Exclusively Yours

Shannon Stacey
Exclusively Yours
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Carina Press
Release Date
June 2010
Book 1 of The Kowalskis
Contemporary Romance

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.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Aug 12, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
As a sweet and sexy romance about first love reuniting and going after the life you never knew you wanted, EXCLUSIVELY YOURS is a novel that'll move you in all the right ways.

Keri's boss finds out that she's has a romantic past with a man who has been on the "most wanted list" of Spotlight Magazine for several years. Now, Keri is left with a choice: interview her high school sweetheart, Joseph Kowalski or lose the job she's been working her whole career for. When she meets up with Joe again and all those old feelings come flooding back, she knows she's in trouble.

Joseph knows that Keri needs something from him, but she broke his heart nearly twenty years ago, so he's not letting her off that easily. He proposes a deal for her. Go with him on his family vacation, and he'll give her the interview. Feeling she has no choice, Keri goes on the trip, but she doesn't expect the chemistry between her and Joe to still be there. Can she have a fling with him for two weeks and then walk away again? Or can there be future for Joe and Keri after all?

This story was great. It had a little bit of everything: humor, romance, turmoil, familial problems, some steamy interludes in the great outdoors, and a great story to tie it all together. I thought that Keri and Joe were perfect for each other, even when they were trying to keep their hands off each other. The chemistry was sizzling, but their banter was even better.

The Kowalski family was hilarious. All of them had very distinct personalities and brought a lot to the story. The close family unit was obvious throughout the book, even when they were fighting. I don't think the book would have been nearly as good if they hadn't been in there.

I thought the plot and story line was excellent. Finding out why Keri had left Joe all those years ago was paramount for me at the beginning of the book, but I found that towards the end I was rooting so hard for their future, I didn't care as much about their past.

Ultimately, it ended with a very sweet HEA that was befitting for the two lovers. I felt that they had come full circle and were finally mature enough to love each other the way they were supposed to.

EXCLUSIVELY YOURS is the first in the Kowalski Family series, and I can't wait to read more about this family. I really enjoyed the first book, and I am looking forward to what's yet to come.
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