Express Lane Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

Welcome to my Express Lane Reviews, where I review a book quickly – with 7 points or less – so you can get on your way!

yours to keepYours to Keep (Kowalski Family #3)
Author: Shannon Stacey
Publisher: Carina Press
Age Group: Adult
Source: Amazon
Good Reads  |  Amazon
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

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…


4 out of 5

4 out of 5

My Thoughts

*so, I’m starting a new type of review on my blog called Express Lane Review.  The idea is that these types of reviews are quick (think express lanes in grocery stores), and each review will have 7 (or less) points.  Let me know if you like them, or if you have any advice.  I’ll still be doing my regular reviews, as well.  I just wanted to have some variety in my review structures*

Point One:  After reading a cute Christmas novella by Shannon Stacey (Snowbound with the CEO) I had expressed my wanting to read more by Stacey.  Ginger recommended I start with Yours to Keep, which I happened to already owned (I love those Amazon ebook deals!).  I’m so glad that Ginger recommended this because it was absolutely adorable, and the perfect way to kick off Bout of Books 9.0.

Point Two:  I liked Emma so much.  She’s a bit impulsive, certainly.  First she tells her grandmother that her boyfriend turned fiancé is Sean Kowalski (a real person who’s family lives in the same town as Emma), because she doesn’t want her grandmother to worry about her being alone.  And then, when her grandmother decides to come to visit, Emma just drives right over to Sean’s apartment and introduces herself as his fiancee.  Like I said, impulsive, but I liked her so much.  She’s worried about her grandmother, and she’s hard working, and just a nice person.

Point Three:  Sean is  exactly the kind of love interest I like.  He’s a nice, regular guy.  He also has handy man capabilities (Having no idea of to do the basic handyman things, I find guys who can do such things totally attractive!) but he’s not really sure what to do with his life.  He’s just left the Army after many years in service.  He’s come home to New Hampshire to spend time with his cousins, and aunt and uncle.  I really liked that Sean was willing to go along with Emma’s crazy scheme, even if it is a little out there.

Point Four:  I cannot talk about Yours to Keep without talking about Sean’s family, the Kowalskis.  Oh my gosh, I adored this big, lovable family.  They’re a bit wild, but their devotion to each other is amazing.  My family isn’t quite so large, or quite to loud, but I saw a lot of what I love about my family in the Kowalskis.

Point Five:  I thought Emma’s grandmother was pretty awesome.  I loved seeing her and Sean’s aunt conspiring together.  I always get a kick out of stories where people scheme to get two others together.

Point Six:  Watching Sean and Emma interact with each other was so much fun.  They’re trying so had to make Emma’s grandma believe they’re together, but they know very little of each other.  But slowly, during their deceptions, they get to know each other, and, of course, fall for each other.  I loved the little sticky notes Sean leaves for Emma.  Those little sticky notes made me fall for Sean, too.

Point Seven:  Yours to Keep was such an enjoyable read, and I will definitely be reading more of the Kowalski Family series.  If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, definitely look into this one.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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4 Responses to Express Lane Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

  1. Alisa Selene says:

    This sounds like fun! Nice to have a regular likable male protagonist!

  2. Caryn says:

    Love this way of breaking down book reviews! So informative and easy to digest. The book sounds good, too. Thanks for the recommendation!

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