Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
I am an absolute sucker for love stories, especially those about high school sweethearts reconnecting later in life. Joe and Keri's story fit the bill perfectly. Joe still pining, Keri in major denial, a couple of weeks in the middle of nowhere with his whole family, and wild things are bound to happen.
Joe was positively swoony and so good at pushing Keri's buttons. She was relentlessly snarky at first, but I loved that Joe wasn't willing to give up so easily.
I also really liked the secondary story in this one, revolving around Joe's sister Terry, and her fledgling marriage. I loved control freak Terry and I really enjoyed watching her realize some truths about herself. I also really liked how Terry and Keri's pasts were connected. It added another awesome level to the book.
Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey
The second book revolves around youngest brother, Kevin Kowalski, and his one night stand with Beth ending up with her pregnant. I think Kevin is my favorite Kowalski (don't tell the rest of them) and I was so excited to get to know him and his bar a little better.
I wasn't completely sold on Beth at first, her independence wasn't as endearing to me, as I think it was probably supposed to be. I totally get that she doesn't know this man who has all of the sudden become a part of her life, but her constantly pushing away his offers of help was just silly. Of course, as the story went on and she warmed up to Kevin and his family, I warmed up to her.
The secondary story in this one was about Kevin's bar manager, Paulie. She is the kind of gal you want to hang out with on the weekends. Loud, crass and all kinds of attitude, not to mention so much fun. It was great reading about how she dealt with her past walking through the door of Jasper's.
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
The third book about the Kowalski's has my favorite story line. I'll let you in on a little secret, if a book features a scenario where characters have to live together and pretend they are a couple, I will read it. No questions asked. These stories give the best kind of background for blossoming love and plenty of lust, too.
Sean Kowalski is definitely a little rough around the edges, having just gotten out of the military. Considering a complete, and possibly crazy, stranger knocked on his door and let him know that they have a fake future together and then asked him to move in with her and pretend for her gram, he handled it all pretty much in stride.
This one was just so much fun. The teasing and bickering between these two was so good and the sexual tension was through the roof.
And Emma's grandmother, Cat, was the kind of lady I hope to be at that age. She had all kinds of spunk and was as smart as a whip.
Shannon Stacey and her Kowalski family have completely won me over. The books are smart, funny, hot, and so romantic. I devoured these three so quickly and I can't wait for more from Shannon. I definitely think these are worth everyone checking out. Excellent love stories with just enough steam to keep things interesting :0)