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Yours to Keep (Kowalskis) Mass Market Paperback – 21 Feb 2012
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About the Author
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 loved this book! It was seriously SO cute and such an easy read. I enjoyed the plot a lot. I could just tell where this was headed and couldn't wait to find out all the situations that Emma and Sean found themselves in while "pretending". The character development was great too. I really saw them changed and get better. Realizing things about themselves. That is usually lacking in romance novels.
There are (of course) a few naughty scenes, but honestly I loved it! It wasn't too over the top. That's exactly what I wanted. I'm looking forward to reading more about the Kowalski family!This book was totally cute!
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BUT I hung on because the writing, as always with this author, is fresh and engaging. The dialogue snappy and smart, and the Kowalski men: swoon! And if you hang in there with this one, it all comes together for a beautiful and unique love story. Emma and Sean are just obviously made for each other. She won't cut him any slack and they're competitive to the end! You will laugh out loud at how competitive. You will not want to miss the progression of the sticky-notes or how the author brilliantly weaves that into the story. Long story short this one hit me hard in the feels. Beautiful HEA that was real and didn't feel contrived.
So. Sean and Emma. Considering they'd never met before Emma's outrageous proposal, things could have gone very differently. Also, the photoshopping thing? Kinda creepy, Emma. Good thing Sean was a good sport about it, because you were edging into creepy stalker territory with that. (Which is a funny thing to say, because Emma really did have the best intentions when she used Sean's name as her fake fiance. That's one little lie that quickly spiraled out of control, wasn't it?)
Not going to lie, Sean's magical man parts gave me a guffaw every time they were mentioned. Magical man parts, FTW!
Fun, sweet, and sexy (because I canNOT resist a couple who try valiantly to pretend steamy kisses don't actually mean anything), I'm chalking this book up as a win for the Kowalskis!
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Sean Kowalski just got out of the army. Instead of going home to Maine and the family lodge, he has gone to New Hampshire to visit the cousins for a while. He has to decide what he wants to do for the rest of his life. He plans right now to get a job in construction and live in the apartment over Kevin’s bar. Little did he know that his life is soon to be completely turned upside down. All it took was a knock at the door.
Emma Shaw owned and ran her own landscape design business. She not only designed new gardens but got her hands dirty putting her designs into operation. She lives and does her business out of her Grandmother’s house. Emma is definitely at home in the house as when she was eight, her parents were killed and she came to live with her grandparents. Now she wants to buy the house from her grandmother. Will her grandmother sell it to her? She probably would not sell to Emma; but perhaps she would sell to Emma and her fiancé. Where is Emma to get a temporary fiancé?
Cat is Emma’s grandmother who lives in Florida. She has come home to meet her granddaughter’s fiancé only to find something is wrong. Everything seems to be going great between Emma and Sean; but Cat doesn’t think so. Will she figure it out and cause problems? Will she forgive her granddaughter for lying to her?
I've found a new author and series to add to my auto buy list.
"Oh yes, Sean Kowalski. Your amazing kisses have made all rational thought fly out of my besotted brain. If only you could fill me with your magic penis, I know we'll fall madly in love and live happily ever after."
I love Lauren Fortgang's narration of the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep so I wanted to check out some more of her work. I listened to books 1 & 2 in the Kowalski Family and loved the narration and writing so it was a no brainer for me to listen to this one too.
What I liked:
Everything really. Shannon Stacey knows how to write a sweet, fun and sexy romance. I love how this series is built around a family so that we get to see past couples and get glimpses of future leading characters. The Kowalski is so heart warming and fun to read that I wish I could be part of their family. From the older generation to the even the kids, Stacey has created a great world within the crazy, fun-loving family.
What I didn't like:
Shannon Stacey and Lauren Fortgang is another great author/narrator combo that goes on my favorite list.
Will I continue this series:
YES! I'm totally hooked and already have the other books waiting for me to devour them.
Would I read this author again:
I've already read 2 other novels and 3 novella by Shannon Stacey so it's safe to say YES I will continue to read her books.