|Title: Yours to Keep
Series: Kowalski Family #3
Author: Shannon Stacey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Julia’s Rating: 3/5 stars – I liked it.
Description: 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. More…
Contemporary and Historical Romance often battle it out for my affection, with favorites in both genres swaying the battle back and forth. The gothic drama of an Alpha lord or spy master is hard to beat, but contemporary’s law men and veterans are game to try. Sean Kowalski’s military career is just a convenient device to have a capable, healthy young man pop into town in time for Emma’s predicament to unfold, but that is in line with the sweet, unsurprising tone of YOURS TO KEEP. Romance readers won’t find any surprises or twists, just a well written, sexy example of how proximity and scheming can lead two characters down the road to Happily-Ever-After. While the trope that brings these two together is unremarkable, their chemistry in the first sex scene was enough to stand out. Around Emma and Sean is the charming homogeny of the Kowalski family, and together this group makes for an entertaining afternoon read. While the Kowalski men have great banter, I would have needed a story that stands out a little bit more to bump things up to four stars.
Entertaining but forgettable (in the sense that the plots of individual novels are hard to distinguish), the contemporary romances of Kristan Higgins are another nice way to spend a few hours. While none of her plots stand out particularly, her characters and chemistry are good enough to land the entire Higgins catalog on my shelf. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE managed to eek out one more star than it’s counterparts (4/5 rather than 3/5), but their interchangeability means I couldn’t explain that star now without starting from the beginning. That’s part of the charm of these romances, however. They sit patiently on my shelf, fondly remembered, until the afternoon when I’m looking for a dose of escape and chemistry.
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