Summer Nights by Susan Mallery

Summer Nights (Fool's Gold)


Horse whisperer Shane Stryker is done with passion. This time around, he's determined to meet someone who will be content with the quiet life of a rancher's wife. And the fiery, pint-size redhead who dazzles him at the local bar definitely does not fit the bill.

Small-town librarian Annabelle Weiss has always seen herself as more of a sweetheart than a siren, so she can't understand why Shane keeps pushing her away. Shane has formed the totally wrong impression of her but only he can help her with a special event for the next Fool's Gold festival. And maybe while he's at it, she can convince him to teach her a few things about kissing on hot summer nights, too—some lessons, a girl shouldn't learn from reading a book!


Oh Shane and Annabelle. I really enjoyed Summer Days and Summer Nights was just as good if not better. These Stryker guys are pretty amazing, even if they do mess things up a lot. I hope the next book about the last bother is as good as these two have been.

Shane was married previously, but it didn't work out. His ex was constantly cheating on him so he doesn't want that kind of woman again. He wants a nice, no frills lady who will love him and be with him forever and not want another guy.

Annabelle didn't have a happy childhood. Neither of her parents wanted her when they got divorced. She was married before as well, but her husband was not very good. He just wanted a perfect wife to just cook and clean and be pretty. He was mentally abusive, always saying negative things to Annabelle and just was not a good person. Luckily she got out of that situation and divorced her husband. She wants to find someone who will love her for her and not want her to be something or someone else.

When Shane first sees Annabelle she is dancing on the bar in town. He assumes that means she is a wild girl, wanting all the attention from men. Really Annabelle is quieter and that is not something she would normally do. She was just trying to convince her friend to do a dance for the bookmobile fundraiser. When she goes to the ranch to get horse riding lessons from Shane they really hit it off. Shane tries to stay away as he thinks she is like his ex, and he even tells her that at one point. She does everything she can to show him she is not, to show him she doesn't like drama.

Shane and Annabelle were another really cute couple. They obviously like each other, but Shane needs to learn to let go of his past. He needs to learn to trust Annabelle and realize she is not his ex. That is really what causes the issues in the book, and it was fun watching Shane overcome all this and work everything out. Annabelle is so sweet and I loved Shane as well. Really a great read. There was also a lot of set up for the next book with Charlie. I can't wait to read it! Hopefully it will be just as good!

Rating: 4.5/5

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