Fool's Gold

Cassandra Dean
Contemporary romance
Available from Decadent Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61333-438-6
December 2012

Pearl la Monte is really not looking forward to another lonely Christmas Eve. As she closes down the Diamond Saloon, there is a knock at the door that grabs her attention. Ethan Garret has not been in touch with his family for a good while. He wanted to follow his dreams, not his fathers. Now it is Christmas Eve and they would like for their son to return home. Pearl opens the door to see Ethan. Unfortunately, they have not always been on the greatest of terms. Deep down, Ethan finds Pearl someone that he would love to get to know better. When they begin sharing conversation, and Ethan shares in the letter he received from home, Pearl soon learns he comes from the wealthy Garrett family. She cannot believe she has let him even into a part of her life, but he informs her that she has not been truthful about her real self either. As the wind continues to howl outside, the two begin making an even greater connection than they thought was possible. Can one Christmas Eve night bring them even closer or push them further away?

This reader found Fool’s Gold a delightful read. The spin on Pearl, and Ethan, both coming from a background surrounding their families, and almost hiding a different identity was a nice premise. Pearl was a genuine character and I loved the idea she had with the little tree. The way they hold in their feelings then wish to express them was nicely written. Cassandra Dean spins a story where this reader could share in the ache, and desire, that embraces the characters and brings out true emotion. She creates a story that has a way of making Christmas seem a bit brighter.

Overall rating:
Sensuality rating: Very sensual

Reviewer: Linda L.
April 24, 2013

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