By Shannon Stacey
Book #1 in the Kowalski Family series
When Keri Daniels’ editor finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.
Joe’s never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he’s intrigued to hear Keri’s back in town—and looking for him. Despite his intense need for privacy, he’ll grant Keri an interview if it means a chance to finish what they started in high school.
He proposes an outrageous plan—for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping and four-wheeling trip, Keri can ask one question. Keri agrees; she’s worked too hard to walk away from her career.
But the chemistry between them is still as potent as the bug spray, Joe’s sister is out to avenge his broken heart and Keri hasn’t ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever.
Joe didn't have any intention of seeing Keri beyond that first meeting but within five minutes knew he needed more time with her. His crazy plan wasn't well thought out but he pulled out all the stops. Keri chose her career over Joe years ago, determined to make a name for herself, and now she had to stay committed to because she didn't just break Joe's heart but her own, too.
This first story in the series was full of laugh out loud moments as this is a big, boisterous family who enjoys being with each other. They go along with Joe's plan, except his twin sister,Terry, who hasn't forgiven Keri, who was also once her friend. Keri's life may seem glamorous now but she hasn't formed any lasting relationships that even come close to what she gave up when she left for Los Angeles.
There's also a serious side as Terry's marriage is on the rocks and their brother Mike and his wife are experiencing some stress. These issues blended well in the background of Joe and Keri's romance, sometimes being a factor in Joe's plan.
What we ended up with is a great story, a bittersweet romance and lots of funny moments as Joe and Keri try to find a way to reconnect in the woods of New Hampshire with the entire Kowalski clan. I loved the family dynamics as well as these outgoing and attractive Kowalski men. I'm already hooked to the series.