Review: Undeniably Yours (Kowalski Family #2) by Shannon Stacey

July 22, 2014 2.5 stars, 2014 Read & Review, 2014 Reading Challenge - Purchase, 2014 Reading Challenge - Review, Book Review, Boring Main Characters, contemporary, damsel in distress, ebook, Gary Stu Alert, insta-lust, Meh, omnibus, prickly pear heroine, Purchases, Romance, series, TSTL heroine, unlikeable main characters 0

Undeniably Yours

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One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he’s more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn’t gone so badly…

Beth’s tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she’d see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can’t say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he’s not the player she thinks he is. But she’s not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it’s going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child…

Well, this book just…felt like it went on forever. And it annoyed me greatly – well, the heroine annoyed the living shit out of me.

I really, really dislike books where the reason the hero and heroine don’t get together is because “reasons.” In Undeniably Yours the reason the H/h stay apart the entire book is because the heroine doesn’t want to do permanent relationships. Because her parents hovered and smothered. Although she has a good relationship with them. And she’s pregnant. And broke. Because reasons! And feelings!

The only reason I got through this entire book was because I really do enjoy the interactions of the Kowalski family and I got a kick out of the secondary romance between Paulie and Sam. TBH, I enjoyed that romance a lot more than the romance between the main characters.

Beth quickly got on my last nerve – I mean, the reader is treated to an entire book of the heroine pushing the hero away. There’s very little “romantic” interactions between the H/h, just the hero longing and being rejected. It got super old super quick, especially as the book spans about 10-14 months (the length of the pregnancy and a few months after) – and the heroine spends most of this time rejecting the hero.

I could NOT get down with Beth’s reasons and I quickly got sick of Kevin putting up with her nonsense. The only time Kevin acted like a real person vs a gallantly-suffering romance hero destined to get his leading lady was very close to the end. Ugh. Undeniably Yours kinda killed my reading mojo so I’ll have to see if I pick up another book or if I’m going to spend some quality time playing all those games I broke myself with during the Steam Summer Sale.

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