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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (202 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: Best Book
Review by: Poppy

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.

I can’t remember the last time a book make me smile as much as this one did. Shannon Stacey has one of the best author voices I’ve read in ages. “Exclusively Yours” is a light, fun, character driven, thoroughly enjoyable and sexy story.

Truthfully, though the plot was really great (and quite complex, actually) it almost didn’t matter to me because the characters were so much fun. I swear, I would have read a book about them hanging wallpaper because, with THIS family it would be utterly amusing and readable.

When Keri Daniels is told to get an interview with reclusive bestselling author, Joe Kowalski (because her piranha of an editor found out they’d done the deed in high school) or lose her job, Keri goes back to New Hampshire to do just that. The problem is, the moment she sees him again, she knows that spark that nearly consumed her so many years ago is still there between them. But, she’s determined to keep it all business.

Until Joe challenges her. Spend two weeks camping with him and his family, and she gets her interview.

Doesn’t sound like that big of deal until you figure in the decades old animosity between Joe’s twin sister and Keri, marital problems between two other Kowalski couples, four rambunctious young boys, a sullen teenager, a mother who can make anyone do anything with the threat of a wooden spoon, dirty word scrabble, going mudding on ATVs, a shared cabin, bug spray and tick checks ... I could go on, and on, and on...

The thing is, the book has it all. A great plot? Check. Amazing, three-dimensional characters who are as real as your own friends and family and who have the ability to worm their way into your heart and mind? Check. Sexual tension, sparks, heat, steam and ... oh yeah, some hot times between the sheets? Check. Conflict, fun, jokes, tears, emotion, a strong tug on the heart strings? Check, check, check!!

I finished this book in record time, reading it until my eyes blurred, dreaming about it, getting impatient until I could open it and read it again. The pages couldn’t turn quickly enough, chores, my husband and children were ignored... nothing mattered more than finding out how everyone ended up.

Looking for a strong book, an author with a fun, lively voice, great, realistic characters full of fun and love, plenty of heat and an absolutely perfect ending? Then do yourself a favor and grab this book. Now. I’ll wait... no, actually I’ll be looking for Shannon Stacey’s backlist, because with “Exclusively Yours” she became an auto-buy author for me.