When Keri Daniels’ editor finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive best-selling 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 10. 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.
©2010 Shannon Stacey (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"Stacey’s writing is sharp and sexy and this second-chance story is perfectly hilarious... I enjoyed this book so much - if it were printed on paper I’d hit people with it until they read it." (Sarah Wendell, Salon.com)
I enjoyed this book more than i thought I would. The story of two old lovers coming back together is always sweet, but combine that with being forced out in the wilderness (camping) with a ruckus family and you have a hoot of a story and a sweet loving reunion
I read this book a couple of years ago and liked it.
It was my first Stacey experience and I went on to read most of her backlist.
The narration is good, even though having the author say a voice is "booming" and the narrator is doing that voice as a stereotypical thready, whiney elderly gentleman was a bit irritating. Actually, even if the voice was dead on, it would have been irritating.
This is a multi-character book with many a conflict between the various couples in it.
But the secondary and tertiary stories were just as well drawn as the main story.
All in all, a lovely little book. I thoroughly enjoyed listening on a rainy Saturday while cleaning house.
The narration for the most part was good. Again, with so many characters active and talking, it is hard for any voice artist to make them distinguishable. I appreciated that she didn't make the kids all sound whiney or bratty and the women weren't either "good girl" or "trashy girl" or "whining brat." Each of the women were voiced maturely with no intonation that jerked me out of the story.
I actually really enjoyed this book. My impression is that female audiences will get the most out of it. However, from the male perspective, I think it is insightful, especially in terms of penetrating the deeper levels of the female psychosis. At the same time, it is inspirational - in the romantic sense. It elevates your sensibilities to a new level. And in regard to sensual, sexual and family matters, this book provides an intriguing perspective. (I almost wanted to give this book five stars. But, I think it is not quite there. Perhaps, the next one.)
I would have to say no. This was a fun and light listen, but not my favorite in the Kowalski series.
I would compare this to a Harlequin romance novel. A little farfetched, a little contrived but everything works out in the end with a happy little bow tied on it.
I enjoyed her narration, she is not the best that I have heard, but not nearly the worst either!
No extreme reactions. It was a nice little story that kept me entertained in traffic!
An entire book about a family's MANY emotional relationship-issues with a LOT of whining and only a few laughs. Reminded me of the awful movie, Couples Retreat...(cringe.) Narrator was pretty bland but then, so was the book.
I love it when the narrator makes a good story great and that is just what happened here. I think Lauren Fortrang is my new favorite narrator (beating out a 2 year record of Lynn Redgrave who I still think is amazing. I listen to audio books while I work and pull out my ereader to read a different book on breaks and lunches but I was enjoying this book so much I actually sat and listened to it during my breaks instead of reading. And when I got home I went and purchased 5 more books with the same narrator because she is just awesome! I also purchased the sequel to this book and I am enjoying it just as much (same narrator too). I think Shannon Stacey and Lauren Fortrang are an amazing power duo!
A reviewer at Guilty Indulgence Review Site. I don't go anywhere without a book -ebook or audiobook- and I always have an opinion to share.
This first book in the series was fun, light and filled with humor. The author creates interesting characters that charm readers. The narrator did well with so many distinct voices. This was a treat to listen to.
Probably not, but I would listen to the others in the series and plan to buy them one day. I don't think I would listen to even my most loved books again, that's just not something I do.
I like the development of the side characters, it made the story more rich.
There was a bit of an over-use of the word "Babe". I also didn't like how they set up one of the sex scenes much earlier in the book with the male character thinking about the logistics of how he would "do it". Then it actually happened at the end of the book and he went about his plan. It would have been better to just do it at the end of the book and just have it be spontaneous.
No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.
This was an easy listen, but not enough depth or intrigue for me to want another in this series. The characters were developed, I felt that I knew them when the book was over. Narration was good, characters defined by voice and inflection. The story was lame. Definitely a G-rated book.
Even the title doesn't match the story. The story was lame, oh wait, I all ready said that... but really, the story was lame.
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