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.
©2010 Shannon Stacey (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
I like Shannon Stacey but this is really bad. Beth, the main character is so unlikeable (a real #itch) that you do not pull for her or them as a couple. After 20 chapters of her being "prickly" she realizes she is in love with Kevin tells him on a napkin and they get married - all this in the last 5 minutes of the audiobook. Beth pushes him (and everyone else) away for no explained reason, holds on to this for 98% of the book and then instantly (again for no explained reason) decides she loves him and wants to get married.
There was no character development to show how she changed and what made her break her though and open herself up to the relationship. The dialog between the brothers, sister and parents was ridiculous and the author should be embarrassed. I know if it were me I'd change my name so no one knew I wrote such a bad bunch of trash. The narrator was okay.
I was stuck driving across country listening to this. The lead female character was so incredibly ungrateful and B-it-Ch-Y the entire time, up until the last 10 minutes of audio. THE WHOLE time she just complained about everyone being nice to her, she gets knocked up by a guy she doesn't even know and he gives her an apartment, job, and $ and she just pushes him away. He's such a nice guy that by the end you can't WAIT for him to give her the boot. Now that is NOT romance. horrible, that and the author must have an obsession wtih fatty food. Every chapter and one of the characters is eating something digusting.
I really end up liking the characters and caring about them and hoping it all works out. I enjoy that it doesn't just ALL fall in to place so perfectly for them and that it really does take some work on both parts to make it work...The story seemed to be a little rushed at the end, but with my 4 star rating it was worth my time and would highly recommend the story...
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Another fun, sweet, romantic, sexy story by Shannon Stacey. The Kowalskis are such a wonderful family and I hope that the author continues the series beyond three books. This is Kevin and Beth's story who, after a one-night-stand, end up pregnant.
I recommend this book, and the entire Kowalski series, to everyone who enjoys Susan Mallery and Robyn Carr books. Read the series in order: Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours and then Yours to Keep.
Narration: I've listened to three books by Lauren Fortgang and she has been consistently good. She has distinct voices for each character and adds emotion to the story. I will definitely look more books narrated by her. Very enjoyable experience.
I really liked the other two books in this series, so I was really surprised by this book. The heroine of the story put me right off. Perhaps if her character was better explained or if she came across as anything but completely emotionally shallow the book would have been tolerable.
The female lead Beth was just a bit to "out there" for me. It was hard to see what Kevin really saw in her and why he would fall in love with her. And, Kevin was just too nice, understanding, tolerant, hunky and so on.
She was able to breathe some life into Beth.
Only to fill in the rest of the Kowalski family story.
I hesitated in buying this book based upon other reviews so, I wasn't surprised when I didn't enjoy it as much as the other books in the series.
Audio book version: Good narration by Lauren Fortgang
As with most Harlequin romance books, this is light and typical. But, I still loved it. The characters were well developed and likeable. I did get a little frustrated with the stubborn thinking of the main female character, Beth. But that was a big part of the story line. I knew it would end well. Unrealistic story, but isn't that part of being taken away into the unreal world of book reading?
This book is incredibly shallow. We never learn anything about Beth, the main character, other than the fact that she avoids love and relationships. Her parents "smother" her with love so she leaves home to be on her own. She gets short term jobs and saves the money so she can leave town when people start caring about her. In the entire book she never does a single good thing for another person, never acts selflessly, never shows any character. On the other hand, Kevin is adorable. He steps up and does everything for Beth. In spite of Kevin's extreme niceness, awesome handsomeness, and too numerous to mention positive qualities, he falls for Beth because she is not interested in him and/or is having his baby. The entire book is filled with Kevin being nice and understanding and Beth being aloof and angry. About half way through the book, she stops thinking about pushing Kevin away because he is smothering her (like her parents did) and decides to push him away because his love is probably not real (which she should like because of her other love-phobia problems). For the remainder of the book she is cruel to Kevin because she's afraid he might not really love her. In the last 5 minutes of the book, after I spent the last many hours begging Kevin to leave the virago, she decides to love him, thus clearing the way for a happy ending. By the way, Beth never does anything to redeem her character other than change her mind about accepting what Kevin has been trying to give her thoughout the book. After the honeymoon she's sure to be harping on him again. Unbelievably shallow writing.
I love to have a little angst obviously tormenting a character throughout, but when there's just an out right annoying bitchy character that keeps saying the same things over and over yet expecting different things to happen....well it was just frustrating. I'm sorry but as much as I loved the story and yes, CAN'T WAIT for the next-Beth was just irritating to the end. I won't give any spoilers but just be prepared to muddle through her stubborn character throughout the book while the rest of the family is built up around you preparing for the rest of the series!
Absolutely - her flow within each scene is wonderfully done, and there isn't the young writers bumpy ride from one place to the next because every sentence starts with...he says...she says....come on people!?! If you are carrying a conversation in stride, emotions, sighs, and simply a pause will carry the story between one person and the next. When a story always starts with...Peter looks out, Peter says...then Peter said....Peter picks up....etc. we get it - please stop wording it over and over. This is what Shannon Stacey doesn't do to annoy me. Everything plays out between people smoothly by their words, actions and thank you Shannon!
Kevin is dancing with Lily in the Kitchen-so sweet!
I have to say that Kevin's reaction to a one night stand gone horrible was not what I expected, but he is the definition of a good man. The book was not as good as the first but it was still a good light listen. Beth got a little annoying towards the end but she did get in line with the whole happily ever after love! This is a light read and in my opinion can be read without reading the first book but the series is good so far, it just makes sense to read them in order.
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