Exclusively Yours
by Shannon Stacey
(HQN, $7.99, PG-13) 978-0-373-77678-8
*****
Keri Daniels and Joseph Kowalski have a history together. They were high school sweethearts and deeply in love. They both thought they would be together and live happily ever after. But right after high school, Keri had the ambition to be independent and make something of her life, so she left her comfortable existence in New Hampshire, including Joe, and moved to Los Angeles.

Keri is now a successful journalist for Spotlight Magazine and she is one step away from being an editor. Her boss, Tina, has recently discovered that Keri had a relationship with Joe, a now famous author whom Tina has been trying to get an exclusive interview with for years. Tina has promised Keri her big promotion if she goes back to New Hampshire and gets the interview with Joe. She is looking for a story that will keep Spotlight readers happy, which means it must contain some insight into scandal.

Keri flies back to New Hampshire not sure what is going to happen. Joe was in the spotlight several years prior, but after a sordid ordeal with an almost fiancée, has been a recluse. Joe agrees to meet Keri for dinner and after setting some ground rules he agrees to the interview. The interview though, will occur on the Kowalski two-week camping excursion they are set to leave for soon.

Even though Joe was depressed for years and became a raging alcoholic after Keri left him, he feels this need to see her. He’s not sure if he’s made the right decision in inviting Keri on his family’s vacation, but he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see if Keri still has feeling for him and in the end hope that he doesn’t get hurt again.

Exclusively Yours is an emotional story with great depth. The reader is taken on the journey of self-discovery and along the way entertained through comedy, sadness, and of course in the end – happiness. We get to know the Kowalski family, which adds to the enjoyment of the book and allows the story to flow well and not get too bogged down on just Keri and Joe.

Exclusively Yours is the first in a new series by Shannon Stacey. It’s an easy read and also easy to recommend. I look forward to reading about the rest of the Kowalski family in the near future.

--Nichole Howell


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