Saturday, February 4, 2012

Yours To Keep-Shannon Stacey

Yours To Keep

Shannon Stacey

Harlequin HQN, Feb 21 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373776863

Worried about her granddaughter Emma Shaw’s single status, family matriarch Grandma Cat leaves her new Florida home to visit her in New Hampshire. Emma told her Grandma that she has a fiancé, but now needs to introduce her persistent relative to a flesh and blood male. Previously selecting now honorably discharged former soldier Sean Kowalski as her man based on her friend Lily mentioning him as her cousin-in-law, Emma visits him at his home; where she informs him she is his fake fiancée.

Though a bit surprised by her confession, he agrees to pretend to be her future mate living together while also working for her landscaping firm. However what started as pretend turns real when the kisses become increasingly passionate and needing.

Though the theme of a pretend spouse to fool a caring relative has been done a zillion times (see Brigit Asher’s The Pretend Wife), the latest Kowalski contemporary romance (see Exclusively Yours and Undeniably Yours) is a fun tale. Putting aside the ethics of deception, fans will enjoy this zany tale as his boisterous clan and her persistent diligent relative make it impossible for the couple to have a respite; love compounds the dilemma as Sir Walter Scott said: “Oh what a tangled web you weave when first you practice to deceive.”

Harriet Klausner

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