Book Review: All He Ever Dreamed

In what seems to be a new trend, All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey was released on Kindle  through Carina Press last week, in advance of the paperback version, due out (and available for pre-order on Amazon) on April 30th, 2013.  This is the final book in the second 3 book series about the Kowalski family... you can also grab the e-book of the very first book in the original Kowalski series Exclusively Yours (The Kowalskis) free for your kindle right now... 

From the Publisher:

Josh Kowalski is tired of holding down the fort—better known as the Northern Star Lodge—while his siblings are off living their dreams. Now that his oldest brother has returned to Whitford, Maine for good, Josh is free to chase some dreams of his own.
As the daughter of the lodge's longtime housekeeper, Katie Davis grew up alongside the Kowalski kids. Though she's always been "one of the guys", her feelings for Josh are anything but sisterly. And after a hot late-night encounter in the kitchen, it's clear Josh finally sees her as the woman she is.
Katie's been waiting years for Josh to notice her, but now that he has, she's afraid it's too late. Giving her heart to a man who can't wait to leave town is one sure way to have it broken. But Josh keeps coming up with excuses not to leave—could it be that everything he's ever wanted is closer than he could have imagined?

My Review:

Whether you've read the entire series, or like me, only read a few selections,  you will fall in love with both Katie and Josh.  I am sure that knowing some more of the back story of these characters would be helpful, but I was able to get into the characters without it... although it makes me want to go back and read the stories of all the siblings... so watch out!

The one thing that made this a bit of a tough read was just how reticent the characters were to move on from what had always been, so it felt like you were hurrying up to wait several times, but in a way, it made it all the more real... 

As a stand alone book, I recommend this book to anyone looking for a feel good romance, and for anyone who has followed the Kowalski story from beginning to end, I recommend this as a fitting finale.

Disclaimer: I received this book as a e-arc at no cost to me to enable me to provide this review.