Sunday, September 22, 2013

Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey ~ Review

Source:  Purchased the audio book

Undeniably Yours (Kowalski Family, #2) by 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.

 My Thoughts:

2 stars - Good narrator and okay story

I've read this series out of order.  I started with the third one (accidentally) and moved onto the first.  Now, I'm on the second.  The problem with doing that is that you know the ending.  But I suppose the ending is obvious anyway.  I don't think that it really was an issue for me.

What was an issue was Beth.  But let me start with the things I liked first. I love the Kowalski boys.  They are strong and sexy males that I really enjoy.  I love it when they get together and try to talk about whatever the current problem is.  It's a total male convo and I always laugh.  Since this is Kevin's story, I was totally into him.  He's been screwed in the past so he keeps things simple - no long term stuff.  His collection of kissed bar napkins can rival any guys.  Keeps them in a basket on the bar for giggles cause he's so not calling those girls.  Then he meets Beth.  The only girl he wants a napkin from and she thinks he's a player with no intention in ever giving him a napkin.  Even after they prove that condoms really aren't 100%, she keeps him in the friends category.  But he's not the player she takes him for.  He proves it over and over again.  Yeah, he's happy about the baby.  Yeah, he's a guy that likes to take care of things - especially his baby.  And yeah, he's falling for her.  But she won't give him a chance.  This man has the patience of a saint and I totally fell for him.  He's sexy and yummy.  AND I will NEVER look at chocolate cake quite the same way again.

But Beth.  Okay, she has issues.  She's an only child that was smothered growing up but dang it, I wanted to smack some sense into her.  She took soooooo long to even give the guy a chance.  Every little thing he did trying to make things easier for her, she had to argue about.  By the end, I was just rolling my eyes at her.  I wanted to like her.  I wanted to respect her for trying to be strong.  I wanted to be thrilled this wasn't an instanta love kinda book.  I wanted to admire her for not just sitting around eating cheese burger and letting Kevin do everything for her.  But mostly, I was annoyed at her.  Stubborn.  This women is just too stubborn.  She wore down Kevin's patience till there wasn't any left. That just mad me sad because that boy had A LOT of patience - more than any guy I've ever met, read about, or imagined.

When the ending finally came and I was happy, I was also sad.  The book spent too much time arguing and struggling and not nearly enough time cuddling and smooching.  I really liked the other two books I've read in this series a ton more.

I listened to this book while I was doing other things in about a day.  The narrator is good, not taking away anything from the story.  Her guy voices weren't awesome but I could clearly tell each character by the voice.

If you enjoy romance, this book may be a good pick for you.  But if you like more kissing than arguing, maybe not.

About the author:

Shannon Stacey married her Prince Charming in 1993 and is the proud mother of two incredible sons. She lives in New England, where her two favorite activities are trying to stay warm and writing stories of happily ever after. Her two cats refuse to curl up on her lap and keep it warm while she writes, but her Shih Tzu is never far away.

When she’s not writing, she’s indulging in her other passion—four wheeling! 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.


  1. The story sounds so good! Too bad Beth annoyed you do much. Thanks for the review!

  2. Sounds like it could be good. Sorry it didn't work for you.

  3. Oh, you know me! If the girl annoys me, I'm basically done with the story, lol. Guess I won't be giving this one a try! Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  4. Damn. This sounds like a good juicy story but Beth sounds like a vagina. Sorry babe :(