Review: Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey #MyKindOfLove

Posted July 30, 2014 by Shari in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey #MyKindOfLove
Falling for Max

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Series: Kowalski Family #9
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Carina Press
Released on July 29, 2014
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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A genuine man who is also an introvert wants to find love and my heart melted! Throw in a woman who is so not into love and you have a romping romance that bumps you to continue reading when sleep calls.

Shannon Stacey has come out swinging with a new installment in her Kowalski Family series. With a good handle on quirky humor, awkward moments and small town romance, this one left me laughing, sighing and just plain frustrated at times.

Max wants to find a wife. Scratch that. A girlfriend. No, scratch that. Go on a date. Socially uncomfortable, Max is a hero after my own heart. But what I loved about him was his knowledge of what he is up against and the willingness to put himself in uncomfortable positions to attain his goals. So his friend tells him to go to the diner, like it is a hot dating spot and he goes….only to find it really isn’t but there is a waitress he gets on with easily.

Tori moved into town to get away from her fighting, divorced parents. Working as a waitress is a part time gig to help out the ladies there, but also gets her away from her computer where she designs book covers. When she meets Max, she instantly likes him and decides to help him find love. See where this is going? The biggest problem for Tori is she won’t let herself fall in love because she is afraid she will end up like her parents: bitter, angry, miserable.

So Tori takes Max under her wing and I loved that she didn’t try to change him. She guided him, but didn’t take over. And slowly they fell under each other’s spell with out knowing. I love the interaction with the town of people from Rose, to Liz, Josh to Butch to Gavin. On and on, there were so many people I fell in love with over again.

Shannon Stacey writes romance that feels so right at home with me. Small town, unusual people living life, forming friendships and having babies. Throw in some football (although I have to say no to the Patriots. Just wrong. Wrong.), Sunday’s at Max’s, ice cream in four scoops and delectable, lusty love scenes and  you have a great book that grabbed my heart strings and tied them in a heart.

“I’m going to get out of your hair. Just relax and be yourself.”

“I’m not very good at being anybody else.”

After the second date with Nola, Max had this heartbreaking thought:

Sometimes silence was comforting, but sometimes it was isolating.

Tori was a wonderful heroine, but Max stole my heart through the entire book. I guess I just related to him more. So why aren’t there more Max in romance?

Delighted Reader Giveaway

With all our hunky alpha males in romance, why do you think I was drawn to
the hunky Max who was really very socially inept and more comfortable in
quiet routine than in a room full of people?

Comment below for a chance to win a paperback copy of Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey.

US Only. Giveaway ends Monday, August 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

About Shannon Stacey

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.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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I’d love to win! Love Shannon’s books and thanks for the giveaway!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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I might have to give these another shot. I LOVED the first three in the series (some of my favorite reads) but then the next set were a bit of a miss for me. Glad to hear this one was so good!

Jess Haight
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Sounds like a sweet read. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! 🙂