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All He Ever Desired (The Kowalskis) [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Stacey
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A second shot at first love

After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal—and learns the boy is Lauren's son…

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.

With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can't deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?

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Editorial Reviews

Review

"No one does contemporary romance like Stacey...Very highly recommended." --Library Journal on All He Ever Needed, starred review

"I'm madly in love with the Kowalskis!"- NewYork Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh

"Books like this are why I read romance."
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books on Exclusively Yours

"Shannon Stacey's books deliver exactly what we need in contemporary romances.... I feel safe that every time I pick up a Stacey book I'm going to read something funny, sexy and loving." –Jane Litte of Dear Author on All He Ever Needed

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. The Stacey family spends many weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. However, she prefers writing to laundry and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up. Visit her at www.ShannonStacey.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (November 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O53ROE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay...2.5 stars November 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Kowalski Family is seriously one of my favorite contemporary series, and I hate to say that All He Ever Desired just didn't work for me. Not that it's a bad book, it's just that the story, and the characters didn't captured my interest, and I was easily distracted throughout the book. In simple words, there are some books that are nor for you, and I was not the right person for this book, it was a definite miss for me.

Lauren & Ryan meet after a decade, and get a "second shot at first love". That statement is where I have a problem. They never had a first shot at love. Yeah, Ryan had a crush on her growing up but nothing developed from it, atleast from Laurens side. So I don't get the whole we-loved-each-other-from-the-begining part. Like I said, this book didn't work for me, I felt that the story was lacking at certain aspects. The pace was extremely slow, the characters weren't emotionally strong enough, and there wasn't any excitement or playfulness that I felt in Mitch's story, which I LOVED. This one was dull & boring compared to the previous one, and sadly, I just wanted it to end. The only person I enjoyed reading about was Nick, Lauren's 16 years old son from her previous marriage. His scenes brought up certain emotions from me, and I loved how much mature he was for his age, and how accepting he was towards Ryan. Overall, Nick was my favorite character, and I would love to read more about him.

All He Ever Desired is the fifth installment in the Kowalski series, and if you are an avid reader of this series, then you should definitely read this book. It wasn't for me, but you may love it. It is a well written book for the right person. Oh, and I loved the part with Mitch's wedding where we get to see the whole cast again. Sean is still my favorite, but I can't wait to read about Josh. I have a feeling his story would be special, and hopefully more playful too ;)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 to 4 stars November 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was good, but too short. I really liked Ryan and Lauren, but I thought the story ended too quickly. This book needed an epilogue. I would have liked to see Lauren and Nick move in with Ryan and see the everyday interaction. Maybe we'll touch base with all of them in one of the future books. It was still a good story though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small town, big family...it's complicated April 9, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Except for the occasional trip home to visit his family, Ryan Kowalski hasn't spent time in Whitford, Maine, in almost fifteen years. But when the family's old Inn, the Northern Star Lodge, needs a major overhaul Ryan agrees to spend a month working in Whitford. In a small town you really can't avoid anyone, and it isn't long before Ryan comes face to face with Lauren Carpenter, his old High School "crush".

Lauren is 34 now and a single mom to a teen-age boy. Over the years she's indulged in the occasional fantasy about Ryan, but their lives have clearly gone in different directions. The big question is, do you give love a chance even if it's guaranteed to complicate your already not-so-easy life?

When I want a good, straightforward Contemporary Romance with great characters, I know I can't go wrong with something by Shannon Stacey. I loved Ryan, a down-to-earth guy who is attractive and masculine without being over-the-top. Extra points for making him NOT be commitment-phobic or a manwh*re who has slept with half the women in New England! He avoids most Romance "Hero" stereotypes - a refreshing change of pace. Lauren was completely relatable as a single mom facing financial realities yet enjoying, even cherishing, her independence. I also thought Lauren's son, Nick, was realistically written.

As much as I liked Lauren and Ryan, the supporting cast is what made this story so much fun. Ryan's interactions with his family - especially his brother Josh and his "surrogate" mom, Rosie, are a joy to read. The dialog feels authentic, the characters seem realistic...what's not to love about watching these two fall in love?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small town love and drama October 24, 2013
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"All He Ever Desired" is the first book of the Kowalski Family series I've read. What a load of fun it was.

Author Stacey has a real knack of writing true-to-life characters and making them come alive on the pages of her story.

Ryan Kowalski and Lauren Carpenter missed out on getting together years ago but the timing seems right now. Ryan is in town working on the Northern Star Lodge and Lauren's son, Nick, vandalizes the Lodge property and ends up having to work off the money he owes, which of course brings Ryan and Lauren into closer contact.

And talk about close contact - there are some very steamy sex scenes in this tale. Whew!

This was a fun, sexy read and I'll be looking for more of this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dime Novel Reads Just As You Would Imagine July 20, 2013
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If you want a lite read you will probably find this story acceptable. It is predictable and its characters are shallow, but it should be okay if that is what you like. I never got the feeling that the main characters Lauren and Ryan were ever in a great relationship the first time around, so the inevitable reunion was not anything special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the rest.... June 15, 2013
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Ryan Kowalski is back in his home town in Main. He has been married, divorced, and has a great successful, but something is wrong, he feels like there is something missing in his life.

Lauren Carpenter is the one girl Ryan has always loved. She loved her high school sweetheart, Dean, who was also Ryan's best friend. She got pregnant they agreed to marry each other.

While Ryan sees Lauren again, his old feelings start to come back to the surface, and when her son is caught violating the Kowalski family lodge, Ryan puts him to work. This obviously brings Lauren back into Ryan's life consistently. Lauren and Ryan get closer, but the connection that grows between them is strained by multiple reasons. Their geographical difference, and Lauren's position as a mother makes it hard for them to be together. Her entire family is in Whitford, and all of her friends are there as well. She and Ryan may have something, but is it worth throwing that all away.

What Ryan and Lauren is real, they are meant for each other, always have been. They both have to decided if they want to take a chance at love again. Will their hearts let them love again, and will the have a chance at something speical?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Past the time!
I enjoy reading and always love the occasional bit of fluff (lite reading) and so I thought I would give this a try. Read more
Published 8 days ago by E.S
5.0 out of 5 stars All He Ever Desired
I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed all of the Kowalskis series. The brother's got along so well, and enjoyed each other's family. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Teach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I really enjoyed this book. Great story to keep on reading. Recommended to all of you who like romance story's
Published 14 days ago by Gloria Noelker
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't hold my interest
The first book I read in this series was great. I decided to get all of the books in the series as I wanted to see how all the characters would play out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia LaPrade
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Shannon Stacey
I am a big fan of Shannon Stacey. I love the small towns and wide open spaces. This book is about Ryan, who comes back and gets a second chance with his high school crush. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. McCarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
Am I the only one it bothers that she decided for the both of them to not have kids-really rubbed me the wrong way-could have ended better I think.
Published 2 months ago by K. Wolff
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Loving the Kowalskis Family!
As always the writing and narration team of Shannon Stacey and Lauren Fortgang is a winner!

I’m really enjoying the Kowalski family. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Book Nympho
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them all!
Love this series, love these men! Good, quick reads with lots of sigh worthy moments. Shannon Stacey is one of my new favorite authors. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Madaboutbooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it all the way until the end
This is my first Shannon Stacey romance and it was actually really good. Very good. A 4-star in fact until the final act and then... ugh... Read more
Published 3 months ago by sanoe.net
4.0 out of 5 stars really good book
This is a very 'feel good' book. It keeps your interested and a part of all the Kowalskis. Can't wait to read more about other family members.
Published 3 months ago by Honey Berry
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she's not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

You can contact Shannon through her website, http://shannonstacey.com, where she has maintains an almost daily blog, or visit her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/shannonstacey, her Facebook page, http://facebook.com/shannonstacey.authorpage, or email her at shannon@shannonstacey.com.

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