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Yours to Keep | [Shannon Stacey]

Yours to Keep

Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he's recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiance;. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother's upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn't like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma's offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there's no chance he'll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he's not planning to call home.
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Publisher's Summary

Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the Army than he's recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiance. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother's upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn't like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma's offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there's no chance he'll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he's not planning to call home.

Emma's not interested in a real relationship either; not with a man whose idea of home is wherever he drops his duffel bag. No matter how amazing his "pretend" kisses are....

©2011 Shannon Stacey (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    The Book Nympho United States 01-24-14
    The Book Nympho United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2011

    Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy

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    "LOVE this series. Great writing & Awesome Narrator"

    First Impression:

    I’ve found a new author and series to add to my auto buy list.

    Favorite Line/Quote:

    “Oh yes, Sean Kowalski. Your amazing kisses have made all rational thought fly out of my besotted brain. If only you could fill me with your magic penis, I know we’ll fall madly in love and live happily ever after.”

    The Narration:

    I love Lauren Fortgang’s narration of the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep so I wanted to check out some more of her work. I listened to books 1 & 2 in the Kowalski Family and loved the narration and writing so it was a no brainer for me to listen to this one too.

    What I liked:

    Everything really. Shannon Stacey knows how to write a sweet, fun and sexy romance. I love how this series is built around a family so that we get to see past couples and get glimpses of future leading characters. The Kowalski is so heart warming and fun to read that I wish I could be part of their family. From the older generation to the even the kids, Stacey has created a great world within the crazy, fun-loving family.

    What I didn’t like:

    NOTHING!

    Lasting Impression:

    Shannon Stacey and Lauren Fortgang is another great author/narrator combo that goes on my favorite list.

    Will I continue this series:

    YES! I’m totally hooked and already have the other books waiting for me to devour them.

    Would I read this author again:

    I’ve already read 2 other novels and 3 novella by Shannon Stacey so it’s safe to say YES I will continue to read her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 12-23-13
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "A keeper!"
    What made the experience of listening to Yours to Keep the most enjoyable?

    I have enjoyed this whole series. It has a good feel to it.


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like Lauren Fortgang. She does a good job.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an overall good love story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sabrina webster, fl, United States 12-12-13
    Sabrina webster, fl, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Really good book."
    If you could sum up Yours to Keep in three words, what would they be?

    Suprise Love


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yours to Keep?

    When Sean told Emma he loved her.


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a good narrator. she has narrated the others in this series and I love her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Pretend love turns real


    Any additional comments?

    Shannon Stacey is a good writer, her books are so happy and wonderful to listen to, this book was really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Tauranga, New Zealand 11-18-13
    Amazon Customer Tauranga, New Zealand 11-18-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.

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    "Perfect for lazy days"
    What made the experience of listening to Yours to Keep the most enjoyable?

    It was funny, witty and made me laugh out loud


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Granny. ...or the cousins.....or the brother.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    She reads as though she is enjoying it!


    Any additional comments?

    Its mental chewing gum but its damn good, worth while mental chewing gum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 07-26-13
    Susynne hartland, VT, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "to keep!"
    If you could sum up Yours to Keep in three words, what would they be?

    Funny
    Idiots
    Loveable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shawn.... from written character to narrator interpretation he was sexy as hell.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    From the identifiable individuality of voices to the cadence and timber of her voice I just found her comfortable to listen to. You know how sometimes you hear the almost wrong accents or the way a voice always drags or drops or raises the last of every sentence? Or the way the story is a whisper or one sex isnt right? I always notice the smallest things... but this time I heard the story and the people in it. .. all I can add is 'well done'!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without offering up the spoiler that this question asks for. ... when a game is played and they have so much fun (if that could even bw the right word) with it that I laughed so hard I tears in my eyes!


    Any additional comments?

    A very easy going story... predictable but still a fun take on it. The road is silly and brainless. But enjoyable. Worth a credit? If you're into harlequin style romance novels without much steam then maybe.... I say that as its price is about the same as a credit... personally I would buy it and use my credit more wisely.

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    Golden Penny TN 06-24-13
    Golden Penny TN 06-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "HILARIOUS Sean and Emma"

    There is just something about "pretending to be in a relationship" story line for me that will never get old. IT always sets up impossibly hilarious situations, awkward moments, and just straight up fun. Emma and Sean do not disappoint in this scenario. When grandma gets in on the fun, I just couldn't stop listening. And as per usual, the ending was worth the wait. But readers- be warned. Not all Kowalski family books are created equal. Kari and Joe was good, Emma and Sean is better! But please, skip Mitch and Paige. I forgo'ed Kevin and Beth because reviewers said stay away- and i'm glad i did.

    So do yourself a favor- Jump into Emma and Sean! But be wary of the series as an entirety.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 04-29-13
    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "Great Series for Those Who Enjoy Sweet Romances"
    What did you love best about Yours to Keep?

    It is based on a fun premise...girl needs to fill position of 'made up fiance' to ease her worried grandmother's mind.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe a deeper/darker storyline


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like Lauren Fortgang's performances. She gives each character their own voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The subplot of the meddling elders was a lot of fun and made me chuckle throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hazel Espoo, Finland 04-15-13
    Hazel Espoo, Finland 04-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Cotton candy"

    This book is well-balanced, not stretched for too long. Predictable, but excellently simple for exercise listening. Cotton candy sweet :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet HEISKELL, TN, United States 03-19-13
    Janet HEISKELL, TN, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love it! Funny & happy!"
    If you could sum up Yours to Keep in three words, what would they be?

    Happy, hilarious and hot


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emma -she was not whiney, could take care of her self and vulnerable at the same time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I would have to make myself stop


    Any additional comments?

    I love how the author ties the characters together in her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liisa Iisalmi, Finland 03-15-13
    Liisa Iisalmi, Finland 03-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A disappointment!"

    Definately not worth the price even though it was on sale. It was very clicheic and there was nothing unsual about it. I could already guess everything that was going to happen before it did. Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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