Author: Shannon Stacey
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance; Fiction
“I’m tired of fighting this Max. I want you and I’ve tried not to because it's not fair to you, but I'm not going to say no tonight. But you need to know that I might let you sweep me off my feet tonight, but they’ll be firmly planted on the ground again tomorrow.”- Tori
“I know where I stand.”- Max
Blurb via Goodreads:
Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he's starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he's always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn't help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material.
Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she's intrigued. When she finds out he's in the market for a wife, she's fascinated…and determined to help.
Molding Max into every woman's dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori's plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she'll have to find a way to show just how she's fallen for him…the real him
Max is socially inept and a recluse. So much so that people in their small town actually think he could be a murderer in hiding. But max has had enough of being alone. He wants to actively seek someone to date, fall in love and eventually, hopefully, create a family with.
Tori doesn't believe in love.... Or at least not anymore. Being a pawn in her parents' never ending war has steered her off the idea of loving anyone. For her, all love eventually sours, so she would rather have affairs that don't last. Nothing is worth that much pain.
Seeing max get shot down so fast pushes Tori to volunteer in helping him prepare for women: from possible discussions to dressing up for dates. What they did not expect is to fall in love with each other. But what can max do to convince Tori that he is worth putting her heart on the line?
Max has been a constant character in previous Shannon Stacey books so it's nice to finally know who he really is. He reminds me of a child who never grew up, Socially awkward with no idea how to talk to women.
Tori on the other hand I wasn’t really aware of. Her character in the books prior never really left an impact on me. But here she is with her own story that I can only describe as sweet.
This is a typical Stacey book: well written and nicely paced. A nice addition to the Kowalski series. Though since this is technically NOT a Kowalski story, don't expect the crazy and funny family members in full force. There are very nice Kowalski family cameos here and there, just enough to keep us updated on their lives, especially that of Sean and Liz story
In all this book is worth picking up especially if you have been following the series. Happy reading!
Here are my reviews of other Kowalski stories by Shannon Stacey: