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All He Ever Desired: Book Five of The Kowalskis [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Stacey
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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?

70,000 words

Books In This Series (6 Books)
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  • Editorial Reviews


    "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

    Product Details

    • File Size: 690 KB
    • Print Length: 336 pages
    • Publisher: Carina Press (November 12, 2012)
    • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008O53ROE
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Okay...2.5 stars November 16, 2012
    By Aman
    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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    5 of 5 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Small town, big'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
    4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars November 12, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    All He Ever Desired is another delightfully heartwarming yet super sexy installment in Shannon Stacey's fabulous Kowalski Family series. It is Ryan Kowalski's turn to find love when he returns to Whitford to help with renovations on the family's lodge.

    As a teenager, Ryan had a secret crush on Lauren but she was in love with Ryan's best friend, Dean. Lauren and Dean married young, had a baby, and have been divorced for several years now. With an uncomfortable secret between them, Ryan has successfully avoided Lauren on his rare visits home over the years. But on this latest extended visit, Ryan and Lauren find their paths crossing on a regular basis. Unable to resist their simmering passion, they are soon burning up the sheets together. While their relationship manages to survive interfering relatives, Lauren's belligerent ex, and her sometimes sullen son Nick it is Ryan's return to Massachusetts that threatens their future.

    I really like both Ryan and Lauren, as individuals and as a couple. Long since married and divorced, Ryan is a hardworking man who has built a successful construction business in Ridgeline. Although his siblings sometimes drive him crazy, Ryan is fiercely loyal to them and they are a close knit family.

    Lauren is a strong woman who definitely knows her own mind. She is a wonderful mother who is actively involved in Nick's life. She is tough but fair with him and she holds him accountable for his actions. Lauren's relationship with ex-husband Dean is sometimes contentious as she tries to keep the peace between them for Nick's sake. But she is no pushover where Dean is concerned and I love that she speaks her mind when she needs to.

    In the beginning, the relationship between Lauren and Ryan is based on a mutual attraction.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars I like how this author makes a book flow
    I like how this author makes a book flow. There is real character development. The pace to this book is also very good. I particularly like how I felt into the story. Read more
    Published 29 days ago by Redz
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    Another good book in this series. I think Ryan is my favorite so far of the Koalski brothers. Will read the next book in the series.
    Published 2 months ago by J
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well done, funny, sexy romance
    Ryan Kowalski, Dean Carpenter, and Lauren Dozynski were good friends all through high school in Whitford, Maine. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Dave Parker
    4.0 out of 5 stars the Kowalski men get all the fine women - here's one more proof
    I am spanking new to Shannon Stacey's Kowalski Family novels. I've some catching up to do. And because I prefer to start a series with its fifth installment - or maybe it was the... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by H. Bala
    3.0 out of 5 stars Realistic but not as satisfying as others.
    Previous titles grabbed me more than this one did. On the positive side, I liked the relationship between Lauren and her 16 yr old son. Very realistic. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Kate Vale
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
    Always love reading about the Kolwaskis. This is another great addition to the series. Looking forward to the next book.
    Published 5 months ago by Julie
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    I love "the one that got away" type of romances. This one has an interesting twist with Lauren's son's bad behavior bringing them back together. Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars I was not left disappointed. Fantastic
    Each new book in the Kowalski series makes me smile, and this is no exception. I have been eagerly anticipating the new book, and as it was about Ryan I was even more anxious to... Read more
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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 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,, where she has maintains an almost daily blog, or visit her on Twitter at, her Facebook page,, or email her at

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