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Love a Little Sideways (The Kowalskis) [Mass Market Paperback]

Shannon Stacey
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (26 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373002254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373002252
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
*Spoilers*

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 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 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 story of the DOOM! 26 Nov 2013
By A-R - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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!
6 of 6 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 Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 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 Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, but a bit dull in the romance department 14 Dec 2013
By The Book Goddess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I had been meaning to check out this author's books for a while but never seemed to get around to it and when I saw this one on Netgalley I jumped on the chance to grab it and review! This story had an interesting concept...the little sister and her brother's best friend have a fling while she is in town and then they each go their separate ways. However, things get complicated when she moves back to their hometown and they are forced to see each other. The attraction is strong, but they are afraid to tell her brother. I found it hard to wrap my head around this concept, but my husband assured me, this would be an issue.

I really enjoyed Drew, but I couldn't really connect with Liz. She seemed a little two-dimensional. This a sweet story, with family at the heart of it, that follows two people finding their way together. This was a nice weekend read, but I found it easy to put down. The romance was a little lacking in my opionion. I read a lot of romance, so I have a pretty strongly developed idea of what I really like, and this just didn't knock it out of the park for me.

But I did find it to be well-written and I would recommend the author. This was the 7th book in the series, so all of the siblings and cousions we meet in this book have already had their stories. You don't need to read them in order to follow the story, but I think I would've been more fully engaged in their characters had I started at the beginning. It would have connected me to the Kowalski family in a way I feel I was lacking. I do think this author has potential and I would like to go back and read her earlier books. Glad I got the opportunity to read this author...I will go back to try her other stories.

I received a copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love This Family 27 Feb 2014
By pw reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey is as good as any of her books. She is a favorite author of mine so I've read many. The Kowalski family series is wonderful and this story of Liz and Drew just adds to the whole package. Family nosiness is such as ordinary occurrence at least in my small town. Ms. Stacey writes about it in such believable way that I empathize with Drew, the friend of brother, Mitch, and Liz. The beginning with Liz's car wreck just hooked me right into the story and didn't let go until the last Facebook photo at the end. This story is strong on character development, sharing their actions and the consequences as well as their emotions. Along with them, I laughed, cringed and was teary eyed with them. Gotta love family as least the Kowalskis. Highly recommend this series and this author.
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