ONLY MINE – Susan Mallery
Fool’s Gold, Book 4
Fool’s Gold, California – Present Day
Finn Andersson comes to Fool’s Gold looking for his twin brothers, Sasha and Stephen. They have only a few months until they graduate from college, but they left Alaska for California to try out for a reality show, much to Finn’s consternation. Dakota Hendrix finds Finn extremely rude but defuses the situation with friendliness. Dakota advises him to allow his brothers to make the decision and not try to drag them home. After all, they are of age and the show only lasts ten weeks.
Twenty people, sorted into ten couples, are chosen to be part of the reality show in Fool’s Gold. They are sent on romantic dates, and every week one couple is voted off of the show. The last couple wins $250,000.00 plus a wedding if they are so inclined. Dakota, a child psychologist, is given the responsibility by the mayor for protecting the citizens of Fool’s Gold from any Hollywood craziness. It is a town with many women and few men.
Sasha has dreams of stardom, but Stephen wants to find his own dream. Both are determined to not return to the small town in Alaska. Finn wants them to finish college, but when they refuse to leave, he takes a job as a pilot for the show so that he can keep an eye on his brothers.
Dakota is one of identical triplets. Because of a medical condition, she is told she will probably never be able to have children; she decides to adopt a child from Kazakhstan. She and Finn become friends, as she constantly helps tamp down his concerns for his brothers. Although she and Finn are attracted to each other, his worry for his brothers trumps any flirtation. But can they resist each other?
Aurelia lives in town and has signed up for the reality show. She has a difficult time standing up to her mother who complains incessantly, never satisfied with her daughter. Will she be chosen as one of the contestants?
Especially striking is the wonderful dialogue in ONLY MINE. The conversation of the characters sparkles. It is funny and realistic, and the characters are very likeable, making readers want to know more about them. They have their problems to contend with, but manage to keep their lives interesting and fun. The romance is steamy and the storyline intriguing. Finn is not interested in a lasting relationship; he has every intention of returning to Alaska, so Dakota must guard her heart. ONLY MINE is a story of choices for all three men.
ONLY MINE, the fourth book in the Fool’s Gold series, is another winner for this author.