Friday, August 05, 2011

Only Mine - Susan Mallery

Back Blurb:
You can't win if you don't play...

Her town's lack of men may make headlines, but it isn't news to Dakota Hendrix. The beautiful blonde has bigger problems to deal with, such as overseeing the romance reality competition filming in Fool's Gold. Screening eligible bachelors is a difficult enough task, but Dakota hits an unexpected snag when a sexy stranger comes to town.

Finn Anderssen will do anything to keep his twin brothers— the perfect contestants— off the show. Despite Dakota's better judgment, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious outsider. Like her, Finn knows about heartbreak and how a family can fall apart, so she doesn't dare to hope for anything more than a fling. After all, even in the Land of Happy Endings, finding true love is never as easy as it looks on TV.

In My Own Words:
After a filming crew takes over her town, the Mayor puts Dakota in charge of keeping the towns interest in the mix, therefore Dakota's own plans on hold.  During the beginning of production, a brother of two contestants shows up at her desk offering her the sun the moon and lots of money if she makes sure his brothers aren't chosen for the "love fest" show.  Finn wants to make sure his twin brothers go back to Alaska where they belong to finish college and start learning the family business.  The attraction between Finn and Dakota is instantaneous and is immediately acted upon by both of them.  During the getting to know you phase of the relationship, Dakota also has to explain to her family that several months ago, she had some tests done and her doctor recently told her that there was a one in a million chance of her ever getting pregnant, so she has started adoption papers and hopes to have her own family her own way.  When the call finally comes that there is a little girl for Dakota, it is Finn that comes to rescue and flies Dakota to LA to pick up the baby and then helps in the making of a new home when Hannah arrives.  Knowing that Finn is only there temporarily, Dakota tries her best to guard her heart, but what is there left to do when the stick turns pink??

Notable Quote:
"...You'll have to tell me if I become one of those annoying, interfering grandparents.  I'm not saying I'll change my behavior, but I will at least feel guilty about it."

This is the 4th book in the Fool's Gold series and while I enjoyed them all thus far, this is by far my favorite.  The town is one I would love to live in and raise my own family.  I love the feuding beauty shop sisters and the pink bar, and all of the sense of....home.  The relationship with Finn and Dakota was almost scripted for lack of a better word, you just knew how it would turn out, but reading how they got there was an exciting ride.

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