Only Mine

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Only Mine

A furious Finn has left his home and business in Alaska to come to Fool's Gold California to fetch his twin brothers back to college, but his brothers are equally determined to take their chances on getting cast in a reality TV show. The twins are also deadest against returning to Alaska and their older brother's heavy handed ways and the expectation to join Finn in the business. Dakota has found herself unwillingly cast as the liaison between the reality TV show's production company and her beloved town of Fool's Gold. Dakota is the first sympathetic person that Finn meets in Fool's Gold, but can Finn listen to her when she tells him it is time to let go of his siblings and move on with his own life, especially when he has been completely responsible for them since their parents' tragic death?

The romance between Finn and Dakota starts off as two attractive adults who take advantage of circumstance and sympathy to find their way into bed and casual dating. It gets far more serious when Dakota's adoption of a baby girl overtakes their relationship and Finn finds himself moving into the father's role, even as he tries to convince himself that he can't wait to be free of the responsibilities of fatherhood. At the same time, Finn is realizing that his brothers really are adults and that they don't need him corralling them, while Finn's professional life begins to take a new course, offering him new choices to take.

Mallery does an excellent job of creating two characters, at very different points in their lives with different wants, who discover that they are ready to start a new life together. The town of Fool's Gold, with its chronic man shortage is a charming twenty-first century California Cranford. As a bonus, the banter and loving relationship between Dakota's mother and her two sisters has plenty of witty, believable dialogue. The female characters are strong willed and successful, and though they may not always be sure of what they want, they are a refreshing change from romances with bubble-headed women fixated on the latest addition to their show collection. The romance between Finn and Dakota is also sweet and believable, with plenty of life complications and emotional depth. Only Mine is the first in a new trilogy from Mallery, with the triplet sisters as the protagonists, and based on this book, I am looking forward to the next installment.

Book Blurb for Only Mine

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.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 4.25