Title: All He Ever Needed
Author: Shannon Stacey
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 10, 2012
He won’t stay put for a woman, and she won’t chase after any man…
Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase—and he likes it that way. Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. But when he’s called home to help with the family lodge, he’s intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn’t need a man. If there’s one thing Mitch can’t resist, it’s a challenge.
After a nomadic childhood, Paige Sullivan is finally putting down roots. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she lives by the motto “Men are a luxury, not a necessity.” But when Mr. Tall, Dark and Hot pulls up a stool in her diner and offers her six weeks of naughty fun with a built-in expiration date, she’s tempted to indulge.
They’re the perfect match for a no-strings fling. Until they realize their sexy affair has become anything but casual…
So glad for another Kowalski story! I fell in love with Shannon Stacey’s writing about a year ago and want to get my hands on everything she writes. Her writing is so smooth and fluid and she creates characters that are easy to relate to and love. She really knows her characters and builds them up so well. I have grown to love the side stories that Shannon includes in her books. It’s nice to see what is going on in the lives of the family and friends of the main characters.
In this story we read about Mitch Kowalski who comes home to help his brother Josh with the Family Lodge. Josh is quite grumpy and Mitch has his work cut out for him in trying to get to the bottom of things. Mitch doesn’t want to stick around more than he has to but plans to have some fun while he is there with the pretty little owner of the diner, Paige. Paige has sworn off men for the past two years because she is worried she is going to end up like her mother who chases the man of the month. The town has embraced Paige as one of their own and has shared several stories about bad boy Mitch’s high school days with her. Needless to say, Paige has no plans in getting caught up in a fling with Mitch, however, from the moment Mitch comes into Paige’s diner, she knows she is in trouble.
I really enjoyed Mitch and Paige as individuals. I liked them even better as a couple. The way they responded to each other and circumstances created a refreshing story of boy meets girl. Paige was very level headed and she and Mitch had great chemistry but it was very easy and friendly. You don’t always read stories about how easy the friendship is between the hero and heroine. Many romances are about the passion and chemistry the characters are trying to fight, but in this book Mitch and Paige enjoyed each other’s company and just hanging out together. The intimate scenes were fun to read about and fit Mitch and Paige’s fun romance very well. Shannon did a very good job setting up the next books in the series with bits and pieces of Josh and Ryan’s stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves contemporary romance!
Reviewed by: Amy R.