Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Halfway There - Susan Mallery (HQN - May 2013)

Series: Fool's Gold (Book 10.5)

Fayrene Hopkins may be only twenty-four years old, but she runs her own business and has big plans -- plans that don't involve falling in love yet. She's determined to make her mark on the world before settling down.

She thinks she's got life all figured out -- until she meets Ryan Patterson on her latest job. Fayrene senses his interest in her, and she has to admit he gets her pulse racing. Luckily, starting a relationship with Ryan is safe -- he's leaving Fool's Gold when his work contract is up.

Ryan has goals of his own and a job waiting for him in Texas. He doesn't expect to get waylaid by a sassy blonde and cozy town. But what started out as temporary is starting to look like the real thing. If only he can convince Fayrene that some plans are made to be broken.

Fun novella.  Fayrene has started her own business and has a five year plan for her life.  She's one year into that plan and right on track.  She meets Ryan while on her latest job as a temp.  There's definitely an attraction between them but she doesn't want anything to derail her plans and he has the potential to do that.

I loved the initial meeting between them.  Fayrene is panicking because the cat she is watching has gone into labor and she has no idea what to do.  Ryan is there in the office working a talks her down off her panic.  She is attracted to him, but doesn't want anything long term.  When she discovers that Ryan is only in Fool's Gold for a short time she thinks it's great.  They can have a little fling and it won't interfere with her plan.  She doesn't expect to fall for him.

Ryan is an engineer, working with Ethan on the wind turbines.  He's only in Fool's Gold for a short time before he moves on to another job in Texas.  He likes being in Fool's Gold and working with Ethan is great.  When he meets the live wire Fayrene things really start looking up.  He enjoys her company and the attraction is a bonus.  When she wants to indulge their attraction and has no problem with it being temporary he is surprised.  It isn't long before he realizes he is falling for her.  When Ethan offers him a chance to stay he has to figure out a way to convince Fayrene that it's a good thing for them.  I liked the solution he came up with though  I wonder if they'll be able to stick to it.  I'm sure we'll see them in later books. 

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