Monday, May 30, 2011

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

Title:   Exclusively Yours
Author: Shannon Stacey
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Kowalski's #1
Main Characters: Keri Daniels & Joe Kowalski
Release Date: June 2010
ISBN: e book
Publisher: Carina Press
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $4.61
Borders- $4.69
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:

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.

My Review:
OMG, I loved this book!! As a family who takes whole-family camping trips (5 campsites...taking over the campground kind of camping,) this book had me laughing out loud to the point that dh came and checked on what was so funny. There was so much about the camping that I could relate to...hehe!

The whole ensemble of characters is wonderful, but I just loved Keri & Joe. There was so much heartache for both of them when Keri left to follow her dream 18 years ago, but neither one of them would be the same today if she hadn't done it. Their chemistry is still sizzling and it was so fun reading about them trying to ignore it which they manage for a good long time esp. considering they are spending the nights together.

Everything about this book was wonderful. It was fun, well-written, with a great story line. There wasn't a single lull in the story, which is why I couldn't help but to read it in a single sitting. 

I think that one of the reasons that this book was so fun to read was because the family all has so much fun together and at each other's expense. They are a close family and a huge rambunctious bunch. They are on vacation camping so they are in a huge outdoor playground- enjoying life and having a good time just being together.

Keri works for a magazine whose editor is obsessed with getting an interview with exclusive writer Joe. Keri has never disclosed that she actually knew Joe...that they were lovers in high school, so when her editor finds out (someone sends her a photo of them in high school,) she's a little unhappy with Keri and threatens Keri's job if she doesn't get the interview. Keri is stuck between a rock and a hard place so she goes to Joe and he proposes this outrageous camping trip. If Keri can survive, then she will have her interview.

I like that Keri & Joe have their history together. They were hot and heavy in high school and that chemistry is still there, although they are both trying to ignore it. They are still totally drawn to each other, but their history and the hurt that it caused holds them both back. Keri broke Joe's heart and they both know that and neither one wants a repeat of it. The fact is that Keri is there to get something from Joe and she's not planning on sticking around this time either.

It's so easy for Keri to fall into the camaraderie of Joe's family. They are all together 24/7 for two weeks. You can feel her getting sucked in- to both the family and Joe's life, but it doesn't change the fact that her life is on the other side of the country. There is not a good compromise to find here...

I have fallen in love with Joe & Keri and the entire Kowalski clan! I cannot wait to read the rest of this series...


Julie said...

I just finished the third book in this series and, even though I found the circumstances a little odd, I loved it. That family! I so want to go back and read the first two books. I'm glad to see that at least this one is just as lovely as book 3!

Christi Snow said...

Julie, I read all three books this weekend. This first one was my favorite, followed by #3, then #2, but they are all wonderfully fun books. It's a fabulous series!!!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

So the three books are: Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours, and Yours to Keep? In that order?

Christi Snow said...

Yep, and Yours to Keep isn't out until next Tuesday....

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Oh Christi, this sounds like such a great book! It's going on my TBR list RIGHT NOW. Thank you for the amazing review! :-D