Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

Title: Yours to Keep (Kowalski Family, #3)
Author: Shannon Stacey
Format: Kindle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
Published: June 6th 2011 by Carina Press
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he’s recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiance. 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…

I make it no secret that I adore Shannon Stacey and her Kowalski series! In fact? Earlier this week, I was hunting around and found that she has THREE moreKowalski books coming out this year!

But now it’s time to focus on Emma and Sean – who could be my favorite couple so far! I just loved their story. I loved Emma as a heroine because she was so bold and sure of herself. I love a book with a good, independent and strong willed female protagonist! And Sean was just as strong willed in the other direction, yet he did all these little things that just made me melt!

So basically, Emma has placated her grandmother (who lives in Florida) that she’s engaged and living with a man. This way Grandma doesn’t worry about her. The problem? This man, her best friends cousin-in-law, has been serving in Iraq. But now, Grandma is coming to visit. Luckily? Sean just got out of the Army! Unluckily? He thinks Emma is “Tall, Hot and Batshit Crazy.” (exact quote.)

This book is just as funny as the first two books in the Kowalski series (links below) and Sean is just as hot as his cousins *swoon*. I loved getting to know Mary and Russel Kowalski a bit better in this book! While I could figure a lot of her personality based on the children she’d raised? I adored her part in Sean’s story! One thin Shannon Stacey does so well is the little details, which are so vivid. For some reason, Mary Kowalskis cookie jar is one of those silly little things that makes me feel like I am part of the family, sitting in the kitchen with them!

I would recommend this series to any fans of contemporary romance (think Susan Mallery’s Buchanan Family.) And anyone who’s looking for a quick, sweet story full of laughs!

Other Books in the Kowalski Series:
Exclusively Yours
Undeniably Yours

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