Series: Kowalski Family #7
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang
Published by Carina Press on November 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Liz Kowalski is heading home to Whitford, Maine—this time for good. Eager for her family, a fresh start and some fun, she doesn't count on being rescued by the chief of police her very first night back in town. Drew is everything she's not looking for…so why is she still so attracted to him?
After a brief, forbidden rendezvous at her brother's wedding, Drew Miller expects Liz to return to New Mexico and stay there. He's searching for someone to settle down with, not a casual fling with his best friend's sister. But when they're stuck together on the annual Kowalski camping trip, things start going a little sideways. Keeping their hands off each other proves just as impossible as keeping their secret from becoming public knowledge.
Amid family, mud and melted marshmallow, Liz and Drew try to fight what's growing between them. But a little time alone, a lot of chemistry and too many opinions might be just what it takes to bring together two people so determined not to fall in love.
This is book 7 in a series so expect a few series spoilers below.
I’ve been waiting for Liz and Drew’s story since they hooked up at Mitch’s wedding in book 4, All He Ever Needed.
Liz is the only girl in the Kowalski Family and she’s been living away from home for about 15 years. She moved across country from the family’s home, Northern Star Lodge in Maine to New Mexico with her loser of an “artist” boyfriend that none of her brothers liked.
After Liz returned home for Mitch’s wedding she saw that her brothers and cousins were moving forward in their lives with weddings and babies and she got home sick. She already gave the boyfriend the boot but instead of staying in Maine she went back to New Mexico. But her homesickness and Rosie’s (the lodge’s live-in maid and second mother to the Kowalski brood) asking her to come home got to her. So she packed all her belongs into her car and drove home.
Drew has been dealing with his life after his divorce from the wife. Drew has always wanted a family and Mallory (ex-wife) kept putting him off. She lied to him about wanting kids and 10+ years of marriage was wasted with a woman who lied to him. Drew would have been ok (he thinks) if Mallory had been honest with him from the beginning of never wanting kids.
Everyone in the small Maine town knows everyone else’s business. So they know that Drew is looking for a wife to start a family with. That’s when Liz comes walking back into Drew’s life. They both have thought about that one hot time they spent together a few months back at Mitch’s wedding. With them both coming off long-term relationships they thought they only had a shared encounter to help them get over their hurts.
But their feelings for each other start becoming more. Can Liz and Drew find love or is Drew just looking for a baby momma? You’ll have to read Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey to find out.
As far as the narration I can’t really say much more than Stacey and Fortgang are a must listen team. Stacey writes great characters and Fortgang brings them to life like no else can.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).