Saturday, May 10, 2014

Taken with You

Taken with You is the 8th book in the Kowalski series from Shannon Stacey. The publisher is Carina Press and the release date was April 1, 2014. From the back cover.~

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….

I’m a big fan of Shannon Stacey and love her Kowalski series so much. I was so excited that after all the cousins found their mates, we continued with the series for other singles in Whitford. Bonus we got to visit with so many of the Kowalskis in this book.

I really loved both Hailey and Matt.  They had a connection from the moment they met in the woods, even though Matt looked beyond rough in his vacation-mode attire.  Their chemistry only increased the more time they spent together once Matt moved in next door.

Of course while Matt and Hailey are attracted to one another, they are both looking for someone a little different. Hailey wants someone who works regular hours, enjoys the theater and eating at nice restaurants. Matt is looking for someone who enjoys doing everything outdoors, is flexible with schedules, and won’t be turned off when he comes home smelling gross.

I thought Hailey really worked hard to fit in to what Matt was looking for, even when she really didn’t enjoy some of their outings. Matt was really surprised me by not being as open to doing the things Hailey wanted to do. I knew part of it was because of his past, but he made me really mad when he hurt Hailey. I was really glad when he figured out what a bonehead he had been and really loved them as a couple.

I really enjoyed Taken with You very much.  It was laugh out loud funny and times and I loved the chemistry that only grew stronger between Hailey and Matt as the book progressed. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves contemporary romances.

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