Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family (#3)
Release Date: June 6th, 2011
Publisher: Carina
Page Count: 350
Source: Read for leisure

Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he’s recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiancé. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother’s upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn’t like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma’s offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there’s no chance he’ll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he’s not planning to call home.
Emma’s not interested in a real relationship either; not with a man whose idea of home is wherever he drops his duffel bag. No matter how amazing his “pretend” kisses are…

Review: This is a terrific read. Classic plot line, but it’s got incredible supporting characters and a whole lot of chemistry that makes it fresh. This is book three, so though I didn’t feel lost reading this one first, I’m about to go add the first two books to my library and catch up on all of Sean’s family. Sean thinks Emma’s crazy, his whole family thinks Sean’s crazy, and even Emma thinks she’s crazy for attempting this whole thing. Takes a lot of guts to ask a stranger to play your fiancé for a month, but she knocks on his door and lays down the gauntlet. Sean reluctantly agrees.

So two days after they met, these two strong-willed characters are living together, pretending to be wildly in love and at the same time trying to fight the chemistry every night sharing a bedroom. Sean’s family takes every opportunity to make the pair uncomfortable and get a lot of laughter out of the whole farce. Her worrying grandmother comes alive, too, making her own friends and relationships while tormenting her unwitting grandchild. Finished this one in two days, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Oh…and the chemistry between these two? H-O-T!

Quote: “She served him first, maybe because he was the fake man of the house, plopping in front of him a steaming pile of perfectly good chicken and cheese ruined by the green vegetable.” from a scene where Sean has to pretend to love broccoli

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