Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Review: Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey

Undeniably Yours
Shannon Stacey
January 2012
384 pp

Overview: 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….

      I didn't know this book was part of a series when I got it, but I didn't feel lost at all without having read the first one. The premise was classic romance novel: a one-night stand leads to an unexpected pregnancy and brings the main couple back together. For the most part, it was an enjoyable read, if a bit longer than it needed to be. And that excessive length just drew attention to what I thought was the biggest downside to the book: the "heroine", Beth, was absurdly stubborn and her constant protesting for independence made her unlikable. I found it difficult to believe that any man would stick around that long after constant rejection. Especially since she really didn't seem to have any redeeming qualities other than her looks. She was a college dropout with no steady job, no friends, no particular talent and she was inexplicably rude to the one person who seemed to look past all that. When I read romance novels, I tend to find myself relating to the heroine and even feeling if she were a real person, we'd be friends. I never once thought that with Beth. In contrast, Kevin, our "hero" was kind, sexy, likable, and more patient than any man or woman would ever be. He and his very likable family kept me reading and will probably have me going back to read the first and third books in the series.

Undeniably Yours: 3/5

Note: I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher for review purposes. 

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