Redonk Nutshell: Rekindled love abounds when former overs unite over a family getaway

This was my first read by Shannon Stacey, and I was intrigued by the premise.  A successful tabloid reporter, Keri Daniels, is tasked by her boss to dig up some dirt on reclusive author Joe Kowalski.  Keri has an “in” – she and Joe were high school sweethearts.  Joe agrees to give her an exclusive on one condition – she has to attend his family’s annual two week vacation in the backwoods.  Keri agrees, knowing fully well that more than her job is riding on the line.

I really enjoyed this book.  It’s an indulgent banquet of everything a contemporary romance should be.   Ms. Stacey finds the perfect balance between humor, drama and romance, creating imperfect characters that are fascinating to follow.  Keri & Joe’s struggle to find solid footing amid their rocky past makes a wonderful story.  Both of them leave after their two weeks knowing more not just about each other but about themselves as well.  It’s a character driven story, and it’s lovely.  Add in some witty banter between brothers, a horde of crazy children, and camping in the backwoods and you’ve got a recipe for a well rounded, rich story.  And who doesn’t love second chance romances?

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey, 384 pgs, 12/20/11

Rating: B

Romance: 3/5         Raunch: 3/5

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