Posted:  Jan. 16, 2014

Love a Little Sideways by Shannon Stacey  Liz Kowalski is heading home to Whitford, Maine—this time for good. Eager for her family, a fresh start and some fun, she doesn't count on being rescued by the chief of police her very first night back in town. Drew is everything she's not looking for…so why is she still so attracted to him?

After a brief, forbidden rendezvous at her brother's wedding, Drew Miller expects Liz to return to New Mexico and stay there. He's searching for someone to settle down with, not a casual fling with his best friend's sister. But when they're stuck together on the annual Kowalski camping trip, things start going a little sideways. Keeping their hands off each other proves just as impossible as keeping their secret from becoming public knowledge.

Amid family, mud and melted marshmallow, Liz and Drew try to fight what's growing between them. But a little time alone, a lot of chemistry and too many opinions might be just what it takes to bring together two people so determined not to fall in love.


     I loved, loved, loved this story!  Shannon Stacey knows how to spin a yarn, so to speak, LOL.  I am such a sucker for family romantic dramas it is not funny, being that this one is on the humorous side was all the more fun.  I just flew through it.

     Liz Kowalski is the second to the youngest in the family of five children, the four others being brothers.  Although, her parents had both passed on from what I could gather they were all a close knit family due to the help of the housekeeper/surrogate mother Rosie.

     Liz had been in a relationship for 13 years with a guy and living in New Mexico which no one liked her being away from home.  Since her breakup she had been feeling sad and alone and missing her family terribly.  After her last visit she was extremely homesick which 8 months ago was when she was here for her Brother Mitch’s wedding.  This is where she hooked up with, Chief of Police Drew Miller (her brother Mitch’s BFF) for a quickie.  They took that quickie together knowing Liz would be going back and it was relationship rebound sex and no one would know.  Since both their relationships had just broken up.  What and who could it hurt Liz wouldn’t be around their guilt would be minimal. 

     Wrong!  Liz decided to move home.  On her moving day to Maine she hydroplanes her car that has four bald tires and runs into a tree.  Guess who is the officer that reports to the scene?  You got it, Drew.  Their eyes connect right off the bat.  He calls a tow, takes her and her belongings what little she has and drives her to the rental house that her brother and sister in law are letting her use.   The minute he saw her he knew it would not be good, it was even worse once he knew she was home for good.  From then on they tried to avoid each other.  Which didn’t work.  They had one little she devil against them…Rosie who knew since the night of the wedding that they had slept together.  Which freaked Drew out since Rosie and his father were living together at the lodge that Rosie and his dad helped run with one of Liz’s Brothers. 

     These characters were so funny you could actually see them come to life before your eyes.  They were real, they did normal things you could see your own family members doing.  The thoughts they expressed were thoughts that you may have even had with yourself or with a friend.  This was one of those books that was so worth reading for sure.  Provided by

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