This was my first Stacey read and I'm hooked! Fun, quick, and lively with likable characters facing honest problems, a friendly small town, plenty of siblings for more books in the series, steamy but not over the top love scenes.
Mitch Kowalski is a Love 'Em and Leave 'Em type. He makes it clear to all the women in his life that he won't be sticking around for a permanent relationship. When he goes home for a visit and hears that Diner Owner, Paige Sullivan, doesn't want a man in her life, he believes she will be the perfect person to liven up a boring vacation. As their "no strings attached" fun eventually turns into some serious feelings for each other, Mitch and Paige must learn to compromise on the things they want in their lives.
This is the fourth book in Shannon Stacey's Kowalski Family series. It uses the tired "no strings attached" theme which usually doesn't work for me. But for some reason, I really enjoyed this book. I liked both Mitch and Paige and how they handled the whole relationship. I did get tired of everyone in town bringing up Mitch's past. (Yes, he slept with half of the women in town when he was a teenager and left them all with a smile on their faces.) But I couldn't help rooting for them. I also like that this author always has a secondary storyline in her books that is just as interesting as the main one. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Didn't like this one much at all. Plot=BORING. Boy likes girl. Girl likes boy. Girl resists. Girl gives in. The first 120ish pages are Mitch pursing Paige (despite her repeatedly saying no).
Mitch is a Man-Whore. It's brought up (over and over and over) that Mitch had a wild youth and slept with many of the (very small) town's women. Of course, no one was hurt/angry/annoyed with him for his love them and leave them attitude. Not one person. After the 100th time Mitch's wild past was brought up I was ready to throw this book across the room. Okay he has a vast number of notches on his bedpost. I. Get. It.
Mitch is also a Man-Child:
Mitch: "Nobody makes sandwiches like this anymore Rosie."
Rosie: "Just one of the reasons you need a wife. When you do find the right woman, bring her by and I'll teach her how to make fried bologna sandwiches the way you like them." Yep. Mitch is 37 years old and can't make his own damn sandwich. Nice.
"Rosie saw the dishes in the sink the second she stepped into her kitchen and shook her head....but it wasn't good that the corn flakes he'd left in the bowl had hardened into splotches of whole-grain concrete she'd had to chisel off the side of the bowl."
Mitch gets annoyed when Paige stops by the house (oh the nerve of that bitch!). "...a low buzz of annoyance hummed through him."
I didn't really get into their romance. At all. I didn't like Mitch and I wasn't cheering for them as a couple by the end of the book. Fail.
Maybe I'm sick of the Kowalski family? Ryan and Josh's stories are the next 2 books and I'm not sure I want to read them. Both are cardboard in this one (for me). We will see.