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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Review: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey


Title: Exclusively Yours
Author: Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“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.”
Exclusively Yours is the first book in the Kowalski Family series by Shannon Stacey.

After hearing so many great things about Shannon Stacey’s books I knew I have to read something by her, soon. Thanks my luck this book was available in NetGalley.

The blurb describes pretty well what this book is about, I don’t think it’s necessary to add more to it. Adding more will be too spoilerish. 

I started Exclusively Yours with an open mind and not high expectations, but I can honestly say this book was a great surprise. I really liked everything about it and since page one I was ensnared in the story. The characters felt real and well developed, I’m not just talking about main characters but secondary characters too. They all have different personalities and characteristics. This made them feel more alive and at the same time easier to connect with. 

Keri has worked hard to obtain her dreams and to get where she is. But now she is walking the tightrope, she wants to succeed in her career but not at the expense of her principles. She had the material in her hands to write the article of her lifetime but she could never live with herself if she did that; this made me really admired her and liked her even more. I also loved that she had insecurities, she knows she is not the same eighteen year old girl that Joe knew, nor has the same body, time has passed and even though she takes care of herself years and gravity have affected her, or at least that was what she thinks, making her feel more real and easy to relate to.
I have never camped, not once in my life and just thinking about it I get the willies, for that reason more than once I identified myself with Keri. I guess many of her reactions to the different situations could have been my own reactions; this made the book an even funnier read for me. 

Joe was a great character, he was sweet, caring, sexy, smart, funny and honest. *swoon* I loved his need to keep his life private and that he hasn’t let himself be blinded by fame and fortune. He’s still the same Joe Keri dated in high school, just with expensive toys. 

The chemistry between these two was off the charts, since their first encounter is was pretty obvious things haven’t changed with time and seeing them fight this attraction was not only entertaining but hilarious at a times. 

Apart from the main plot there are two small subplots, one involves Joe’s sister and her husband and the other one involves one of Joe’s brothers and his wife. These secondary stories didn’t subtract attention to the main story but complemented the plot as a whole.

As I said before, the secondary characters were all different and entertaining, and as in all stories some easier to like than others. Their interrelationships were honest and true to their characterizations. 
Mrs. Stacey’s writing style is fluid and spotless making of Exclusively Yours a-difficult-to-put-down-book. 

All in all I liked Exclusively Yours and its characters so much that as soon as I finish reading it I stated the second book in this series, Undeniable Yours
I can truthfully tell you that all the hype behind Mrs. Stacey books is real. If you are a lover of contemporary romance you should give this book and this author a chance, I can guarantee you you won’t regret it. 

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series 
Exclusively Yours
Undeniable Yours
Yours to Keep

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5 comments:

  1. Everyone loves this series! I do want it cos of that but at the same time I do not know, I really enjoy contemporary romance but it never is truly awesome for me

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  2. Great review, Marcela! It's no secret that I LOVE this book! smiles...

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  3. Fantastic review! I'm so happy you enjoyed this book Marcela!I know I really need to check this series out sometime...I'll get right on it as soon as I can. :-P

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  4. Blodeuedd, This book was fun, I think you may enjoy it too.

    Christi, Yes, no secrets there ;)

    Deanna, Thank you. I'm sure you are going to like it.

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  5. I've decided to read the second book next! lol You are so right about Joe...just *swoon* yum! I love Stacey's style and am looking forward to trying book 2 even though I'm told it's 'different'. Don't really know what people mean by that but I guess I'm going to find out very soon. Great review!

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