Taken With You by Shannon Stacey

Grade: A
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Kowalski Family #8
Published: 3/25/14
Reviewed by Anne
209 ebook pages

Hailey, the town librarian is happy with her life, but lately, watching all the Kowalski’s couple up and get married has got her wondering when she’ll find her own Prince Charming.  She’s pretty sure he isn’t in Whitford, because she’s looked!  And when her new neighbor, Matt, moves in, she’s sure it’s not him either.  She met him a few weeks before on an ill advised adventure weekend when she got lost in the woods.   He may have been able to guide her to safety, but he looked like he hadn’t seen a shower or washing machine in weeks!  And he might look a whole lot better in his forest ranger uniform, but she’s seen the real Matt and he’s not her Prince Charming.  That’s all just fine with Matt, who was burned once before by a girl friend who didn’t embrace his love of the outdoors.  So they’ll be good neighbors.  Maybe they’ll be very good neighbors… but both of them know they could never have a relationship.

Shannon Stacey’s humor and story telling is great in this book.  Hailey and Matt are both so sure they are just too different to make things work.  It’s a delight to watch them come together.  The small town of Whitford is all over the two of them, with everyone knowing they’ll be a couple before the two of them even get a whiff of it.  So fun and funny!

When I meet people who haven’t read romance lately and I want to recommend a book to them, Exclusively Yours, the first book in this series, is my go to recommendation.  It’s one of my all time favorite reads, right along side Yours to Keep, the third Kowalski book.  Even though the other books weren’t as good as those two, I’ve still enjoyed them as I’ve read through the series, but this one is a return to the best!  It’s not about a Kowalski, but there are plenty of Kowalskis in the story.  There’s not anything OF DOOM, but there’s still plenty of humor.  There’s some ATV fun and gossip at the diner and the grocery store.

This is a long running series, but you could easily jump in and read this book without having read the others – and I recommend you do!  It’s going on my favorite books of the year list!  Do you read the Kowalskis?  If so, what’s your favorite of the series?  And if you don’t, do you have a series to recommend?

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