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Review: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

Thursday, September 15, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Series: Kowalski Family #1
Ebk: 282 Pages, pub June 7, 2010 by Carina Press
Pbk: 318 Pages, pub December 20, 2011 by HQN Books

When Keri Daniels’ editor finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.

Joe’s never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he’s intrigued to hear Keri’s back in town—and looking for him. Despite his intense need for privacy, he’ll grant Keri an interview if it means a chance to finish what they started in high school.

He proposes an outrageous plan—for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping and four-wheeling trip, Keri can ask one question. Keri agrees; she’s worked too hard to walk away from her career.

But the chemistry between them is still as potent as the bug spray, Joe’s sister is out to avenge his broken heart and Keri hasn’t ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri Joe 2gether 4ever.

High school sweethearts may not always stay in love with each other, but the old spark doesn't always die. Keri dumped Joe back in the day in favor of pursuing her career; now, she needs to get a story out of him to save said career. Somehow during their reunion, Joe proposes a challenge for Keri to join his family's annual camping and four-wheeling trip with the ulterior motive of winning her back.

You'd think that it'd be impossible to like the girl that would dump a nice guy like Joe and to cheer on the guy who's trying to get back said girl. The problem is that Keri is a nice girl herself; she's just set her priorities wrong these past years. Watching Keri mentally steel herself for everything Joe sent at her, getting closer to his family, and yearning for Joe's life, I couldn't help rooting the two of them on. Reading the book from their alternating perspectives, it's obvious that they still have lingering feelings for each other. Joe puts himself out there from the start, but Keri is determined to restrain herself. Not only is she there to get a human interest story off the bestselling author, she doesn't want to give up her career. Side plots involve a whole bunch of family drama between other couples in the family.

Exclusively Yours is about second chances, about letting yourself fall in love again, even if it means that you'll be hurt once more. Shannon Stacey is an amazing author with a gift for plot, realistic characters, and hooking in the readers. If you don't mind adult scenes and are looking for a fun romantic story filled with characters with a great sense of humor, you don't want to miss this novel!

Exclusively Yours is available as an ebook at Carina Press and will be out in paperback December 2011.

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1 comment on "Review: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey"
  1. Sounds like a nice read! Thanks for the review, I'll be looking at this one! I like the idea of a journalist and an author!

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