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

Shannon Stacey
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 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?

70,000 words

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: 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: #35,212 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
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
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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 enjoyable boisterous romance February 26, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After graduating from college, Ryan Kowalski fled his hometown of Whitford, Maine when the love of his life Lauren married his best friend Dean Carpenter. The couple divorced eight years ago after she caught him cheating; their sixteen year old son Nick lives with Lauren who works as the office assistant at Demarest Insurance.

After years away from town, Ryan returns to help his family renovate their Northern Star Lodge. When he catches teenager Nick vandalizing Kowalski property, Ryan must confront the woman he loved and lost. They agree to allow Nick working for Ryan to pay for the damage he caused. Both remain attracted to one another, but each is wary of a relationship. At the wedding of his brother Mitch and Paige (All He Ever Needed), she takes the risky first step.

The latest "Killer" Kowalski contemporary romance (see Yours To Keep and Exclusively Yours) is an enjoyable third chance at love tale (he unsuccessfully tried to persuade her to take her and her then infant to go away with him). The storyline is the usual warm madcap mania as the extended Kowalski brood celebrates a wedding in their boisterous style. However, the key to this entertaining entry is the pace as Ryan and Lauren take their time to regain trust and faith in love.

Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
Published 11 days ago by Erinne_JC
4.0 out of 5 stars I missed the Kowalski's so much. Reading this book was like coming...
<b> Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 </b>

I love Shannon Stacey. It's been far too long since I've read her and the Kowalski Family series. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tina Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars I <3'd All He Ever Desired
Thanks to the publisher, Carina Press, for the chance to read this!

Once I finally got a chance to start this book, pesky work kept getting in the way, I couldn’t put it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BBMoreB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Shannon Stacey's books.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Bast
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - Medium/Low Conflict
I liked this book. Unlike the other readers, I don't have a problem with the past relationship not having a traumatic breakup. A missed opportunity seems more realistic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by abrasrose
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't deliver
'All He Ever Desired' is Ryan Kowalski's second chance at love with Lauren Carpenter, a woman he was in love with but who married his best friend instead. Read more
Published 3 months ago by busbedhev
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed the book
Published 4 months ago by Machelle Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I absolutely love this of my favorite parts is the way the main characters are still main focus but you watch the other characters grow
Published 4 months ago by jen bev
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful characters.
Lovely light reading with a fabulous insight to small towns. Wonderful characters.
Published 4 months ago by Lukey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Cindy
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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,, 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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