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

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"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: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (November 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O53ROE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, 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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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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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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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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As a fan of the Kowalski series I was very disappointed with this installment. I'll start by saying that despite the impression given that this is a story about a "second chance at love" -- it isn't really. There was never a romance between Ryan and Lauren earlier, just a one-sided interest on Ryan's part. The whole past relationship was a bit strange but mainly it was less than we anticipated. But beyond that, the story of Lauren and Ryan didn't really hold together well: the past wasn't such that it would lead to immediate attraction now and the passion between them didn't come across at all. Other than the lust we are told about, I couldn't see why these two people belonged together or what ties would lead to a real HEA. And the build up of the lust itself was a bit flat.
Ms. Stacey usually writes a good story but this one felt choppy and was full of extraneous details that didn't seem to serve any purpose or help develop the plot. One example of this is Lauren's cold: we had to read about how bad she felt, how Ryan brought her soup, and how she felt better fast -- and we had to hear about the recipe for this magical soup for pages. I kept expecting this to have some bearing on the plot or on the relationship or something, but I couldn't see what it had to do with anything and why we had to read so much about it. This type of thing happened a number of times throughout the book. I don't know if they were included to make the book longer or whether it was poor editing and someone took out the important parts that would explain why these things were left in the final version. In either case they were distractions and not particularly interesting.
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