Series: Kowalski Family #8
Also in this series: Exclusively Yours, Undeniably Yours, Yours To Keep
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she's happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She's spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn't found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she's probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.
Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett's idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety - a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can't resist pushing her buttons, even though she's made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn't for her.
Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she's determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that's easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he's renting the house right next door...
Solid romance, fun characters, *thumbs up*
Thoughts on Taken With You
Ahh. First impressions. Sometimes they can be spot on and sometimes they’re completely off.
And sometimes they’re exactly right, but they’re still worth fighting for and figuring out how to make things work despite the differences.
Hailey and Matt don’t have the best first meeting. Their first impressions of each other aren’t necessarily wrong, but they don’t convey the entire picture either. Hailey’s looking to settle down and start a family, Matt’s still nursing a wounded heart. Kinda. The point is they both feel the attraction, but they can’t see things going anywhere between the two of them. Just to be clear, there are other differences between them, too. He’s outdoorsy, she’s…not. He likes sports, she doesn’t. Basically, there were a lot of little obstacles that made them look all wrong for each other at first glance.
So…they do the neighbors with benefits thing. Which works for a while. Until things blow up. Which is kinda sorta what they both expected. Watching them work their way through their hurt is what makes these characters shine.
Bottom line, this book made me feel good. I liked both Matt and Hailey. I liked that they loved and fought and loved some more. I just… liked it.