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Friday, May 25, 2012

Review - "Exclusively Yours" by Shannon Stacey

Exclusively Yours
(Kowalski Family #1)
Publishing Date: 12/27/11
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley

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.


My Review:
I love reading contemporary romance every once in awhile and when I read the description of "Exclusively Yours" by Shannon Stacey, I knew I had to to read it.  I actually had a hard time putting down my Kindle when I was reading it when it got to some amazing parts.
 Keri is forced to see Joe Kowalski again thanks to her boss, Tara, who is Editor of the magazine, Spotlight in California.  Tara found out that Joe was her high school boyfriend, but she broke his heart when she left after graduation to pursue her dreams.  She didn't want to stay in her home town forever.  Tara wants Keri to interview Joe because he is the best-selling Author at this time and his book is being made into a movie.   Joe keeps to himself though.  Tara wants to find out if he has secrets that she can write into her magazine.  You know...the scandals that usually follow the famous people around.  If Keri doesn't pull through she'll have to find a new job.
When Joe gets word that Keri wants to interview him, he gives her a ultimatum:  spend two weeks with him and his family camping and she can interview him if she does the required events for the camping trip...or go back to her editor with nothing.  She's not a outdoorsy person at all, but she's up for the challenge.  She never expected to see his family again though...and she especially never expected to see Joe's twin sister, Terry, who used to be her best friend.  Joe's sister of course wants to make the camping trip a living hell for Keri because Terry still can't get over what Keri did to Joe.
Terry has her own problems though on the trip and of course Joe's brothers have theirs too.  
Keri is trying to make the best of it...and she's trying to follow the rules...but she never expected to come into such dramatic situations with the Kowalski family.  She also never expected to still love Joe again...and Joe wants to pick up where they left off.  Keri learns secrets of Joe (on what happened to him after she broke up with him), Terry (and her situation with her hubby), and Kevin (and what happened really with his divorce).  She promises Joe she will not put any of it the interview (well of course he warns her not to in the beginning of the trip...otherwise he will make her life a living hell with lawyers and such). 
This contemporary romance is full of drama, surprises, and steamy scenes (when it does finally happen between Joe and Keri).  It also is full of humor.
The only thing that bothered me is I got confused at times with what was going on.  Sometimes it was too fast paced and other times it dragged. I did get frustrated with Keri and Joe.  
I wish Keri, would've realized that Joe was in love with her and he would do anything to make her happy.
I give this book 3.5 moons, but I really wish I could give it 3.75 moons.
I will be reading the next book in the series soon. =)
I recommend this book to contemporary romance lovers, readers who love drama, and a little humor. 



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