Title: Exclusively Yours
By: Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family Series Book 1
My Copy: NetGalley Review Ebook
About the book:
When Keri Daniels' editor finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.
Joe's never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he's intrigued to hear Keri's back in town--and looking for him. Despite his intense need for privacy, he'll grant Keri an interview if it means a chance to finish what they started in high school.
He proposes an outrageous plan--for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping and four-wheeling trip, Keri can ask one question. Keri agrees; she's worked too hard to walk away from her career.
But the chemistry between them is still as potent as the bug spray, Joe's sister is out to avenge his broken heart and Keri hasn't ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever.
Exclusively Yours is compelling love story about a woman trying to make her dream of being a successful journalist a reality. When her future endeavors require her to visit the past to succeed; she is finds herself facing the biggest struggle of all. Joe and Kiera were high school sweethearts, but with her sights set on glamour and glitz she makes a drastic decision to leave it all behind for her career. Without a second thought Kiera threw herself into a determined battle for honor in respect in the journalism world, but with Joe a best selling honor fiction author she knew it was only a matter of time before their paths would cross again. When Kiera's boss finds information on the couple's past she is desperate for an exclusive interview with the private author, and offers Kiera a ultimatum for her job.
Kiera is a down to earth girl that I find very entertaining. While she has learned to love the finer things in life from the big city; she seems to fit into the country girl aspects as well. She seems to be a genuine person, but being career driven has left her misunderstood by many. While others saw it as easy for her to pick up and leave; it was truthfully the hardest things she ever did but a necessary sacrifice for her dreams. I loved this character more and more as the story progressed, but was frustrated with her lack of realization of what she really has in front of her.
Joe on the other hand is dreamy and wonderful in every way. As a family man he is dedicated and protective, and as a business man he is straight and to the point. I loved learning more about his character, and seeing the ease of forgiveness. After the love his life walking away twenty years ago he was not bitter and resentful, but loving and trusting to the very core. This is the man of dreams that any woman would welcome with open arms. It was easy to comprehend the depths of Joe's good natured and loving personality after meeting his family. They are the real deal; with enough love to go around and their own fair share of problems but they have the loyalty that will allow them to overcome anything. They are the type of family that would make you crazy, but you could never trade them for all the world.
Kiera soon learns this first hand when Joe makes her a deal for an exclusive interview in exchange for a two week vacation with his whole family. To be a successful journalist sacrifices must be made, but little does she know in the woods surrounds by mud and mosquitos she will discover her true desires and something much more important than a promotion. Leaving her at a crossroads yet again, but with this second chance will she make the same choice.