Spotlight & Giveaway: Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

Posted June 12th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight, _Harlequin Romances / 52 comments

Today it is my pleasure to host New York Times Bestselling author Susan Mallery at HJ!

Long-Lost Loves By Susan Mallery

Remember that boy from high school, the one who you thought about while listening to romantic songs on the radio, by yourself, in the dark, sobbing because he didn’t return your feelings? Remember how seeing him in the hallways at school made your breath catch in your throat? And if JOKhe caught your gaze and smiled at you, your spirits soared.

Remember him?

What if he was your best friend? And what if you went to his house before school one day so you could walk together as you always did… only he was gone?

Gone-gone. The doors were open, the closets were empty, and you never saw him again. He just… disappeared.

That’s what happened to Patience McGraw when she was a teen. As JUST ONE KISS begins 15 years later, Patience is at work in a salon in Fool’s Gold, California when Justice returns.


She didn’t recognize the male voice, but turned anyway. A man stood in the entrance of the shop. He was tall, with dark gold-blond hair and deep blue eyes. His shoulders were broad and he had the kind of face that would be happy up on a movie screen. Nice, but she had no idea who he…

She felt the cape flutter to the floor as she really looked at the man moving toward her. He was a few inches taller, a lot more muscular, but his eyes… They were exactly the same. They even crinkled when he smiled at her.

“Hello, Patience.”

She was fourteen again, standing in that empty house, more scared than she’d ever been in her life. There hadn’t been any answers. Not then or since. No solution to the mystery. Just questions and a gnawing sense that something had gone terribly wrong.

“Justice?” she asked, her voice more breath than sound. “Justice?”

He gave her a slight shrug. The familiar gesture was enough to send her flying across the shop. She flung herself at him, determined to hang on this time.

He caught her against him and held on to her nearly as tightly as she held on to him. He was warm and solid and real. She pressed her head against his shoulder and inhaled the scent of him. A clean, masculine smell that had nothing to do with the boy she remembered. This wasn’t happening, she thought, still dazed. Justice couldn’t be back.

Yet he was, and here. But the man was very different from the boy and the moment got awkward quickly.


Justice has returned to Fool’s Gold to open a bodyguard academy with a few of his ex-military buddies. (This is Fool’s Gold, where we go light on danger and heavy on humor, charm, and fun, flirty romance.) Justice leapt at the chance to return to the town that took him in at a very tense point in his life, and he was eager to see Patience again, his sassy, beautiful friend.

She’s just as open-hearted as she was back then, unstained by the darkness in the world, darkness he lives with every day. The moment Justice holds her in his arms, he vows to protect her from himself. Patience is everything good and pure in the world, and he won’t ruin that. She draws him like sunlight on a cold day, but though he can’t resist the need to be near her, to kiss her, he won’t allow himself to fall in love.

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Susan Mallery

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at


52 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery”

  1. Cari White

    I’m not, but have seen pics. It’s been almost 30 years and he looks the same! Most men don’t.

  2. Leanna Hiner

    I think most of the guys I had crushes just turned out ok. There haven’t been any that I wished I had a chance with now.

  3. Cindy Hamilton

    No I haven’t kept in touch with anyone from school I had a crush on. Haven’t seen any of them for years!

  4. Donnita

    Susan Mallery is an amazing author !! Her Fools Gold series which Just One Kiss is part of is superb !!! A definite must read !!!!!!!!

  5. Jenn McElroy

    No, I’m not in touch with my HS crushes or boyfriends. We’re all good on those fronts! I’m happier leaving the past behind. Love the series! 🙂

  6. Mary Preston

    We moved around a lot, so I have no idea what they are all up to – no good perhaps!!

  7. Alicia Jespersen

    I do still have a bit of a crush on a boy from my middle school, and he is still definitely just as attractive, but I never acted on my feelings for him. He always seemed to have a girlfriend, so I always chickened out.

  8. amy o'neal

    i have already read this book and it is awesome! the first few pages suck you right in to where you dont want to put it down!!…..

  9. Beccie

    Nope I was never very popular in high school and the guys I was popular with I didn’t stay in touch with except for one of my friend’s brother who got fat and ugly. I laugh since he never though I was that cute back then.

  10. Sue Peace

    I’m not entering the draw because I already read All Summer Long, but I LOVE Susan Mallory’s books!!! I just finished Just One Kiss and she doesn’t disappoint!!!

  11. Anita H.

    I don’t keep in touch with many people from high school except close friends so no, I haven’t kept track of those boys at all

  12. Ashlea Rhodes

    Yes and no I dated one a year after school but he ened it and had a kid with his ex. I’m still good friends with his sisters and mum. Others I’m still mates with and some are off living their life’s.

  13. Ada

    No, not really. I’ve seen some pictures on facebook but I haven’t kept in touch with anyone I had a crush on. I’m so excited about this giveaway, such a huge fan of Susan Mallery 😀

  14. chrisreads2

    I have been in touch with my high school boyfriend via facebook. There was a guy that I had a huge crush on that I haven’t kept in touch with though.

  15. Shannon

    No, as a “Army Brat” it was tough to keep in touch when we are all from different states.

  16. Rebe

    I’ve kept in touch with several through social media. I was amused to see that one of my high school boyfriends (like I had sooo many – snort!) now looks exactly like his dad at that age, lol!

  17. Sue G.

    I married my high school boyfriend. We have been together 31 years now! And he is better than the 18 yr old he was when we met! 😉

  18. Amy R

    Didn’t really have any high school crushes since I met my hubby at 15 and we started dating when I was 16. We celebrated 20 years of marriage this year.

  19. Char

    I have my future in my life of 30 years together and have never looked back to past love when I have the love of my life hubby and beloved son who we always wanted.

  20. Julie Barrett

    Not in touch as they were all military and moved away. i stuck to local guys :}

    can’t wait for the others in this series, seems the more written the best they are and you figure ok you’ve read the best and then there’s another and it tops the previous one!

  21. cahmmerritt

    His name was Patrick Hall, his twin sister was my friend. We moved away; but I was sent an article from the local paper. He’d died saving a family in a car fire… I hadn’t seen him in 15 years, but I still cried for a week.

  22. Dee Myers

    At 5’10” tall, I was taller than most of the guys in my high school! My chances of dating were zero! I had fun anyway!! I love the Fool’s Gold Series, the stories are so heart felt and the greatest sense of community, friendship, humor and love are woven into every book!

  23. Brenda Rumsey

    Nope. He went into the army and was killed while still in training.
    Love the Fool’s Gold series…they just get better and better.

  24. Kai W.

    I have a crushed on a guy in high school. I haven’t seen him since he has graduated from high school. I don’t blame anyone for not coming back to the disadvantaged neighborhood where we grew up and where gangs continue to exist.

  25. Sharlene Wegner

    Sadly, I don’t keep in touch with anyone from high school. I have been to a few reunions & a couple of the guys I thought were cute still were. Probably won’t be by the next one – too old! Of course, I will need to lose 40lbs by the next reunion, too! BTW,I have this book on my stack to read shortly!

  26. Megan Parsons

    Nope not in touch with any of them! My husband is the only one that holds my heart now : )

  27. amel armeliana

    Nope!! And thanks God that I haven’t. I inadvertently got his picture from a friend of my mine and OMG…he’s far from cute. Where did the cute boy that I had a crush on high school? Where did he go? So, I guess just because you’re kind of jocks right now in school, doesn’t mean you’re going to be a Brad Pitt someday,haha….

    • Lk

      I wonder if as the years go by the stress and adult choices kick in, such as beer gut, and no longer having a teenage metabolism and not taking care of oneself.

  28. Melissa

    Always love returning to Fool’s Gold. It is like returning home!! I love starting my summer reading a new Fool’s Gold book!!

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