Audio Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

Posted December 31, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | , , | 6 Comments

Audio Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon StaceyYours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family #3
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Published by Carina Press on 06-06-11
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Source: Purchased
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Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he's recuited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiance. Emma need 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.

Emma's not interested in a real relationship either; not with a man whose idea of home is wherever he drops his duffell bag, no matter how amazing his "pretend" kisses are.

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First Impression:

I’ve found a new author and series to add to my auto buy list.

Favorite Line/Quote:

“Oh yes, Sean Kowalski. Your amazing kisses have made all rational thought fly out of my besotted brain. If only you could fill me with your magic penis, I know we’ll fall madly in love and live happily ever after.”

The Narration:

I love Lauren Fortgang’s narration of the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep so I wanted to check out some more of her work. I listened to books 1 & 2 in the Kowalski Family and loved the narration and writing so it was a no brainer for me to listen to this one too.

What I liked:

Everything really. Shannon Stacey knows how to write a sweet, fun and sexy romance. I love how this series is built around a family so that we get to see past couples and get glimpses of future leading characters. The Kowalski is so heart warming and fun to read that I wish I could be part of their family. From the older generation to the even the kids, Stacey has created a great world within the crazy, fun-loving family.

What I didn’t like:


Lasting Impression:

Shannon Stacey and Lauren Fortgang is another great author/narrator combo that goes on my favorite list.

Will I continue this series:

YES! I’m totally hooked and already have the other books waiting for me to devour them.

Would I read this author again:

I’ve already read 2 other novels and 3 novella by Shannon Stacey so it’s safe to say YES I will continue to read her books.

Similar Books/Series:

I’m still new to contemporary romances so I can’t really give a good list here. I would love to get recommendations for you guys. If you’ve read this series and know of some similar books please let me know in the comments.

About Lauren Fortgang

Lauren Fortgang lives in New York City where she currently works as an actor and voiceover artist. Born in DE, she alternated between the metropolis of Wilmington and a rural upbringing in a variety of northern California towns. She had early training at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and is a graduate of Fordham University: College at Lincoln Center, where she majored in theater. Her curiosity for finding new niches in the industry has afforded her a broad career spectrum, both in and out of the spotlight as actor, singer, spokesperson audiobook narrator, podcaster, and even costume designer.

About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

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6 responses to “Audio Review: Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

  1. This was the first Kowalski book I read. It was just so cute I have read them all now. Maybe I’ll try them in audio someday 🙂

    • TheBookNympho

      They are a winning combo in contemporary romance that’s for sure. At first I had to get use to the idea the Fortgang was not voicing Gin Blanco. LOL

  2. I have read book one in this series and think I might continue on. Contemporary are the books I sometimes slip in between paranormal, so I don’t get as many of them read, but I really did enjoy this family. Lauren Fortgang is great too. Love her narration of the Elemental Assassin series.