REVIEW: ‘Exclusively Yours’ (2010) by Shannon Stacey

by Sarah on June 30, 2010 · 4 comments

Genre: Contemporary Romance

POV: 3rd Person

Sensuality: Hot

Violence: N/A

Format: Digital (so far, there is no print edition available)

Source: A digital ARC courtesy of Carina Press via NetGalley

Why I Read It: I enjoyed Shannon Stacey’s Taming Eliza Jane

My Grade: B-

When Keri Daniels’ editor discovers she was the high school sweetheart of the reclusive author, Joe Kowalski, she insists that Keri score an interview with him – or face the axe.

Keri left her small hometown eighteen years previously and headed for the bright lights of L.A. She’s worked hard to achieve success in the cut throat world of entertainment journalism, and doesn’t want to jeopardise her career. Left with no choice but to comply with her editor’s wishes, Keri finds herself back home in her parents’ house, and scrambling round town in search of Joe Kowalski’s phone number.

Joe’s heart was broken when Keri left town all those years ago. He’s curious to meet her and see if the old chemistry is still there. When they do meet, he decides the chemistry is stronger than ever, but Joe isn’t about to make things easy for the one woman he’s never been able to forget. Knowing Keri’s dislike for the Great Outdoors, Joe agrees to answer one interview question per day on the condition that Keri spend the next two weeks camping with his family.

The camping trip is fraught with tension. Also present is Joe’s twin sister, Terry, who happens to be Keri’s former best friend. Terry has just split up with her husband and is in no mood for a reunion with Keri, particularly as she’s looking so good. Various other Kowalski family members have their own issues to deal with, making for a very interesting two weeks.

As Joe and Keri rekindle their romance while ATVing through the woods, Keri realises she’s faced with the same dilemma as she was eighteen years previously: return to her career in L.A., or stay with Joe and give their relationship a chance.

Exclusively Yours is a cute, sexy romance. I liked Joe and Keri and I thought they made a good couple. Joe is essentially the same guy he was in high school, but older and richer. Keri has changed a lot, but not as much as she’d like to think. I thought their characters fit well together. Shannon Stacey is particularly good at creating sexual tension in her stories, and Joe and Keri certainly had an abundance of it.

Another aspect I enjoyed was the description of the camping trip. Camping is my idea of hell, so I was definitely in Camp Keri. However, ATVing sounds like a ton of fun, even if it seems to involve a lot of mud.

My criticism of the book is the amount of time devoted to secondary characters and their storylines. The secondary characters were very well done, but their stories resulted in fewer pages devoted to Joe and Keri. As the book is quite short, I would have preferred more focus on the main couple.

Exclusively Yours was the first contemporary romance I’d read by Shannon Stacey, and I’ll definitely look for more.

Other Reviews of Exclusively Yours:

Smart Bitches Trashy books – B+

Janet at Dear Author – B-

Holly at Book Binge – 4.25 out of 5

Pearl’s World of Romance – 10 out of 10

The Book Girl – 5 out of 5

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Stacy ~ June 30, 2010 at 13:34

Nice review Sarah. I am not a huge fan of the “hero/heroine must reunite with former sweetheart or lose job, etc” storyline, but this one sounds cute. I might have to give it a try :)

Mandi June 30, 2010 at 14:26

Nice review…I have been wanting to read this.

Fiction Vixen July 1, 2010 at 03:21

Oh another good review of this one. I’ve had my eye on this. Great review. :)

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