All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey Release Date: September 10, 2012 Publisher: Carina Press Contemporary Romance M/F Book #4 in the Kowalski Family series Number of Pages: 304 Kindle Edition Source: Borrowed from MCL Rating: R Read 1/10/16 to 1/10/17
Let’s be honest, if you are a reader of contemporary romance you usually know there will be a happily ever after (HEA) at the end of the story. The ending is not what this genre about, it’s about the journey. Be that as it may, I don’t want the ending tied up too quickly or too easily. It sure seemed like that was going to happen here…the too quickly part. And while it was a bit fast, it was somehow perfect. With one line uttered by Mitch, which I can’t actually put here without it being a spoiler, the somewhat quick ending was saved. It went from “how is this going to be wrapped up in the few pages left?” to butterflies taking flight in my stomach and heart.
Paige is such a strong person; much stronger than she gave herself credit for. The way she came about getting the diner was a bit odd but I guess it works. She built up so many walls that she couldn’t tell which were even needed anymore when it came to men. It was fun watching Mitch struggle to climb those walls. And, as annoying as I’m sure it would be for everyone to know your business, I loved the reactions people in town had to the Paige and Mitch.
There is also an important story about the Kowalski family. About how we often take family for granted and assume we know what is in their hearts and minds. I knew Josh’s issue from the start and I was so glad he finally talked to a couple of his brothers. I’m also glad they listened to what he had to say.
As for the story between Rosie and Andy, I’m not quite sure what to think of that one. There wasn’t much of a purpose to that storyline in this book that I can tell. I can only imagine the fallout will play out in a future Josh/Katie book. Or maybe Rosie is in for some romance of her own.
With this book taking place in the town of Whitford, we get a deeper look into the other Kowalskis and their possible love interests. I really enjoyed the town, the people of town (quirky townspeople is a favorite of mine), and this branch of the Kowalski family.