Wednesday 2 April 2014

Review ~ Taken With You by Shannon Stacey.

Today I'm excited to post my review of Taken With You by Shannon Stacey! To follow the rest of the tour, click the banner above to take you to the schedule.

Title: Taken With You (Kowalski Family #8).
Author: Shannon Stacey.
Publisher: Carina Press.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Release Date: March 25, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon ; B&N

Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety – a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door…


Sometimes I just want to relax with a light-hearted, fun book and this sweet romance, Taken with You, was just that kind of book. It was a refreshing read and I was drawn to the story very quickly.

The characters were wonderfully written. Hailey was really likeable and I was rooting for her from the start. I loved Matt too and the development in their relationship was great fun to read. The humour, teasing banter and chemistry brought a lot of entertainment and I loved the connection between them despite them seeming to be two completely different personalities.

Having not read any of the previous books in the series, although Taken with You can be read as a standalone, I probably didn’t connect with some of the side characters as much as I had hoped. But Shannon Stacey wrote a brilliant story. The pacing was perfect as we’re able to see the development in Hailey and Matt’s feelings without it being rushed or unrealistic. The author also combined heart-warming, emotional moments with humour and difficult not to smile moments in what was a really enjoyable book.

Taken with You was a sweet story, offering the perfect opportunity to escape for a few hours reading. With a positive message about opposites attracting in relationships, this book was just fab. It may have been the first book I’ve read by Shannon Stacey but it definitely won’t be the last.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

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 riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

Connect with Shannon: Website ; Goodreads ; Facebook ; Twitter


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  1. This does sound like a great book to escape real life from for a few hours! :) Glad you liked it, Sophie!


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