Shannon Stacey’s latest book, Undeniably Yours, features Kevin Kowalski a former cop who now owns a sports bar. Women throw themselves at Kevin – and he has a collection of napkins with phone numbers to prove it. But he wants more.
One night he spots Beth Hansen in his bar. He is immediately smitten but their first meeting ends in a disaster. As luck would have it they meet again when Beth is working as a bartender at his brother’s wedding. They spend an incredible night together but the next morning Kevin finds himself alone with no way to contact Beth.
Beth soon finds herself pregnant and realizes that she needs to talk to Kevin. But she’s worried about how he will react. After the initial shock, Kevin startles Beth by embracing the idea of becoming a father. He’s also eager to pursue his feelings with Beth but Beth fears that they are just because of the baby and suggests they stay just friends. But that isn’t what Kevin wants and he spends his days trying to prove to Beth that they could be much more.
I found this book to be completely charming and I didn’t want to put it down. I love the Kowalski family. They are completely overwhelming but you can tell it comes from love. The littlest member of the family was beyond adorable and I found myself smirking every time he would talk to the baby.
My only complaint about this book is that the character of Beth drove me nuts. I didn’t quite understand her motivation. Nothing in her back story lead me to understand why she was so hesitant to put down roots. Sure she felt smothered by her parents but that explanation wasn’t enough for me to understand why she lived like a nomad and why she fought Kevin every step of the way. I felt bad for Kevin and started to think that he could do better! It is a true testament to Stacey’s writing that I found myself loving the book despite the heroine.
There’s also a sweet B story involving Kevin’s best friend Paulie, and her ex-fiance. I loved her character and frankly would have found Beth’s behavior more palatable if it were coming from Paulie. I also thought that Paulie’s story could have made for a good novel on it’s own.
This was the first book by Stacey that I read but not the last. I’m looking forward to downloading Exclusively Yours.
Note: I received my copy from Netgalley