All He Ever Desired
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?
I love Shannon Stacey. It’s been far too long since I’ve read her and the Kowalski Family series. When I opened All He Ever Desired (book #5 of the Kowalski Family) it was like coming home. With that being said, as much as I liked the first 4 books of the series it’s nothing compared to how much I liked this book.
Ryan Kowalski took a leap of faith as a young man and asked the pregnant wife of his best friend to run away with him. He cared for her, but more importantly he knew his friend wasn’t a good husband and probably never would be to Lauren, so he asked and was shot down. He left his small town after that and returned as little as possible. He owned his own business and was pretty successful, so that kept him busy and away, but if he’s being honest he couldn’t face her on regular basis. All has changed. It’s been well over a decade and he’s needed back at the lodge owned by he and his siblings. Northern Star Lodge has some renovations that need done and that’s Ryan’s niche. He just has to get things done as quickly as possible and get out of there.
Lauren Carpenter’s life hasn’t turned out quite as she hoped. Her marriage failed and her son is in his moody teenage phase. He’s a good kid for the most part, but lately he’s been acting out more and more. When he does the unthinkable and vandalizes the Northern Star Lodge she’s appalled and devastated. Not only is it going to be a huge hit to her budget, a budget that’s already way too stretched, but of all things he had to get caught by none other than Ryan Kowalski. The same Ryan Kowalski that she hasn’t been able to get out of her mind after all these years.
I love Ryan and what a stand-up guy he is. He felt bad for what he did to his friend, but he was trying to do the right thing for Lauren and her son. But, when confronted by Lauren’s ex-husband he owned up to what he did. And I loved how he treated Lauren’s son. He made him responsible for the things he did without belittling him. Lauren is all kinds of great! She’s a good mom and a hard worker doing what she could to get through life and raise her son well. I can’t imagine a better fit for either of these characters other than each other.
3 out of 5
Click here for my review of Exclusively Yours (The Kowalski Family #1)
Click here for my review of Undeniably Yours (The Kowalski Family #2)
Click here for my review of Yours To Keep (The Kowalski Family #3)
Click here for my review of All He Ever Needed (The Kowalski Family #4)