Friday, April 5, 2013 books

Exclusively Yours
by Shannon Stacey

First sentence:
“You got busy in the backseat of a ’78 Ford Granada with Joseph Kowalski – only the most reclusive bestselling author since J.D. Salinger – and you don’t think to tell me about it?”

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.
source: Goodreads

My opinion:
I first read this book last January and somehow it never left my mind completely. It popped into my head from time to time, often at night when I had troubles sleeping. Something in this book appealed to my little inner romantic. After yet another week of thinking about this book I finally decided that I need to re-read it so that I can write a review and spread the word about it.

I started in the early morning hours of Sunday and finished around 6 p.m. that day. So I basically flew through it and it didn’t disappoint me. I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did when I discovered it back in 2012.

Yes, Exclusively Yours is a full on chick lit romantic novel and I really like to reach for them from time to time. It is the first novel in the Kowalski Family series and focuses on the story of Joe Kowalski and his former high school sweet heart Keri Daniels. Most of the story takes place at a campground with the whole Kowalski clan and they are a lovely bunch. Of course each and every one has their own problems but they just love to spend time together and stick together like glue.

Joe Kowalski, an author and one of four kids of the Kowalski clan, is one of the main characters in the novel and he is such a sweet guy. He had his ups and downs during his career but his family kept him rooted and sane (most of the time) and I’m sure you can ask for anything and he’ll do it – he’s just that kind of guy.

Keri, Joe’s former high school sweet heart and now journalist at an LA magazine, comes back to New Hampshire to get an exclusive interview with Joe but he coerces her into spending time with him and his family on their annual camping trip if she wants this interview. Keri is a lovely character and even though Joe’s twin sister Terry, her former best friend, gives her a hard time she stays put and focuses on her goal.

Exclusively Yours is a very entertaining and fast paced story that left a mark on me partly because I really like the characters a lot and also because of the wonderful setting. So if you are looking for a fun read than grab this book and enjoy a day of Kowalski family madness.

The other books in the Kowalski Family series are:
  • Exclusively Yours (#1)
  • Undeniably Yours (#2)
  • Yours to Keep (#3)
  • All He Ever Needed (#4)
  • All He Ever Desired (#5)
  • All He Ever Dreamed (#6)
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