Undeniably Yours by Shannon StaceyUndeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey

Undeniably Yours

byShannon Stacey

Mass Market Paperback | January 31, 2012

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Can a one-night stand turn into happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him. Even if lately he's been more interested in finding Mrs. Right than Miss Right Now. Enter Beth Hansen.

Kevin and Beth may have started out all wrong, with an impromptu passionate encounter at a wedding, followed by a walk of shame. Yet Kevin knows there's more to their relationship than a one-night stand. Especially when Beth turns up pregnant.

Kevin may be ready for the "next step," but Beth doesn't want a relationship with a former playboy, however irresistible he might be. And it's going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child.

Shannon Stacey is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her specilaity is writing romance novels. She is the author of the Boston Fire series with title's such as: Under Control, Hot Response, Heat Exchange, Flare Up and Controlled Burn. When she isn't writing, she enjoys riding her four-wheeler with her famliy in New Engl...
Title:Undeniably YoursFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.61 × 4.22 × 1 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:HQN BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0373776853

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Contemporary Romance *Dreamy sigh* While reading Exclusively Yours, I was inexplicably drawn to Kevin. He’s the younger brother who was hurt by his cheating no-good wife. He was mellow and laid back and quick-witted and smart yet you could always feel that underlying sadness in him. The one that made you want to sneak into his tent and share some ice cream with him. The good kind because he’s worth it. In Undeniably Yours, the second book in Shannon Stacey’s Kowalskis series, I loved Kevin’s character even more. He’s just a nice guy you want to see succeed. One evening, he’s drawn to a woman in the bar he owns and, after a few encounters, he gets by her barriers and she agrees to spend the night with him. They use protection and everything but still, she ends up pregnant. I was so impressed with how Kevin handled that whole situation. I was so impressed with how Kevin handled all situations. I was even impressed when he snapped and told his baby-mama off! I was actually sitting along the wall of the room with my pom-poms during that scene. (You just don’t know I’m there because Shannon decided not to write that part in. Really.) This book would have got a five star rating from me if it were all about Kevin. You know, Kevin strutting around his bar, Kevin interacting with his family (which I love to see), Kevin taking a shower… But unfortunately, Beth (the baby-mama) was a tiny bit much for me before she got pregnant…and after. Don’t get me wrong, I did like Beth. In fact, I liked her a lot more than I liked Terry, Joe’s sister in book one, but I just didn’t get her reluctance with…well everything. Beth is used to doing things her way. She hates being tied down and usually only stays in one place for a short amount of time before getting restless. She was close to leaving when she found out she was pregnant. Because she is a free spirit, she had a bit of trouble dealing with things. And understandably so. I loved how she interacted with Kevin’s family and even her family. Some really cute and fun moments came out of those scenes. What really confused me was why she was so afraid of being suffocated and tied down? It didn’t seem like her parents were overbearing at all. In fact, they were sweet. And she wasn’t in a crazy ‘slave-like’ relationship in the past. In fact, due to her nature, she wasn’t ever really in a solid relationship. So I didn’t get it. At all. I know some people just have that need to be a free bird in them, but it took Beth at least 90% of the book before she realized that there are others who love her and who want to help her…without her being indebted to them. Her nature never bothered me to the point where I was completely upset, I would just have liked her to give in a little earlier, or explained herself a little better. Then she could have enjoyed her situation and her new life sooner. It all just made me feel a little sad for her. There is a little side story about Paulie (Kevin’s bar manager and best friend) and Sam. Paulie I liked. Quite a bit. I didn’t get Sam and I didn’t really feel Sam and Paulie’s chemistry. But it was still a nice little break from the main story, even though I didn’t feel as connected to that couple as I did Beth and Kevin. There is always a little cutesy something in these books. This time around it was bar napkins. Women are constantly giving Kevin bar napkins with their phone numbers. Kevin claims he only wants Beth’s to which she says “no way”. You have to read how that little part of the story turns out because really, it’s adorable. The lovable Kowalski family were all present in this installment and I was glad they were. Even Terry. They have such a great dynamic and it translates very well to the page. And now that I ‘know’ them all, I am leaning towards re-reading the third book in the series. I read it a while back but had yet to read the first books. Even so, I enjoyed meeting the family but I think I would enjoy it even more now that I am familiar with all the members of this loyal and loud crowd. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I wanted to shake Beth once in a while but I never wanted to smack her. Always a good sign. The story could have been quite predictable but Stacey wrote it in a way where she often kept us guessing. Did you know that they would end up together? Of course. This is a romance book after all. But the slight twists and turns along the way kept things fresh. Books four, five and six in the Kowalskis series are due out later this year and I will definitely be picking them up. In fact, they are already written in my planner. Undeniably Yours is a wonderful addition to this series. It’s a sweet book with a yummy hero. Yeah…you gotta read it just for Kevin. Mmm…Kevin… 4 stars
Date published: 2012-02-08

Read from the Book

OctoberEvery time the New England Patriots chalked one up in the win column, Kevin Kowalski got laid.A score for them was a score for him. Not that he was always looking for a companion on a Sunday night, but the offers weren't scarce. As he slid a foaming mug of Sam Adams down the polished surface of the best damn sports bar in New Hampshire's capital city—which just happened to list his name as proprietor—he caught a blonde watching him. The Pats were lining up at first and goal on the big-screen, but her eyes were on him, letting him know the New England quarterback wasn't the only guy in scoring position.But tonight he was having a hard time concentrating on the blonde with the chemically enhanced lips, surgically enhanced boobs and alcoholenhanced sex drive giving him the you could go all the way look.He was too busy keeping his eye on the brunette at the other end of the bar. It wasn't just the fact she was pretty, with a mess of dark brown hair falling to her shoulders and eyes to match. Or that her fisherman's sweater and jeans hugged her body in all the right places, though that certainly didn't hurt.Mostly he was keeping an eye on her because her date was going downhill in a hurry. Either the guy in the uptight, button-down shirt and khakis had had a couple before he'd walked into the bar or he had the alcohol tolerance of a high-school freshman, because it had only taken a couple shots of Scotch for Drunken Asshole Syndrome to kick in.Now there was some body language going on between the couple, and her body wanted away from his body. His fingers would start looking for a soft place to land. She'd deflect. Rinse and repeat.Jasper's Bar & Grille had three rules. No smoking. No throwing beer mugs, even at the Jets fans. And when a lady said no, it meant no.The Patriots scored, and the glasses shook on the shelves as a triumphant roar filled Jasper's. The blonde hopped up and down on her bar stool, her boobs testing the bungee ability of her bra straps.And the jerk with the wandering hands raised his empty glass to wave it in Kevin's general direction.He made his way down to the couple but ignored the glass. "We won't be serving you any more alcohol, but you're welcome to a coffee or a soda, on the house.'Uptight Guy's face turned as red as a Budweiser label, and Kevin sighed. He was going to be one of those guys. Jasper's had a zero-tolerance policy, so as the guy's ass lifted off the stool, Kevin gave Paulie the signal and watched her roll her eyes as she reached for the phone."I'm not drunk and I want another goddamn Scotch!"The woman put her hand on the guy's arm, as if to push him back onto his seat. "Derek, let's—""Who the hell are you to tell me I can't have another goddamn Scotch?"Uptight Guy's badass act was diluted a bit by the weaving. "I'm the guy who reserves the right to refuse you service.""Beth, tell this asshole to gimme another drink."Kevin shook his head. "You're cut off."It happened fast. Kevin wasn't sure if the guy was throwing a punch or reaching in to grab him by the shirt, but his elbow hit his date and knocked her backward. She didn't fall, thanks to the guy sitting next to her, who was pleasantly surprised to find himself with an armful of brunette, but it distracted Kevin enough to allow the guy to land a weak, glancing blow to his jaw.Uptight Guy, whom the woman had called Derek, sucked in a breath, as if he just realized what he'd done. Kevin watched as the guy's fightor-flight instinct kicked in and wasn't surprised when he chose flight. Sadly for him, Kevin was six-two and had some experience collaring yahoos, whether they were crooks back when he'd worn a badge or his four rowdy nephews. He reached across the bar, grabbed the guy by the scruff of the neck and yanked him back.Derek was struggling like a pickerel on a hook and, when Kevin's grip almost slipped off the guy's collar, he jerked hard. Derek's head snapped around, and his nose exploded on the edge of the bar. Oops.The guy screamed like a girland the crowd went wild. Jasper's didn't attract a real rough crowd, but everybody loved a good fight."Good fight" being relative, of course. Derek cupped his hands over his face, trying to staunch the blood and let out a high-pitched keening sound that made more than a few of the patrons wince."Shut up or I'll knock your ass out," Kevin yelled at the guy which, of course, got everybody in the bar chanting. Do itdo itdo it"Oh, my God, his nose!" Derek's date untangled herself from her neighbor and grabbed a couple of napkins off the bar. She tried to get to Derek's nose, but he kept pushing her away.The crowd quieted when a couple of police officers walked through the front door. Derek's keening changed pitch when he saw them, from a pain-filled squeal to an oh, shit desperation."Hey, Kowalski," the older of the two cops said."Hey, Jonesy. Your old man like those tickets?""Are you kidding me? Tenth row, fifty-yard line? He was in heaven. Said to tell you thanks and give you his best.""Glad to do it," he said easily, still holding on to Derek's collar. He fostered a friendly relationship with the local P.D., not only because he'd been on the job once down in Boston, but because any good businessman did. Especially businessmen who served alcohol. "Got a live one here.""What happened to him?""Hit his face on the bar. You know how it is."In the split second between Kevin releasing him and Jonesy grabbing for his wrists, Derek stupidly decided to make a break for the door.The rookie made a move to stop him at the same time Beth did. She accidentally—at least it looked accidental—tripped him, and the young cop fell on his face. Jonesy jumped over his partner and did the nearing-retirement version of a sprint after Derek.Beth was practically hyperventilating.The rookie scrambled to his feet as Jonesy took down his prey in a half-ass diving tackle that made the crowd roar in approval. Rookie had his handcuffs out, but it looked as if Uptight Guy was going all-in on a resisting charge."Why are you doing this to him?"Kevin's gaze swiveled to the woman, who looked almost as pissed as her date. "I didn't do jack to him, lady. Did you forget the part where he hit you?""He didn't hit me. He bumped me trying to hit you."Yeah, that was so much better. "How about the groping? How many times were you going to tell him no?"She actually rolled her eyes at him. "I had it all under control.""No, now it's all under control.""Look, it's not what you Forget it. You have to help him, though."Since Derek had two hundred pounds of veteran cop kneeling on his head while the rookie tried to secure the cuffs, there wasn't much Kevin could do for him, even if he wanted to. Which he didn't."It's not what you think," she insisted."I'm going to sue you for everything you've got, asshole," Derek screamed over his shoulder. "And you, you dumb bitch, you're fired!"Oops. Kevin looked at Beth. "I thought he was just a bad date."She climbed onto a stool and dropped her forehead to the bar with a thunk. "You just cost me my job."Only several years of fine-tuning his brain-to-mouth filter behind the bar kept him from pointing out she was maybe better off without it. "Want a beer?"A beer? Rambo the bartender here thought a beer was going to fix the mess he'd gotten her into? Beth Hansen curled her hands into fists to keep from reaching across the bar and shaking him like a martini.So Derek was a drunken ass. So what else was new? It was nothing she couldn't handle. She handled it once a week or so, as a matter of fact, and had been for three months.After work, Derek would leave the office and walk down the street to have a drink. He'd call his secretary—that would be her—with some bogus excuse requiring her to stop by the bar. A paper that needed signing. A fax he'd forgotten to read but absolutely had to before he went home. She'd show up, he'd try to get in her pants, she'd put him in a cab and the next day they'd pretend it didn't happen.Sometimes, like today, he'd even drag her out on a weekend. Maybe not ideal working conditions, but she'd suffered worse.But this time Derek's usual bar was closed for renovations, so he'd kept on walking until he'd come to Jasper's Bar & Grille. Now her boss had a broken nose, and she had no job.A beer wasn't going to help.She lifted her head and propped her chin on her hand. "Did you have to call the police?""Yup.""You could have let it go."He rested his palms on the edge of the bar and looked her in the eye. God, he was tall. And that wasn't all he had going for him. Besides the height and the blue eyes and the dimples, he had broad shoulders straining the seams of an ancient Red Sox T-shirt and thick brown hair that had that careless style of a man who didn't want to fuss with it. Probably mid-thirties."Lady, he punched me in the face.""It wasn't much of a punch," she muttered, since she couldn't deny it. "I almost had him talked into a cab, but you had to go and make it a big deal.""Hey, Kevin," a younger guy called out. "Can we make a mimosa?""This is a sports bar, not Easter brunch." He turned back to her, shaking his head. "All I did was tell him he was cut off. Not only do I have the right, but when a patron's visibly intoxicated, I have the obligation. And I ain't exactly a turn-the-other-cheek guy when it comes to getting punched in the face."

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