Undeniably Yours (Kowalski Family #2)

Undeniably YoursBy Shannon Stacey

Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: November 1, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley

One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly…

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child…

Goodreads Summary

If snaring napkins with smeary hot pink lipstick kisses, sexual innuendos and phone numbers were an Olympic sport, bar owner Kevin Kowalski just might be a gold medal contender.  The sexy ex-cop usually has no problem picking up a no-strings kind of woman (not from the napkin hopefuls though), but a pretty brunette fending off her drunken boss catches his eye.  For once, he goes after a woman thinking of more than just one night but because of one groggy comment the morning after, she takes off and he has no idea how to find her.

Beth Hansen is most definitely not looking for someone to settle down with; she deliberately avoids ties with everyone and anything so she can pick up and leave town when the urge strikes.  A night with Kevin, that two-percent condom failure rate and suddenly she’s anchored in a way she never expected or wanted.  Now Kevin keeps trying to tie her down by giving her all kinds of security and promises and she’s starting to be afraid of her own heart.

Into the mix goes a much more serious second relationship developing (or redeveloping) between waitress Paulie and her ex-fiance Sam.  They didn’t part under good terms to say the least, but both misunderstood the reasons why.  Now they’re trying to find some happy medium between the life he still lives, the one she turned her back on and the one she’s happy with now.

How many ways did I love this?

1. This was funny.  I laughed just as often as I cried.  “Of Doom.”

2. This had terrific local touches.  I felt the settings, loved the sports references and have been in enough bars that I could practically smell the beer flowing at Jasper’s Bar and Grille.  They were perfectly written, from the diners to the RV park.

3. The secondary relationship was just as touching as the primary but didn’t take anything away from it.  That’s hard to do.  I didn’t mind the trips away from Kevin and Beth’s relationship (they came at good breaks) to Paulie and Sam, because they were interesting people and their relationship wasn’t treated as some afterthought filler.

4. The Kowalskis.  What a family.  I understood why Beth thought they were pushy and overwhelming and I loved them for it.  I have nephews like those and I’ve had Nerf Dart Gun Fights.  I wanted to adopt the youngest Kowalski who kept yelling bad jokes into Beth’s belly because he thought the baby could hear him.

5. The dialogue.  It was perfect, not only because people just really talk like this, but because it never failed to fit the person speaking.  No character ever lost their own voice, even if they were a relatively minor presence.

I measure a lot of my books by how much I laugh, cry or get ticked off and this hit three out of three (sorry, but Beth really took obnoxiousness to the nth degree when pushing Kevin away sometimes).  I count this as one of my best romantic reads of the fall.

My Rating: A

Barbara

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