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 bachelorsis 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.
Welcome back to Fool’s Gold, California, land of few men, but remarkable women. This is book four of the Fool’s Gold series by Susan Mallery and the first in a series about a group of triplets, Dakota, Montana and Nevada (sisters to Almost Perfect’s Ethan). I discovered Susan’s books a few months ago, and am slowly making my way through them all. The original three books in the Fool’s Gold series are lots of fun, so I was anxious to get to the triplet’s stories.
Fool’s Gold has been inundated with men due to an article that declares the town to be having a man shortage. Then Hollywood comes calling in the form of a reality show that Dakota has been selected by the mayor to work on as the voice of the town. Into her office walks Mr. Tall, Dark and Grumpy, Finn Anderssen, looking for his “runaway” twenty-one year old twin brothers who are trying to get on the show and away from their small Alaska hometown (one semester short of college graduation, oh the NERVE!).
Finn sticks around to watch out for his brothers and in the process begins dating our Dakota (i. e., they become “friends with benefits”). We find out that Dakota is reproductively challenged and has begun the process of adoption. I really liked Dakota, she was smart and funny. She realized right away that she had feelings for Finn, but knew he wouldn’t be sticking around after the reality show wrapped up.
Finn, on the other hand, was pretty much clueless (they usually are). He liked Dakota just fine, she was beautiful and she could talk him down when he became stressed about his brothers. They seemed to complement each other pretty well. Finn was relentless in his pursuit of getting his brothers to return with him, even though we can tell that is just not going to happen. He’s pretty irritable for most of the book, but Dakota is usually there to calm him.
Usually, I dislike when a book has more than two points of view. This book had four, including our couple and one of the twins, Sasha and Aurelia, who is matched with Sasha’s twin, Steven, for the show. I especially enjoyed Aurelia’s story and I hope we see more of she and Steven’s story in the coming books.
The love story of Finn and Dakota was very well written. They had a lot of obstacles, but they pulled through. Finn was cross and kind of reminded me of my husband (with the grumpyness), so I’m okay with it. Plus, he becomes more bearable toward the middle of the book (I don’t want to give it away, but suffice it to say there is a small child involved). Dakota was a great heroine and someone you really want to see thrive.
Looking forward to the next two installments! Montana is next in Only Yours, out August 30th.