Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 be Josh Kowalski is tired of holding down the fort—better known as the Northern Star Lodge—while his siblings are off living their dreams. 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? Get A Copy. More Details Original Title.
Kowalski Family 6. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about All He Ever Dreamed , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. He was becoming more and more frustrated and bitter, but then one day he got a lucky break — literally.
He fell off a ladder and broke his leg. As his siblings come home to help with the lodge, they start to see that Josh isn't as happy to be there as they thought he was, and this is when he finally tells them how he really feels about being left behind to run the family business. So that brings us to now There were times I wanted to smack him right upside his gorgeous head and knock some of the stubbornness out of him, and other times I wanted to bring him home and love him all better!
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Katie Davis — I adore Katie. Her mom, Rosie, has been the Northern Star's housekeeper forever, so Katie grew up with the Kowalski kids. She fell in love with him. And this made for some very funny, very romantic, and very sexy reading! And as always, these stories wouldn't be nearly as fun as they are without revisiting the rest of the Kowalski friends, family and neighbors! It's always such a treat to catch up with them. These stories are sweet, sexy, emotional tales that are guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and a sigh in heart!
My thanks to Carina Press and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review. View all 39 comments. Dec 27, Jaci Burton rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. Katie has loved Josh forever, but in typical guy fashion, Josh has always thought of her as his bff, until one day he wakes up and realizes she's a full grown woman and his attraction to her tilts him sideways.
Suddenly everything is different between them. Funny, romantic, emotional, and I got teary-eyed at the end. Another winner for Shannon Stacey in her always awesome Kowalski series! View all 11 comments. Josh is bitter and he wants out. Josh just wants a choice.
Katie has loved Josh for years, but never knowing how he really felt, she kept her outward feelings toward him strictly in the friends-zone. I loved that relationship between them, they truly are best friends. Find out what he does and make Josh jealous at the same time. I loved their history together, their easiness on page and I especially loved how their romance developed. Everything about this couple worked for me.
Oh the angst! This was, simply, a wonderful read. I was hooked from the start and fell hard for Josh and Katie. The Kowalski series is one that I look forward to getting back to with each new release and this book is a stand out in a series of solid reads. View 2 comments. Sep 09, Brie rated it really liked it. All He Ever Dreamed is the last book in the newest Kowalski trilogy, and as usual, the best brother goes last. Stacey has us used to. At this point I should be ready to say goodbye to the books, and making noises about never- Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner Source: a review copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
At this point I should be ready to say goodbye to the books, and making noises about never-ending series, but I think this one still has a few more books in it. So when the book starts, the family is getting ready to sell the house and Josh is getting ready to leave. Every book in the series features conflicts for both leads, but the first one was clearly heroine-centric, the second had an interesting balance, and this one is mostly about Josh.
And I think that we all can relate to that. Katie and Josh have had great chemistry throughout the books, and the culmination was sweet and less explosive than I was expecting. So I was happy with them as individuals and as a couple. But as much as I enjoyed the main character, I had some issues with the way the romance develops. This is very common in friends-to-lovers stories, and it never works. It happens because the story needs it, not because the relationship develops and naturally takes it there. What I like about these books is that they are small-town romances, and have the qualities that make such series so appealing and popular, but there is thought and effort put into each story, and Ms.
I appreciate a series that works under so many restrictive rules and still feels fresh after six books. They walk into a room and just looking at them makes your heart skip a beat? Another case of unrequited love, poor Katie! Fear not, Josh wakes up and gets his head out of…well, you know. Katie and Josh have been best friends forever.
Josh wants to get out in the world and follow his dr 3. Josh wants to get out in the world and follow his dreams, find something new. But what if the key to his happiness is right there in front of Josh? She makes his heart race at just the sight of her! These two had my heart aching.
I guess sometimes people just need to figure things out for themselves. I really loved this romance. It had just the right amount of longing and angst and enough build-up to make the payoffs oh-so-sweet. He felt her sigh against his lips as he pressed his mouth to hers. He tasted chocolate on her lips and felt her tremble under his touch. I guess this is part of a series and that focuses on the Kowalski family. I really do want to go back and start from book one, because this author really does a romance right.
Sweet with just enough spice. A copy of this was provided by Carina Press through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. View all 7 comments. No story. Small town characters with small town conversations. Josh was stuck running the family business when his siblings moved away. He resents not having a choice. He dreams of a new and different life. Here, when Josh gets a chance to get away, he does nothi Average. Here, when Josh gets a chance to get away, he does nothing like that. Katie another reviewer made an excellent point. Maybe we should help out Josh. Did they even let him go to college???
Not everyone goes to or wants to go to college, of course, but they seem like a family were they'd at least ask the question. It was about feelings among people back in the small town. Regarding the relationship development between Josh and Katie, it was ok, but it was not a compelling story. It was just small town friends who start becoming more than friends. It needed more about the how and why the relationship changed. I wanted someone to learn something new about the other to cause the change.
I would have liked some awkwardness or unsureness. And the sex scenes needed more anticipation and emotion. They were almost robotic. This is a feel good story. You will like the warm family fuzzies. All the siblings care about each other and help each other. They care about Rosie their housekeeper who is like a second mother to them.
They care about her future. The writer is a good writer. She makes it sound more interesting than it is. So I compliment her. She needs some better ideas. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Kindle count story length: 3, KB pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words, but not often used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 3. Setting: current day mostly Maine.
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Copyright: Genre: contemporary romance. View all 4 comments. Apr 23, Bette Hansen rated it it was amazing. Awesome Saw this story coming but it was still fun to read. Josh and Katie are so wonderful together. You don't want to miss their story. I definitely recommend it. View 1 comment. Jan 24, I think I've run into a case of the "it's not you, it's me"s.
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I used to love Shannon's books. Yours to Keep was a five star rating from me, and you know that's hard to come by. The first two in the series weren't as great for me, and these last few haven't knocked me off my feet, either. As far as I can tell, her writing hasn't changed, so alas While All He Ever Dreamed was a cute, fun, light read, it was predictable. Ridiculously so. The banter and back and forth with Ka I think I've run into a case of the "it's not you, it's me"s.
The banter and back and forth with Katie and Josh was great. I love the friends to more storyline, but it didn't work so much for me here. The all of the sudden, light bulb moment is hard to swallow. Decades of being best friends with a girl and you'd never noticed she had boobs?
Or checked out her ass? Yet your brothers--the ones who actually saw her as the sister you didn't see her as--did? Not buying it. And when we did get the crash Talk about the disappointment of the century. It was missing emotion. It was almost robotic, especially after. It was a disappointment of epic proportions. Besides that, the depth--or lack thereof--of Josh's character was frustrating.
I wished we could've seen more of him besides his desire to leave, his moping around when things went a different way than he thought, and then continuing to do nothing but thinking of leaving. In the end, while it had the HEA you knew was coming, I wished Katie had done more than sit around and wait. That, to me, knocked her down a couple pegs in my book. Don't just sit there and wait for the dude to come back, then throw yourself at him when he finally graces you with his presence.
No and gross. Also, do we have to end every single contemporary romance with a proposal? And a three name ILY? They're awkward and unrealistic and, frankly, I might stab my eyes out if I have to read it one more time. If you're looking for a no-brainer, light CR, this was an okay way to spend the day, though I'd highly suggest Yours to Keep over it. Dec 30, Book Reading Gals rated it it was amazing. In fact immediately after I finished reading it I tweet Shannon that she was a Goddess for this book.
Ok so I'm just going to say it. In my opinion Josh is Shannon's best hero to date, and I've read almost all of her books. Josh resents being stuck in charge of the families snowmobile lodge and wants a chance to leave and do other things. Josh also has the problem of he's finally noticed his best friend is a woman, and an attractive woman at that. Now he's suddenly thinking lustful naughty thoughts about her.
While the rest of town breathes a sigh of relief that he's finally doing something about it. I'm serious. I've been trying to write this review for a week now that is all I can come up with without giving away a ton of information about the book. Overall I think this may be my favorite book in the series, and we still have one more Kowalski sibling to go. Nicely narrated by Lauren Fortgang, who has done all but one book in this series. She has a nice cadence for the story-line, emotions, and dialogues. While this is a predictable contemporary romance story, it is nice, when I'm doing my household chores, to listen to something that isn't too heavy.
Nothing new here, but it is always nice to return to the Kolwalski Family, as I know the characters so well. To tell the truth, I was expecting a bit more for him. Or am I imagining things? Jul 02, MountainKat rated it it was amazing Shelves: xchallenge-books , x-books-read-in , ebook.
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Loved Katie and Josh, together they were even better. I knew that Josh had to leave to figure out what he wanted and it was well done, didn't like that Katie was hurt by it all even though she knew it too. There were so many wonderful funny things in this book. Loved the "middle naming" - that cracked me up, because it is so true! Christmas with the whole family was great, especially the presents Josh and Katie gave each other. I loved them, even though I think the Patriots are evil!
And in the end, my heart both melted and laughed when view spoiler [ Josh said, "Let's get married fast so we can start making babies. Awesome babies who'll beat the snot out of Mitch and Sean's kids family football games. View all 3 comments. Jan 17, Christi Snow rated it it was amazing. My Review: I've been dying for Josh's story ever since we met him in book 6. Wow, it did not disappoint. Out of the five Kowalski kids, Josh has been the one who never got to chase his dreams.
The family owned a snowmobiling lodge and when his father died, it automatically fell to Josh to take it over. At that point in time, there were no other choices. But that was the problem, Josh was never given the choice. His life has always been the lodge, nothing but the lodge and that's left him feeling My Review: I've been dying for Josh's story ever since we met him in book 6. His life has always been the lodge, nothing but the lodge and that's left him feeling that there may have been something else out there that he's missed out on.
He hates and resents the fact that he's never had any other options. As a reader, you can't help but feel for this guy. He loves his family, but he doesn't love his job any longer. It's gotten to the point where he actually really resents it, but he's trapped. There aren't any other options. The family knows he's at the end of his rope and they are working other options. A couple of different ones fall into their laps and then suddenly, Josh doesn't know what to do.
He knows that he's always dreamed of leaving the lodge and pursuing something else, but that also means leaving Katie. Josh and Katie grew up as best friends. She's always been in love with him, but he's never seen her as anything more than one of the guys I adored this aspect of the story.
Josh is so clueless To make it worse, his brothers are more than willing to point it out to him on a regular basis. As a reader, I felt sorry for him, but the whole time I was giggling too. Seriously, these scenes are some of the funniest in the book. Shannon Stacey knows how to write contemporary humor and she does it best between the brothers.
Between them and just all of Josh's internal dialogue That was the first half of the book. Then the second half was the heartbreak for Josh and Katie. The two things don't work together. He can either have Katie or his dream because she's not leaving this little town, her business, or her mother. Seriously, it broke my heart and literally brought me to tears a couple of times. This book had all the highs and the lows that make it just a fantastic read. The characters are amazing and Shannon Stacey remains high in the running for best contemporary romance author.
I just love her books and am so happy that this one lived up to my expectations.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. The books in this series are cute, fun, funny, romantic, smutty, yet there's an emotional connection that the characters bring share with the reader. I absolutely love this series! What I Liked: One of my favorite tropes is a friends-to-lover romance. I love the discovery, and the transition from friends to something more, that comes with Review copy provided via NetGalley Why I Read this Book: Shannon Stacey writes good contemporary romance and the Kowalski Family series is on my auto-read list.
I love the discovery, and the transition from friends to something more, that comes with this type of love story. Josh and Katie have been best friends for so long and have a very comfortable friendship. Katie has been in love with Josh for a very long time and everyone knows except Josh.
He wants to know what else there is out there in the world. I enjoyed reading about Rose and Andy as much as I did the lead characters. This book was just a barrel of laughs. There was funny dialogue, memorable moments, and even a possible serial killer friend. That gives her time to tell me what I did wrong and make me bake more. Did you just middle name me? Shannon Stacey writes good small town, family-oriented romance novels without making things too serious or heavy. All He Ever Dreamed was a great addition to the series and I look forward to catching up with this couple in future installments.
Mar 10, Rachel rated it it was amazing. This may have just become my favorite book in this series. I've been eagerly awaiting Josh and Katie's story and it did not disappoint at all. I love love love both Josh and Katie. I love them together, but even more I love them as separate people. I relate to both of them in so many ways and that made the read that much more enjoyable. Josh, I understand. The restlessness, the desire to see what's out there, to have a choice I get that.
Katie, though Katie is my spirit animal.
O This may have just become my favorite book in this series. Oh my goodness, I love her! There are so many things about Katie that I see and know in myself, her thoughts and feelings were things I could relate to, and I just wanted her to be happy! I wanted Josh to be happy as well. Friends to lovers stories are always good, and this took it up a notch. Josh and Katie have been best friends for as long as they both can remember, and Katie has been in love with Josh for just about as long. Josh has always seen Katie as one of the guys.
It was both comical and touching to watch him come to terms with his new feelings for his best friend. Them watching the two of them fumble their way toward each other and then struggle with making it work while wanting different things at the time. Not to mention having the whole town in their business. It wasn't the smoothest path, but I liked the way it all unraveled and unfolded. I think everything that happened needed to happen and that made the ending that much sweeter.
I once again enjoyed the side stories. Rose and Andy are just so cute I can't stand it. I have loved watching that relationship change and develop into what it is now. Mitch and Paige shared some really happy and wonderful news. Liz and Drew are soooo going to wind up together and that makes me happy. We got to see Sean back home for a bit. The brothers were together being brothers, which I always enjoy. Josh split a lot of wood and that was just delicious. I adore Hailey so much and really want her to get her HEA.
Max was a fun new addition and I wouldn't mind him and Hailey giving it a whirl. But at the heart of the side stories was the Northern Star Lodge itself. It's so much more than a business, so much more than a home. It's truly it's own character. I am so completely hooked and in love with the Kowalski's and this series. Now I have to be patient and wait for Liz's book to come out!
Jan 12, Ann Lorz rated it really liked it Shelves: small-town , business-owner , contemporary , family , holiday , humor , series. From book one I've been in love with this series. So why have I let myself get so far behind on them? Your guess is as good as mine. I have no real clue why. I guess part of it is that with me blogging I seem to be reading only books that I'm asked or what's coming out soon. Marriage Wanted: As far as Nash Davenport's concerned, marriage isn't shelter from the storm - it is the storm.
He's a divorce attorney, himself divorced, who believes no married couple can live up to their wedding vows. My Hero: Would-be romance writer Bailey York has already failed twice at love. She thinks men are wonderful to read and write about, but that's it. Which is probably why she has such difficulty creating a hero for her novel.
What she needs is a real-life example. Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he's missing. But first she needs to find a man who's willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero - but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him. Luke likes his life - and his women - uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? As Emma grapples with her out-of-control family, the responsibility of keeping Flamingo Diner afloat, and a pair of well-meaning senior-citizen sleuths, she finds support from an unlikely source.
Aleksandr Berinksi is a Russian biochemist in the United States on a visa that is about to expire. Marriage will allow him to stay - marriage to Julia Conrad. If Julia's going to save her Seattle-based company, she needs him as much as he needs her. There's a Groom Wanted in Julia's life. And not just any groom! 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 What disappointed you about All He Ever Needed? The narrator. It was hard to tell if the writing was cheesy or if it was just the way she read things. Bad inflection, bad acting, bad reading of dialogue. Little differentiation between voices, really awkward stressing of words, and the "smile in her voice" was uncalled for when telling me about vacuum cleaners--a hint: they aren't that exciting.
Bad bad bad. Maybe I'll go grab the book from the library and give it a try that way. Would you ever listen to anything by Shannon Stacey again? Maybe, depending on the narrator. I have read her paper books and enjoyed a few of them. Not if you paid me. Nails on a chalkboard are probably better. If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from All He Ever Needed?
Some of the excessive "tell and not show" stuff. Any additional comments? Please don't waste your credits, readers. Go buy or rent the book and listen to something else. Stacey's books are usually enjoyable in print form, not the best but not awful either, but this was just baaaaaaad. Would you listen to All He Ever Needed again? I love this series but the narration ruined it for me. Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renee Werbowski? Lauren Fortgang. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I barely made it through whole book. I love this series of the loves stories of the Kowalski kids, but the change in narrator is irritating. Unfortunately, Renee Werbowski can't differentiate between characters in the sound and intonation of voice. Her pacing is really good, but the tone isn't good. Story is still good and worth a listen if you can ignore the narrator. I'm still looking forward to the next in the story. What's going to happen with Ryan and Liz? Yes, I love this series. I like that I can listen to one book and listen to another and already have a feeling for the characters.
This one I can say is not my favorite. It feels as if it was rushed toward the end. I feel like their were characters just hanging out there that needed their story finished. What happens with Josh and Katie? With the hotel? She did the narration on the other's so I was expecting to have her perception on how the characters sounded. Renee Werbowski sounded as if she was just reading the book. There wasn't really any emotion or her take on the characters. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not? Loved these books but why change narrators?