Title: Exclusively Yours
Author: Shannon Stacey
Release Date: June 7, 2010
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: ebook (282 pages)
Is the book part of a series? Kowalski Family #1
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit
Goodread Synopsis: 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.
This ebook was provided to me through netgalley.com in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.
Exclusively Yours is the first book in the Kowalski Family series and it’s the first book written by Shannon Stacey that I read. What can I say? It was awesome!
Stacey was able to create a loving and messy family, with all its crazy dynamics but believable members. I have a large family: uncles and aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces; they are nosey and rowdy, but I still love them very much. So I understand with perfect clarity the family relationships wrote by Stacey and I adore them.
But on the book… The plot is funny, sexy and romantic without be too predictable. Joe and Keri are high-school sweethearts who, after 18 years, meet again. Joe is a famous horror novelist and Keri is a gossip reporter whose boss wants an exclusive interview with Joe. Joe agrees to do the interview on one condition: Keri has to come to the annual camping trip with all his family and for every day she spent with them, she got to ask him one question. What a girl has to do to save her job? Keri accepts and what ensues is this hilarious and wonderful story.
Joe and Keri are two amazing main characters. Joe is charming, funny and sexy. I loved his relationship with his twin sister, Terry, and with his brothers, Mike and Kevin. They bicker, they tease each others but they always up for covering and protecting each others when in need. Joe’s love for his family is really an appealing quality for me. Keri is much more difficult. She left everything she had behind trying to pursue her dream of being a famous journalist. Now she’s starting to realize that something is missing in her life… something named Joe, perhaps. The situation between the two of them is summarized by one of my favourite quotes:
“It wasn’t going to happen for us, Joe. You had everything you wanted already. I didn’t even know what I wanted yet.”
“I did have everything I wanted until you left.” The slow emergence of his naughty dimples made her melt, but only on the inside where he couldn’t see it. “But now you’re back.”
The truth is that this book isn’t only about Joe and Keri’s love story, but it’s about three love stories! Beyond Joe and Keri, we find out that the rest of the Kowalski family isn’t very lucky with love at the moment.
Terry, Joe’s twin sister, and her husband Evan are separated, while Mike, Joe and Terry’s younger brother, and his wife Lisa are in the middle of a marital crisis. Both these couples share a great part of the story and I have to say that I loved every minute of it! Each couple had its own way to solve their problems and it was a pleasure reading about them.
Also I have to admit they made me cry. Not just once, but I cried for every love story plus once for a scene with one of the youngest Kowalski. What can I say? This family made me emotional!
In the end I recommend this book to anyone who loves a sweet, sexy, funny contemporary romance.