Undeniably Yours: Book Two of The Kowalskis

Undeniably Yours: Book Two of The Kowalskis

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by Shannon Stacey

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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

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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, she's 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...

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Publishers Weekly
Stacey’s latest Kowalskis contemporary (after Exclusively Yours) is as spicy and insubstantial as popcorn laced with cayenne. When down-to-earth Beth Hansen and player Kevin Kowalski have a one-night stand, an unexpected pregnancy results. As they try to figure out how to raise a child while not being a couple, fiercely independent Beth feels strangled by Kevin’s overprotective he-man ways. Kevin would love to be not only a father but Beth’s main guy, and convincing her he’d be a great family man takes up the bulk of the plot. Their unlikely initial attraction feels like a rushed device to get to the pregnancy premise, and Beth’s dogged rejection of Kevin quickly begins to grate. Buoying the story is a secondary romance that’s more interesting than that of the main characters, and strong, funny writing fills the plot holes. Agent: Trident Media Group. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Books like this are why I read romance."
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, on Exclusively Yours

"This is the perfect contemporary romance!"
- RT Book Reviews, on Undeniably Yours

"Sexy, sassy and immensely satisfying"
- Fresh Fiction, on Undeniably Yours

"This contemporary romance is filled with charm, wit, sophistication, and is anything but predictable"– BN.com Romance Blog on Yours to Keep

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Every 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 alcohol-enhanced 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 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 barstool, 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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why? One word: Beth. 'Nuff said. -___-
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey Book 2 in the Kowalski Series ISBN-978-1-4268-9072-7 Kevin Kowalski had been a Boston cop until he found his wife in their bed with his boss. After beating his boss up and divorcing his wife he bought a bar. The night Beth Hansen came in his bar changed everything. Three weeks after he first seen Beth, and caused her to lose her job by having her boss arrested in his bar, she was at Joe & Keri's wedding. She was serving at the open bar. When the night was over he found her outside in the gardens. And before they knew it they were spending the night together. Beth Hansen was a nomad of sorts. She was the only surviving child because her mother miscarried. They were a bit overprotective so Beth started traveling. She would work awhile and when she had enough money she moved to the next town. She had a great night with Kevin Kowalski and as she went to leave to get some breakfast he mumbled about locking the door behind her. Forget her fairy tale night, she was just some bimbo to him. So she left. Three weeks later Beth found that the 2% chance of a bad condom had happened and she was pregnant by a man who did not want to see her again. She went to the bar to tell him and he went into Mr. Take Charge mode, just what she ran away from. Before she knew she was moved into an apartment above the bar and across the hall from him. It had ended up her crappy apartment had lead in the paint. The book is mostly about the dance between them. They both cared about each other but Beth could only believe he was thinking of the baby. They hardly knew each other. She was thrown into the Kowalski family head first with Thanksgiving dinner. His sister-in-law Lisa had married Mike because she was pregnant and she agreed with Beth about being cautious. Paulie Reed was Kevin's assistant manager at Jasper's Bar. No one knew she had been hiding the last five years from a aristocratic type lifestyle. Until Samuel Logan the Fourth came into the bar. She had left him at the altar. She loved him but felt he was marrying her because their society lifestyle put them together. There is a secondary story of Sam pursuing Paulie. It is a great story and not really centered around sex. Kevin and all the Kowalski's are loveable characters that become real in the stories. I would suggest reading Exclusively Yours first. The first book introduces all the Kowalski's and you get to know Kevin as well. Book received through NetGalley for Review Book contains language and sexual situations.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this authors writing. She reminds me a little of Nora Roberts and Lori Foster with her characters. This is the second book in the Kowalski series and I think even better then the first. The Kowalski family is so much fun and you wish they were real. Kevin is the type of guy you'd really love to spend the rest of your life with.I enjoyed Beth too but had a few problems with her. At times she was a pain in the butt with her "I can do it my way and alone attitude". Of course that didn't stop me for reading the story. I also enjoyed Paulie and Sam's story but felt it was to close to Kevin's and Beth's. This is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story. 600+ pages. Romantic and funny. Enjoyable characters. The first book was just as good and it was free on nook made me buy thus one and i was NOT disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love series when it moves from sibbling to sibbling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard for me to really enjoy the book because I found Beth very annoying and too stubborn. I still finished the book and it was cute overall, but I think Beth treated Kevin awful and didnt deserve him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. Very sweet idea for a romance after sleeping with the guy on the first encounter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brayley-Shay More than 1 year ago
This book is great for those who love suspense and romance. Really, what is romance without suspense? You will go through a whirlwind of emotions while reading, whether it be because of the characters or the situations, you will definitely feel it all. Love, deprivation, and finally succumbing to the inevitability of bliss. Shannon Stacey delivers with the usual, captivating, charming and downright cute undertone of her stories.
Joey44 More than 1 year ago
Kevin and Beth have a one-night-stand.  Beth leaves in the morning without a word to Kevin and doesn't intend to see him again. It turns out Beth gets pregnant from their encounter and goes and tells Kevin.  Kevin is thrilled with the pregnancy and was happy to see Beth again because he wanted a relationship with her. Beth doesn't want a romantic relationship but does want to be friends with Kevin for the baby's sake.  Kevin tries to help Beth with everything like going to doctor appointments and helping financially but Beth is very independent and doesn't want anyone's help. Kevin is a terrific character.  He is an ex-cop, now a bar owner, very attractive and constantly getting phone numbers from women at his bar.  He throws them all out but gives the women the impression that he just may call them - because it is good for his business.  He is very patient (almost too much) with Beth and tries to be supportive even though she shoots him down all the time. I didn't find Beth's character as appealing.  She stopped her nomadic life style once she knew she was pregnant and did look after herself better. But she would not accept help from anyone and wanted to do everything herself.  She seemed to think people offered to do things for her because she wasn't capable of doing it.  So she had an inferiority complex. The chemistry between Kevin and Beth was shown well but I couldn't help wondering what he saw in her sometimes.  Beth's constant I can do it myself attitude got to be irritating. I didn't understand why Beth was so stubborn about relationships.  I think that should have been explained.  Even though I thought Kevin was a wonderful man, I don't know why he took so much crap from Beth except that he wanted to be in his daughter's life.  There were times that his behavior was unrealistic. Most men would have just said enough of this crap. The secondary characters were great too.  I liked the romance between Sam and Paulie. I really enjoyed Undeniably Yours.  Stacey has a nice, easy flow with her writing style.  There were many humorous parts that I loved.  I was reading it on the bus one day and was laughing so that I was getting funny looks from the other passengers. I recommend this book and I have already bought the next book in this series.
coldinMN More than 1 year ago
Once again another page turner. I really love this family. The way the author writes this book makes you feel like you are a part of it. You go through all of the emotions right along with the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read and, so far, a great series. Kevin and Beth were likely never to see each other after their one-night stand, but fate had other plans in mind. Shannon Stacey does a great job really making you feel the turmoil and confusion in the characters and what they want. The entire thing was very well written and had a lot of romance and humor. A must read, as well as the first of the series, Exclusively Yours. I recommend reading the books in order, but this story could still stand on its own just fine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a fun light reading. No need to feel you couldn't put it down and pick it up again and be right back in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A one night stand turned into something more... It was fun and of course a happy ending. What more can a girl ask for in a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great trilogy, love how the story continues to flow.
GrammyWammySO More than 1 year ago
My favorite book by this author. Will definitely read it again in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, which follows after Exclusively Yours (another really good book). I loved the main characters, Kevin and Beth. Well written romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
545 pgs. Not for young readers. Well loved Kevin n his whole family. Loved paulie she was a great character. The leading lady (oops i forgot her name) is a pain but shes very independent. You can understand her but she can be very frustrating. Wished their resolution was longer towards the end but the story was worth a read. Thanx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kowalski family is great. Love how the author has developed them. And enjoyed the romance story within the romance story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reallt do think this is a wonderful book. With twist and turns,love and hate. This is one of my favorite books ever
1jhawk More than 1 year ago
This is a great read! I really liked the book and will buy more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading it! Although I felt this author moved too quickly through the timeline and missed out on some keys points. You could not feel the romance in this book like her other books.
Robsessed More than 1 year ago
Loved! Loved! Loved this book!