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Sometimes even a city girl needs the comforts of home. . . Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back-until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendreck, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac had rejected her back in high school, Jill can't deny the att Sometimes even a city girl needs the comforts of home. . . Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back-until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendreck, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac had rejected her back in high school, Jill can't deny the attraction she still feels for him. Now Jill and Mac are tangled up in enough drama to satisfy the most jaded L.A. denizens-Mafia dons, social workers, angry exes and one very quirky eight-year-old can make even the simplest romance complicated. And it all goes to prove that when it comes to affairs of the heart, there's no place like home.


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Sometimes even a city girl needs the comforts of home. . . Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back-until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendreck, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac had rejected her back in high school, Jill can't deny the att Sometimes even a city girl needs the comforts of home. . . Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back-until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendreck, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac had rejected her back in high school, Jill can't deny the attraction she still feels for him. Now Jill and Mac are tangled up in enough drama to satisfy the most jaded L.A. denizens-Mafia dons, social workers, angry exes and one very quirky eight-year-old can make even the simplest romance complicated. And it all goes to prove that when it comes to affairs of the heart, there's no place like home.

30 review for Someone Like You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    This is my first book by SM and I was not disappointed. I liked both the H & h. The story was very entertaining as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cherise

    When big city corporate lawyer, Jill Strathern, loses her job and her husband the last thing she wants to do is the first thing that she does, she goes home. Seeking the comfort of a favorite aunt she moves in and takes a temporary job to tie up loose ends for a recently deceased lawyer. This is just a resting place till she can get another job in a big city handling big cases. Mac Kendrick has also recently come home to lick some deep wounds. He has his daughter for the summer and is trying to r When big city corporate lawyer, Jill Strathern, loses her job and her husband the last thing she wants to do is the first thing that she does, she goes home. Seeking the comfort of a favorite aunt she moves in and takes a temporary job to tie up loose ends for a recently deceased lawyer. This is just a resting place till she can get another job in a big city handling big cases. Mac Kendrick has also recently come home to lick some deep wounds. He has his daughter for the summer and is trying to rebuild their relationship and start over. I don’t know where I have been hiding, or why I am just now discovering Susan Mallery, but I really feel like I have been missing out. The only good thing about coming late to the party is that I have a lot of her books waiting for my discovery. Jill and Mac have a definite, immediate and entirely believable chemistry and romance. All of the characters feel real and add to the humor and the depth of the story. This book made me laugh, made me cry, but most importantly I found my self smiling the entire time I was reading. It’s just one of those books that touches you on so many levels, and it was just a joy to read. About 3 chapters in I went ahead and ordered the next book in the series, Falling for Gracie, and I am anxious to get back to Los Lobos, California. I might be late in discovering Susan Mallery’s books, but I am definitely going to reading her books for quite some time. Cherise Everhard, January 2011

  3. 4 out of 5

    ╰⊱♥⊱╮ღ꧁Kathy,Ahmazing Book Faerie꧂ღ╭⊱♥≺

    Classic Susan Mallery. Another great read from a favorite author. Susan Mallery has a great way of endearing you to her characters...they're just all so nice and likeable, even the almost creepy Hollis Bass turned out to be a good guy! Jill starts out this story by walking in on her soon to be Ex husband having sex with his secretary. She packs her bags, takes his car, GO Girl!! and heads off back to her home town of Los Lobos, a place she doesn't really want to be, but what's a girl to do in a tim Classic Susan Mallery. Another great read from a favorite author. Susan Mallery has a great way of endearing you to her characters...they're just all so nice and likeable, even the almost creepy Hollis Bass turned out to be a good guy! Jill starts out this story by walking in on her soon to be Ex husband having sex with his secretary. She packs her bags, takes his car, GO Girl!! and heads off back to her home town of Los Lobos, a place she doesn't really want to be, but what's a girl to do in a time of need? Mac is the local bad boy turned good, and is now the local Los Lobos sheriff. It doesn't take long for the couple to run into each other, and rekindle the youthful crush Jill had on Mac, a crush he was pretty much unaware of! We also get prepared for the second book in this series by meeting the characters (albeit briefly) who will star in that story. As usual a great story, great characters, Ms Mallery can do no wrong!! A wonderful author, I like to read to lighten things up, her books always make feel good because, no matter what happens we always get a HEA, and it's surprising how often it's the man who says "I'm sorry!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    L8blmr

    A good, sexy contemporary that also tackled some deeper issues (organized crime, spouse abuse, child custody) handled fairly well, I thought. I found the two lead characters very likable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linh

    Not my favorite story of Susan Mallery's, but definitely enjoyable. Not my favorite story of Susan Mallery's, but definitely enjoyable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Officially DNF-ing at 33%. I thought it would be nice symmetry to have the first book I read of 2017 be by the same author as the last book I read in 2016. I've enjoyed the other books I read by her, but I just couldn't get into this one at all. I just don't care about the characters or the story so far, so I'm calling it. Officially DNF-ing at 33%. I thought it would be nice symmetry to have the first book I read of 2017 be by the same author as the last book I read in 2016. I've enjoyed the other books I read by her, but I just couldn't get into this one at all. I just don't care about the characters or the story so far, so I'm calling it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: Her life fell apart To hometown--temporary Old crush is next door Nicely done story Both characters had problems Belonged together

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bookworman

    3.5 stars. Another lovely read from Susan Mallery. Very enjoyable. I loved the story and the characters and the HEA. No profanity but several steamy sex scenes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Another wonderful romance story by Susan Mallery! This one even had deeper issues involved such as how death/murder controls your life without you getting help, views of a child during a divorce and abuse in a marriage. I liked that the author switched between points of view, especially little Emily's. Mac and Jill were two likable main characters (although I did want to slap the slowness out of them at a few parts!!). I like how they introduced Gracie and Riley in this one and can't wait to rea Another wonderful romance story by Susan Mallery! This one even had deeper issues involved such as how death/murder controls your life without you getting help, views of a child during a divorce and abuse in a marriage. I liked that the author switched between points of view, especially little Emily's. Mac and Jill were two likable main characters (although I did want to slap the slowness out of them at a few parts!!). I like how they introduced Gracie and Riley in this one and can't wait to read their story!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary McFarlane

    I don't know what it is about Susan Mallery but I just love everything she writes! This story had so much more action than any of her other books which are more love stories, I really enjoyed it. Hopefully the next book in this series is just as good I don't know what it is about Susan Mallery but I just love everything she writes! This story had so much more action than any of her other books which are more love stories, I really enjoyed it. Hopefully the next book in this series is just as good

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This is was another great read by Susan Mallery! I worried I wouldn’t like the book since I already read the third book in the series, but it honestly didn’t matter. I loved Jill & Mac, and I’m excited to read Gracie & Riley’s story next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    3.5 stars While I liked many things about this book, I struggled with the heroine only separated and very recently. I did enjoy the hero and his adorable daughter. Happy reading/listening!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    A really fun beach read! I liked the characters and found myself cheering for them. Nothing incredibly surprising or angsty, just a good book with a happy ending!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    This book was just too funny and enjoyable! This is what reading is all about. I had a lot of laughs, loved the mystery and the romance. It all starts when Jill's husband is caught cheating on her, takes her place at the firm they both work at and she comes home for the summer to live with her aunt Bev. A small firm in her hometown of Los Lobos has a position as the owner had passed away a couple of months ago provides a distraction for Jill while getting herself together and sending out her resu This book was just too funny and enjoyable! This is what reading is all about. I had a lot of laughs, loved the mystery and the romance. It all starts when Jill's husband is caught cheating on her, takes her place at the firm they both work at and she comes home for the summer to live with her aunt Bev. A small firm in her hometown of Los Lobos has a position as the owner had passed away a couple of months ago provides a distraction for Jill while getting herself together and sending out her resume to somewhere she would rather be. Or so it seems to Jill anyway. However her old high school crush Mac has just moved back as well. Surprise surprise he lives right next door. Mac has his own struggles but will Jill and Mac fall in love in the midst of all the goings-on. Or will it only be a summer thing because there are law firms wanting Jill all over the place, even the old firm she was fired from! What adds to it is Rudy, who s a client of Jill's has come to town. Although it is a mystery if Rudy is really a good guy or a bad guy. Everyone has their own opinion though! When Rudy and Bev meet though that complicates things. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will recommend it to others that like to read romance and a laugh out loud book! It won't be my last Susan Mallery book that is for sure!!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    The dollar table strikes again! I didn't even KNOW Falling For Gracie was part two of a series that began with THIS book! I REALLY ENJOYED Gracie-more so than this one. Part of the reason I didn't enjoy the book as the emphasis on the custody and social workers-given the issues in my personal life with my DH and the craziness of THAT custody battle and the lies etc. etc. I had to put this book down for a while before I could get into it. Pushing all that aside, it was a pretty good read. The insert The dollar table strikes again! I didn't even KNOW Falling For Gracie was part two of a series that began with THIS book! I REALLY ENJOYED Gracie-more so than this one. Part of the reason I didn't enjoy the book as the emphasis on the custody and social workers-given the issues in my personal life with my DH and the craziness of THAT custody battle and the lies etc. etc. I had to put this book down for a while before I could get into it. Pushing all that aside, it was a pretty good read. The insertion of the Mafia guy and all that entailed seemed akward at times as did Gracie and Riley's appearances in the book-it's NOT a good thing to read books out of order for me. The characters were great although I felt the hero was more developed than the heroine. Maybe it was just me. Also...if she was still married throughout the book, didn't she cheat being with Mac? Also, did I just miss mention of her getting a divorce? I feel a re-read. Never mind, I remember. That part was actually funny...she took her ex's nice BMW and kept trying to get it dinged. Read the book to find out what happened. Justice was served.

  16. 4 out of 5

    valee

    3.5 stars This is a story about a girl who grew up on a really small town and got to get a way and become a very successful layer on the big city. Happily married and about to become the very awaited promotion on her law firm, she finds her husband cheating on her with the secretary at the office. Of course she goes back to family and the small town she always hated where she finds her lost childhood love also divorced and single. Again of course he finds her attractive and sexy and wants to get 3.5 stars This is a story about a girl who grew up on a really small town and got to get a way and become a very successful layer on the big city. Happily married and about to become the very awaited promotion on her law firm, she finds her husband cheating on her with the secretary at the office. Of course she goes back to family and the small town she always hated where she finds her lost childhood love also divorced and single. Again of course he finds her attractive and sexy and wants to get together. Don't get me wrong, I loved this read, I had a great time reading it. It's just that it was too predictable and too much of the same I have been reading on this genre lately. I love this type of stories and I usually have an amazing time reading it because they generally show an unpredictable twist and surprise me. More often that I should I fins myself crying or laughing like a loon with this reads. But this one did not have anything like that. Yes, it was funny and entertaining but not too much. It was a fast, nice and sweet read but nothing out of the ordinary. Great characters were introduced and I'm really hoping to get to the next book fast because it seems to me it's gonna be way better. Let's see.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    4.5 stars I have read many, many books by Susan Mallery and she is one of my favorite authors. I love her stories--even if they can be a bit clichéd at times--and I always love all her characters (with only a couple exceptions). Someone Like You is a story about two people--Jill and Mac--who return to their hometown after years away and for vastly, yet similar, reasons. Despite complications like mob bosses, custody battles, and struggles to reach their dreams, Jill and Mac find their way to each 4.5 stars I have read many, many books by Susan Mallery and she is one of my favorite authors. I love her stories--even if they can be a bit clichéd at times--and I always love all her characters (with only a couple exceptions). Someone Like You is a story about two people--Jill and Mac--who return to their hometown after years away and for vastly, yet similar, reasons. Despite complications like mob bosses, custody battles, and struggles to reach their dreams, Jill and Mac find their way to each other and manage to create something beautiful. As I mentioned above, Mallery often creates wonderful characters that I become invested in. Even characters who barely appear, like Gracie and Riley, and now I am super intrigued and can't wait to read the sequel, Falling for Gracie.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    I read this one a long time ago and never wrote it down here. It's interesting that Mallery can take some really serious, dramatic issues and make them cute and humorous. That's what she did here. The heroine walks in on her husband with his legal assistant, then he gets her fired, so she goes back to her hometown. The hero is trying to start over as sheriff of the hometown and have his daughter over the summer, after a bad experience as a big city cop. The problem reconnecting with his daughter I read this one a long time ago and never wrote it down here. It's interesting that Mallery can take some really serious, dramatic issues and make them cute and humorous. That's what she did here. The heroine walks in on her husband with his legal assistant, then he gets her fired, so she goes back to her hometown. The hero is trying to start over as sheriff of the hometown and have his daughter over the summer, after a bad experience as a big city cop. The problem reconnecting with his daughter is taken seriously, but in a cute way-- the girl will only eat things the same color as the clothes she's wearing. The heroine is working in a law office where the walls are covered with taxidermied fish. There are other serious issues, and I liked the way Mallery handled them. It's a good read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    OK got this b/c thought it was a Fool's Gold story but now its Los Lobos....plot/happenings were a bit far fetched, but sucker for a happy ending...cheesy, but have to give author credit for social worker in the mix; and some good active listening and a strong character in Jill--in terms of being intelligent, hard working and working at her relationships and other characters listening to kids. Enjoyed the 8 year old Emily who was trying to control what she could by only eating the same color foo OK got this b/c thought it was a Fool's Gold story but now its Los Lobos....plot/happenings were a bit far fetched, but sucker for a happy ending...cheesy, but have to give author credit for social worker in the mix; and some good active listening and a strong character in Jill--in terms of being intelligent, hard working and working at her relationships and other characters listening to kids. Enjoyed the 8 year old Emily who was trying to control what she could by only eating the same color food as what she was wearing....realistic....now a little interested in Jill's friend Gracie and her high school crush/stalker of Riley Whitefield...still not Fool's Gold but will do in a pinch.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really loved this book and wish I had the talent to write this great amazing review. Every time I go to write something it ends up getting deleted because it doesn't read as great as it did when I was thinking it. With that said... I thought this book was very good. Mac and Jill are very likable and little Emily is too cute. I'm looking forward to reading Falling for Gracie. I wish there were more to this series I think it could of really taken off. I really loved this book and wish I had the talent to write this great amazing review. Every time I go to write something it ends up getting deleted because it doesn't read as great as it did when I was thinking it. With that said... I thought this book was very good. Mac and Jill are very likable and little Emily is too cute. I'm looking forward to reading Falling for Gracie. I wish there were more to this series I think it could of really taken off.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Loved it! Such a sweet story!

  22. 4 out of 5

    ShannonCC

    I'm apparently in the minority with this opinion, but it wasn't good. It was interesting enough to read to find out what happened, but I did end up skimming a lot. A lot of plot points annoyed me. Such as Mac hating Rudy because of his gut feeling. That's it. His gut. Actually, I have to go on a rant here about what a horrible police office Mac is, so yeah, spoilers. (view spoiler)[ By the end of the book you find out that Mac's miraculous gut was right and Rudy IS doing illegal things, but ther I'm apparently in the minority with this opinion, but it wasn't good. It was interesting enough to read to find out what happened, but I did end up skimming a lot. A lot of plot points annoyed me. Such as Mac hating Rudy because of his gut feeling. That's it. His gut. Actually, I have to go on a rant here about what a horrible police office Mac is, so yeah, spoilers. (view spoiler)[ By the end of the book you find out that Mac's miraculous gut was right and Rudy IS doing illegal things, but there was ZERO evidence of this at the beginning. He basically didn't like that Rudy rode in a limo, wore suits and had a body guard. That was it. Mac treated Rudy with suspicion from the beginning based on nothing else. There was one scene where Mac thinks that Rudy is threatening his daughter (he wasn't) and is almost blinded by rage and starts to reach for his gun. Jesus, someone get this man off the force! But then, Mac was a pretty bad cop overall. In addition to his pre-judgement of Rudy, there's the scene where he punches Andy. Everyone then tries to say it's fine because Andy deserved it, but this is the SHERIFF of the town punching people because he's angry at them. No. Just, no. And his story about killing the teen gang members - It sounds like Mac was the only one who realized what a problem that was. Everyone else in his life (the other cops, sure, they do tend to cover bad behavior, but even Jill) tells him it's ok he killed them all in a rage because they probably would have gone on to kill someone else. Mac fully understands that loosing control like that was wrong (both with the children he killed and with punching Andy) but by the end of the book the whole town is standing up and willing to lie for this guy so he can keep on doing the wrong thing. I got the idea that Mallery wants us to believe that Mac is actually the one in the wrong for thinking this way! Unbelievable. (hide spoiler)] There were some other things in this book. Mallery seems to have to put a transphobic joke in almost all of her books. The "did you used to be a man?" joke is the most common and that one was in here. Later there's an awkward scene where a police officer in town (who I swear we didn't meet at all before, but I was sort of skimming by that point so it's possible I missed it?) comes out as gay to Mac. The whole scene was entirely just so we could see that Mac was an upstanding guy (ie - he was decent to the guy. That's literally it.). A throwaway character who was not in the plot at all, just shows up for that scene and then pretty much disappears again (one more scene where his whole point is that he shows up after the action is over - very much not a real character). Mallery also has some weird views on women and age. Mallery is older herself so maybe she's trying to be funny and I'm just not getting the humor? But I was surprised to find out that Aunt Bev was only in her 40's, given how Mallery talked about her and how she was "older", and how surprised Jill seemed to be at Bev having a romantic life (which Jill apparently finds icky) and wanting sex. I mean, sheesh! Not that women can't have sex/romantic lives at any age, but acting like someone in their 40's is old and her sex life is over? And then Emily, the 8 year old. It seemed to me like she needs a therapist. I alternated with this character. Sometimes I liked her, but a lot of the time her inner thoughts and feelings felt forced. She didn't feel realistic much of the time. And finally Lyle, the two dimensional Bad Ex Husband with zero redeeming qualities. That's what Mallery is good at so I guess that's what I should have expected. Overall, one star. Though I still wanted to find out what happened at the end, so I read/skimmed the whole thing at least.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. From my blog.... http://blessedx3ane.blogspot.com/2012... Here is my third book review for the Romance Challenge, my sixth review for the Cupcake War Challenge, my second review for the 2012 E-book Challenge; the third one for The TBR Double Dare & my second one for Read Your Own Name Challenge. I decided to do this all in 1 post instead of 5 separate posts. I will keep the # read at the bottom for each Challenge so I know what I am doing! For this Review: I chose the e-book, Someone Like You, whic From my blog.... http://blessedx3ane.blogspot.com/2012... Here is my third book review for the Romance Challenge, my sixth review for the Cupcake War Challenge, my second review for the 2012 E-book Challenge; the third one for The TBR Double Dare & my second one for Read Your Own Name Challenge. I decided to do this all in 1 post instead of 5 separate posts. I will keep the # read at the bottom for each Challenge so I know what I am doing! For this Review: I chose the e-book, Someone Like You, which is the first book in the Los Lobos Series by Susan Mallery. Are you seeing a trend with me? Who is one of my favorite authors? Can you take a wild guess? Spoiler Warning: If you have not read this book, stop! Read the book before reading the rest of my review!! This is the first in the Los Lobos series. It is about an attorney, Jill Strathern, who walked in on her husband having sex in his office. What does her husband, Lyle, does he says to her? "Next time you should knock, he said he bent over to grabbed his pants." (page 18) All I have to say is what an ass. Sorry about the language. He just got caught cheating on his wife & that is the first thing he says to her. Jill got fired from her job. She got Lyle a job at the same law firm as her. Jill left L.A. & went home to Los Lobos to figure out what to do. After Jill returned home & she moved in with her Aunt Bev, there are 2 quotes I want to share: 1. "But that wasn't what hurt the most" she continued, her eyes burning. "He stole my promotion. I'd been working so damn hard and I brought in all that business and he got my promotion and I got fired." (page 22) Remember this quote for later on in the book. I think it has some key information in it, but I am not going to tell you what. 2. "And what I really d-don't understand is why I'm more mad than hurt,' she said, her voice cracking. "Why do I care more about my job than my marriage?" (page 22) Jill asked this question, but more as a rhetorical one. She knew the answer! Jill came to town with 3 things on her mind: 1. Revenge on her soon to be ex-husband. 2. Find out why she was fired. 3. Find a new job & get out of Los Lobos. When Carly was talking to her ex-husband, Mac about their daughter & what he did. Carly said this to him, "Apologies don't work on an eight-year-old," Carly told him. "You disappeared from her life without a word and now you're going to have to prove yourself to her." (page 34) I have an almost eight year old. There are times where apologies don't work on him for minor things. Carly was right when she said this. Mac messed up big time & it will take sometime. During the course of this book, Jill changed. In the beginning, Jill was focused on 2 things. Getting revenge on her soon to be ex-husband & getting a new job. Mac says to Jill "If the revenge involves breaking the law, I don't want to know." (page 43) Jill & Mac both realize why they are both in Los Lobos- Her Father. I think her father did this on possible. When Mac first found out about his daughter's, Emily, & her color issue & food. Carly told him it was her way of controlling something in her life & she did not have a say in the divorce plus she is punishing them. Here are my favorite quotes between Mac & Emily: (Emily) "The color's wrong" she said, try to speak a little louder. "I'm wearing purple." (Mac) "So?" (Emily) "If I'm wearing purple I can only eat purple." (page 49, 50) I wonder how I would feel if I had to work in an office with fish staring at me. Ok, I know how I would feel----> they would have to go. I would think they were watching me. Love this quote! "Jill glanced around the office. It was like standing in the middle of an aquarium for decreased fish." (page 60) It puts a smile on my face!! =0) Does it for you? The first time that Mac met the social worker, Hollis, the only thing I could think of was this guy can not truly think this. Here is the quote: "I'm glad we're clear." Hollis closed the folder and leaned forward. "Mac, I'll be blunt with you. I don't think men in law enforcement make good fathers." (page 83) My question is what evidence is he basing this on. If you use logic on this, All men in law enforcement are bad fathers. You know this is not a true statement, but if you say, Most men or some men then it could be true. You can not say ALL. Just because Hollis's men that he has dealt with in his work were bad fathers & are in law enforcement does not mean ALL men are bad fathers, too. What about those men that are in that field of work that he never met? We did learn something about Mac during this first meeting with Hollis. Mac worked in the gang unit, which caused his divorce & his leaving his daughter. In the beginning, I said that Jill came to town for 3 things on her mind: 1. Revenge on her soon to be ex-husband. 2. Find out why she was fired. 3. Find a new job & get out of Los Lobos. During this book, those 3 things changed. #1, she did not care about anymore. She just wanted to get rid of him. Not rid of as in rid of, but as in divorce. She did not love him. Her dad asked her "What happened to the plan for revenge?" She shrugged "I don't care anymore. I have no energy where Lyle is concerned. Marrying him was a huge mistake and now I'm fixing the problem. That makes me feel good. As for Lyle, I can't tell you how much I'm not interested in him or his life. He's buying me out of the condo, I'm getting a cash settlement for the car and fifty percent of everything else." (page 350) #2 She still wanted to find out why she was fired & she did. Lyle showed up & said to Jill "You ruined me." Jill replied back to him with "I think you have me confused with, oh, say yourself. I've been here in Los Lobos for the past several weeks, trying to put my life together. You've been in San Francisco. How exactly could I have ruined you? Everything is gone. My job, my career. There's talk of disbarring me." (page 384-385) I love the one other scene with Lyle, but I will let you read it. It is very funny! It is one of my favorite Lyle moments. I think it deserves what he gets!!! #3. Jill wanted a new job & out of Los Lobos, but that changed. She did not want to leave Los Lobos or Mac. Mac says to Jill "You love me a lot and you don't want to go anywhere, but you didn't want to come out and say that. You want me to ask." He kissed her again. "You wanted me to prove you were more than a convenience and that I thought you were worth fighting for." (page 394) This was the part of the book I was crying! Be prepared to cry, too! I think the one thing that surprised me in the whole book was that the social worker, Hollis, spoke on Mac's behalf. He even got Mac's ex-wife on his side, too. My favorite Hollis quote is "He was trying to protect a young woman's life. A pregnant young's woman. He stepped in when my department did nothing. For all we know, he saved Mrs Murphy's life." (page 389) Carly spoke at the hearing, too, asking not to have Mac not being taken from their daughter. "She's only eight and she needs her father." (page 390) This hearing was because Mac hit a man who beat up his wife, but the man died because of what happened at the beach. I am going to let you read it. Keeping reading! This took me awhile to get done. I am working on the second book of the series, too, Falling for Gracie. That will be posted soon. I hope. Melissa P.S. Something for you! Questions for you: 1. The first time Jill met Mac since coming back to town, what was Jill doing? 2. Why did Jill come back to town besides to figure things out? 3. What does Mac do? 4. Who said this quote "I wanted a change." 5. What kind of car did Lyle drive? 6. What was the attorney's name that had the practice before Jill? 7. What is the name of the secretary & do you think she does to keep her job? 8. Name some of Jill's strange cases. 9. What did you think of the social worker for Mac? 10. Who is Gracie Landon? 11. What happened to Lyle when he was trying to leave Los Lobos? 12. What is your favorite part of the book?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Madison ✨

    This book started with a total bang – literally, she found her husband banging his assistant at work – went farrr downhill from there and then got a little better towards the end. After she walks in on her husband we zoom 2 days forward and she's now lost her job and moving back to her small hometown. Wait, what?! Where did that part of the story go?? She's supposed to be a super successful lawyer from a major San Francisco firm and to my knowledge they don't just fire you without an explanation This book started with a total bang – literally, she found her husband banging his assistant at work – went farrr downhill from there and then got a little better towards the end. After she walks in on her husband we zoom 2 days forward and she's now lost her job and moving back to her small hometown. Wait, what?! Where did that part of the story go?? She's supposed to be a super successful lawyer from a major San Francisco firm and to my knowledge they don't just fire you without an explanation! I wanted it bc otherwise the story just doesn't make sense to me. Then, within 5 minutes of being back home she runs into a high school crush and her panties are soaked already & it's almost like she didn't JUST get burned in love. She's ready to jump back in and it's 'ex-husband, who?'. I couldn't get over how juvenile she seemed throughout so much of the book yet we keep being told she's 'so smart', top of her class, has the greatest resume that any firm would want her, etc. ::eye roll:: she definitely didn't act that way! Then, as if this story wasn't annoying enough to me, we throw in a mafia mobster. Sigh. We're already hitting so many clichés, do we really have to include this as one of the main conflicts? Towards the end I did end up caring about Mac (the high school crush who apparently her family was close with but she really didn't seem to have any history with besides one ill-fated night) and I liked his daughter (although don't get me started about the chapters in her POV...they felt like they were trying way to hard to sound like they were from an 8 year old without actually ending up sounding that way). I was happy to see them get their HEA in the end and if I think back it was a cute if cliche story. Overall this one was a 2 ½ stars for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    This book had me smiling almost right off the bat. And part of the fun started with Jill's creative ideas about getting revenge on her cheating, promotion stealing, soon to be ex-husband. She often called him "the lying weasel rat bastard dog." Her Aunt Bev was almost as much fun as Jill's revenge plot! Unique person coming right up. I can see that she's going to be quite an addition to the story. Also someone who loved Jill a whole lot! Jill does want to get out of Los Lobos as soon as possible This book had me smiling almost right off the bat. And part of the fun started with Jill's creative ideas about getting revenge on her cheating, promotion stealing, soon to be ex-husband. She often called him "the lying weasel rat bastard dog." Her Aunt Bev was almost as much fun as Jill's revenge plot! Unique person coming right up. I can see that she's going to be quite an addition to the story. Also someone who loved Jill a whole lot! Jill does want to get out of Los Lobos as soon as possible. She hates it there and keeps telling everyone her stay there wasn't permanent, it was temporary at best. As time goes on you begin to wonder if she's trying to convince herself. Her temporary office was a hoot as was the often hostile office help by the name of Tina. Mac was a really good main character and his plate keeps getting piled higher with problem after problem. His daughter Emily was someone he loved with every breath in his body but he had screwed up when it came to his relationship with her. He was trying to recover lost ground and it isn't easy. One of the funniest revenge plots of Jill's had to do with her ex's fancy, expensive car. It was kind of his baby, his pride and joy. It was also part of their community property so she took it with her when she left him. Now she was doing her best (or is that her worst) to endanger it. I liked the author's writing style in this. And some of the ways the conversations went and some of the descriptive phrases. Like when Mac told Wilma that he had everything under control. Wilma's response put a smile on my face for sure. "That's what lemmings always say right before they jump off the cliff". There will be H.E.A. but not before some dramatic, and some dangerous events that happen first.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susannah Carleton

    3 1/2 stars. After losing her law firm partnership to her soon-to-be ex-husband, Jill Strathern returns to Los Lobos, the town she grew up in, and takes over a law firm there, after the death of the firm’s sole proprietor. It’s not the corporate law she’s been practicing in San Francisco, but it’s a job that will keep her occupied while she sends out her resume to other, bigger firms. Mac Kendrick was Jill’s high-school crush, although he never knew it. After a stint in the Marines and years as a 3 1/2 stars. After losing her law firm partnership to her soon-to-be ex-husband, Jill Strathern returns to Los Lobos, the town she grew up in, and takes over a law firm there, after the death of the firm’s sole proprietor. It’s not the corporate law she’s been practicing in San Francisco, but it’s a job that will keep her occupied while she sends out her resume to other, bigger firms. Mac Kendrick was Jill’s high-school crush, although he never knew it. After a stint in the Marines and years as a cop in Los Angeles, he’s returned to Los Lobos as the town’s sheriff. He also has his eight-year-old daughter with him for the summer—and a social worker watching his every move, convinced that all cops have an anger management problem. Jill is living with her aunt, Bev, who watches Mac’s daughter, Emily, while he works, which is convenient because they live next to each other. As they get to know each other, some of them for the first time, some of them again, there are occasional conflicts and good times, but the presence of a man Mac is convinced is a mobster complicates things, particularly since he’s a former client of Jill’s, although seemingly a legitimate businessman, and he seems to be interested in her aunt. Trouble may be ahead, but Jill’s job search is going well. She has several offers to consider, but can’t seem to make up her mind. Then trouble, in several forms, occurs, and Mac’s job, as well as custody of his daughter are threatened. Are there any happy endings possible? How many and for whom?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Another great read from Susan Mallery starting the Los Lobos series. Jill lost everything in one day, her high powered law job, her husband, and her home. She heads back to the small town she grew up in, the town she vowed she'd never come back to, to get her head on straight and plan her next move. It doesn't take long for her to realize she no longer wants the cheating husband or the home they shared together back, but she can't wait to find a job with a new law firm. Small town law issues are Another great read from Susan Mallery starting the Los Lobos series. Jill lost everything in one day, her high powered law job, her husband, and her home. She heads back to the small town she grew up in, the town she vowed she'd never come back to, to get her head on straight and plan her next move. It doesn't take long for her to realize she no longer wants the cheating husband or the home they shared together back, but she can't wait to find a job with a new law firm. Small town law issues are not how she imagined her career going but after a while they become challenges all of their very own. Mac worked for years as a detective for the LAPD but after losing his partner and watching his marriage dissolve accepting the position as sheriff in Los Lobos is a great way to slow down his life and reconnect with his daughter. Jill isn't looking for anything serious so a summer fling with Mac is just what she needs. Except he's a lot more charming then she's remembers from high school and Mac can't help to fall for the woman she's become. Can these two find happiness from what was supposed to be short term? Fun and funny, great read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I am enjoying the Los Lobos books. There is an element of seriousness and competence to the books that is not in the Fool's Gold books, which are more fluffy and warm. Jill is a corporate lawyer who returns to Los Lobos temporarily, or so she thinks, but there her plans get derailed. Some of her cases are ridiculous, small-town matters, but a few are more intriguing. She is in a position where she can be a Pollyanna with the instincts of a shark, a role I found fascinating. I would have liked mo I am enjoying the Los Lobos books. There is an element of seriousness and competence to the books that is not in the Fool's Gold books, which are more fluffy and warm. Jill is a corporate lawyer who returns to Los Lobos temporarily, or so she thinks, but there her plans get derailed. Some of her cases are ridiculous, small-town matters, but a few are more intriguing. She is in a position where she can be a Pollyanna with the instincts of a shark, a role I found fascinating. I would have liked more of it. Mac is a different kettle of fish. I found it difficult dealing with his frequent anger, whether it surfaced or not. I felt like he was a volcano that could go off at any minute, which led to some anxiety. His daughter Emily is a joy. Jill's aunt Bev is an enigma. Lots of characters, many of which you know you will meet again in future Los Lobos books, which is one of the many things I like about serial books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    PepperP0t

    Heartbroken, disillusioned, mad and sad, Jill Strathern goes home to Los Lobos to lick her wounds after witnessing her soon to be ex-husband's betrayal. A place she had no intention of returning to when she left. Now not only is she back Jill has to face her teen aged crush, vividly remembering the humiliation of his rejection and he's the town sheriff. Burnt out from his last undercover assignment that led to his divorce, Mac Kendrick decides the home of his youth could be good for his young dau Heartbroken, disillusioned, mad and sad, Jill Strathern goes home to Los Lobos to lick her wounds after witnessing her soon to be ex-husband's betrayal. A place she had no intention of returning to when she left. Now not only is she back Jill has to face her teen aged crush, vividly remembering the humiliation of his rejection and he's the town sheriff. Burnt out from his last undercover assignment that led to his divorce, Mac Kendrick decides the home of his youth could be good for his young daughter as he fights for joint custody. What Mac didn't count on is the cute girl next door has grown up to be an amazing woman he's having a hard time resisting while he tries to regain his daughter's trust. While trying to manage their individual emotional upheavals, Jill's ex-client blasts into town blasting a hole in Jill's personal life and adding to the crumble of Mac's professional one. Rating 4stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diane Vesci

    As with all of Susan's books I feel like I'm part of the story, being made to feel like I'm one of the town characters. I have all of her Fools' Gold, Marcelli's and am in the second book of her Los Lobos series. I'm a romance type of gal and these are right up my alley. Some of the love making stories are pretty detailed but I think that is part of the charm of romance novels, if this part of the book wasn't there it would be very boring. They are pretty predictable but well worth the read. As with all of Susan's books I feel like I'm part of the story, being made to feel like I'm one of the town characters. I have all of her Fools' Gold, Marcelli's and am in the second book of her Los Lobos series. I'm a romance type of gal and these are right up my alley. Some of the love making stories are pretty detailed but I think that is part of the charm of romance novels, if this part of the book wasn't there it would be very boring. They are pretty predictable but well worth the read.

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