Friday, August 1, 2014

Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey


Title: Falling for Max
Author: Shannon Stacey
My Rating: A


Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Kowalski Family #9
Main Characters: Max and Tori
Release Date: July 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy



Story Overview:
Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he's starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he's always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn't help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material.

Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she's intrigued. When she finds out he's in the market for a wife, she's fascinated…and determined to help.

Molding Max into every woman's dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori's plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she'll have to find a way to show just how she's fallen for him…the real him.

My Review:

I loved this book just because I loved both Max and Tori so much. Max is the recluse of this town. It's an ongoing joke within the town that his mysterious business in his locked basement is actually him committing serial killings. Max is not a naturally relaxed guy. He lives by his lists and is VERY literal about everything. He's a bit awkward, but he's decided that it's time to get married. First, he has to find someone to date which means leaving his basement. He decides the best place to do this is at the town diner, where he meets Tori. 

Tori is the opposite of Max. Although she's also an artist who works out of her home, she needs people. That's why she works at the diner...for the interaction. She immediately notices Max...he's a good looking guy...and then immediately notices how bad he is with women. Tori has no intention to EVER get married. She watched her parents' marriage implode after 25 years of love and marriage. Suddenly one day instead of saying their 'I love you's' they were wishing the other would 'drop dead.' Tori will never do that to another person that she could love. But she will help Max become more natural with women and an incredible friendship follows. 

I loved the way that this story progressed. Although both characters find the other attractive, they know a relationship between them would never work so they find themselves as the best of friends. This is the way friends to lovers stories should work. They are so natural together. I loved watching their relationship just naturally evolve. 

I've loved all the Kowalski family stories, but this one is definitely right up there with my favorites. It was fabulous. Once again, Shannon Stacey proves that she is one of the TOP contemporary romance authors.


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