Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Only Mine by Susan Mallery

Book Details
Only Mine by Susan Mallery
Paperback, 384 Pages
2011, HQN Books
ISBN: 0373775881
Series: Book 4 of Fool's Gold

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.

Only Mine, the fourth book in the Fool's Gold series, brings a reality dating show to the sweet little town with the embarrassing man-shortage. In this installment, we experience Dakota's story. We've seen Dakota often as Ethan's sister, Raoul's employee and friend to many of the town women, but as with these romances, we get to know her much better in her own book.

Dakota is a wonderful character - strong and willing to do whatever's necessary to get what she dreams. Dakota's always pictured a future that included children. Months back, she learned that it was highly unlikely she would ever be able to get pregnant, even with medical intervention. She feels broken, but carries on, taking steps to adopt as a single parent.

While under obvious emotional distress, she's also working with the reality show crew as a favor to Mayor Marsha. Enter Finn, an irate older brother determined to get his twin siblings off the show and back to college in Alaska where he believes they belong. Finn's a bit too convinced he's in the right when it comes to his brothers. It's sort of abrasive and annoying at times, but Dakota seems to find it amusing most of the time.

The Fool's Gold series is very child-friendly, in that most of the story lines revolve around children or end up with someone pregnant. Not only is there a man-shortage, but those women are a highly fertile bunch. This will alienate some readers, but I totally appreciate the complete realism it brings the series.

Only Mine is an excellent contemporary romance. It's funny, sweet, sometimes sexy and occasionally complicated in the best way possible. Fool's Gold remains one of my favorite series.



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