All He Ever Dreamed

All He Ever Dreamed

by Shannon Stacey

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426894626
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 01/21/2013
Series: Kowalski Family Series , #6
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 141,386
File size: 356 KB

About 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,, as well as sign up for her newsletter.

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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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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!"

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All He Ever Dreamed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GHott More than 1 year ago
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.
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ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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This was so good bought the rest of the series....
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sweetym More than 1 year ago
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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Gtg. Silvercloud, you are in charge.
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A great read! Love the whole series.
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