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Love a Little Sideways: Book Seven of The Kowalskis [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Stacey
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Liz Kowalski is heading home to Whitford, Maine—this time for good. Eager for her family, a fresh start and some fun, she doesn't count on being rescued by the chief of police her very first night back in town. Drew is everything she's not looking for…so why is she still so attracted to him?

After a brief, forbidden rendezvous at her brother's wedding, Drew Miller expects Liz to return to New Mexico and stay there. He's searching for someone to settle down with, not a casual fling with his best friend's sister. But when they're stuck together on the annual Kowalski camping trip, things start going a little sideways. Keeping their hands off each other proves just as impossible as keeping their secret from becoming public knowledge.

Amid family, mud and melted marshmallow, Liz and Drew try to fight what's growing between them. But a little time alone, a lot of chemistry and too many opinions might be just what it takes to bring together two people so determined not to fall in love.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 679 KB
    • Print Length: 368 pages
    • Publisher: Carina Press (1 Dec. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00F942XMK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 Jan. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition

    This was a really big disappointment for me.

    It started so promising ...... two people who have grown up together fall into bed together one day during a wedding expecting it to be a one-time thing but then being forced to confront their attraction when they end up living in the same small town again. However, two major things stopped this story from being enjoyable:

    1. He's the best friend of her brother

    This is a theme dealt with in many romance novels and I have nothing against this trope ... UNTIL IT IS DONE TO DEATH. Honestly, the amount of times both Liz and Drew mentioned the problem that is Mitch (her brother, his best friend) ..... just get over it already. I don't know whether it's because I am an only child but I am perfectly capable of understanding the friction there BUT NOT TO THE EXTENT IT IS PLAYED OUT IN THIS BOOK. These are 30-something characters. Mitch should have more important things to worry about like Paige. Why would he be so obsessed with his sister's sex life?!?! Shouldn't he be happy that his best friend, and all around good guy and town cop, is taking care of his sister?!

    Weirdly enough whilst I didn't like the whole He-Man nature of it, Mitch dealt with the whole thing better than I though. It's definitely weird when he ends up being the one to come out best of the whole mess.

    2. He wants children, she doesn't

    Having watched Owen/Cristina dance around this for far too many seasons on Grey's Anatomy I have some experience of watching writers deal with this topic and nothing will make me believe that a woman can change her mind about this at all, or definitely not in a blink of an eye.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars wow! Must read 4 Dec. 2013
    By Angela
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I love the kowalskis even tho this is part of a set it can be read as a stand alone, even tho you don't need to read the previous books to enjoy this one you might be tempted to go back and read about all the other characters! once i started reading i couldn't put it down.

    I received a free copy from netgallery in exchange for a honest review
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    5.0 out of 5 stars LOve the Kowalskis family 12 Dec. 2013
    By Carmel
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is a good end to the Kowalskis family story. I have enjoyed reading all about the brothers and how they found and fell in love with their wifes and Liz was always kind of in the background. it was good to read her story and how she found happiness. A good read for a rainy day.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Jan. 2015
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    Brilliant read
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love story of the DOOM! 26 Nov. 2013
    By Books And Spoons Blog - Published on
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    Love a Little Sideways, the story of Liz and Drew finding their HEA, is heart-felt, fun, HOT, loud, messy, and crazy. Just like the Kowalski family, and I loved it! Drew just melts my heart, and I love Liz and her temper.
    There were times when I laughed out loud, and times I was so touched by the story, and the love in the family, that I had tears in my eyes.
    The visit with the whole Kowalski extended family was lovely plus, and reminded me why I love the series as much as I do -- my favorite book family!
    The Kowalskis are books I'll be re-reading many times for years to come. The perfect entertainment!
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars What's really awful about this book.... 28 Nov. 2013
    By MM NW Chicago - Published on
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    is that there are NO MORE KOWALSKIS!!!! Sure, I know some of them will continue to show up in future books about some of the other characters. But, bar none, Shannon Stacey is my absolute favorite contemporary author of all time. This book gets back a bit more of the fun that the first three books had, in large part due to the camping reunion (I was waiting for a tick check, but alas, not happening...). The only criticism I can make is that, because there are so many characters, we don't get reacquainted as much as I would have liked. As many other reviewers mention, Stacey's dialog is perfection--female, male, and even kids. Speaking of which, the kids in these books are hilarioius--realistic, yet fun, and not obnoxiously sweet nor foul-mouthed and sassy. The storyline is a standard--H/h are attracted, but due to family and friendship ties, feel that they can't go public with their relationship. But this book tells the tale with such fresh and fun dialog and description, it doesn't matter if, yes, we see it all coming. Stacey is my go-to author when I need a lift; I usually read or listen to one of her books nearly every month. I wish that she had nothing else to do in her life, like family and sleep, so she could write 24/7.
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Love A Little Boring 9 Mar. 2014
    By IndigoRaiyne - Published on
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I'm about ready to give up on the Kowalskis. Which will make me sad because until these last couple of books I've read, Shannon Stacey has been my go-to author for a good book.

    I had been looking forward to read Liz's story. She is the only Kowalskis girl and has been living in New Mexico. I was hoping to learn why she was so far away and somewhat estranged from her otherwise close family. So, needless to say, I was excited to read "Love a Little Sideways."

    It should have been titled Love a Little Boring.

    This book was the story of Liz Kowalski Drew Miller. Drew is the chief of police in Whitford, Maine, and he's also the best friend of Mitch Kowalski, Liz's older brother. Liz and Drew had a brief encounter at Mitch's wedding several months earlier Nd neither have forgotten their passionate interlude.

    This sounds like a fantastic plot and I love nothing better than childhood friends/acquaintances become lovers. Sadly, the story never delivered.

    I thoughtLiz and Drew had good chemistry and I enjoyed reading about them when they were together. However, they were rarely together. Too much of this book focused on updating the reader about what was going on with all the other Kowalskis and their children and babies.

    I had hoped during the camping trip less time would be spent on the family and the reader would finally see the relationship progress between Liz and Drew. That does happen, but it's so hurried and awkward that it's unsatisfying.

    I also disliked the camping in general. It had all happened before in another book, right down to the naughty Scrabble. Except I enjoyed it more the first time I read it.

    I get that some readers may like this. In the last few months I have come to realize that there are people who enjoy reading books populated by everyone under the sun regardless of whether or not they have anything to do with the plot. I have also discovered I'm not one of those people.

    The relationship between Drew and Liz is never developed. They avoid each other for most of the book because they don't want to upset Mitch then they're nearly living together and the book is over. It had such potential.

    The writing was good and I'm sure I'll continue to read Shannon Stacey's books, but I'll definitely temper my expectations. This is a book more about what's going on with Kowalskis previously introduced than it is about telling the story of Liz and Drew. Be warned.
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Where's my wooden spoon? 27 Dec. 2013
    By T. Witthaus - Published on
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    I'm enjoying reading about the Kowalskis (since their family sounds loud and crazy like my own) but as I was reading Liz and Drew's story, I kept wishing for one of Aunt Mary's wooden spoons...for: (SPOILERS)
    --Mitch: Can you BE any more of a Neanderthal, reacting the way you did toward your VERY GROWN sister actually having a relationship with a man? Wouldn't you be happy to know it was with your very nice lifelong friend, not some dirtbag?
    ---Liz: Can you get your head screwed on straight long enough to see what's in front of you?
    ---Drew: PLEEEEASE ease up on the "I want kids, I want kids, I want kids" chorus? Frankly, it gave me a headache.

    All that said, I loved reading about the camping trip and the small town life (which after living in a very busy community I myself have come to treasure)! I am glad I read this (I've been dying to hear about Liz after reading about her brothers) but, oh, where's a wooden spoon when you need it?

    P.S. I am finding (now that I realized I'm reading the stories out of order) that I would enjoy the characters' journeys and personalities even more if I read the stories IN ORDER. Just a thought!
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A family with love enough for everyone to help overcome the problems 11 Aug. 2014
    By Mary Gramlich - Published on
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    Liz wanted to go home and even though reconnecting with the family she missed so much meant seeing Drew it was a collision that had to happen. Liz set up her life in a small residence close enough to stay in touch but make sure everyone had to call first. The person who sent the first welcome back was Chief of Police Drew Miller who helped get her settled and remind her that while they were together once it could never happen again. The arrogant man failed to consider maybe she didn’t want it to happen again, well she did but she wasn’t going to tell him that the jerk.

    So the best made plan of stay away and not tell didn’t hold out for long as they are thrown together for a family campout and with Drew considered part of the family there he was in all of his masculine glory showing her exactly the frosting she wanted on her cake. The problem was her brothers still saw her as a kid and she needed them to back off and get awy from any relationship she was going to potentiall have with Drew. The terms of said togetherness had lots of bumps in the road but at some point they acknowledged they were meant to be.

    Liz and Drew push and shove at each other with the most amazing results and nights of passion. They think about the things they share, the joys they create for each other, and the magic each romantic encounter produces. Drew sess long term with Liz but does he see forever. She would be the perfect wife, and lover, but would she be able to give up the free life she leads and be the mother to the children he craves. When it is time to decide whether to stay for the long haul or bail what is Drew going to do? When you know the answer it is easy to make the decision but Drew has no idea what life without Liz would be or if he could make it without her
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