Summer Days by Susan Mallery

Summer Days (Fool's Gold)

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.


Summer Days was probably my favorite Susan Mallery book I have read. I really loved Rafe and Heidi. They are both so similar even though they are reacting differently to their life experiences. It was really kind of sweet watching them work out their issues and fall in love.

The story starts off with Rafe coming to Heidi's ranch. Her grandfather had falsely sold the ranch to his mom, but didn't really. He wanted the money to help his sick friend get better from cancer. While I can understand wanting to save your friend and all, if I were Heidi I would be much angrier with my grandfather. I know he is her only real relative, but he can't just keep doing whatever he wants. Thankfully May is understanding and likes her grandfather and doesn't want to press charges or anything. May figures they can work something out, but Rafe doesn't want to let it go. He has had to take care of everyone since he was young and he still tries to do what he feels is right. Really he kind of steamrolls over everyone and does what he thinks should be done. He has a lot of issues from when he was younger and poor and didn't have enough food to eat. He would always sacrifice to help his siblings and make sure they had enough, and he now wants everyone to do what he wants. He doesn't speak to his one brother or his sister because they don't do what he thinks they should. He is successful and always has to win. He was married before but it didn't work out and he wants nothing to do with love again. It wasn't really passionate or anything, he didn't really care when his marriage ended, but he wants kids and he wants to be married to have them.

Heidi grew up with her grandfather after her parents died. He was in a carnival so she traveled around a lot. She has always wanted a place to settle. Someplace to call home and she thought she found that at the ranch. She has never been in love, but she has seen how love can destroy someone. How you can get out of control and then how devastated you can be when it doesn't work out. Even though that is the opposite experience of Rafe she still doesn't want anything to do with love.

Rafe and Heidi are attracted to each other and since they have to share the ranch until the judge makes her decision about her grandfather they get to know each other pretty well. Heidi can see how much of a good person he is even if he tries to hide it. Rafe finds he really enjoys working on the ranch and fixing things up. He slowly starts to come around to Fool's Gold even though he hated it growing up. They both try and stay away, but they can't. They both don't really communicate as much as they should either. They could have avoided a lot of their issues if they just talked to each other more about things that bothered them. It was a fun read and I am glad they could work everything out. I really enjoyed the two of them together. I hope the next book about Rafe's brother Shane is just as good!

Rating: 4.5/5

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