January 24, 2012

Book Review: UNDENIABLY YOURS by Shannon Stacey

Author:  Shannon Stacey
Publisher: Harlequin
Category:  Adult Fiction

The Kowalskis are back!  

This time it’s about Kevin, the former Boston cop turned bar owner who’s not exactly looking for love. Being single is his choice.  He was burned badly when his former wife had an affair with his police captain, which also forced him to quit his beloved career.  

As a bar owner, women throw themselves at him, so he is never in want of physical relationships.  One night he saves Beth Hansen from her ass of a boss, and in the process makes her lose her job, which explains why they meet again a few weeks later as she tends the bar at his brother Joe’s wedding (Joe Kowalski from the previous book Exclusively Yours).  They have protected sex, which unfortunately wasn’t safe enough since a month later, Beth shows up at Kevin’s bar declaring that she’s pregnant with his baby.    Kevin takes to the pregnancy announcement very well and starts planning for the baby.  But the closer he gets, the farther Beth moves away. 

Beth is a drifter.  A woman who’s afraid of being tied down, being suffocated, having grown up the only child of a very protective couple.  She runs the other way when people get too close.  But how can she move away from Kevin when he wants to be an active father to their unborn baby? And in the process, be an active partner/neighbor/boss/friend, and more, to her?  And when he falls in love, how can she be sure that he loves HER, the woman that she is, and not as just the mother of their child? 

This book is just as charming and funny as its predecessor.  A fast read that I finished in just one sitting.  A big plus is the entire sarcastic, hilarious Kowalski family that’s always great for laughs especially little Bobby. Kevin and Beth’s chemistry is not as explosive as that of Joe’s and Keri’s but it comes pretty close. 

I also loved the character Paulie, Kevin’s bestfriend/bartender/sports expert.  I won’t say much about her except that her and Sam’s story could have been a plot for another book entirely, so interesting that hopefully the author would expound on it in future books.

If you’re looking to relax for a few hours and be entertained, I highly suggest this book.  It’s another LOL story from Ms. Stacey.

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