Book Review: Taken With You by Shannon Stacey

Taken With You by Shannon StaceyTitle: Taken With You
Series: Kowalski Family, Book 8
Author: Shannon Stacey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: March 25, 2014 by Carina Press

Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she's happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She's spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn't found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she's probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees. 

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett's idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety—a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can't resist pushing her buttons, even though she's made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn't for her. 

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she's determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that's easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he's renting the house right next door….

Why I Read this Book: I love this series and Hailey finally gets her man!

What I Liked: Taken With You is the 8th book in the Kowalski Family series but the first that doesn’t feature a Kowalski as the hero or heroine. But we still get to see the Kowalskis in passing as secondary characters.

Hailey, the town librarian, and Matt, the new game warden, are polar opposites. Poor Matt doesn’t do well with relationships because as the game warden, he has long and unpredictable hours and often comes home all sweaty and stinky. Hailey is a girlie-girl and is not too fond of the outdoors. Even though they both think they’re wrong for each other, the chemistry and attraction is undeniable.

I love the author’s attention to detail when it comes to this fictional small town. Like how the new ATV trails will boost the town’s economy and how it will effect the locals who live right off the trails. It’s things like this that bring the fictional town to life and give it an authentic feel.

Memorable Moment:

”You know the rules. No kissing while you’re wearing that hat.”

“But it’s my lucky hat.”

“Maybe, but it ain’t your get lucky hat.”

Overall Impression: With the humorous dialogue and small town charm, this series is a comfort read for me and I’m ready for the next book. As long as the author keeps writing them, I’ll keep reading them.

Brianna’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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Brianna’s reviews for other books in this series:
Exclusively Yours, Book 1
Undeniably Yours, Book 2
Yours to Keep, Book 3
All He Ever Needed, Book 4
All He Ever Desired, Book 5
All He Ever Dreamed, Book 6
Love a Little Sideways, Book 7

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  1. This one sounds good. I have been reading a fantastic series by Roberta Grimes, I like to break up her series with a quick read, I don't know how quick this one is but I like it anyway! Grimes' series is Letters From Love, I recommend it, It's a great read, great love story that spans generations. It;s a worthy read!

    1. I haven't heard of that author before. I'll check out her books. Thanks for the recommendation :)

  2. I hosted this tour too. The series sounds like one I'd like--the author is new to me but came highly recommended. I'm loving all the contemporary romances I'm finding lately.

    1. I love this author's writing. She writes great, fun, and funny romances.


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