Monday, 22 June 2009

Review – Fool’s Gold – Jenna Brynes

Cattle Valley: Fool's Gold




Back Of The Book

Adeline Murphy believes the Apple Valley Inn is the only thing waiting for her in Cattle Valley, and it's up to Melissa Danes to change her way of thinking.

Adeline Murphy heads to Cattle Valley, Wyoming looking for a fresh start. She's invested every dime she has and purchased the local bed and breakfast. Arriving in town with a cranky girlfriend in tow, Addie's devastated to discover the inn has been vandalised. With the property uninhabitable, she has no source of income and a mounting stack of bills.
Melissa Danes' quiet Cattle Valley existence is shaken by the arrival of the beautiful Addie and her surly tagalong, Chloe. She's captivated by Addie, but stays away thinking Addie and Chloe are in a committed relationship. When she discovers differently, all bets are off.
Mel discovers Addie has several barriers to cross, including repairing the damaged inn and her even more wounded self-esteem. When Mel looks at Addie she sees more than Fool's Gold, but she needs to find a way for Addie to see it to



Adeline is in need of a chance, a chance to get it right more over she’s in need of a fresh start. Along with a companion she makes her way to Cattle Valley – the place where she has just used every penny she has to buy a bed and breakfast. Opening the doors of her dream turns out not to be what she had hoped her arrival to be and before the end of the day – she finds herself looking at the cute bookseller who was right along side a slew of people helping her to set things right.

Adeline is stubborn, she’s not afraid of her own company but overall  she is a fool when it comes to looking a gift horse in the mouth. Meeting Melissa has Adeline thinking differently about what if’s – only with shear single-mindedness – Melissa has to take the bull by the horn and make her presence be felt by Adeline.

However is Adeline ready for this or is she even aware that someone wants to be all and everything to her.


It threw Addie for a moment. Melissa. The brunette with deep brown eyes and a beautiful smile. She’d never expected to find someone who looked like that when she got to Cattle Valley. Addie shook her head, clearing the image from her mind. This wasn’t the time. She glanced around. I never expected this, either. “Melissa, this is Addie Murphy. The inn is messed up.” Her voice cracked with frustration.
“I’m sorry, Addie. I know Tia left in a hurry. She probably could have cleaned it better, but what I saw looked decent enough. Of course, I didn’t dig around or look too closely.”
“Did you camp out in here, maybe have a wild party or three, leave your trash and beer cans everywhere and piss on my mattresses? Oh, and bugs. Now we have bugs, too. But no furniture or pillows, because those have all been ruined.” Anger bubbled just under the surface, and Addie wasn’t sure she could hold it back much longer.
“Addie, what are you talking about?” Mel asked slowly.
“The place has been trashed!” she hollered. “It’s awful! Oh my God, it’s fucking awful.” Tears choked her voice. She pulled the phone away from her ear.
She heard Mel talking on the other end of the line, but whatever the woman said didn’t matter. She shouldn’t have called her. The amazing, dark-haired woman had nothing to do with the inn, other than holding the keys. Someone had obviously broken in. She needed to call the police.
Addie put the phone back up to her ear.
“Addie, do you hear me? Let me hang up and call the sheriff’s office. We’ll be there as soon as we can.”
“You don’t have to come,” Addie protested. I don’t need that distraction. “I just didn’t know who else to call.”
“I’m on my way. I’ll call Ryan, first. Hang tight, we’ll be right there.” The line went dead.
Addie hung up the receiver.

Fool’s Gold © Jenna Byrnes


Firstly FOOL GOLD was a new genre for me, I have never read a F/F books and if their was one author I was going to trust to hold my hand and lead me through this, it was going to be Jenna Byrnes – so i took the plunge and have read my first F/F book..

Starting off, there is a pacy anticipation that grabbed me from a few pages in and I was more or less wanting the main protags to drive faster to get on with the story. The story line itself was easy with little bits of angst and some minor turmoil tossed in that gave the story a little bit of an edge.

A few story line ran through the story but they were not convoluted enough that you lost track of what the main story was about – Adeline learning to accept that we all need someone in life in order to make it through the day.

Where Adeline was resistant and steadfast in her plan to go it alone, Melissa was just as determine and once she made up her mind about Adeline – she goes about getting the girl in her own way and she is not shy about.

Melissa had all the qualities of a alpha female and while there was a point when her forcefulness felt brash – I quickly came to realise that Adeline stuck in the mud attitude needed Melissa forceful personality in order for there to be any chance of a relationship.

The smut in FOOL’S GOLD was different – as i said, a first for me so i read every word – and my fantasy ran wild with how vocal they were, there was a softness to their time together – and a  certain grace that is not easy to replicate outside of those settings.

FOOL’S GOLD is apart of the CATTLE  VALLEY series of books and as such i was inundated with the usual suspects - Nate, Ryan, and guys from one of the local ranch and even a few new names to me. The book itself is a stand along book, however to understand how important the support cast are to the general infrastructure of Cattle Valley – you need to read the Cattle Valley series.

Bottom line

FOOL’S GOLD is a quirky read – I must admit i liked it, not only for the fact that I made it pass the smut. I liked the opposite attract theme that would eventually gel the main protags together – I liked the fact that despite a compact size story Ms. Byrnes gave us a rounded picture of the characters we met, she didn’t force the book with overly emotional language or even funny moment to fill gaps. She gave us a visit into the live of two women who met at a time when they were not only of importance to each others life, but without even realising it – needed each other at that phase of their life's.


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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review EH! Glad you enjoyed your first f/f... so to speak...*G*


Erotic Horizon on 22 June 2009 at 05:38 said...

Hey Jenna

Yes my dear - my first...

you do make it easy..