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Only Mine

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Only Mine

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.
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.
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    "What's it going to take to get you to cooperate? Money? Threats? Either works for me."

    Dakota Hendrix looked up from her laptop to find a very tall, stern--looking man standing over her. "Excuse me?"

    "You heard me. What's it going to take?"

    She'd been warned there would be plenty of crazies hanging around, but she hadn't actually believed it. Apparently she'd been wrong.

    "You have a lot of attitude for someone wearing a plaid flannel shirt," she said, standing so she was at least something close to eye--level with the guy. If he hadn't been so obviously annoyed, she would have thought he was pretty decent--looking, with dark hair and piercing blue eyes.

    He glanced down at himself, then back at her. "What does my shirt have to do with anything?"

    "It's plaid."

    "So?"

    "It's hard to be intimidated by a man wearing plaid. I'm just saying. And flannel is a friendly fabric. A little down--home for most people. Now if you were in all black, with a leather jacket, I'd be a lot more nervous."

    His expression tightened, as did a muscle in his jaw. His gaze sharpened, and she had a feeling that if he were just a little less civilized, he would throw something.

    "Having a bad day?" she asked cheerfully.

    "Something like that." He spoke between clenched teeth.

    "Want to talk about it?"

    "I believe that's how I started this conversation."

    "No. You started by threatening me." She smiled. "At the risk of sending your annoyance level from an eight to a ten, sometimes being nice is more effective. At least it is with me." She held out her hand. "Hi. I'm Dakota Hendrix."

    The man looked as if he would rather rip off her head than be polite, but after a couple of deep breaths, he shook hands with her and muttered, "Finn Andersson."

    "Nice to meet you, Mr. Andersson."

    "Finn."

    "Finn," she repeated, being more perky than usual, simply because she thought it would bug him. "How can I help you?"

    "I want to get my brothers off the show."

    "Hence the threats."

    He frowned. "Hence? Who says that?"

    "It's a perfectly good word."

    "Not where I come from."

    She glanced down at the worn work boots he wore, then back to his shirt. "I'm almost afraid to ask where that is."

    "South Salmon, Alaska."

    "You're a long way from home."

    "Worse, I'm in California."

    "Hey, you're in my hometown. I'll thank you to be polite."

    He rubbed the bridge of his nose. "Fine. Whatever. You win. Can you help me with my brothers or not?"

    "It depends. What's the problem?"

    She motioned to the seat across from her small desk. Finn hesitated for a second, then folded his long body into a seated position. She took her chair and waited.

    "They're here," he said at last, as if that explained everything.

    "Here instead of back in South Salmon?"

    "Here instead of finishing their last semester of college. They're twins. They go to UA. University of Alaska," he added.

    "But if they're on the show, then they're over eighteen," she said gently, feeling his pain, but knowing there was very little she could do about it.

    "Meaning I don't have any legal authority?" he asked, sounding both resigned and bitter. "Tell me about it." He leaned toward her, his gaze intense. "I need your help. Like I said, they're one semester from graduating, and they walked away from that to come here."

    Dakota had grown up in the town of Fool's Gold and had chosen to return after she'd finished her...

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  • Susan Mallery is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and women's fiction novels with heart and humor. Her funny and sexy family stories have been named to Booklist's Top 10 Romance Novels lists of 2007, 2008, and 2009.

    Mallery's gift for writing humor and tenderness make all her books true gems. -Romantic Times

    Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling. -Booklist

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  • Library Journal on Chasing Perfect "Warm, funny, and sexy, this lighthearted yet touching page-turner is a satisfying, rewarding read and the ' perfect' beginning for Mallery's Fool's Gold series."
  • Publishers Weekly on Chasing Perfect "The book brims with quick-witted, good-natured characters... [the] romance grows poignantly and with chemistry to spare."
  • RT Book Reviews on Almost Perfect "...an abundance of warmth, caring and romantic passion. Guaranteed to touch your heart!"
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