All He Ever Needed

All He Ever Needed

by Shannon Stacey
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All He Ever Needed 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
acade More than 1 year ago
As much as I love the Kowalski's this one really just didn't work for me. From the lack of character development to the "romance", depressing secondary storylines to the glaring absence of the slightly insane family dynamic you can't help but love and wish you were a part of. It all lacked Stacey's usual humor and sweetness and what makes reading one of her books such an emotionally wonderful and satisfying experience. Paige and Mitch were decent enough characters and their start had a lot of potential. He avoids  putting down roots at all costs and is home just for a couple weeks to help with an injured brother when he meets Paige who is off men, fiercely independent and firmly planted in the small town he tries to avoid. There are some funny moments and smoldering looks there at the start but it just fizzles into a book that focuses more and more on sex for the sake of sex instead of the characters falling in love and growing as individuals. There was a lot of telling in this book and not nearly enough showing. We constantly hear about Mitch's  many, many conquests and how magnificent the man is in bed. And let me just say...EEWWWW. Who wants a hero that's spent time between nearly every pair of thighs in sight? Gleck! I mean, I know a lot of heroes have pasts and have gotten around but we're damn near beat over the head with how much Mitch got around and how it's Paige's turn to get her some good loving and then send him on his way. Very romantic, right? And for all that talk of his godlike sexual talents the intimate scenes are really lackluster and honestly not all that sexy or emotional. Mitch and Paige felt just like what they were...friends with benefits and nothing more. I never felt them falling in love. There's a lot of inner thought's about how much they like the other. How sweet, caring and wonderful they are but you never actually SEE any of it or what makes them special to each other. As for the secondary storylines neither really brought out the emotional response I'd imagine they were going for. There's a depressingly sad marriage breaking up because of a decade worth of lies. And a decades long feud that really had no merit since the woman blamed and hated the man for something he really wasn't responsible for.  What I found most disheartening was that after 280ish pages (yeah it's a short book) I really don't feel like I know Mitch or Paige. At all. I never got to the point where I felt invested in them and their future  together. It was just a story to read and move on from. A complete opposite of the previous 3 books which are still near and dear to my heart after nearly 10 months. For a huge fan of the series this was a very big let down and aside from Stacey's name being scrawled across the cover I wouldn't believe  it was written by the same author I've come to adore. I've got my fingers crossed the next book will  bring us back to the feel and heart of the Kowalski family I've loved so much.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★½ All He Ever Needed is the fourth installment in Shannon Stacey's adult contemporary romance series titled Kowalski Family. Ms. Stacey knows how to write fun and sweet romances for sure. I immediately adored this series when I first discovered it and have been slowly but surely working my way through. Overall, I liked All He Ever Needed and thought it to be an good addition to the series, but I personally didn't find it to be quite on the enjoyment level of the other ones I have read. It's still sweet and sexy with a few very moving moments, but something was missing - not sure what but I felt it (or didn't feel it rather). I should note that it took me almost an entire month to read this. That's not a negative reflection on the book, it's just how my life has been...not enough time to sit down for a few hours to read (audiobooks have been my best friend lately). Unfortunately, I only had access to the paper copy of this book. This factor may have very well affected my enjoyment, which is why I added a "benefit of the doubt" ½ star to what was going to be a 3 star review. After all, it's not Ms. Stacey's fault my life is crazy right now! No matter the reason, nothing could stop me from continuing this series. It's one of my favorites! If you like sweet and sexy romances with a ton of humor thrown in then check out the Kowalski Family series! My favorite quote: “Honey, love isn't like rappeling into a cave, where you can control your descent and how deep you go. It's just falling into the hole.”
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stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Once I found the first book I had to read all of them and they did not disappoint my. Shannon Stacey writes some fun and sexy books. That being said this was not my favorite book. I liked Mitch and Paige's characters but the book was very slow for the first half of the book. To me there was to much other stuff going on and not enough story about their romance. I loved the last half of the book though and I will be reading Ryan's book soon.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Shannon Stacey is an author I’ve always wanted to read. In all honesty, I’ve read one of her Christmas stories a few years ago but never one of her full length novels. I’ve heard great things about the Kowalski brothers and wanted to give the books a try. So I’m going to make this review short and sweet. I didn’t have any problems keeping up with the book so the series doesn’t have to be read in order. Did I have some issues with the book? Yes. But not enough to not want to read the other books in the series. That is good since I bought the first two before I read this one and had another one gifted to me. Mitch Kowalski is the oldest of the Kowalski siblings. He owns and runs one of the countries most successful demolition companies. His job requires him to travel a lot and he loves it. He’s back in his hometown of Whitford, Maine for a couple weeks to help his youngest brother, Josh, out with the family resort, the Northern Star Lodge. Paige Sullivan has always wanted a place to call home. By accident, she found it. She refuses to be anything like her mother, so she has sworn off of men. Paige is happy running the town’s diner, Trailside Diner, and living in her little small trailer behind it. Mitch is a man who has a well deserved reputation with woman. He's upfront about not wanting a relationship. Once he is done, he's done, and there's no looking back. Paige, because of her mother and upbringing, has the attitude that men are not necessary. Mitch is only in town for six weeks. When he meets Paige, he pursues her pretty hard. Every time, she turns him down. Mitch, a man not accustomed to be being told no, isn't exactly sure how to deal with that. Eventually, however, Paige gives into a short, no strings attached relationship with Mitch. The only problem is they each start to realize they want more than they agreed to. All He Ever Needed is the story of what happens when two people actually find the one person they truly need. I LOVE watching guys fall and none fell harder or faster than Mitch “I’m not going to call or text you” Kowalski. The book even brought tears to my eyes. Source: NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down, loved Mitch and Paige's chemistry! Steamy love scenes and great character development!
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twocoulters More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the publisher, Carina Press, and NetGalley for the chance to read this! Ms. Stacey has a hit on her hands with this captivating series. Every book seems better than the last; except Kevin, hero from Undeniably Yours, is still my favorite Kowalski – so far at least. This installment is intensely satisfying. I enjoyed the gut-wrenchingly emotional turmoil just as much as the humorous banter -- it won't soon be forgotten. If you enjoy small town contemporary romances then this series is a must read. All He Ever Needed is the fourth in this series and features Mitch Kowalski. Mitch loves his nomadic lifestyle, living of out of suitcase, traveling from jobsite-to-jobsite and town-to-town without attachments. He returns home to help his injured brother, Josh, with the family lodge while in between jobs. He regrets that his reputation in Whitford is still based on transgressions committed during his younger days; being known as a ladies’ man, charmer, and troublemaker might have been great when he was a teenager but, now he is a respectable business owner. The moment Mitch entered the café he discovers he’s instantly intrigued by the waitress. He decides a six-week fling is just what he needs to make this brief trip home tolerable. It’s a good thing he loves a challenge…because Paige Sullivan isn’t interesting in dating. Donna, Paige’s mother, moved them around never staying in one place very long. Paige is determined to not end up like her mother; chasing one man after another, suppressing her own needs to fit the man of the moment. So Paige lives by the motto that “Men are a luxury, not a necessity.” Paige nomadic lifestyle came to a dramatic halt the day her car broke down in Whitford. Now, two-years-later, the very independent Paige has deep-roots in the community; as the proud owner of the Trailside Diner she has a home – she is set in her ways...never even been tempted to compromise. However, when Mitch blows into her diner and suggest they hookup, no string attached, while he’s in town she thinks it a great way to work off some tension.