Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Two of a Kind (Fool's Gold)


New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery welcomes readers back to Fool's Gold, where a one-time fling could become the real thing...

Felicia Swift never dreamed she'd hear a deep, sexy voice from her past in tiny Fool's Gold, California. The last time Gideon Boylan whispered in her ear was half a world away...on the morning after the hottest night of her life. Her freaky smarts have limited her close friendships, and romance, but she came to Fool's Gold looking for ordinary. Gorgeous, brooding Gideon is anything but that. 

Black Ops taught Gideon that love could be deadly. Now he pretends to fit in while keeping everyone at arm's length. Felicia wants more than he can give-a home, family, love-but she has a lot to learn about men...and Gideon needs to be the man to teach her. 

As these two misfits discover that passion isn't the only thing they have in common, they just might figure out that two of a kind should never be split apart.


I was really excited to read Two of a Kind. Felicia reminded me somewhat of Janie from Penny Reid's books Neanderthal Seeks Human and the soon to be released Neanderthal Marries Human. I love Janie. She spouts off random facts all the time and I just love her. Felicia has that awkwardness about her, the knowledge of so much stuff that she does the same thing. I really enjoyed reading Felicia's story, just as I loved Janie's (even though they are two different types of romances).

Felicia was raised on a university campus. Her parents abandoned her there when she was 4 because they didn't know what to do with her. She was too smart. She has always been a lot smarter book wise than everyone else. She joined the military at a young age which is how she met the bodyguard guys, and Gideon. She lost her virginity to Gideon 4 years ago and hasn't seen him since. Now she wants to try and be 'normal.' She wants to be like everyone else. She wants to be able to fit in socially. She feels awkward around large groups of people and she thinks there is something wrong with her, something that she needs to work on so she can get married and have a family.

Gideon has not had the best life. He was in the military special ops and was captured and tortured for 2 years. He watched the three other guys with him eventually die while in captivity. They all had wives and children and he thought that that love for them made them weak. He thought he survived because he had no one to care about, no one to make him weak. When he was rescued it took a long time to get back to normal-ish. He still has nightmares and thinks he can't have love and a family. He is not good for someone else and just wants to be alone.

When Felicia and Gideon meet up again there is definitely an attraction, but Gideon doesn't want to hurt Felicia. She is too good for him and he tries to do what he thinks is right. Felicia is so fun and different and amazing and they decide that she will practice dating with him so she can then go find someone to settle down with. If she practices with Gideon she will know what she is doing then. Of course things are not that simple, and when Gideon's son he never knew about shows up he doesn't handle things very well. Felicia on the other hand is a natural with the kid. She worries so much that she is going to mess it up and she is just so sweet. I really love her and all of her weirdness. She really didn't need to change no matter how much she thinks she does. People love her as she is.

Of course there is something that happens to cause drama at the end, then they have a happily ever after. It wasn't too bad, it made sense with the story. I was so happy for both of them. Felicia is amazing, and Gideon you just want to scoop up and hug and make everything better. I loved them. Definitely one of my favorite couples in this series.

Rating: 4.5/5

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