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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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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 05-11-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 05-11-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "Melt-the-heart kind of good!!"

    I LOVED this book. This is actually a series although Audible does not say it in the description. This is the third book in the Kowalski Family series.
    This is the right order:
    - Exclusively Yours
    - undeniably Yours
    - Yours to keep
    This is the first book I've listened to by this author and it certainly will not be the last one.

    Emma convinces Sean Kowalski to be her fake fiancé while her grandma comes to visit her so that grandma can stop worrying and enjoy her own life in sunny Florida. This is a light, funny and very romantic story. The ending is quite emotional. Great narrator also. I've you have listened to Susan Mallery books (like the Buchannan series), you'll love this book and this series. Shannon Stacey has just been added to my authors-I-love-list.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-18-12
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-18-12

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "I'll keep it"

    I loved the plot and the characters. The humor is also great (I'm sure my neighbors think I'm a little whacked from seeing me all alone on the patio, giggling), and although you know that love stories always have a happy ending, the getting there was interesting. I want more Kowalski's! The narration was also very pleasant. Lauren Fortgang is becoming one of my favorite narrators.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-16-12
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "an enjoyable read"

    I really enjoyed this book, it's pleasant and an easy read; I'm in the middle of a trilogy right now that is not an easy read and I needed to take a break from it and listen to some thing that would make me smile and believe that there are really good people out there and this book did that. The narrator was fine, I have never listened to her before which always concerns me as a bad narrator can completely ruin a book.
    I can recommend this book if your looking for a nice romantic love story with mild sexual content.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judi SHELTON, WA, United States 04-16-12
    Judi SHELTON, WA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011

    To relax I listen to my books. It's like yoga but better, you don't have to bend your body!!

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    "WONDERFUL"
    Where does Yours to Keep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a great book it had all the good stuff in it, humor, drama and love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that they both were very indepent people and they found that they really did need each other.


    Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favorite?

    Sean was believable.


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

    You bet it made me laugh and cry it did it's job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Latoya Foster Newark, NJ, United States 01-30-12
    Latoya Foster Newark, NJ, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2012

    Audible Hooked!!!!!

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    "An Amazing Read"

    In life we all expect or hope our lives will have one of those happy ending. "Yours to keep" is definitely a book that allows the mind to relaxed. If your interest lies in romance that has some level of passion and desired.

    Emma who is one of the main character is searching for stability unconsciously and it happened for her. totally amazing.

    A must read for individuals who are in love, about to fall or just into happy endings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Andersen 01-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story, kept my interest, great narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    This book kept my interest and I enjoyed it. I really like the Kowalski family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Edwards St Paul, MN 12-12-11
    T. Edwards St Paul, MN 12-12-11 Member Since 2010

    Theri

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    "Awesome"
    What did you love best about Yours to Keep?

    Love those Kowalski boys.


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

    When Sean realized he loved Emma.


    Have you listened to any of Lauren Fortgang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to most if not all of Lauren's performances. She is awesome, she is always good. As a matter of fact I search out the book she performs because I like her performances so much.


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

    Definitely made me laugh in some spots and cry in others.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. Rhea TN 09-04-11
    T. Rhea TN 09-04-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Easy Romantic Read"

    First for this author. I found the concept to start the story a bit quirky but completely believable. Author guides you through plots, people & situations with ease. I found myself visualizing many of her scenes because of her descriptions. Story line held me and the ending was just as you would hope it would be! Narrator carried perfect cadance and emotions for the themes. Not a waste of time. Great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-26-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2006

    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. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 03-04-14
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2010
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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