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~Download Pdf ☧ Exclusively Yours ♃ 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 jobJoe 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 schoolHe 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 careerBut 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 gether ever An unabridged recordinghours,minutes 4.5 stars In short, it s a fun laugh out loud steamy contemporary romance set in the backwoods of New Hampshire complete with mosquitoes, ATVs, bath houses, and marshmallow roasts This is an author to watch as her humor is sharp, the sexual tension tight, the romance believable, and the characters all well developed The premise High school sweethearts Joe and Keri went separate ways when Keri chose to move out west to attend Berkeley and make a name for herself It was the toughest decisio 4.5 stars In short, it s a fun laugh out loud steamy contemporary romance set in the backwoods of New Hampshire complete with mosquitoes, ATVs, bath houses, and marshmallow roasts This is an author to watch as her humor is sharp, the sexual tension tight, the romance believable, and the characters all well developed The premise High school sweethearts Joe and Keri went separate ways when Keri chose to move out west to attend Berkeley and make a name for herself It was the toughest decision she has made in her life 18 years later, Keri is now a top contributing author to a popular celebrity magazine out in Los Angeles, and Joe is a NYT bestselling author of scary twisted novels that are being turned into movies Keri s boss discovers that she had a past with Joe, and sets her up to get an exclusive scoop by sending her back to NH where Joe still calls home Joe never forgot how badly Keri broke his heart, but the moment he sees her again he knows he doesn t want to say goodbye again at least not right away So he cooks up a plan to have Keri go on a large family camping vacation with him for two weeks in exchange for one interview question per day What I enjoyed most about this book was how real the story felt The dialog, the pacing, the interaction between characters all felt so genuine Plus the humor and whit was just a crack up Joe is a fantastic hero, and Keri was a great match While the main story between Joe and Keri kept me fully engaged and entertained, I m knocking half a star off because I really didn t enjoy the secondary storyline that much It s about Joe s sister Terry resolving her marriage issues after 13 years of marriage If I met Terry in real life I don t think I d want to be her friend, but I will give this author kudo s for making her so three dimensional with flaws and all Fortunately, that storyline is very small in this book and can be skimmed over easily My husband and I love to go camping every summer, so it was a great treat to see a romance set around fire pits and RV s, instead of mansions and penthouses The author has another book coming out in the fall, and I sure hope it stars Joe s brother Kevin I loved that guy and hopes he gets an HEA too Definitely an author to watch 3.5 starsSo the first thing I need to say is that I don t read a lot of contemporary romance I read a few Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, and Helen Fielding books when I was in college, and maybe a half dozen sports romances, but it s only been the last 18 ish months that I ve really started reading straight up romance and if it s not Kristen Ashley, Julie James, or a handful of others, I don t know much about it.So know upfront that I m not any kind of authority.But I liked this It hadd 3.5 starsSo the first thing I need to say is that I don t read a lot of contemporary romance I read a few Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, and Helen Fielding books when I was in college, and maybe a half dozen sports romances, but it s only been the last 18 ish months that I ve really started reading straight up romance and if it s not Kristen Ashley, Julie James, or a handful of others, I don t know much about it.So know upfront that I m not any kind of authority.But I liked this It haddepth than a lot of the other books in this genre that I ve read it feltreal There are a couple of secondary plots within the main plot, and the secondary storylines have to do with other members of the Kowalski clan Members of the Kowalski clan who are already married And that is why I felt the need to clarify that I m essentially a romance novice Maybe this happens all the time, and this is just the first time I ve come across it, but in all the romances that I ve read, two single people are coming together for the first time or the first time in a LONG time They aren t already married and having real life marital issues, teetering on the edge of that precipice, on the other side of which is divorce.I really liked what Stacey did here We had Joe and Keri finally getting their second chance, and interwoven were the all too believable marital roadblocks that two other related couples were pressed up against It was honest in a way that is terrifying to anyone who is married, but at the same time it was hopeful.Books that can make me feel hopeful are my favorite kind of books And I m not talking a desperate, I will never go hungry again, determination that masquerades as hope, I m talking that pleasant lightness that fills your chest with the belief in a brighter future that thing with feathers winks.Depending on your perspective, that may or may not be realistic.I don t care I like it.That being said, there s not anything particularly original about what s going on with the main couple high school sweethearts getting a second chance at love, but still having to overcome a standard set of problemsThere s only so many times that story can be told However, I wasn t bored, and it was an excellent feel good read, so if that s what you re in the mood for, I say go for it If you like it, there are plentyKowalskis to keep you happy and entertained after you finish this one This one was OK, but, for me, it wasn t up to the same standard as the other books by this author I guess most of my reasons for not liking it much are down to me really, but I had a number of issues with it The hero and heroine dated in high school OK, they spent most of their time in each others pants It was the best sex of the heroine s life So far, so good Then we re told she s always carried a torch for him, and he s the same about her Hmm Why I ask Why would two nearly 40 some This one was OK, but, for me, it wasn t up to the same standard as the other books by this author I guess most of my reasons for not liking it much are down to me really, but I had a number of issues with it The hero and heroine dated in high school OK, they spent most of their time in each others pants It was the best sex of the heroine s life So far, so good Then we re told she s always carried a torch for him, and he s the same about her Hmm Why I ask Why would two nearly 40 somethings still be obsessed about something that happened 20 years ago I can hardly remember the names of my boyfriends in high school, and I honestly don t think I m heartless or abnormal Can anyone actually remember muchthan the names, and one or two embarrassing memories, 20 years down the road From the way they lust over each other, and the way he still has angry feelings about her leaving, you d think it had been only 2 not 20 years ago I would have preferred for them to come together having actually lived a bit of life first, rather than getting the impression that neither of them ever got over the best sex of their lives, which just seems a tad depressing to me, and an awful waste of 20 years The super bitchy sister I couldn t really understand what the purpose of Terry in the story was, other than to throw a wet blanket over everything Including her in the story just made the whole thing much less enjoyable a read than it should have been, and I couldn t muster on iota of sympathy for her or the way her marriage had fallen apart And again, what was with the sister not forgiving and forgetting something that happened so long ago I honestly thought the hero pulling the camping trip from hell routine on the heroine as emotional blackmail was pretty much as cheap as it could get He practically implied that she d have to sleep with him, and put up with his family, and do loads of outdoorsy shit she d probably hate, to stand a chance at keeping her job I also struggled with his descent into drink after the heroine dumped him in high school It s really sad, and it does happen, but, honestly, it s not romance hero material to me, and no matter how sexy he was, or how wealthy, he struck me as just as emotionally immature at 40 than at 20, and carrying a whole load of personal and personality issues with it I just couldn t like him view spoiler I hated, hated, hated how, after all was said and done, and the hero and heroine were headed to their HEA into the sunset, that the heroine essentially totally caved and gave up on all the dreams and ambitions she d had, so she could stay at home and edit for the hero I loved the too short insights into why she left after high school, because she didn t want to be someone else s appendage but her own person, and I admired that she d stuck it out and achieved something, and yet still wanted to retain her sense of self worth by not breaking her word or her self respect in panning the hero and his family and their problems I thought she really deserved to have the stay at home dad cum writer husband, AND a career as a journalist in New England, and I felt like my balloon was totally popped when that was snatched away in one sentence hide spoiler OK, now the number 1 reason I really couldn t get into this story was, and don t laugh, that I have a real aversion to communal organized activities I hate the idea of not being allowed to make up my own mind and make my own choices, so the idea of everyone HAVING to do all the activities on vacation as a group makes me shiver It probably didn t help that I was actually spent spring break this year at an apartment building where 20 families were doing just this kids spent the day trying to drown my 5 yr old, and the parents spent the day, and evening, getting completely shitfaced on the beach But look at this another way Take exercise classes, for example The last time I actually went to an exercise class was about 10 years ago, and I lasted all of 15 mins of move faster , follow me , and, my favorite, now let s really go for it before I walked out I don t like being told what to do, or shouted at, or given no choice, like I m an idiot and can t make up my own mind So, just thinking about a camping trip and, BTW, I LOVE camping, so it s not an anti camping thing going on with the family of any of my exes or even my own beloved family, or my husband s slightly less beloved one just makes me grind my teeth And I just couldn t wipe out that tense shoulder, out of control hopeless feeling I got when I considered the heroine s situation I know I m bonkers, but there you go.Now, having said that, I do really like the way this author writes It s light, flowing, and she writes some fabulously funny lines, and I also really want to know what happens to the other brothers, so I ll read on and hope I don t have any hang ups like this one I started reading this as an accident of fate Yes you read it well Me and my friend Aly decided we should do a group or whatever you wanna call it read We picked a couple of books, numbered em and then used an online random number chooser thing to pick what to read This was the result It was actually a nice experiment Worked for my friend, didn t work for me.This review will be a bad one I hated the book I won t be nice so in case you re into this type of books you should probably s I started reading this as an accident of fate Yes you read it well Me and my friend Aly decided we should do a group or whatever you wanna call it read We picked a couple of books, numbered em and then used an online random number chooser thing to pick what to read This was the result It was actually a nice experiment Worked for my friend, didn t work for me.This review will be a bad one I hated the book I won t be nice so in case you re into this type of books you should probably stop reading now If you want my opinion on this, keep on reading.So we have the dude He s a writer and, in my personal opinion, a big loser He s still living with his family, hiding stuff from his mum, taking sh t from his brothers and so on He is a big fancy writer so I was expecting him to f ck off everyone and live a depressed solitary life But I guess that s just me The chick is a total idiot Typical case of stuck up, successful to a point city woman paying nature a visit She acts all blonde, says stupid things heh She kinda reminds me of the Legally Blonde chick did I mention I hate Legally Blonde and fears raccoons like one would fear a crazed crocodile Yep, I shite you not Now the whole feeling of the book is one big fat huge damn telenovela did I mention I also hate telenovelas I duno who did duno what to duno who and he did duno what back to her Highschool drama and broken friendships that got fixed too easy if I m not wrong did it actually get fixed I don t even remember Too many kids God I hate kids doing stupid stuff Guys acting like machos and failing at it B O R I N G and annoying I tried to like this book I really did but it had too much sh t for me to handle Keri seems like a bad person she s even annoying during sex I get that people break up when they re young and when they re old so I guess that makes it all the time but at least I d expect her to show a bit of feelings She s talking about leaving Joe like she gave up some shoes she didn t like any She goes back to her hometown and meets the guy who s gonna end up the love of her life and does what Gets all hot n sweaty cuz he looks good and remembers how perfect they were together and then talks about leaving so easily So this shows lack of feeling and shows what a bad person she is I can t get to like her and I don t like reading books where i can t even like the main characters.I respect Joe fighting for what he wants or what he thinks is his but I can t respect him for being an idiot Yes he is an idiot That s the key word when it comes to Joe Whatever the hell his name is Get over damn higschool you re a f cking successful writer you can do better than that Oh and speaking of the Mighty Joe, why does the author have to mention his erection every five pages He s horny, we get it already Let it go Aaand of course shell betray his trust, aaand of course we ll have twochapters of drama followed by tears and flying dishes, and in the end they kiss and make up and move to the city where Joe lives They have kids and live happily ever after I insist on mentioning that in 69% through the book when I m writing this.Aaand in the end the story ended up like I said it will I will be honest and not harsh and give it one star Why First of all I didn t like any characters And I mean it Joe was an idiot, Keri was annoying, Terry was stupid and the rest of the characters irrelevant Two, the story was nonsense Too predictable, boring and mediocre Three, lack of emotions between the main characters Yes she wrote about them hanging out, making love and whatever the hell they were doing but i didn t feel any spark between them I didn t feel any connection forming between them, didn t have any reaction when they were in trouble or when they had the typical sentimental moments at the end Four, the cover sucks Sorry, I love a good cover so it has a part in my rating, however small this may be Five, no epic quotes I m a quote monster so it matters to me So that s it Harsh probably, but it was not my thing I will avoid this series and probably the author as well.Top 5 quotes yes, I still did one ZOMG 5Why did you kiss me she asked suddenly, her gaze like an interrogator s spotlight on his face Glitch in the space time continuum, I guess Old habits die hard and all that Chickenshit 4Dan Take a breath Oh, I m taking so many breaths I m hyperventilating I need to put a fucking bag over my mouth Or maybe put a bag over your head because your brains are leaking out3That s right Keri frowned at him How do you remember that You were behind us in school Her yearbook photos, especially the cheerleading candids Sometimes I d he paused, obviously remembering Steph s presence, have them nearby while checking myself for ticks2She likes me better because she doesn t have to wash my underwear Plus I m better lookin Mike laughed You keep telling yourself that while I m getting laid out in the woods, my friend You just like it out there because the mosquito bites make your dick look bigger1If you re looking for sympathy, it s between shit and syphilis in the dictionary Read the review on ZombieHazard One of the debut releases from the brand new epublisher Carina Press, Exclusively Yours is a contemporary romance set in the exotic, mosquito infested wilds of New Hampshire, where the ATVs roam free and the riders all work at giving love a second chance.Keri Daniels ends up in this mess when her boss, the editor in chief of an LA based celebrity magazine, gets a hold of a compromising photo from Keri s past In the photo, she s cuddling with her high school sweetheart, Joe Of course high schoo One of the debut releases from the brand new epublisher Carina Press, Exclusively Yours is a contemporary romance set in the exotic, mosquito infested wilds of New Hampshire, where the ATVs roam free and the riders all work at giving love a second chance.Keri Daniels ends up in this mess when her boss, the editor in chief of an LA based celebrity magazine, gets a hold of a compromising photo from Keri s past In the photo, she s cuddling with her high school sweetheart, Joe Of course high school sweetheart Joe is now blockbuster reclusive author Joe Kowalski, someone her boss has been obssessed with interviewing for years, and she s a bit put out that Keri s not mentioned this connection before So she lays down the law go to New Hampshire and get an exclusive interview, or kiss your job good bye Not at all keen to lose everything she s worked for, everything she left New Hampshire for in the first place, she reluctantly heads home to try to talk to Joe.High school may have been 18 years ago, but Joe never really got over Keri leaving him and going to California He spent the four years after high school as a drunk, writing angry horror fiction where a Carrie Danielson meets a horrific end, before sobering up and trying to move on like a big boy But his failed engagement with a socialite, and the sealed emotional distress lawsuit with said socialite, has just brought Keri back into his life To weak to refuse her outright, he agrees to an interview but only answering one question a day, and only if she accompanies him on the Kowalski family camping and ATV trip figuring the polished city girl will turn him down Keri takes him up on the deal, naturally, and what ensues is a hilarious clash of personalities, wants and needs between the hero and heroine and the entire cast of characters Stacey truly outdid herself on the characterization in this book Each character had its own personality, quirks and motivations The dialog was so pitch perfect that I d swear I actually knew some of these people I was busting a gut laughing at how the brothers spoke to each other, as they were pretty much just like my own family.After Lisa walked away, Joe grinned at his brother, Piece of cake Never works for me That s because you re her husband She likes me better because she doesn t have to wash my underwear Plus I m better looking Mike laughed You keep telling yourself that while I m getting laid out in the woods, my friend You just like it out there because the mosquito bites make your dick look bigger All of the family plays a role in the romance plot No, they re not an army of cutesy matchmakers In fact, Joe s twin sister Terry is desperately trying to keep Joe and Keri apart Don t the RVs have bathrooms she asked, feeling some pressure to fill the conversational pothole.Both women laughed, but it was Lisa who said, I ll take your lifeguard duty at the pool for three days if you can have sex with a Kowalski man in that shower without knocking the camper right off its levellers I ll hide your bug spray if you even try to have sex with my brother in the RV or anywhere else for that matter, Terry said, and the way Lisa gasped make Keri think it was a dire threat indeed Go ahead, Keri, laugh at me But once the sun starts going down you d duct tape your own thighs closed for a bottle of Deep Woods OFF Trust me The family exists to further illustrate the second chances and conflicting wants and needs themes Terry and her husband Evan are separated because he thinks they re growing apart Mike and Lisa are at odds over her wanting a baby, despite the fact they d planned to celebrate the youngest of their four boys good lord shoot me, four boys reaching school age And the main event, Keri and Joe, are fighting an obvious persistent attraction because of decisions they made at 18.So, everyone is trying to reconcile what they want with what they need Will Keri choose Joe or her career Would Joe move away from his family to be with Keri Did Keri make the right decision when she left so many years ago The characters all work out the kinks and settle their issues by the end of the book in organic, understandable ways These were all familiar problems so their solutions were familiar as well I could identify with everyone in this book, really To be fair, I m a fellow New Englander to Ms Stacey, so that might be a factor in the familiarity, or it may not You tell me My one issue with the book was with Keri s character arc Keri had what I thought was a powerful reason for dedicating herself to her career Keri s mom Ed s wife Mrs Daniels Her dad called her hon and Keri called her mom She never heard anyone call her JanieAnd maybe that s why, as they were filling into the gymnasium to Pomp and Circumstance, she d been horrified to overhear a woman whisper, That s the valedictorian s girlfriend Oh, that s right, Her companion had responded I d heard Ed s daughter was Joe s girl now Ed s daughter The Daniels girl Doll her father s pet name for her and Peach her mother s Joe s girl Babe Keri is determined to make the name Keri Daniels mean something to people, and I found her final decisions completely counter to that part of her, and needlessly so Such a deflating resolution kept this from being a five star read Otherwise, this is the best straight contemporary romance I ve read in eons I truly cannot remember laughing so hard at a book while enjoying it as much as I did with Exclusively Yours Everything just worked really well for me right from the start on this one.The writing was engaging, the whole family dynamic worked really well, you got just enough of everyone that it made you want their stories too, it was never over the top in silliness there was just enough, the build up for Joe and Keri didn t drag on too long and reading about their relationship before and how it ended was really bittersweet.Joe gave me the worlds biggest emotional boner, honestly that man The way they Everything just worked really well for me right from the start on this one.The writing was engaging, the whole family dynamic worked really well, you got just enough of everyone that it made you want their stories too, it was never over the top in silliness there was just enough, the build up for Joe and Keri didn t drag on too long and reading about their relationship before and how it ended was really bittersweet.Joe gave me the worlds biggest emotional boner, honestly that man The way they all interacted with each other, the support they showed it made me wish I had a big family just like theirs If you re looking for sympathy, it s between shit and syphilis in the dictionary Safety Gang view spoiler Yes they both were with other people after they split 18 years before we join them again here, there were no detailed scenes with OW or OM, no exs pop up to cause trouble, the H did ask someone to marry him once but as he did realised she was just with him for fame and money, they used condoms and it was mentioned that the H didn t use one only once before and that was when he was younger with the h hide spoiler I don t typically gravitate toward second chance romances.I don t like to read the Ross and Rachel we were on a break kind of drama.But, in this case I was really drawn to the blurb and thought I d give it a go.Glad I did.Way better I loved it I liked that we also got a peek into other Kowalski family drama It definitely helped to break up the MCs story line a bit The writing was great with an easy flow and I couldn t put the book down I don t typically gravitate toward second chance romances.I don t like to read the Ross and Rachel we were on a break kind of drama.But, in this case I was really drawn to the blurb and thought I d give it a go.Glad I did.Way better I loved it I liked that we also got a peek into other Kowalski family drama It definitely helped to break up the MCs story line a bit The writing was great with an easy flow and I couldn t put the book down 4.5 stars Re read April 2016 My opinion abouthis hasn t much changed but still have some others in series that not read so gonna bite the bullet and give series another go.Originally read November 2011I had seenthan a few raving reviews from friends on GR about this story and had high hopes and was really looking forward to reading it Although I enjoyed the story I can t quite see what all the fuss was about Don t get me wrong I enjoyed the story but I just didn t feel the connection between Joe Re read April 2016 My opinion abouthis hasn t much changed but still have some others in series that not read so gonna bite the bullet and give series another go.Originally read November 2011I had seenthan a few raving reviews from friends on GR about this story and had high hopes and was really looking forward to reading it Although I enjoyed the story I can t quite see what all the fuss was about Don t get me wrong I enjoyed the story but I just didn t feel the connection between Joe Keri I don t believe they actually loved each other ok maybe I believed Joe a bitthan Keri I am always saying that I like quite a bit of steam with my romances and I certainly didn t get it here which normally I will forgive if the story is really good and I believe in the connection between the H h I didn t feel any sizzling between them and the only real time there was any sex scenes it was a case of wham bam thank you ma am and that was it Joe was even quoted to say that Keri didn t like a lot of foreplay, she got a kiss here a kiss there and then he went straight for the target and that was the end of that I feltof a connection between Terry and her husband Evan.I would have liked to see a lotof them instead I also enjoyed reading about Mike Lisa and again would have been happier to see a littleinto their marriage I think that really says it all for me when I admit that I would rather read about the secondary characters rather then the H h.I deliberated really hard when trying to decide what rating to give this book Although I thought the romance was a huge disappointment I still liked Ms Stacy s style of writing It was good, whitty and funny enough to have me laughing several times especially when they were playing volleyball and Joe s father ended up grabbing Keri s butt BUT I read this book for the romance and for me it just wasn t there.I will go on to read the other 2 in the series because I already have them and as I said the writing is good I have to remember not to expect too much on the romance side