Sunday, December 2, 2012

All He Ever Needed-Shannon Stacey

All He Ever Needed

Shannon Stacey

Harlequin HQN, Dec 18 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777556

Mitch Kowalski likes being the wanderer who roams from town to town. However, when his surrogate mom Rosie Davis asks him to come home to Whitford, Maine to save the family’s run down Northern Star Lodge and to help his brother Josh, he comes back. Arriving late by Whitford standards, he stops for a bite at the diner where he meets relatively new owner Paige Sullivan who came to town two years ago seeking roots after a childhood as a rolling stone.

Used to women jumping his bones, Mitch is shocked when Paige rejects him. However, he soon persuades her into a no strings six-week fling while he straightens out family issues before going on the road again. However, as they fall in love, neither wants to be the first to admit their desire to change their agreement out of fear of rejection

The latest “Killer” Kowalski contemporary romance (see Yours To Keep and Exclusively Yours) is an enjoyable entry starring two people with polar opposite needs; as he prefers the road and she a home. A pair of decade old dysfunctional relationships involving secondary couples is poignant but also detracts from the prime engaging storyline. Still fans will enjoy returning to Maine as the wanderer and the homesteader fall in love.

Harriet Klausner

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