Thursday, April 17, 2014
ARC book review: Taken with You (Kowalski Family #8) by Shannon Stacey .
ebook ARC provided by publisher through Netgalley
Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she's happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She's spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn't found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she's probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.
Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett's idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety - a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can't resist pushing her buttons, even though she's made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn't for her.
Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she's determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that's easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he's renting the house right next door...
Hailey Genest is 40 years old and thinks by this point she'll never find the right guy. Then comes along Game warden Matt Barnett and his first impression on her is less than stellar but their second meeting when he moves in next door to her perks her interest. They are a bit like oil and water. They don't mix to well. It doesn't stop the attraction between them and no matter how many times they tell themselves they won't work it seems like maybe they do. Matt who has also been searching for the right woman that can live with his job and his crazy hours and is convinced Hailey is not that woman but time and time again she comes through and defies his expectations. That freaks him out especially after he totally blows it with her and figures out what he really wants. This really was a excellent book. If could have read it all in one sitting i would have. Unfortunately i had to sleep some and work. The characters are familiar if you have read any of the previous books although some are new and the story is fresh and interesting. I like that the main characters were older as Hailey is 40 and Matt is 35. Kind of interesting with the ages of these two and the man being the younger of the two. I was happy to see a older couple than the norm. The ending is sigh worthy which is just what this book called for. I was happy with the epilogue. Hope to read more from this author and this series in the future.
Find out more about this series and Shannon Stacy here www.shannonstacey.com