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What It Takes: A Kowalski Reunion Novel (Kowalskis) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Feb 2017
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"It's one of those stories that you don't want to put it down and the characters are ones that you wish you really knew." - Night Owl Reviews, TOP PICK
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and off-roading with her friends and family. You can contact Shannon through her website, www.shannonstacey.com, as well as sign up for her newsletter.
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I have to say though I really wasn't expecting a new love story with new characters intermixed with the reunion of the entire Kowalski family. Yet it would and it was great catching up with characters I have read and enjoyed previously. Although the focus was really on Sean and his wife Emma and their adorable little boy Johnny and of course the Kowalski's who live at the Northern Star and in Whitford where this story is set.
As for the new characters Ben and Laney I really liked them both. They fit in really well with the Kowalski clan and the overall story. They also worked well as a couple, definitely shared chemistry and the progression of their relationship was well paced.
As for the actual story, it was very sweet, quick and extremely easy to read. It also had no angst and I would certainly recommend it to others. Especially to fans of the author and the Kowalski series itself.
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Ben Rivers has moved back to Whitford to act as the paramedic for the fire department, a job much needed with the burgeoning ATV activity. He was close to the burn out situation and wanted a more laid back lifestyle. Little did he know he' d be busier than he ever was. lol!
Laney Caswell is a recent divorcee who comes to work at the Kowalski campground. Laney wants to find herself again, after ten years of marriage to a rich man who had her catering to his every whim. And even though she's busier than she ever expected to be, she loves every minute of it.
The lives of these two people are going to change--- and in a ways that neither of them expected--- whether they're ready for it or not. Whenever these two got within a few feet of each other, the sparks would fly.
This was a very sweet romance story, which I enjoyed immensely. If you love a good, fun series with lots of love, laughter, and chaotic situations....you'll absolutely love this series!
There's an instant attraction between the two, but Laney doesn't want to lose her independence and Ben is looking to settle down. Meanwhile, the annual Kowalski reunion is being held at the campground so we get to see the whole family again as they spend two weeks in Maine.
I have to admit I wish the reunion hadn't taken up so much of the book. There wasn't enough of my favorites with so many people being involved and the romance between Laney and Ben suffered as a result. I still enjoyed the story with the 'bad word' Scrabble and the shopping list of doom, but I wish it had concentrated on Laney and Ben more.
Laney has just divorced her husband of ten years and has taken a job at the Northern Star Lodge, which is owned by one branch of the Kowalski family. Ben is a paramedic who has recently moved to Whitford. During the course of the book the other branch of the Kowalskis come to the lodge for the annual two week camping vacation (Of Doom). It was nice seeing all the characters together, but it detracted from Laney and Ben's romance. There were chapters from the point of view of previous characters and somehow they seemed to crowd out the romance between Laney and Ben. Unusually for a Shannon Stacey book, I never really felt the mental connection beyond the physical attraction both characters felt.
Still, she's a reliable writer and one small disappointment won't keep me from reading her other books.
Sean and Emma each have excerpts throughout the book creating a secondary storyline that flows along well. The entire family reuniting was fun, funny, and chaotic. Just like family should be.