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All He Ever Desired: Book Five of The Kowalskis

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by Shannon Stacey
 

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

Overview

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

Publishers Weekly
Stacey’s many existing fans—and likely new ones—will enjoy her second trip to tiny Whitford, Maine, and the ongoing romantic escapades of the Kowalski brothers (begun in All He Ever Needed). Single mother Lauren Carpenter is raising a teenage son, Nick, and wondering if she made a mistake years ago when she refused to run away with Ryan Kowalski. Ryan, her ex-husband’s former best friend and a building company owner, is back in town temporarily to help spruce up the Kowalski family’s lodge and business. After a chance meeting, Lauren discovers she’s still attracted to Ryan but isn’t sure how to proceed. When Nick is caught vandalizing the lodge, Lauren and Ryan are thrown together. Readers will enjoy revisiting other Kowalski family members, including previous protagonists Paige Sullivan and Mitch Kowalski, as Lauren and Ryan (and Nick) find their way to a happy ending. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426894459
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
11/12/2012
Series:
Kowalskis , #5
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
59,265
File size:
365 KB

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Because hectic Monday mornings didn't suck enough all on their own merits, Lauren Carpenter managed to miss her lashes and apply mascara straight to her eyeball. Cursing and blinking, she groped for a tissue.

She wasn't sure why she bothered making herself up anyway. Over her years working as the entire office staff for the only insurance agent in town, she'd seen communications swing from office visits to phone calls and faxes and then to email. Entire days could go by without anybody but her boss actually stepping foot in the place.

It was the principle, she decided as she mopped up the damage and tried again. She'd long ago given up on giving a crap what anybody thought of her, but it made her feel good to look good. There was a limit, though, and she smiled as she shoved her feet into the battered leather loafers that were even older than Nick. Her feet were usually under her desk anyway.

Thinking of Nick, she glanced at her alarm clock and sighed. Morning battle to commence in three...two...

"Ma!" The bellow made her cringe.

She'd asked him not to shout at her from across the house even more times than she'd asked him not to call her Ma. Ma made her think of calico dresses and aprons and churning butter. It also made her feel old, and being the mother of a sixteen-year-old was reminder enough of that, thank you very much.

Lauren left her bedroom and went down the hall, purposely not glancing into the train wreck that was her son's room, fastening small pearl earrings as she walked. "Don't bellow, Nick."

"If I don't, you won't hear me."

He was in the kitchen, rummaging through his backpack at the table while a full bowl of cereal turned into mush on the counter. "You planning to eat your breakfast?"

Shrugging, Nick pulled a crumpled ball of paper out of his bag. "Yeah. You need to sign this."

"What is it?" She carried the bowl of cereal to the table and traded it for the paper. "Eat. The bus comes in five minutes."

When he kept his eyes down and shoved a heaping mound of cereal in his mouth, Lauren's stomach sank. Whatever the paper was, it wasn't good.

Physically, Nick took after Dean, her ex-husband. Nick's hair was darker than her blond and his eyes were a lighter brown. He'd gotten not only his dad's good looks, but his struggles in school, too.

It was a detention notice, assigned due to missing homework. "Nick, you've only had three weeks of school and you're slipping already?"

"I don't like the teacher," he mumbled around a mouthful of cereal.

"You don't have to like the teacher. You do have to do your homework." He shrugged and the nonverbal whatever was the straw that broke Monday morning's back. "I know which form I won't be signing and that's the driver's ed registration."

"But, Mom—"

"Save it. The bus is coming."

She signed the detention paper while he dumped his bowl in the sink, then watched him ball up the notice and shove it back in his pocket. The faint rumble of the bus came into earshot and he hefted his backpack.

"Walk straight home after detention," she said to the back of his head as he walked toward the front door. "And no video games."

"Uh-huh."

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
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

Meet 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 off-roading with her friends and family. You can contact Shannon through her website, www.shannonstacey.com, as well as sign up for her newsletter.

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All He Ever Desired: Book Five of The Kowalskis 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
SaraRL More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Sat in my vehicle and read this book during my son's practice. I'm sure I looked like a crazy lady because this book kept me smiling the whole time! I love this author...great story, great laughs and great characters. It doesn't get any better than that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great to be part of the family. Light and fun, sensitive and strong and keeps yiu reading.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★½ All He Ever Desired is the fifth installment in Shannon Stacey's adult contemporary romance series titled Kowalski Family. Ms. Stacey is such a fun romance author and I'm having a great time following this series. This particular installment presents some complexity within the main characters' relationship. Ryan and Lauren have some history together and when they parted ways in their younger years they did so a bit awkwardly. Now, years later, their paths have crossed once again and as the book synopsis suggests, they have a second chance at first love. I really enjoyed the circumstance that caused Ryan and Lauren to reunite. It was a pretty creative addition to a contemporary romance. But unfortunately, I didn't sense a strong, long-term connection between Ryan and Lauren, (view spoiler), but this may have been intentional based on a few issues that were spelled out later on in the novel. Regardless, this issue made the ending feel a bit dramatic and rushed in my opinion. The bits of humor, the sexy moments, and the stressors that were integrated into the story were pretty palpable though, and I enjoyed the characters and their lives in general. As always, it's so good to catch up with the Kowalski family as a whole. Each book in the series features a different couple within the family and no epilogue is ever needed because Ms. Stacey generously incorporates updates for each couple in the installments that follow. If you are unfamiliar with the Kowalski Family series then it's time to check it out! My favorite quote: "A woman should never have to choose between sex and cake." The Kowalski Family series includes the following installments as of January 2016. The ratings are my opinion only. #1-Exclusively Yours ★★★★★ #2-Undeniably Yours ★★★★☆ #3-Yours to Keep ★★★★★ #4-All He Ever Needed★★★½☆ #5-All He Ever Desired★★★½☆ #6-All He Ever Dreamed #6.5-Alone with You #7-Love a Little Sideways #8-Taken with You #9-Falling for Max
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Great read. I didnt want to put it down. It is refreshing how shannon stacey is able to bring the family to life and they feel like normal family problem. I look forward to reading her next one
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I have loved this entire series so far but have to say this was the best one. Made me laugh out loud. Can't wait to read Josh's story!
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loved it