Three Little Words by Susan Mallery
Three Little Words (Fool's Gold)
Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool's Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she's cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another...man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she'll pursue her real dreams. At least, that's the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again....
Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can't take his eyes—or his lips—off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool's Gold forever—if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same....
Three Little Words is part of Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series. I have really enjoyed reading these books overall, and this one was no exception. I didn't like it as much as the Stryker brothers ones, but I just love Rafe and Shane! This book has two love stories in it - Isabel and Ford is the main story and a secondary story of Consuelo and Kent. Both of them were sweet and I enjoyed reading them.
Ford has recently moved back to Fool's Gold after serving overseas for a number of years. He used to date Isabel's sister, but left a few days before their wedding when she found out she was sleeping with his best friend. Isabel has always had a crush on him and begged him not to go. She started writing him letter while he was in the military, but he never once wrote back. It became kind of a journal for her, and the letters meant the world to him unbeknownst to her. Now that he is back they have been avoiding each other until the start of this book when Isabel decides she needs to say hi to him, especially since he is living in the room above the garage.
The one thing I didn't like about this story was Denise Hendricks. I really didn't like her in this book. She was way too pushy and overbearing. Ford's sisters were as well (Ford is a Hendricks). I got that they wanted to have Ford stick around as they missed him, but I couldn't understand how being so overbearing would do that. It seemed like he would get really uncomfortable and that would make him leave more than just being there for him and treating him like anyone else. The mom had set up a booth to try and find Ford a wife, even though he doesn't want one. He doesn't think he can love anyone so he will never get married.
When the mom gets to be too much Ford approached Isabel and gets her to agree to be his pretend girlfriend to get his mom off his back. She thinks she is over him, but of course she is not. Things progress and there is drama at the end like always. The other thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. It was way too easy and way too fast. It was like Ford had issues, then nope, not anymore everything is fine the end. It just needed a little more to make it more believable. Also there was a line from Isabel's brother in law about how loving someone as a partner is the same as loving someone that is your family, like your mom or your sister. I don't really think that is true. I love my husband in a different way than my family, and it is not just the physical attraction and stuff. It is different for me, but if that is what worked then I guess it is fine.
So the secondary story, Kent and Consuelo, I kind of wish there had been more storyline with them. Kent is a math teacher and he thinks Consuelo is way out of his league. She is gorgeous and could have anyone, so why would she want to be with someone like him? On the flip side Consuelo thinks Kent is out of her league as he is smart and 'normal.' She grew up on the streets and just got her GED. She also hasn't had a boyfriend in forever and she keeps freaking out. Luckily Kent is so sweet with her that he gets her to be more comfortable with him and things work out nicely.
Overall I did enjoy this book, I liked both of the couples and it was a nice cute story.