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.
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family #3
Published by HQN
Pub Date: February 21st 2012
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
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…