Monday, December 13, 2010

Undeniably Yours

Undeniably Yours (Kowalski Family, #2)Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey

I couldn't wait to read Undeniably Yours after really enjoying the first novel, Exclusively Yours.
This is another great read from Shannon Stacey. I just love the Kowolski family and once again found myself laughing out loud throughout this story.
We met Kevin Kowalski in Exclusively Yours, Joe's younger brother who has recently divorced, left his job as a police officer and is now running a sports bar. He meets Beth one night in the bar when he breaks her drunk boss's nose and subsequently loses her her job. They run into each other again when she is running the bar at Joe's wedding. The get together that night and through a misunderstanding she leaves his hotel room the next morning without leaving her last name or her phone number. She contacts Kevin again six weeks later when she finds out she's pregnant. Kevin wants to be involved with the baby and be supportive to Beth. Kevin really wants a relationship with Beth, and not just because she's pregnant with his child, but she's really holding him at arm's length.
I gave the first novel 5 stars and am only giving this novel 4 stars, I considered only 3 stars but decided it really did deserve more than that.
The only reason being that I just couldn't quite understand why it was that Beth was so fiercely trying to protect her independence and not allow Kevin to get closer. There was no insight into any previous relationship that made her want to be so independent, and although she had protective parents, they didn't seem to smother her.
All in all though another great read and I just wish there were more novels available.....because I'd love to read more of the Kowolski family.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Exclusively Yours

Exclusively Yours (Kowalski Family, #1)Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. Joe Kowalski and Keri Daniels fell in love in high school, then she broke his heart when she chose to chase a career on the other side of the country. She hasn't seen him in 18 years. He is an author and she is a journalist for a gossip magazine. Her boss wants a juicy story and if Keri doesn't get it she loses her job.
Joe agrees to answer a question a day if she spends a two week camping holiday with him and his family. Joe's entire family is on the trip, his parents, his siblings and his niece and nephew. His brother Mike and his wife Lisa have four sons. Mike thinks its time to get a vasectomy and Lisa thinks its time to have another baby. Also there is Joe's twin sister Terry and her teenage daughter Steph. Terry's husband Evan walked out on her 3 months earlier. Terry also holds a grudge against Keri for walking out on Joe just as much as she walked away from Keri as her best friend at school.
I got so much from this book, it made me laugh out loud at the antics between the family. I think one of the reasons I connected so well with this book is because the family is so real.
The story is infused with so many different types of love that it really is more than just being a romance book. It's full of hearty laughter and family closeness, and is one of those books that are refreshing, light and funny in spite of the drama it portrays.
I'm sure this is a book that I will re-read some time in the near future. For now I can't wait to read Joe's younger brother Kevin's story in "Undeniably Yours".

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