Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey Release Date: June 7, 2010 Publisher: Carina Press Contemporary Romance M/F Book #1 in the Kowalski Family series Number of Pages: 322 Kindle Edition Source: Amazon Free Download back in 2013 Rating: NC-17 Read 12/23/16 to 12/25/16
I originally read this book back in January of 2014. At the time I was just getting into the genre of contemporary romance. I read a fair amount of romance, but most of it seemed to fall under the category of historical or paranormal. I read some contemporary romance here and there, but not a whole lot. For some reason, this story always stuck with me. Not only that, but I wanted to go read the other books in this series and see what else the author had to offer. I never got around to it until now. If I remember correctly, when I had initially looked the other books of the series were not in the libraries I was using. Since there are so many other great books out there I hadn’t read yet, as I was new to this genre, I just pushed the thought to the back of my mind.
Last week this series was mentioned in an email I received from Amazon and, lo and behold, I found some of the titles are available through my online library! I decided I should give this first book of the series another read since it’s been almost 3 years. I decided not to read my previous review until I was done with my re-read. It actually reflects my feelings on the story pretty accurately, so what I’m posting here is the same review I posted back in 2014.
For the most part, I really enjoyed this story. I laughed and cried, so that must mean the author did a decent job.
In the first half, I had quite a few issues with the heroine, Keri. I would find myself liking her and then the author would put in something that made her seem super shallow and materialistic. I kept waiting for more information as to why she had left the hero, Joe way back when. I will say, that once we learn about her thoughts on graduation night, I did eventually get why she left. As an 18-year-old I could see that she thought that way. It still didn’t redeem her shallow thoughts, but after the first half the author finally stopped throwing those snippets into the text.
One other thing that bugged me was a quick part when they were talking about his books. It was such a blatant rip off of Stephen King that it felt very cheap and like a lazy way to handle that part of the book. I’m not sure why it bothered me so much, but it did.
Other than those minor issues, I liked how realistic I felt the dialog and feelings were. The fears and insecurities of the couples were handled well. And I adored the kids in the story. They really added a fun element.