Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book Review: Yours To Keep

Yours To Keep

by Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family #3
Release date: 6th June 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 201 (ARC NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he’s recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiancé. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother’s upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn’t like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma’s offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there’s no chance he’ll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he’s not planning to call home.

Emma’s not interested in a real relationship either; not with a man whose idea of home is wherever he drops his duffel bag. No matter how amazing his “pretend” kisses are…

This time, there will be no turning back.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

Ok, I know this book is supposed to be about Sean and Emma, and in the end that's true but at the same time is not. You see, yes, Emma lied to her Grandma (who, after the death of her parents, was the one who raised her) just to make her feel better about being in California and to assure her she was fine, specially after her "fiancé" was living with her. All lies as I told you, she had no fiancé, she didn't have a boyfriend for that matter and the only name that popped into her head was Sean Kowalski, a relative of her bestfriend.
And when the poor guy returns home after being in Afghanistan he finds himself in the middle of a lie, with a fiancée he never met and a grandmother that is arriving very soon to meet him. Yeah, panic.

But the grandma is no fool and in five seconds she realizes everything is a lie and, this is the best part, after meeting Sean's aunt (who doesn't want to participate in this but is draged in at the end) they both decided to keep the charade going, after all, the kids make such a good couple...(best conspiracy ever!)

Believe me, I've been laughing the whole night with this book. I think this is the best contemporary romance I've read in years. The situations Emma and Sean are put in with their families are to die for, with all of them willing to help but at the same time teasing the fake couple.
The attraction between them is so natural, so fluent that I enjoy every second of the book. In fact, I'm going to read the other two books very soon (like tonight) because I can't wait to know the stories of the other males of the Kowalski family.

In a few words: fresh, hilarious, sweet and amazing. One of my best readings this year!
Keep in mind: This is a book for mature people, meaning "kids, stay away", ok?

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. I picked this up from NetGalley as well. After reading your review I cannot wait to get started on it!

  2. I saw this on Netgalley - but haven't checked it out yet, maybe I will.

  3. This book sounds super hilarious! The synopsis itself made me want to read it, but your review just made my excitement rise over the top! :) There's no doubt that I'm going to try to get my hands on a copy of this book!

    Awesome review, Alaiel! :)

  4. After reading your review, I bought a copy of this on amazon for my kindle. It was under 4 bucks so I can't wait to read it!

    Great review. Stop by my blog if you get a chance.

  5. Haha, you make this sound like such a great book. To be honest I wouldn't have looked into it based on the cover but your review made me rethink that. :) I can imagine film studios fighting over the rights already.

  6. This is on my to read list! Thank you for the reminder!!

  7. This sounds like a really good book. I am glad that you mentioned that you had not read the other 2 books yet (because neither have I but I now know that it will still make sense to me ;D).

  8. First time I hear about this book. This story sounds like a keeper. I added it to my book wish list.


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