All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey Release Date: January 21, 2013 Publisher: Carina Press Contemporary Romance M/F Book #6 in the Kowalski Family series Number of Pages: 384 Kindle Edition Source: Borrowed from MCL Rating: NC-17 Read 1/28/16 to 1/29/17
I have been looking forward to the Josh/Katie story for a while. Although it didn’t disappoint, it also didn’t blow me away. I was missing out on some chemistry somewhere. I love both Josh and Katie. I even get that Josh is a pretty closed-off guy. That wasn’t the issue. The whole time I wanted them to get together, I could see they cared for each other; I just didn’t get the warm-fuzzies through much of the book. Their coupling, so to speak, felt a bit anti-climactic to me for some reason…at least at first.
It seems to me that I started feeling the chemistry once Josh got out of his own way and Katie let things take their natural course. Truly, the last 25% of this book was wonderful and helped notch my rating up a full star. Again, it’s not because the story is bad. It’s because the chemistry was missing between Josh and Katie. I understand that Katie has been “one of the guys” to Josh her whole life, but the fact that he never even noticed she has a great butt made it seem like he was only into her for her body. Warm-fuzzies come from love and respect, not from lust. For quite a bit of this book I felt as though Josh, although not quite an outward jerk, was a closet jerk for the way he turned on a dime once he was filled with lust for his best friend.
The chemistry between Rosie and Andy on the other hand…
The Rosie/Andy angle and where that led was something that I saw quite early on. I couldn’t quite see why the brothers couldn’t come to that conclusion regardless of the relationship there, but I guess Josh needed to be kept pondering his fate for a while.
I’m still super curious about the Liz/Drew interaction and I’m excited that she’ll be coming home again. It should be fun to read how that plays out. There are still so many other people in town I would love to see get their HEA also.