Thursday, June 17, 2010

Book Review:Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

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 admit I waited - not so patiently - for this book to release. I've read nearly all of Shannon's books and I was thrilled when I found out about her new straight contemporary romance. It's my favorite genre and I love, love, love Shannon's wicked sense of humor - and from reading excerpts I knew this one would be right up my alley. It's a privilege to say I've known Shannon virtually for almost 10 years and it's been joy to watch her success! I'd pre-ordered EY and was thrilled when it downloaded automatically to my iPhone. I read it almost immediately and plan to do re-read soon!

The things I enjoyed most about the book and are still with me as I write this a week and half later - (besides the main romance, I'll get to that in a minute). Joe's family. I've read romances where the families can almost take over, Joe's twin sister and Keri's ex-best friend Terry and her husband had a subplot/side troubled romance. But it fit in well with the overall story and I enjoyed seeing Terry and Keri being honest and working out some of their previous friendship issues, while Terry worked toward making amends with her husband. Then there was his brother Mike and his wife with their martial problems, which were resolved in a rather heart melting way. But my favorite secondary character of all was little... "Say cheese," Bobby!

What can I say - I love reunion romances and this one was nearly twenty years later. It had all the elements I enjoy. Shannon's love of ATVing rang clear - I loved the way she pulls you into the scenes with such fun intensity. I really like that Joe was the one who suffered when Keri left and that he didn't hold back admitting it - to her or his family (it had been very obvious to them when it happened). The only thing I would have liked to see on the page that I sort of missed was Keri's realization of what it was she really wanted. The story is fulfilling and has all the right elements - call me warped I would have liked to see Keri work through her reasons on the page.

Overall I'd say on a scale of 1-5, Exclusively Yours hits a 5 with me!


Lori said...

Your only niggle was my only niggle, too.

Great review! I loved this book, and like you, was so happy to see a straight contemp from Shannon!

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