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All He Ever Dreamed (Kowalski Family #6)

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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 be
ebook, 194 pages
Published January 21st 2013 by Carina Press
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

All He Ever Dreamed is the sixth book in Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series and, start to finish, I couldn't put it down!

A little back story: I’ve absolutely loved every book in this series, but there’s been something about Josh that has been tugging at my heartstrings since I first set eyes on him. He’s the youngest of the Kowalski siblings and as each of the others left home to build their own lives, Josh’s life has seemed less and less in his control. Everyone’s assumed he’d run No
Jaci Burton
Dec 27, 2012 Jaci Burton rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Katie has loved Josh forever, but in typical guy fashion, Josh has always thought of her as his bff, until one day he wakes up and realizes she's a full grown woman and his attraction to her tilts him sideways. Suddenly everything is different between them. Funny, romantic, emotional, and I got teary-eyed at the end. Another winner for Shannon Stacey in her always awesome Kowalski series!
Jan 22, 2013 Jess rated it it was amazing
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: A-

Josh has been the Kowalski stuck at their family’s lodge for years, the one left to run the business while his siblings all went out and explored the world. Josh is bitter and he wants out. The Kowalski’s have all pitched in to get the lodge spruced up and back on its feet and now they’re ready to put the lodge on the market so Josh can have the freedom he’s always longed for. It’s mixed emotions though because the lodge and home have been
Jan 28, 2013 Brie rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Source: a review copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

All He Ever Dreamed is the last book in the newest Kowalski trilogy, and as usual, the best brother goes last. It’s a strong addition to the series, perhaps not the best in this new trilogy, which I think ended up being the second book, but it maintains the quality Ms. Stacey has us used to. At this point I should be ready to say goodbye to the books, and making noises about never-
Mar 12, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
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3.5 Stars.

You ever had it bad for someone and they didn’t know it? They walk into a room and just looking at them makes your heart skip a beat? Well that’s what Katie has felt for Josh…forever. Another case of unrequited love, poor Katie! Fear not, Josh wakes up and gets his head out of…well, you know.

Katie and Josh have been best friends forever. She knows Josh wants nothing more than to get out of Whitford and away from his family’s lodge. Josh wants to get out in the world and follow his dr
Jan 24, 2013 Bri rated it liked it
I think I've run into a case of the "it's not you, it's me"s. I used to love Shannon's books. Yours to Keep was a five star rating from me, and you know that's hard to come by. The first two in the series weren't as great for me, and these last few haven't knocked me off my feet, either. As far as I can tell, her writing hasn't changed, so's not you, it's me.

While All He Ever Dreamed was a cute, fun, light read, it was predictable. Ridiculously so.

The banter and back and forth with Ka
Kellie G.
Feb 07, 2013 Kellie G. rated it it was amazing
Another superb book in this series! Sweet, fun and plenty sexy! I loved Josh & Katie and I really enjoyed their friends to lovers storyline.
Book Reading Gals
Dec 04, 2013 Book Reading Gals rated it it was amazing
Title: All He Ever Dreamed

Series: Kowalski Family bk 6

Author: Shannon Stacey

Genre: Contemporary

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 feel
Jane Stewart
Average. No story. Small town characters with small town conversations.

This had a lot of potential but it just wasn’t happening. Josh was stuck running the family business when his siblings moved away. He resents not having a choice. He dreams of a new and different life. I remembered my own thoughts when I was in my twenties, go to a big city, get a neat job, learn new things, meet new people, find out what I’m good at, what I want to do. Here, when Josh gets a chance to get away, he does nothi
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Lauren Fortgang, who has done all but one book in this series. She has a nice cadence for the story-line, emotions, and dialogues.

While this is a predictable contemporary romance story, it is nice, when I'm doing my household chores, to listen to something that isn't too heavy. Nothing new here, but it is always nice to return to the Kolwalski Family, as I know the characters so well. I was really looking forward to Josh’s story. He’s th
Christi Snow
Jan 21, 2013 Christi Snow rated it it was amazing
My Review:

I've been dying for Josh's story ever since we met him in book #6. Wow, it did not disappoint. Out of the five Kowalski kids, Josh has been the one who never got to chase his dreams. The family owned a snowmobiling lodge and when his father died, it automatically fell to Josh to take it over. At that point in time, there were no other choices. But that was the problem, Josh was never given the choice. His life has always been the lodge, nothing but the lodge and that's left him feeling
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Dec 28, 2015 Brianna (The Book Vixen) rated it it was amazing
Review copy provided via NetGalley

Why I Read this Book: Shannon Stacey writes good contemporary romance and the Kowalski Family series is on my auto-read list. The books in this series are cute, fun, funny, romantic, smutty, yet there's an emotional connection that the characters bring share with the reader. I absolutely love this series!

What I Liked: One of my favorite tropes is a friends-to-lover romance. I love the discovery, and the transition from friends to something more, that comes with
Mar 11, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This may have just become my favorite book in this series. I LOVED it! I've been eagerly awaiting Josh and Katie's story and it did not disappoint at all.

I love love love both Josh and Katie. I love them together, but even more I love them as separate people. I relate to both of them in so many ways and that made the read that much more enjoyable. Josh, I understand. The restlessness, the desire to see what's out there, to have a choice...I get that. Katie, though...Katie is my spirit animal. O
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4.5 Stars

I have been waiting for Josh and Katie’s book, and Shannon Stacey does not disappoint.

Josh was left “holding the bag” when it came to the family owned Northern Star Lodge when his dad died. His older brothers and sister had all moved away and found the lives they wanted to live and that left Josh running the family lodge. I have felt for Josh from the beginning. He knew he could not leave the lodge like his brothers and sister did, b
Lyn  Ching
Feb 04, 2013 Lyn Ching rated it it was amazing
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Katie has always loved Josh but he only looks at her as just another guy, his best friend forever. It doesn’t help that they grew up together since Katie’s mom Rosie has worked for decades at the Northern Star lodge, Josh’s family’s business.
Josh is restless. He’s the only one among his siblings stuck taking care of the lodge. Everyone else has had the chance to get out of town and build their careers…but not him. So he wants to s
Feb 03, 2013 Aimee rated it really liked it
I have reviewed almost all of the books in this series and I have enjoyed all of them. I would have to say though that I enjoyed the first books in the series more than than these later stories. While I did enjoy this one, it just did not have the fun and charm of the whole Kowalski clan that I fell in love with in the first three books. The later books are about cousins of the Kowalski's and I just felt they were missing something without the fun of the whole family.

Josh and Katie were a cute c
Jan 28, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok
Maybe I shouldn't mark this as read because I skimmed the last 20% or so and I thought I was catching enough, but then I was like, huh, what? And I'm not sure if that's the book's fault or mine. (view spoiler)

And the writing felt kind of tired in this one. I don't know. I'm not sure if I'll read more or not. I'm interested in (presumably) future characters, but the romances in these seri
*4.5 Stars*

I love this family and all of the books about them!! Loved Katie and Josh, together they were even better. I knew that Josh had to leave to figure out what he wanted and it was well done, didn't like that Katie was hurt by it all even though she knew it too. There were so many wonderful funny things in this book. Loved the "middle naming" - that cracked me up, because it is so true! Christmas with the whole family was great, especially the presents Josh and Katie gave each other. I lo
Aug 06, 2015 Nefise rated it did not like it
There wasn't any good story progress. I read lots of book that I found that love part was low but at least I enjoyed other progress in it. But this was so lame, I didn't feel anything nor I enjoyed.
Ahhhhhhhhhh, it’s a Kowalski book!! If you like sweet romances with a side order of hot sex then this is a series that you may need to start. This series is based around the members of the Kowalski family and their stories as they fall head over heels in love. This one features Josh, the youngest of five (I think) and his friends to lover’s romance. It made me laugh, hug my kindle and mentally beat them both over the head. I want the next one immediately!

Josh caught my attention in Mitch’s book.
Romantical Skeptic
Jul 02, 2013 Romantical Skeptic rated it liked it
You know that feeling when you are on your first date with this guy that you're totally into and everything is going fine - he doesn't have gunk in his teeth during dinner, he has good manners, you share a few laughs - but then when it's all over you're like "Huh. That was...nice"? You know that feeling? Well, that's where I am right now.

First, a quick story review and then I will try and explain why I'm not calling my best friend up and giddily rhapsodizing about my hot new date.

What I was trou
Jan 23, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it
All He Ever Dreamed (Kowalski#6)

I liked it better than #5 in the Kowalski series. Some ways it was easy to see where the book was headed all along the way. Still how they got their was told really good. I did not want to put the book down.

Shannon has created the Kowalski family. They are more character driven romances. This is Josh and Katie story. But you see and hear whats going on with his other brothers and friends too. I missed reading book 3 & 4 but don't feel lost in the later
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3.5 Stars

If you’re fond of fun, contemporary Romance, then Shannon Stacey’s books just might be for you. All He Ever Dreamed centers around Josh Kowalski and Katie Davis, daughter of the Kowalski’s Lodge’s longtime housekeeper. Josh, the youngest of the Kowalski’s, was left to run the Lodge after his siblings left to pursue their careers without giving much thought to their youngest brother. When one of the Kowalski siblings moves back to Wh
Stephanie  G
3.5 stars

If you’re fond of fun, contemporary Romance, then Shannon Stacey’s books just might be for you. All He Ever Dreamed centers around Josh Kowalski and Katie Davis, daughter of the Kowalski’s Lodge’s longtime housekeeper. Josh, the youngest of the Kowalski’s, was left to run the Lodge after his siblings left to pursue their careers without giving much thought to their youngest brother. When one of the Kowalski siblings moves back to Whitford, Maine to settle in with his family, Josh is cho
Shirley Frances
4.25 stars

All Josh has ever wanted was to have a choice. He loves his family, his home and running the lodge, but he wants to be able to decide for himself what he wants to do with his life - be it managing the lodge or leaving Whitford. In the meantime, he continues to do his job and care for the people he loves. When Rosie, who is like a mother to him, gets sick he steps up to help her daughter Katie plan the holiday festivities.

Katie is Josh's best friend. They share a mutual love of football
Amy R
Jan 23, 2013 Amy R rated it it was amazing
I have been really excited about Josh's story. I was giddy with excitement as I opened the first page. Josh, the youngest of the family, has been stuck running the family lodge and has always dreamed of leaving his hometown to explore the world and to find his dream. He never was really given the chance like his brothers and sisters in the past. Since he finally admitted his desires to get away to his brothers and sister, they started working to make it a reality for him. However, he didn't plan ...more
Quinn's Book Nook
All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey is contemporary romance about the Kowalski Family set in a small Maine Town called Whitford. As I love small-town romances, I thought this book would be right up my alley. And in a way it was, because I did enjoy All He Ever Dreamed . . . but I also didn’t love this one either.

All He Ever Dreamed is a friends turned lovers romance, which is a trope I love! Katie has been in love with her best friend Josh forever, but he only ever sees her as his best friend,
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Mar 21, 2013 Trader (RedHotBlueReads) rated it really liked it
One of my favorite scenes from All He Ever Needed (Book #4 in the Kowalski Series) occurs when Josh finally gets it off his chest that he’s tired of running the Northern Star Lodge. I really felt for what he was going through, and I eagerly awaited the book that would give him his happily-ever-after. All He Ever Dreamed did not disappoint. The path Josh takes to his happy ending was just terrific.

Josh’s brothers do much to help alleviate some of the pressure on him to run the lodge, but Josh st
Feb 08, 2013 Aman rated it liked it
Reviewed @ Enticed by Books

Kowalski family is my favorite fictional family, and I'm really sad to let them go. All He Ever Dreamed was the last book in the series, and Shannon Stacey did a fabulous job with bringing the small town feel to it. I love that in her books, but this one in particular was not my favorite. It was sweet, warming and very cutesy, but it didn't have that WOW factor that I expected the last book to have.

Josh is the youngest brother who was given the responsibility to manag
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

This series is just getting better and better. All He Ever Dreamed is the 6th book of the Kowalski Family series by Shannon Stacey. I don't know how she does it. Each book is connected to the one before, but is definitely able to be read alone. But, if you do read this series in order you'll love that even though they are connected and compliment one another each book is fresh and doesn't have that cookie-cutter feeling of you've read one you've read them all.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.
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