Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

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Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

5 Stars

This type of plot ALWAYS gets me. It’s seriously one of my favorite formulas. The guy or girl does the other a favor by pretending to their families that they’re dating…yeah, it’s the FUNNEST EVER!! Like the movies The Proposal or The Wedding Date. Looooove! Yours to Keep was just so perfect.

In a way, it was a little different than those stories. In Yours to Keep, the only person “in the dark” is Emma’s grandmother. Everyone else, including Sean’s family, is in on it, and they sure liked to give them crap about it. It was really entertaining to see the Kowalski’s twisted sense of humor in play in this book.

Sean Kowalski is now my favorite Kowalski. There. I said it. He’s just so dang adorable! He’s so down to earth, and he’s so funny and cute. How could I not love him?! And I really loved Emma. Emma is not a girly girl, but she’s feminine at the same time. I think that’s a great balance and it really made it easy to relate to her. She also had a great sense of humor and didn’t take any of Sean’s crap. Their chemistry jumped off the page the more and more time they spent getting to know each other while pretending to be an old, engaged couple.

I love the family dynamics of this series. The Kowalski’s stole my heart from the first book, Exclusively Yours, and they continue to make me laugh, cry, and want to run away to New Hampshire.

If you’re in the market for a romance novel that will take you on a really fun ride, with lots of laughs and sexy moments, look no further. I can’t wait to read more about this awesome family.

Book Info

Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family #3
Published by HQN
Pub Date: February 21st 2012
Pages: 331
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: AdultContemporaryRomance
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Emma Shaw needs a husband, and fast! Not because she’s interested in romance—after all, she’s too busy with her landscaping company—but because Grandma Shaw is coming to town, and she will have nonstop questions about Emma’s (stagnant) love life.

Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the Army than he’s recruited by Emma to be her fake fiance. Sean doesn’t like the deception, but he can’t help his attraction to the feisty brunette. A little pretend kissing won’t hurt anyone—especially when there’s no chance he’ll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he’s not planning to call home. But when fake, innocent kisses lead to very real, explosive sparks, Emma and Sean discover that their big ruse might just lead to happily-ever-after…

About Shannon Stacey

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 riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

7 Responses to “Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey”

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    Would I be totally lost if I started with this book? This one sounds SO GOOD!!! I trust your taste.. always! Ha.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Nope! You won’t be lost at all! The only thing that I can think might happen is, you might get overwhelmed by all the members of Sean’s family. They’re a big bunch! But it won’t take away from Sean and Emma’s story, so I say READ IT! :D

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    This is by far my favorite of the Kowalski series, well the first three at least as I haven’t done the rest. But I loved it. I love the family. And even though I’m not actually a fan of the fake fiance plot (oops, sorry! lol) I still loved this one. I liked their journey to love the best of the first three books. It’s a great series ;)

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      *sputters* You don’t like the fake fiance stories?!?! Friendship over! :P J/K!! lol I’m glad you could appreciate the book in spite of. :)

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        haha, sorry! I do rather have a fondness for the “lets run off to gretna green in a carriage” trope, also, the “shows up on the doorstep offering marriage” trope. If that helps ;)

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