Can you say KOWALSKI!!! YES!! I was SO on this bandwagon, baby. I love Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski series. Let me preface this review by saying this is book 4 in the Kowalski family series, and we are introduced to a different family branch. At first I was like “wah?” But then I was like “oohhhh. Okay.”
Mitch Kowalski returns to his sleepy hometown in order to help take care of his brother while his broken leg heals. He’s looking forward to being home, but at the same time loathing it. He has a “reputation,” Mitch does. Not necessarily a bad one…just…well, a bit of a golden playboy one. Many ladies have “stories,” though most have been embellished over time. Mitch doesn’t go home much because he dedicates most of his time to his successful demolition company. He literally lives out of a suitcase.
Up until he spots Paige Sullivan working the old diner. She’s a new face, and one he enjoys looking at. Paige knows all about the Kowalski’s – it’s kind of hard not to, living in this town. Though not native-born she’s made it her home, turning the failing diner into a thriving home base for the town. She’s sworn off men, determined to not become dependent on one like her mother. She continues to put off Mitch’s advances, though she recognizes her attraction to him. She only gives in after a serious lay-down of the rules. They’re pretty simple. It’s just sex. No attachment. No expectations. And I’m sure you can guess how well THAT works out…
This was a fun read and a great addition to the Kowalski clan. Mitch isn’t a perfect guy, but he’s easily likable. The same, really, can be said for Paige. This is a fun and flirty contemporary romance that any fans of romance novels will enjoy. Ms. Stacey has laid the foundation for a few more Kowalski books that, no doubt, her fans will longingly look forward to.
All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey
Romance: 4/5 Raunch: 3/5