All He Ever Needed: Book Four of The Kowalskis [NOOK Book]

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He won't stay put for a woman, and she won't chase after any man...

Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase—and he likes it that way. Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. But when he's called home to help with the family lodge, he's intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn't need a man. If there's one thing Mitch can't resist, it's a challenge.

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All He Ever Needed: Book Four of The Kowalskis

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Overview


He won't stay put for a woman, and she won't chase after any man...

Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase—and he likes it that way. Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. But when he's called home to help with the family lodge, he's intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn't need a man. If there's one thing Mitch can't resist, it's a challenge.

After a nomadic childhood, Paige Sullivan is finally putting down roots. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she lives by the motto "Men are a luxury, not a necessity." But when Mr. Tall, Dark and Hot pulls up a stool in her diner and offers her six weeks of naughty fun with a built-in expiration date, she's tempted to indulge.

They're the perfect match for a no-strings fling. Until they realize their sexy affair has become anything but casual...

70,000 words

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Stacey (Slow Summer Kisses) launches a series with smalltown charm. Demolitions expert Mitch Kowalski seduced his way through his hometown of Whitford, Maine, and left behind “dreamy-eyed nostalgia” rather than broken hearts. After three years away, he arrives back in town for a temporary stay while his youngest brother is laid up with an injury and meets a relative newcomer: Paige Sullivan, who runs the Trailside Diner. Sparks immediately fly, but both try to resist it. Paige has sworn off men after watching her mother endure endless romantic woes, and Mitch just wants no-complications sex. But as Mitch tries to get into Paige’s pants, he realizes he’s beginning to dream of forever with her, while Paige struggles to balance her growing love for Mitch with her hard-won independence. A deeply satisfying ending will charm readers, and Mitch’s four siblings provide plenty of material for future books. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"I'm madly in love with the Kowalskis!"- NewYork Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh

"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

"Books like this are why I read romance."
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books on Exclusively Yours

"This contemporary romance is filled with charm, wit, sophistication, and is anything but predictable"– Heart to Heart, BN.com, on Yours to Keep

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426894336
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Series: Kowalskis , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 8,575
  • File size: 644 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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Read an Excerpt


Mitch Kowalski was doing sixty when he blew past the Welcome to Whitford, Maine sign, and he would have grinned if grinning on a Harley at dusk in a shorty helmet wasn't an invitation to eat his weight in bugs.

He was home again. Or he would be after he passed straight through town and nursed the bike down the long dirt drive that led to the Northern Star Lodge. As eager as he was to get there, though, he eased up on the throttle as the first lights of Main Street came into view.

It had been three years since he'd visited his hometown, but he could have navigated the road with his eyes closed. Past the post office where he'd landed his first real job, then lost it because old man Farr's Playboy subscription was a hell of a lot more interesting than sorting electric bills. Then the Whitford General Store & Service Station, owned by Fran and Butch Benoit. Junior year, he'd taken their daughter to the prom and then taken her up against the chalkboard in an empty classroom.

Mitch downshifted and executed a lazy rolling stop at the four-way that passed for the town's major intersection. To the left were two rows of ancient brick buildings that housed the bank and town offices and an assortment of small businesses. To the right, the police department—which had had its fill of the Kowalski boys in their youth—and the library, which had been fertile hunting grounds for a teenage boy looking to charm the smart girls out of their algebra homework.

Yeah, it was good to be home, even if everything was closed up tight for the night. The people of Whitford knew if they had business in town, they'd best get it done before the evening news.

He went straight through the intersection, but he didn't go far before the old diner caught his eye. Or the sign did, rather, being all lit up. Last time he'd passed through, the place had been closed up tight—driven out of business by a bad economy and an owner who didn't care enough to try to save it. But now there was a new name on the sign, a couple of cars in the parking lot and flashing red neon in the window declaring it open.

His stomach rumbled, though he felt it rather than heard it due to the loud pipes on his bike, and he pulled into the parking lot. Josh, his youngest brother, wasn't expecting him—unless the boxes of clothes and other stuff he'd shipped ahead had arrived—and he would have already eaten anyway. Rather than go rummaging for leftovers, Mitch decided to grab a quick bite before heading on to the lodge.

The first thing he noticed when he walked through the door was the remodeled fifties decor, with a lot of red vinyl and black-and-white marble. The second thing he noticed was the woman standing behind the counter—a woman he'd never seen before, which was rare in Whitford.

Mitch put her at maybe thirty, seven years younger than him, and it looked good on her. She had a mass of brown hair twisted and clipped up into one of those messy knots that begged to be let loose. Jeans and a Trailside Diner T-shirt hugged sweet curves, and her ring finger was bare of either a gold band or a fresh tan line.

A little plastic rectangle was pinned above the very nice mound of her left breast. Name tags were a rare thing in a town where relationships were formed in playpens and cemented in the kindergarten sandbox, so it caught his attention. By the time he took a seat on a red padded stool at the counter, he could read it. Paige.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

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    A rating....

    My Review:
    And my love affair with the Kowalski's continues. OMG, I loved this book!! Such an amazing start to the trilogy from the "other" branch of the Kowalski family. These are Sean's siblings from Book #3, Yours To Keep.

    This book is about Mitch Kowalski. This branch of the family has five siblings: Liz, Sean, Mitch, Ryan, and Josh. Josh is the youngest and has been left to run the family inn, but he managed to break his leg trying to trim a tree and needs help. Mitch and Ryan both have their own companies and their own reasons for why they never come home, but Josh needs help, so Mitch takes six weeks away to come home. It's been 3 years and he's appalled at how run down the inn and Josh have become, so he quickly calls in Ryan to help too.

    Mitch is the Kowalski with the reputation in this tiny town....and it is an incredibly reputation. He has left a string (a very long one) of satisfied women in his wake...he's become somewhat of a legend. Even more amazing about it though is the fact that he's managed to bed all these women and they are still happy with him and about their time together. There are no broken hearts. He's always VERY upfront about what he does and does not want from his girls and they are all very satisfied with what they get. Ahem... He leads an incredibly nomadic lifestyle and he has NO plans to change that or to ever have a bit more in a relationship.

    On the flip side of that is Paige. She grew up with a mother who would follow a guy anywhere and sacrifice everything for that. She has decided that no man is worth that. She simply wants a place to live and a town to call home...forever. Her motto is that "guys are a luxury, not a necessity." (I'm paraphrasing that because I don't know if I'll ever find the actual motto in the e-book without reading it all again.) She's abstaining from guys and very happy with that fact, until Mitch.

    This story is so much fun, like all of Stacey's stories. In this one, we have the fabulous Kowalski's, but we also have this great little town where everyone is in everyone else's business. There's Katie, the tom-boy barber with a thing for Josh. There's Hailey who's the town librarian and the one who shared the first infamous story with Mitch and has no qualms about pushing Paige into his arms. There's Mallory and Drew who still love each other, but can't find a way past their problems....their story broke my heart and I'm hoping they find a happier resolution in one of the later books. There's Ryan and Lauren and a mystery as to what has happened there and why it's left Ryan where he hates to come home. Then there's Rosie, the Kowalski family surrogate mother and housekeeper, and her issues with Andy...I really liked that story line.

    It's just another fun and fabulous installment to this already great series. The e-book comes out September 10th, but I am THRILLED to see that the paperback is coming out December 18th so I can add a copy of it to my "keeper" shelf.

    I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Didn't like the hero

    ## I didn't enjoy this book as much as I would've liked. It's not that the book isn't well written. Sometimes Shannon's characters are just so unlikeable. Like Beth in Kevin's story. God she was awful. This time it was the hero Mitch. Why does every hero have to be a man-slut? SPOILER ALERT: He's bedded every woman in town, then leaves. Finally, he gets the heroine into bed. He shows up at her place anytime he wants for his booty call, but when she pulls up to his cabin he's mad because she crossed the line, coming over without an invitation. Ugh. Have some pride woman and kick this guy to the curb. Between this one and Kevin's story I think I'm done with the Kowalskys.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

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    This was one of the better books I have read. All he ever needed

    This was one of the better books I have read. All he ever needed is a good addition to the kowalski family series. We have Mitch, a free spirited person, who has no intention to settle down, but a great heart for his family, helping his brother. He isn't perfect, but very likeable. a very well written story.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Never disappointed by Shannon Stacey

    Shannon never disappoints - keeps the story interesting and laughs along the way......I recommend all of her books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Amsnda to jinx

    Im here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Good but predictable.

    I've read all the preceding books in this series and even though I've grown to love the Kowalski family, the books have become predictable. Even the non related female character's seem to have the same personalities and character traits. Don't get me wrong I do like the series and will read the rest of the books. Maybe the author will even surprise me with an unpredictable plot twist. Guess I will have to wait and see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Perfect

    This book wants to make me laugh,cry and even happy the two couples are so cute on the cover. Romance is a powerful thing always wait till you find mr.right. its o.k to date i think when you date someone your trying to figuer out who you are interested in and thats ok. But limited yourself. If you never read all ge ever needed you need to. =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    perfect time

    well written, nmy first electronic book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    April 2014

    I love this book

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Must keep reading

    Although you know basically whats going to happen in her books, she still makes it fun to keep reading them as each one has a different twist or turn to it. Love this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Good

    Vbun

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    The book

    Its a good book but could be better....

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    Recommend Highly

    Great book! Everyone should read Shannon Stacey's books. All are written with amazing stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Awesome!

    Very good but has some sexally content

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Best romantic book i have read

    I love romantic books but this is best by far

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    There is more

    Theres more books about them and they are good also

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Very good!

    Very good romance, serious but loving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Damn its over

    Wanted more, she is a good writer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    ugh

    This book should be free

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    By me!

    This book was really really good if u are like me with books then you should read this cuz it gets really addicting and i read this book in one week !

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