Book Review: Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey

by Jac on August 20, 2014

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Falling for Max by Shannon StaceyFalling for Max by Shannon Stacey
Series: Kowalski Family #9
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Limited on 2014-07-29
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 283
Source: Netgalley
Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he's starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately, he's always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn't help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material. Tori Burns has found happiness in Maine, thanks in large part to her shifts at the Trailside Diner. She likes the work, and she loves the local gossip. When shy, geeky Max Crawford becomes a regular, she's intrigued. When she finds out he's in the market for a wife, she's fascinated…and determined to help. Molding Max into every woman's dream turns out to be much easier than expected. But has Tori's plan worked a little too well? As she turns his comfortable life all sorts of upside down, she'll have to find a way to show just how she's fallen for him…the real him.

Shannon Stacey is one of my absolute favorite authors – her Kowalski Family Series is one of my favorites! The last few books have been really good, but not as great as most of the series, Falling For Max changes that. I found myself falling in love with the Kowalski’s all over again! (Or rather the series, since this book isn’t actually about any of the Kowalski family!)

Tori (who we met in the last book, Taken With You) has a lot of issues with marriage. Mainly? Her parents ended badly, and even as an adult they put her in the middle of it. Max? Well, we’ve gotten to know him the past few books, but there is so much mystery around him! (But we do know he’s not the serial killer that was originally rumored, and instead he paints model trains in his basement.)

I loved getting to know these two! It made me fall in love with Shannon Stacey’s writing again! Their relationship was normal, Max is incredibly socially awkward, which I loved! And the humor? Oh my gosh – there were MANY laugh out loud moments in this book! MANY!!

And as always, the entire town of Whitford Maine made an appearance, and we got to keep up with our favorites from previous stories. Shannon Stacey does a fantastic job of progressing all the characters in this small town! While we have run out of Kowalski Family members? I hope that she keeps this series alive, do we get Nola’s book in the near future? (She’s the only non-attached character I can think of, aside from Tori’s cousin Gavin who was the cook for the diner in town!)


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