Embarrassing Crushes by Guest Author Susan Mallery

When I was younger, I had a deep and abiding love for a celebrity who shall remain nameless. I wasn’t the kind of girl to hang his picture in my locker or cover my room with his posters – ours was a private love. I grew up in LA, and my dad worked in TV, so I was Susan-Mallery-blue-jacket-webconvinced that my one true love and I would one day meet. And when we did, I didn’t want him to think that I was like the millions of silly girls who had a crush on him. They didn’t know him. I did. My love was real, and as soon as we met, he would recognize me as his soulmate.

Back then, I didn’t tell anyone how I felt because our love was sacred. Today, I still won’t confess his name because, frankly, I’m embarrassed. What was I thinking?! He wasn’t very smart, only marginally cute, and he ran like a girl. (There’s your one hint – he was on a TV show that required running. And he had dark hair. Two hints, but that’s it.)

In Three Little Words, my latest Fool’s Gold romance, Isabel Beebe knows all about embarrassing crushes, though hers wasn’t on a celebrity. When Isabel was 14, she had a crush on Ford Hendrix, her sister’s then-fiancé. Worse, Ford knew how she felt because when her sister broke up with him, Isabel chased after him, sobbing, begging him not to leave. And when he joined the Navy, she wrote him dozens of long, impassioned letters.

Three Little Words by Susan MalleryOver the years, her letters became less like teenage love letters and more like a “Dear Diary” kind of thing, but that brings its own special twist of humiliation. Because now Ford is back in Fool’s Gold to open a bodyguard-training facility, and this dangerously sexy ex-Navy SEAL knows all her most embarrassing secrets. He knows about her first kiss. He knows when she lost her virginity and where (*cough* inthebackofatruck *cough*).

All summer, Isabel has been ducking around corners to hide from Ford, but as Three Little Words begins, she’s decided that enough is enough. Fool’s Gold is too small for her to avoid him forever, especially since he just rented the place next door.

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Who was your embarrassing teenage crush? Why are you embarrassed?

Susan Mallery Bio:

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 www.SusanMallery.com.

Watch a clip of Susan chatting about Ford Hendrix of Three Little Words:


Embarrassing Crushes by Guest Author Susan Mallery — 16 Comments

  1. Loved this book! Susan writes strong characters faced with real life problems, as they struggle to find their “happy ever after”. Placed in a small town of Fool’s Gold where everyone looks out for each other, it’s easy to fall in love with the whole group and look forward to the next visit. Looking forward to her Fool’s Gold Cookbook coming out later this month.

  2. I have two words: Barry Manilow

    Okay, I wasn’t quite a teenager yet, but it doesn’t get more mortifying than that, does it? My teenage years were spent daydreaming about John Taylor from Duran Duran. The guy is still hot, so I stand by that crush today.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  3. Eric from The Bay-city Rollers. Teen band from England. Their pictures all over my room. I think they had about 15 minutes of fame lots of plaid. This might be wear my love for kilts started. Lol

  4. I think a had a crush on every 1970s teenage TV heartthrob there was, including, but not limited to David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman. Geez, it is embarrassing when you look back at it! I wonder how many of Justin Bieber’s fans will look back twenty years from now and think “I can’t believe I had a crush on that guy!”

  5. Running and dark hair? Hmmm..could it have been the six million dollar man? Lee Majors. My teenage crush would have been Rhett Butler, yes, Rhett from “Gone With The Wind”, I read that book many times!! Which may be why I think Clark Gable was attractive, it was a good movie! “Three Little Words” was another great book for the “Fool’s Gold” series, loved it!

  6. I had a huge crush on a guy from church a few years older me. Then he started dating someone with my first name, what a tear jerker. Loved Three Little Words.

  7. It has been a great summer in Fools Gold and finishing up with Three little Words is the icing on the cake. Isabel and Ford discovering each other within the safety of their ‘fake relationship’ is priceless. And for me the 2 for 1 relationship just made my day. I love this book. Everyone should read it.

  8. This book was wonderful and was a great way to finish this summer’s Fool’s Gold series! Isabel and Ford are just perfect together and I just love the chemistry between them!

  9. Always love returning to Fool’s Gold. It is like returning home!! I love starting my summer reading a new Fool’s Gold book!! Just One Kiss, Two of a Kind, & Three Little Words are all great books to read.

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