I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Taken with You by Shannon Stacey
Published by Carina Press on 2014-03-25
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
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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….74,000 words
What if what you needed in a partner wasn’t what you thought you needed? This is what both Hailey and Matt find out in this heartwarming story.
Hailey is really starting to feel left out as her friends all seem to be finding the men of their dreams and while she still gets to see them it just reminds her of what she doesn’t have. She’s agreed to go on an outing with another single lady but she’s not in her element in the great outdoors and when they get rescued by a man with all the qualities she doesn’t want but damn is he hot, other than the beard, old clothes and sloppy presentation, she starts to wonder if she’ll need to move away to find the professional, yuppie man she thinks she needs. I liked her spirit and spunk but did get frustrated with her inability to see what was right in front of her until it was almost too late. She’s so set in her attitudes that I wanted to slap her a few times because he was trying except for one instance where he did the same thing to her that she did to him.
Matt is hot hot hot. He’s always loved being outdoors and in nature so having a job that requires him to be outside and protect the nature he loves is just perfection. Now if he could find a woman that would be able to tolerate his odd work schedule, smelly clothes and love of being one with nature he’d be all set. He’s been burned by a city girl before so he does things to test all of his girlfriends that have driven them all away but he’s drawn to Hailey. There is something about her that calls to him even though he’s convinced she’ll be like all the rest and want him to change. When he pulls his stunt with her I wanted to kill him for not being willing to compromise but instead he has his head so messed up from past experiences that he ruins the evening for both of them. Once he wakes up and finally realizes what he might lose if he doesn’t grow up…. well then we get a sigh-worthy hero. He’s sigh-worthy during most of the book so the one moment didn’t ruin it for me but when he realizes it he does own his mistake.
They both do a little compromising in this book which is what makes it work. She opens her eyes to the fact that her heart may know best and he opens up to not every female is the same. While we all like our men to clean up nice to go out every once in a while most of us just want a partner to share our lives with. I think the best thing about this story is that both grew up and compromised to make something that was special work.
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Carina Press for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.