one of my favorite parts was when Gabriel was willing to marrie Noelle to take care of her because of medical reasons. No, it's not really a good reason to get married, but he was willing to just drop everything and just take care of her. Sigh! I gave this book 3.5 stars because there were some parts of the book I really enjoyed!

*I received this book from Harlequin HQN on NetGalley.*

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