Review: Taken With You by Shannon Stacey

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...
I've loved this series and each book I read reminds me why. Even though we've moved on from the core family and into friends it is still a great series. 

The first meeting between Hailey and Matt is so cute and funny. They are two different people. She's the type to wear high heels to walk in the park and he's the type to wait all day to take a shower after an animal carcass blows upon him. 

So you'd think these two would find no common ground. Well, you'd be wrong. What do they say about opposites attracting? These two are as opposite as you can get. But they make it work. How I have no clue. Okay, that's not true, I know how they manage to make it work. Of course for you to know you'll have to read the book. 

Mean, I know! 

This is a wonderful story of fining within the person that makes them special to you. You'll love their story and all the funny parts of it. I can't tell you how many times I chuckled. I really liked them together. You'd think it was Matt that pulled off the story but it wasn't, Hailey worked really have to bend her ideas to give Matt a chance. At times he was the one that was closed-minded. 

But finally, they both saw the light at the end of the tunnel and realized the love of a special person is more important than the little things. 

This is a wonderful story and in my eyes should be read-only after you read the other books in the series. I'm sure others will tell you it can be read on its own and it can be, it's just better the other way. Plus, you get to enjoy all the other books in the series. So good! 

Have any of you read Shannon Stacey? If so, what's your favorite book or series of hers? 


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