Taken with You
By Shannon Stacey
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Reviewed from: a copy provided by Carina Press and Xpresso Blog Tours--thank you!!
- I have since purchased a copy for myself
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...
My Thoughts:Whether you are new to the Kowlaski series or a long time fan like I am, this book is a fantastic story. Hailey is her hometown's librarian. She has watched her friends fall in love, get married and start to have kids. While she is happy for them, she cannot help but wish she could find her own true match. Matt Barnett is new to Whitford--he's the new game warden hired to help take care of the expanding trail system, the area and all that it entails. It is very much a case of opposites attract. She prefers to be indoors and he prefers to outdoors. She likes to go into the city and prefers to get lost hiking. This leads to a series of ups and downs and the couple must overcome past circumstances in order for them to decide if they are suitable for each other in the long term or if they are only destined to be together for a flash.
Please note this title can be read as a standalone within the series so please do not let the fear of this being book eight within the series stop you from picking it up. Characters previously introduced do make an appearance, which is always fun if you are devoted to it, but there is not a hanging plot line that would impede you from understanding or enjoying this particular title. If you have not had the opportunity to read any of the Kowlaski series before, I would encourage you to consider reading the others too. This series is one of those I would not hesitate to recommend to those who are new to the romance genre overall or just contemporary romance. Shannon Stacey's writing draws you and does not let you go. I read this book almost completely in one sitting--I was completely drawn into it I could have sworn it was a novella instead of a full length novel.
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About the Author:New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.
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Final Thought:Real romances for real people, the Kowlaskis and their friends could be you or me--and that is what makes these books a highly recommended read.
**I read this title in March 2014**