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Yours to Keep

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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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    Kathy Houston Olive Branch, MS USA 05-01-15
    Kathy Houston Olive Branch, MS USA 05-01-15 Member Since 2015

    K.C. Houston

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    "Great Book!!!"

    Loved this!! This is the first time I have read anything by Shannon Stacey but it won't be the last. It was a very entertaining romance & the narrator did a delightful job. I highly recommend Yours to Keep. I am planning to get the whole series!!

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    cc1234 01-02-15
    cc1234 01-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"

    This was a really nice romance story - it was easy to listen to and enjoyable story. I liked the narrator.

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    N. Smith 10-19-14
    N. Smith 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sweet love story"
    If you could sum up Yours to Keep in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Romantic, Sweet


    What other book might you compare Yours to Keep to and why?

    Safe Harbor. It was a sweet love story of two people that tried their hardest to tell themselves that they didn't need another person in their life. Later realizing that they couldn't live without each other.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    I liked her voice acting.


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

    Laugh and Cry. I caught myself smiling while listening.


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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-10-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "worth a credit"

    All I can say is I really enjoyed it, a good break from the sex book's that I didn't know were XXXXX rated,,,

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    Malinda 09-26-14
    Malinda 09-26-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Good addition to the series :)"

    3-3.5 stars

    This was a good story. I liked Emma and Sean and their story was enjoyable.

    Emma is a nice lady with her own landscaping company. She was orphaned at the age of 4 and was raised by her grandparents. Her grandfather died and her grandmother has moved to Florida for her retirement but still worries about Emma. Unfortunately, Emma's Grandmother can't seem to relax and enjoy her retirement, worrying about Emma all alone without a man to look after her. Emma doesn't want her to worry so she made up a fake man, planning to replace him with a real man when she started dating a real guy. Unfortunately, Emma hasn't had time to find a man and now her Grandmother is coming for a visit.

    Sean is has just left the Army and is trying to figure out what to do with his life now. He and his siblings have a lodge in Maine but he decides to hang around his New Hampshire side of the Kowalski family for a bit and visit with his cousins, Aunt and Uncle. He's just settling in to his temporary apartment when he's surprised by a visit from a woman he's convinced must be crazy.

    Emma is best friends with Sara and has heard a lot about Sean from her. When she first told her grandmother about her fake boyfriend she had just heard talk about Sean so she used his name and a bit about him since it was easier than making someone up. She figured eventually she'd find a real boyfriend and then tell her grandmother that her and Sean broke up and she'd bring up the real boyfriend. Unfortunately, with an unexpected visit from her Grandmother, Emma is freaked and doesn't know what to do. Her grandmother seems convinced that Emma shouldn't be alone and keeps threatening to move back from Florida because she doesn't think Emma should be alone. Also, she keeps making comments that makes Emma think she might sell her home (which still belongs to her grandmother) out from under her because it's too much for her to handle as a "single woman" when all Emma wants is to buy the house for her own. Emma's convinced that if her Grandmother sees the truth she'll ruin her life to come back to live with Emma so Emma is determined to figure something out and ends up at Sean's door, introducing herself as his fake fiancee (which gets him thinking she's crazy). Sean is not interested at all at first but after stewing it over for a while he decides to go ahead and help Emma out.

    Sean and Emma don't have much time to get to know each other before her grandmother comes so they have quite a job to pull off. They have mixed results and this isn't helped by the fact that Sean's family do their best to make things tough on him and Emma while still playing along. Emma and Sean of course have an attraction between them but neither is ready to settle down and they both make it clear there's nothing between them, not even sex. As they proceed with the masquerade, Sean and Emma begin to get to know each other and although there's issue on both side that they could complain about, they also find a lot in each other that they like. Soon they're both having to fight the physical attraction between them as well as the deepening feelings between them. Eventually of course, they give in to the sexual attraction between them but they both still try to keep it temporary, thinking that once her grandmother is gone they will be done. There's the expected drama between Emma and Sean as they try to figure things out and don't do very good at it. Thankfully some good advice brings one of them to their senses and they come together in the end so they can start their HEA.

    This was an enjoyable story. I liked Emma and Sean as well as the secondary characters. I liked the story but it was pretty much what I expected with no unexpected twists so I guess I just had a little trouble getting completely into the story (the reason for 3 stars instead of 4). Overall it was a good story though and I'll probably try more of the series down the line. :)

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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 03-04-14
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2011

    I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!

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    "Love, laugh, romanance... PERFECT!"

    This book is one i would over and over again! Its full of humor and fun and just simply a really good listen. Once again Lauren Fortgang delivered the characters well! I love her! Its a light listen but one that made my 8 hour shift at work pass by very fast!

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    Liesl Pretoria, South Africa 03-03-14
    Liesl Pretoria, South Africa 03-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice relaxing book"

    In between my romance/mystery books, this was a nice relaxing listen that didn't require much concentration - but I still really enjoyed it though! Typical romance :-)

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    Jennifer (The Book Nympho) United States 01-24-14
    Jennifer (The Book Nympho) United States 01-24-14

    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.

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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!

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    Sabrina webster, fl, United States 12-12-13
    Sabrina webster, fl, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

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