Undeniably Yours

Undeniably Yours

by Shannon Stacey

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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….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373776856
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Series: Kowalski Family Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 208,967
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and off-roading with her friends and family. You can contact Shannon through her website, www.shannonstacey.com, as well as sign up for her newsletter.

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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 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 girl…and 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 it…do it…do 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?"


"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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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
Why? One word: Beth. 'Nuff said. -___-
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 love series when it moves from sibbling to sibbling.
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great love story.