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[review] Undeniably Yours – Shannon Stacey

One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly…

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child…

Discovery: I was browsing NetGalley and needed some romance to offset the depressing  YA novels I’d requested, so I figured this might be a fun read. I wasn’t expecting to actually get it, so lots of thanks to Carina Press for approving me!

+     Characters. Beth and Kevin are so much fun to read about, it’s surreal. I don’t read many contemporary romance novels because I tend to be picky. I want characters that are realistic and witty. The entire Kowalski clan is a joy to experience, with their banter and teasing. Reading this book was like sinking into the comfiest worn-out couch with a popsicle on a hot summer day: absolutely refreshing.

+     Dialogue. Hoity-toity phrases and sentences are better left to historical romances, which can get away with them because of the era. I love the contemporary romances that aren’t about word games or lying. Kevin, Beth and the rest of the cast are frank and loving, and Shannon Stacey didn’t need adverbs to tell me that. I could feel it in the way each character spoke.

–     Clichés. As I type this, it’s only been about 20 minutes since I finished reading Kowalski books 1 and 3. This is number 2, and in my opinion, it’s good but it’s the weakest of the three because it relies on some well-put-together cliches. I can’t talk about them much, as they’re spoilers, but I was hoping that Stacey would find a way to dance around them. They don’t take too much away from the experience, however.

Recommendations: If you’re looking for a fluffy summer read, Shannon Stacey’s your girl. And even if you’re not, the sheer fun of this ride may change your mind about romance.

Rating: Good

Go check out Shannon Stacey’s site and follow her on Twitter @shannonstacey.

Next review: Beauty Queens, Libba Bray


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