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Falling for Max

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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 socialinteractions, 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.

72,000 words

Customer Reviews

Wonderful and original!

I love it when I haven’t read an author in awhile and then pick up one of their books in a series and am instantly reminded it has been too long. I started reading Falling For Max by Shannon Stacey and felt like I was coming home. When I scrolled through my Kindle app and found Falling For Max, I knew it was time to get back to the fun and romance that comes with one of Stacey’s books. This story features the mystery man of Whitford – Max and Tori, a relatively new resident to the community but still just as settled in as if she has lived there forever. Their romance is so different than the others in the series and I liked it. A lot.

Max has often been referred to growing up as an odd duck. He has his quirks about him, and has a secrecy that to his life that causes the town to wonder what he does for a living in his basement. Serial killer and porn star top the list of guesses. Max is like all of us though. We all have our own quirks and secrets and at the end of the day we all want to be loved. We also want to share our love with our best friend who makes us laugh. Max meets Tori. She sees Max’s first attempt at asking out a woman fail and decides she will befriend him and help him get a date. She is sincere from the beginning and truly makes his greatness shine. She doesn’t diminish the quirks, but helps him navigate the social awkwardness he feels. I love her for this. It is such a great story to read.

What makes Falling For Max so good to me is we get to watch a true friendship build from start to end. That friendship turns into something more but it’s not like the friends to lovers stories you read where people have been friends prior to the beginning of the story. Stacey does a marvelous job of playing each scene out just right and building the romance between Max and Tori. She took two people who seemed to be looking for two completely different things grow a friendship into love and respect. It felt so real that it could have been prefaced with “based on a true story.”

A bonus to any series is the presence of past heroes and heroines. Falling For Max has plenty of these for us to read about. This is another reason that that this book feels like coming home! Falling For Max is a wonderfully written story with an engaging romance, lovable characters, and a realness that inspired me as a reader. Please give it a read!

Great additon to the Kowalski Family Series

'Falling for Max'(Kowalski Family Book 9) by Shannon Stacey is a wonderful read! This is a great addition to the Kowalski Series. This is the story of Max Crawford and Tori Burns. I adore the Kowalski family & and their friends. I loved reading Max and Tori's story. It was also great getting to hear some Kowalski family news! I really hope this isn't the end of one of my favorite series'! *hint hint Shannon Stacey* I highly recommend the entire Kowalski series as well as Shannon Stacey's other work. She writes amazing stories that will have you hooked from page one. Great series for any fans of romance, humor, family, close communities and let's not forget the passion!

Love this series!

I really enjoyed getting to know Max and I loved how quirky he was and how Tori understood him and he her. His social awkwardness and his lack of confidence was endearing and not at all a a turn off. It totally fit Max and Shannon Stacey wrote his character perfectly. I liked Tori she was fun and I loved how she cared about Max' and understood him enough to give him room and time to express himself and communicate what was going on in his mind. I just wish she would of got her head on straight sooner. I so wanted to shake her at times.
I highly recommend The Kowalski series and that they be read in order and not as stand alone books. It's so much fun to read as they all get their HEA.

Falling for Max
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Aug 01, 2014
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Seller: Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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