All He Ever Dreamed: Book Six of The Kowalskis [NOOK Book]

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Josh Kowalski is tired of holding down the fort—better known as the Northern Star Lodge—while his siblings are off living their dreams. Now that his oldest brother has returned to Whitford, Maine for good, Josh is free to chase some dreams of his own.

As the daughter of the lodge's longtime housekeeper, Katie Davis grew up alongside the Kowalski kids. Though she's always been "one of the guys", her feelings for Josh are anything but sisterly. And after a hot late-night ...

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All He Ever Dreamed: Book Six of The Kowalskis

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Overview


Josh Kowalski is tired of holding down the fort—better known as the Northern Star Lodge—while his siblings are off living their dreams. Now that his oldest brother has returned to Whitford, Maine for good, Josh is free to chase some dreams of his own.

As the daughter of the lodge's longtime housekeeper, Katie Davis grew up alongside the Kowalski kids. Though she's always been "one of the guys", her feelings for Josh are anything but sisterly. And after a hot late-night encounter in the kitchen, it's clear Josh finally sees her as the woman she is.

Katie's been waiting years for Josh to notice her, but now that he has, she's afraid it's too late. Giving her heart to a man who can't wait to leave town is one sure way to have it broken. But Josh keeps coming up with excuses not to leave—could it be that everything he's ever wanted is closer than he could have imagined?

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Editorial Reviews

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"I'm madly in love with the Kowalskis. And I love Shannon Stacey's voice!" - New York Times Bestselling Author Nalini Singh

"Shannon Stacey's books are a unique celebration of romance: contemporary stories that feature real and honest people, hilarious dialogue, and situations that are emotional and truthful. Drop everything and read Shannon Stacey." ~Sarah Wendell, author of Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels

"This is the perfect contemporary romance!"
-RT Book Reviews on Undeniably Yours

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426894626
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/2013
  • Series: Kowalskis , #6
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 9,288
  • File size: 667 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 ShannonStacey.com.

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Josh Kowalski's life could be summed up in just a few words—thirty years' worth of itches he couldn't quite scratch.

He itched to get out of Whitford, Maine, and away from the Northern Star Lodge. He itched for adventure and travel and a job he'd chosen, rather than one chosen for him before he was even born. He itched to find the woman who'd make him want to forsake all others until death do they part. There was no medicated powder to cure those kinds of itches, either. All he could do was bide his time, and that had gotten harder with every passing year.

This year, though, things were looking up. Josh grabbed a six-pack out of the fridge and bumped the door closed with his hip since he was clutching a bag of stolen baked goods in his other hand. Breaking his leg back in July had sucked. But his brothers coming home to help out at the lodge, giving him the chance to let them know he resented being left holding the bag just because he was the youngest, had been his big break.

"You heading out?"

He almost dropped his beer. In her sheepskin-lined-suede winter slippers, Rosie was almost silent as she moved around the lodge. "Yeah. Half hour until kickoff."

Rose Davis had been the housekeeper at the lodge for as long as he could remember, but when Josh's mother died when he was only five, she'd become much more than that. She was as close to a mother as he could have. That meant, of course, that he was thirty years old and essentially still lived with mom. No wonder he had such a hard time scratching that need-a-woman itch.

"If you—" She broke into a coughing fit and Josh frowned. A bad cold had gone around Whitford a while back and Rose had ended up with pneumonia. She'd bounced back pretty well, but he didn't like the sound of that cough. "If you see Katie, tell her I said hi."

"Maybe I should stay home."

She scoffed and waved her hand. "I'm going to curl up with my knitting and the Criminal Minds marathon. The last thing I want to listen to is you screaming and swearing at the television in the other room."

"You had pneumonia, Rosie. If you don't take care of yourself, you'll end up back in bed."

"Is that my banana bread in your bag?"

"You're trying to change the subject."

"You're stealing my banana bread."

"You told me you wanted to lose a few pounds, so really I'm doing this for you." He was busted, but he didn't even break a sweat as she raised an eyebrow at him. "Even though you're perfect the way you are, I just want you to be happy. Eating this banana bread won't make you happy, but it'll make my friends—including your daughter—very, very happy."

Rose laughed, but it quickly deteriorated into another bout of coughing. Josh didn't like it, but it passed fairly quickly and she waved away the concern she must have seen on his face. "You think you're a charmer, Joshua Kowalski, but I've had your number since you were four years old and told me you peed on the back of the toilet so I'd always have something to clean and your parents would keep paying me. You were doing that for my sake, too."

"See? I'm always thinking of you, Rosie."

She shook her head and made a shooing motion with her hand. "Go. Take the banana bread. And I bet you put a dent in the cookie jar, too."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Great series

    I have loved reading each book in this series, and eagerly awaited the release of Josh's story. While it wasn't my favorite, it was a solid and enjoyable story line. I loved Josh and Katie and how we get caught up on the other characters along the journey.
    These characters are like family and I sadly miss them when I've finished the book. I'm certain it is a lot of pressure on Ms. Stacey, but we simply can not get enough of the Kowalski family. How about Liz next and then lets start on the next generation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

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    Hott Synopsis: Josh has been itching to get out-of-town forever.

    Hott Synopsis:
    Josh has been itching to get out-of-town forever. He was the youngest and just defaulted into the managerial roles of the family lodge as his siblings moved on and his parents died. But now, it’s finally his chance… if he convince the others.
    Yet, here he is year after year wondering and worrying over the daily management of the lodge and it’s residents. Especially, Rose. Rose, the longtime housekeeper and surrogate mother to the Kowalski kids, is fighting her second bought of pneumonia and Josh can’t decide whether to be more worried about her or how to get everything done – until Katie, Rose’s daughter and Josh’s best friend, offers to move in and help.
    Now that Katie’s here, Josh begins to realize that his chum really is a girl and has some, umm, attributes he never noticed.

    Hott Review:
    What I liked: This was so much fun! I really enjoy Ms. Stacey’s writing. She writes a solid book with fun characters and real situations. A perfect combo!
    What I didn’t like: The language and graphic thoughts were more than I enjoy but since they didn’t permeate the book I just skimmed though those.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

    I have been really excited about Josh's story. I was giddy with

    I have been really excited about Josh's story. I was giddy with enjoyment as I opened the first page. I was not disappointed. Josh Kowalski, the youngest of the family, has been stuck running the family lodge and has always dreamed of leaving his hometown to explore the world and to find his dream. He never was really given the chance like his brothers and sisters in the past. Since he finally admitted his desires to get away to his brothers and sister, they started working to make it a reality for him. However, he didn't plan on his best friend Katie turning into more than just a friend.

    Katie has been Josh's best friend since they were little kids. With Katie's mom as the housekeeper for the family lodge and then more of a maternal influence after Josh's mom passed away, Katie and Josh were inseparable growing up and are still just as close as adults. Katie has also been in love with Josh for many years, but was too afraid to ruin their relationship to act on that love. Unlike everyone else in the town, Josh doesn't realize it or the fact that he and Katie are a perfect match.

    I really enjoyed watching Katie and Josh go from being best friends to being in love. It happened pretty easily when Josh saw Katie in a tank top and boxer shorts. While I thought there would be bigger fireworks between the two when they finally did try to make it work, I realized that wouldn't have fit Josh and Katie. They weren't dramatic people and they already had a history together. They were truly best friends and acted like it. Katie would forgive Josh for being a jerk sometimes and she understood his need to leave his hometown to find his dream, even if it would break her heart when he did leave. I thought it was great that even though people told Katie she should make herself more girly to get Josh's attention she stood her ground (except for Christmas Eve where she was supposed to dress up anyway, technically) and was authentic around Josh. She didn't play any games. She was just Katie.

    I really, really enjoyed the story with Rose and Andy. We don't always get to hear about new love between people older than 50 these days, so this was a treat. I have always loved Rose and her meddling ways, so it was great to see her invite Andy into her life. Of course I was excited to see Mitch, Sean, and Ryan make appearances. I hate leaving characters after reading their stories and like to see what they are up to!

    I will never get tired of reading books about the Kowalski's and their friends. Shannon Stacey has made her books auto-reads for me by entertaining me with each and every story she writes. If you are looking for a fun, witty, contemporary romance series about big families in small towns with a whole lot of love, I highly recommend the Kowalski books!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Josh is a character that I really felt bad for. All of his sibli

    Josh is a character that I really felt bad for. All of his siblings had ran off to live their own lives leaving him, the youngest child to run the
    family lodge and watch their dreams come true. All he wanted was to find out what life away from the lodge was like. 
    Katie had been in love with Josh most of her life, so she had no problem becoming friends with benefits,  except she wanted to move
    beyond the friends aspect.  When the chance finally comes for Josh to leave its really a matter of not having regrets that decision's are
    made by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Liked it

    494pgs... enjoying this series. I think my favorite so far is still Sean and Emma's story. Bribg on the rest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Highly recommended

    This was so good bought the rest of the series....

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Cute Story - Nice bedtime reading

    This is a nice story and good for those who don't like murders, killing, violence, demons, etc. Good to read before bed so that you don't have nightmares. A continuation of the stories about the Kowalski family. I have read other stories by this author and I recommend to women who like a romantic story without violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    To skystar

    I made my bio. Its on deerslayer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Dirtstar to skystar

    Hello would you like to make a pact with digclan at dig reses and two other clans contact me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Silvercloud

    Yes Foxpaw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Foxpaw

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    RuffleWing and Company

    |•RuffleWing: She licked a paw, drawing it over her ear.
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    |•SnakePaw: She watched SilverCloud, blinking.
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    |•MetalFeather: He curled his tail around SnakePaw, giving her a gentle lick on the ear. [Biography Posted.]

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Skystar

    Gtg. Silvercloud, you are in charge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Kyle

    Imbhere

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Skywind to nightfrost

    Ill be your mate

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Love this seriers!

    A great read! Love the whole series.

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  • Posted May 30, 2013

    This 6th Kowalski family book is with Josh. Josh isn't sure wher

    This 6th Kowalski family book is with Josh. Josh isn't sure where he should be but the one place he knows it isn't is at the home B&amp;B. Since his family took off leaving him no other options but to take care of their family legacy, and put his own life in limbo. The only thing that keeps him grounded is his bestfriend since forever, Katie.  When chance circumstances make Josh see Katie as a woman and not just one of the guys, Josh's head and his heart are turned inside out.  Getting to watch them fight what they are feeling was incredibly entertaining and I honestly can't wait for the baby sister to finally get her story told.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Recommend

    Love the Kowalski series

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    All He Ever Dreamed Shannon Stacey Joshua Kowalski lived at the

    All He Ever Dreamed Shannon Stacey
    Joshua Kowalski lived at the Lodge with the housekeeper, Rose, Katies mom.
    Katie Davis was Josh's best friend and she'd never tell him how she really felt about him...
    Once the snow came to Maine he'd be busy with the Northern Star Lodge..
    but Rose had pneumonia again and hospitalized. The plan is that Katie will move into the lodge to get it ready for the season and the family Christmas holiday where everybody would spend several nights at the lodge and this way be able to keep an eye on her mother's health and get the rooms ready for occupancy..
    Rose's plan was going to work but she needed to push them together more...
    Love hearing about the rest of the family as I have read other books in this series. Just a down to earth family...
    Book also follows others relationships and love life's.
    Others who come to visit with Rose discuss the lodge. The family wants to sell it as everybody has another life outside the lodge, Josh due to his broken leg was the one to run it and he hopes this will be his last season but it's a family decision.
    And where does that leave Rose? At her business running the barbershop her father had started.
    Hot steamy sex scenes only add to this book. Such choices to make that could turn disastrous in the long run...
    Love this series, can be read as stand alone.

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