Book Review: All He Ever Desired by Shannon Stacey

Ebook provided by NetGalley
Published November 19th 2012 by Carina Press (first published November 12th 2012)

Book Description (from Goodreads):

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?

My Thoughts:

Have you ever wondered if dreams come true? Have you every hoped for that one special person that will make you the happiest person walking this Earth? Okay, stupid question, of course you did. Can you imagine a sole person that didn’t? But do you believe that you have met already that special person but it was just the wrong place – wrong time kind of thing? Do we get a shot at second chances or we have only one no matter what happens? These, and many others, are the questions that came to my mind while I was reading this book. It does not suffice to say that I have literally devoured this book in a matter of hours.

Have you not read any previous Kowalski stories, don’t be scared to pick this one up because, I promise you, you won’t regret it. Even though this book is a part of a series, it can stand alone without losing any important factors from the storyline or making one feel insufficient having missed out the previous ones. It may make you want to go back to the beginning of the series and read it.

All He Ever Desired is a story of Ryan Kowalski, and let me say, I have enjoyed reading this book even much more because the title puts the accent on the male character’s side of story. This is probably a first for me because I do not remember reading a story about a male character believing in destiny and true love. Ryan is the type of male hero every woman, I believe, wants to believe existed, or at least hope for. He is the perfect family guy, excellent friend, fun and exciting, and caring lover. On the plus side is also his independence because he is the owner of his own construction company, if you are that sort of gal looking of that sort of thing (read between the lines: “money” xD). But even more, what “that desperate housewife desperately seeking love” would be most grateful for in this book is the fact that he was willing to take on another man’s child to marry the girl he loves. But that was in the past. Now, he will do just that with the woman he has learned to love, too. Of course, if she’ll let him. ;) Do I need to say more, or did I get your attention and curiosity to pick this book up?

What is more, the plot, the characters, the narration and the language are all just the indicators of a very skillful author who loves the job she does and the world she creates. So thank you for that, Miss Stacey, because you have shown us that a book that can be only described as “that classical contemporary love story” can still be written.

I have enjoyed reading this book and in a way it has helped me to understand some personal issues but which are also the most constant occupation of most women nowadays. Now, we just have to wait and see what more Miss Stacey has to offer, and after reading this book the future is bright, it would seem.


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