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

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 ...

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All He Ever Desired: Book Five of The Kowalskis

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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


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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426894459
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2012
  • Series: Kowalskis , #5
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 11,476
  • File size: 671 KB

Meet 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.


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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."

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Loved this book! Sat in my vehicle and read this book during my

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Kowalski Family

    It was great to be part of the family. Light and fun, sensitive and strong and keeps yiu reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Liked it!

    489pgs... enjoying the series and always enjoying the bits of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    GOOD!

    Love These Books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Sweet

    Love this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly recommend.

    It was great book to read, couldn't put it down. Finished in one day..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    wonderful

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    No bitch

    Hay people yo wanna chat?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Anonymous

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    highly recommend

    loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    wonderful

    Wonderful story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Loved this series!!

    LOVE this series and the Kowalski family! Keep 'em coming!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Good but not the best

    I normally love Shannon Stacey books and i recommend her books all the time because of their humor, romance, and great plots. I dont share the same feelings about this book. First off, the book was too short and the ending was abrupt. It needed more detail and more plot twists. It also lacked a lot of the humor and witty banter that we all fell in love with in the first books of the series. I read the book because i truly enjoy Stacey's writing and this series, but this book did not live up to the high standards that i hold for her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Cute and sexy

    Sooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Great series!!!

    Love how each one finds love but you can still find out how the previous characters in the other books are doing.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Got to love the Kowalski's

    Another family addition where long lost love is found again. Although a slow start, ALL HE EVER DESIRED picks up towards the end. "part 2" of the Kowalski series just doesn't have that 'wow' factor to it, but as a fan of Shannon Stacey and of this series, it's worth reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    Awesome read

    I love this series. Can not put the books down.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

    Each Kowalski boy gets better and better! Love Ryan! Looking for

    Each Kowalski boy gets better and better! Love Ryan! Looking forward to reading more about Ryan, Lauren, and Nick in the next few books! <3. I especially love that Shannon Stacey can make me crack up and tear up with her writing!

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