Author: Susan Mallery
Series: Fool's Gold, #4
Published: July 2011, HQN
Format: Paperback, 379 pages
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.
My thoughts: I really am enjoying reading this series by Susan Mallery and am thrilled to be starting the trilogy about the Hendrix triplets. From the first moment we met them in an earlier book, I've been waiting for their stories.
The first triplet up is Dakota, who we got to see quite a bit of in Finding Perfect as she works for Raoul. Picking up where that story left off, with the elementary school still using the camp until it can be rebuilt, Dakota has a lot of time on her hands, so she ends up helping out with the reality show that comes to Fool's Gold. That is how she meets Finn - the older brother of two of the contestants on the show. He's there to get the boys to see reason and come back home to Alaska. Of course, the boys do not go willingly, so he decides to stick around. From the moment Dakota and Finn meet, you just know that somehow they will end up together,but let me tell you - that journey is not an easy one.
I think one of the reasons I love reading long series like the Fool's Gold one is that you really start to develop a sense of belonging to the town where the series is set in. In the case of this series, each book introduces us to new characters, but familiar ones make appearances throughout the series, especially when one of the main characters ends up being a Hendrix - they are a big family and when one figures, some or even all tend to be around.
This story also featured Mama bear Hendrix - a woman that I love dearly. She's a fierce mama bear, but has a tender side, too. Here she contemplates entering the dating world and I loved the reactions of her daughters at this news.
I'm definitely looking forward to finding out who the other two triplets end up with, as well as seeing more of the Hendrix clan. I only wish I could go visit Fool's Gold - I think I would absolutely love this small, charming town!
Have you read this series? If so, do you have a favorite character or couple?
Books in this series:
1. Chasing Perfect 8. Summer Nights
2. Almost Perfect 9. All Summer Long
2.5 Sister of the Bride 9.5 A Fool's Gold Christmas
3. Finding Perfect 9.75 Halfway There
4. Only Mine 10. Just One Kiss
5. Only Yours 11. Two of a Kind
6. Only His 12. Three Little Words
6.1 Only Us 12.5 Christmas on 4th Street
6.2 Almost Summer
7. Summer Days