Sunday, November 4, 2012

All He Ever Desired (Kowalski Family #5) by Shannon Stacey

A second shot at first love

After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal—and learns the boy is Lauren's son…

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.

With all this close contact, Ryan and Lauren can't deny the chemistry between them is as powerful as ever. But can a few searing kisses erase their past and pave the way for a second chance at true love?

5/5 stars 

I love the Kowalski series. The first three were about the New Hampshire branch and the last two have been about their cousins in Maine. The Maine branch are a little less boisterous, but are just as family oriented, enough so you wish you were part of the clan. This book was about Ryan and Lauren, two people that really need to be together considering the second chance they're getting. When I first met Ryan in Mitch's book I thought he seemed kinda like a jerk, but after getting to know him it isn't that he's a jerk, it's just he puts a lot on himself. The running of his company, the rebuilding of his family's home and the guilt he carries from asking Lauren to run away with him years earlier. Meeting Lauren and her son, Nick, again after sixteen years makes him want her all over again. And after Lauren sees Ryan again all her "what-if " moments come crashing back. The two together made a great couple and what's more is they were a believable couple. And of course Lauren made a perfect addition to the Kowalski clan. I can't wait to read the next book, not just to read Josh's story, but because we always get to see little peeks into the lives of the rest of the family and see how they're doing.

Highly recommend this book even if you haven't read the rest of the series. But to get the maximum impact of the Kowalski men, you should definitely read the series in order.

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