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Falling for Max (Kowalski Family #9)

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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 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. No ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Carina Press
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Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Quick summary
Town recluse Max Crawford is ready to meet someone, fall in love and get married. When he goes to the town diner for lunch (suggested starting place to meet people), part-time waitress Tori Burns immediately bonds with him and decides to help him with his plan. Neither one of them saw it coming when they fell for each other.

The issues
Max initially thought Tori might be too young for him (she wasn't). Tori has sworn off love and marriage after her
Julie James
Read this over the weekend and LOVED it. The hero was a little quirky and utterly adorable.
Jane Stewart
I enjoyed all but the last 50 pages.

The author has a nice writing style. I enjoyed the characters, what they did, and the relationship development which is important! But things toward the end ruined it. The worst problem was the separation. Most romance novels have this, but it’s not required. Give me an interesting separation – or give me none.

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Kindle Gal
Oh Max ... you are my favorite.

I'd been putting off reading this last book in the Kowalski series for a couple of reasons, but now that I've read Max's story, I don't know why I waited so long. I truly loved it!

Max is not a typical hero. At all. He's introverted, socially awkward, a little OCD, and completely adorable. Part of my love for Max might come from the fact that my oldest son is on the Autism spectrum, and Max's character sometimes reminded me of him. I've always loved Shannon Stacey,
Anne Dirty Girls' Good Books
The latest rumor about Max Crawford in the town of Whitford is that he just might be a serial killer, what with his mysterious locked up basement and all. No one really believes it, but they know so little about him that they settle for gossip.

Tori Burns is a part time waitress at Whitford’s Trailside Diner. When Max decides it’s time to start looking for a wife, his first step is to be more social, and going to Trailside is where he starts. He and Tori hit it off, but Tori’s only interested in
Solid 3 stars for me. It was better than the previous few, but I still didn't love it.

Max was good for me. I liked his quirks and as a loner myself, I could really relate to his struggles to get involved in the town.

As for Tori, not much relating to her. It bugs me a little when characters avoid relationships because of examples set by others. Tori’s parents unexpected and ugly divorce has made her say no to relationships because she doesn’t want end up hurting when things go bad.

So Tori help
I love stories with nerdy heroes. This hero, Max, is nerdy and not real assured with women but he is confident in other areas of his life. That is what keeps him from being a loser that romance readers would not care about. He really seems to fall somewhere lightly on the aspergers spectrum. This is a new type of hero that we are seeing more of recently. Is that because of the success of The Big Bang Theory? The heroine was a bit more problematic for me. She seems to be a bit unrealistic or over ...more
I am nursing a major book hangover today after staying up far too late to finish Stacey's latest Kowalski book. Oh goodness, Max was just SO endearing, and the way that Tori seemed to understand him without pitying him was wonderful to read. It's never actually spelled out, but Max seems to be somewhere on the autism spectrum. He is very literal about things and needs time to process events and decide on his reaction. I thought Stacey did an amazing job of showing his thought processes, and he j ...more
4.5 stars - On Max's to do list this month, "Get married." Scratch that. "Get a girlfriend." Scratch that. "Go on a date." So the first step for Max (after getting out of the house) is to start having lunch at the local diner so he can actually meet a woman to ask on a date. But the reclusive Max has no social skills and when part-time waitress Tori sees Max crash and burn when he is just trying to make small talk and Tori finds out about his 'mission', she decides to help remake Max by helping ...more
Falling For Max is my first step into the Kowalski Family series. I have to admit that at nine books deep, it's a bit daunting! I know a lot of readers who adore this series, set in small town Maine. I enjoy big small-town series as well, even more when there is a center like the Kowalskis.

I'm going to admit straightaway that I did find the large cast of supporting characters in Falling For Max to be a bit overwhelming. The author did a very good job of briefly conveying which couples were pair
Really fun conclusion to the Kowalski series. I have been waiting for Max's story and it did not disappoint me at all. He has been an intriguing character from the beginning, with the mystery of what he does for a living and why he has a security system for his basement. He doesn't really socialize, except for having "the guys" over on Sundays to watch sports on his big screen television. But after seven years of living in Whitford, he realizes that he's a bit lonely and that maybe it's time to ...more
Kate Vale
Another in the Kowalskis series, Max Crawford wants a wife, but the geeky artist who paints and repairs HO trains in his basement, has no clue how to do so. Tori Burns, who works parttime at the Trailside Diner, offers to help him, insisting that with some practice dates and flashcards--for helping Max learn how to engage in conversation--will do the trick. She suggests Max ask out another woman in town, also quiet, whom she think Max will like. He tries. Twice, but there's no spark. So sad.

Picked up this one at BEA and had a chance to meet the author - so lovely! - and Angela James (also lovely!).
I thought I might be a bit burned out of the whole "awkward Sheldon-esque guy meets quirky girl who gets him" thing, but I really enjoyed how Shannon Stacey wrote these characters. Neither of them are perfect, but they are honest and well-rounded figures who are trying to suss things out in life. I liked that Max stayed consistent to his character, and that he actually had some good budd
The latest in the "Kowalskis" series by Shannon Stacey. It seems like everyone in Whitford is going to get his own story as the saga still goes on after the last Kowalski (that we know of) has her happy ending two books ago. That's ok. I'm quite curious about Max the serial killer anyway so all is good and well. The title which seems to be quite unimaginative at first impression totally makes sense to me in the end. I can't help but fall for the guy. For some books now that I found this author's ...more
Two thumbs up for Falling for Max. It has the shy/loner/socially awkward hero type that I adore.

The hero has a reputation in the small town for being a serial killer. Because nobody knows how he makes his living and he has expensive security for his basement.

The heroine is a waitress at the local diner who also designs book covers. He comes in to the diner trying to meet women and it's pretty hilarious.

This entire book has some funny moments. It's just a light, fluffy read.

I liked watching the s
Christi Snow
My Review:

I loved this book just because I loved both Max and Tori so much. Max is the recluse of this town. It's an ongoing joke within the town that his mysterious business in his locked basement is actually him committing serial killings. Max is not a naturally relaxed guy. He lives by his lists and is VERY literal about everything. He's a bit awkward, but he's decided that it's time to get married. First, he has to find someone to date which means leaving his basement. He decides the best pl
Warm-hearted, the kind of small town romance where the community is like family.

Max befriends Tori and soon enough she’s coaching him on his quest to find a wife.

I really liked Max. I’m not one of those romance readers who detests Alpha heroes, but there are so many of them that sometimes it gets a bit old, I think any genre benefits from going against type every now and then, it’s good to have a breath of fresh air. I thought it was interesting to read about a guy who wasn’t a billionaire fina
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher and am providing an honest review*

Each time I read a story about the Kowalski Family is like visiting old friends.

Max and Tori are part of the Kowalski circle, but not actual family members. The story follows Max as he makes an attempt to be more socially adept and eventually find a wife. Tori is on board to help him, and soon the fun begins.

Tori's issues and Max's uncertainties make for a sweet, but predictable story. The ending felt a little
Elena*curiouser and curiouser*
Another great installment in the Kowalski series, though we have already moved away from the Kowalski family to other inhabitants of Whitford, Maine.

I have read almost all the previous books in this series and I really like the style of Ms Stacey - light romances some of which I loved, others didn't really win me over. This one falls in the category of my favourites.

I was intrigued by the blurb since I have a soft spot for awkward, shy, somewhat nerdy characters. And I found Max to be pretty won
this was a very very very good book.loved it.the plot was good and so were max and tori.and their interaction.
Max was honorable ,gentlemanly, sweet, loving , a bit shy,funny,witty,smart and artistic.he was a sweetheart.loved him a loooot.his relationship with his family was good.and his interaction with others were good too.
Tori was also loving, loyal , generous and vivacious.the way they fell for each other was good too.very sweet.i was able to understand her fears.her friendship was true indee
This was a great book and I enjoyed it very much! It's basically a friends to lovers story but we get to see the whole thing develop. Max and Tori are looking for very different things in life and in love but they both seem to find what they need in each other. Tori was an interesting character, as an adult child of parents who recently went through a very bitter divorce (in fact they're still using her to snipe the other) she has definite issues when it comes to love and commitment. She's made ...more
Wow, Ms. Stacey has done it again! Another incredible Kowalski story! I'm so glad that this one centered around Tori - I was really rooting for her HEA, even if SHE wasn't! And Max was the perfect choice to complement Tori's inner turmoil about love. I loved watching the two of them interacting and trying to either mask or hide their true feelings even though the deception went against their basic personalities. They were both such open & honest people and their struggle to deny their own fe ...more
This one was actually fairly good, for a romance novel. It didn't feel too long, it had the characters go through some believable problems that resolved nicely, and I liked that though the main characters were attracted to each other initially, they became friends first and their relationship grew fairly realistically.

Thinking back to the crappy second or third book where the really annoying girl got knocked up by the sports bar owner (ugh), this one didn't push any buttons of mine. The love sc
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
I just don't know how Shannon Stacey does it. This is book nine in the Kowalski series, and I'm still loving every single word. Many times long running series start to lose their appeal at this point, but I've found the last few in this series every bit as wonderful as the first books. Falling for Max has been my "go-to" feelgood book this month. You know, the book you go back to reread when you're having a bad day. I loved this story.

Max, the guy with the great TV where the Kowalski series char
FV Angela
Review originally posted at

Oh, the Kowalskis. I so love this family and the small town that revolves around them.

Falling for Max is the ninth book in the Kowalski series by Shannon Stacey and features Max Crawford and Tori Burns. If you are familiar with this series you will most definitely remember Max as the mysterious, much gossiped about man in the small town of Whitford, Maine. Even while hosting the weekly game day and making a few friends there’s n
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chick

What an adorable story! Falling for Max is the ninth book in Shannon Stacey’s cute Kowalski Family series. These books are filled with a very strong family and friends unit. You feel welcome into their fold every time you crack open a book. We have followed each and every Kowalski fall in love and with the past few books we are witnessing close family friends doing the same. This time around we follow the mysterious Max as he meets his ultimate mate in T
Heather andrews
Even though the book was a little too sweet for me I liked it. Even though it had a rough start I still liked it. I like how Tori wanted to help Max out, and how sometimes it came out dirty, "I'm coming over tomorrow. Don't get dressed until I get there." Before he could respond another text came through. "I mean get dressed. Don't be naked. But don't dress for your date." Max may be a sweet, shy guy on the outside but the boy sure knows how to get Tori's blood pumping, "he filled her as slowly ...more
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Review originally posted on Quinn's Book Nook

So far, this year has been all about adult romance novels for me. I’m still reading young adult and middle-grade books of various genres, but I’m just so enjoying reading these adult romances. I even picked up quite a few while I was at BEA, including Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey, the ninth book in the Kowalski Family series. I wanted to love Falling for Max, and although I liked it, I felt like something was missing.

Tori works part-time at the W
3.8/5 stars

A solid Shannon Stacey novel. I really enjoyed this story, but I do still prefer the original Kowalski trilogy. I love how she refers back to past characters, because I do miss them. But Max and were a solid pair. I loved how he could funny and witty, but also literal and troubled about basic human emotions. It was fun to see him grow. However, I wasn't a big fan of Tori. Tori was perfect for Max, but her issue didn't seem...reasonable to me [?] I just couldn't relate to her, and I gu
I've read all of the Kowalski Family series, and I think this one may be among my top favorites.

Ms Stacey has written this novel with characters who are not standard, run-of-the-mill people. Max Crawford is considered an "odd duck," and he is very aware he's very literal and has trouble fitting in. I found him to be a genius in his specialized work that demands great focus and attention to detail.

The issues he and Tori face were very believable and realistic. I enjoyed the plot as they both fo
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.
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“Max had often heard Laundromats were a good place to meet women. He wasn’t sure why, since he wasn’t one to speak to strangers while folding his underwear, so he didn’t imagine women would be any more comfortable doing so. But he’d tried it anyway, using a comforter that didn’t fit in his washing machine as an excuse to spend time in the town’s only Laundromat.
After spending ninety minutes listening to the life story of a man who was newly divorced, Max had decided the rumor of Laundromats being a good place to meet women was probably started by a Laundromat owner.”
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