Mitch Kowalski has found huge success as a premiere demolition expert. Always on the road, going from job to job, and enjoying life. But when his surrogate mom, Rosie, calls to let him know his baby brother Josh has a broken leg and can't keep up the family snowmobile lodge, Mitch returns home to Whitford Maine.
Paige Sullivan grew up with a “free spirited” mom who would move the pair from place to place in an effort to be with a new man. So when her car broke down in Whitford, Paige decided to finally put down roots. She bought, renovated, and reopened the town's diner and has been living there, man-free, for 2 years.
The fourth title in Ms. Stacey’s amazing Kowalski Family series moves from New Hampshire to small-town Maine. Mitch is cousin of the NH Kowalskis and the eldest brother to Sean, hero from the previous book. I was worried that the stories would lose some of their magic with the change in locale, family, and narrator, but I am happy to report I worried for nothing.
Overall All He Ever Needed is fantastic, and I LOVE Mitch and Paige. The couple have instant chemistry, but don’t fall right into bed. I love that Paige makes Mitch work to win her over. This made for excellent banter and created amazing sexual tension. I also loved meeting all of the key residents of Whitford, which was never overwhelming. I felt like I was right there, hanging out at the dinner.
As per the earlier titles in the series, the author spins a few side stories around the primary romance. This time around, the author tackles a couple serious issues including divorce and forgiveness centered around infidelity, which gives the story a bit of a more serious feel than the first three Kowalski books. It definitely made the book a bit more realistic, but fortunately, didn’t weight down the primary romance.
After loving Lauren Fortgang’s work in the first three books, I wondered if I could enjoy another narrator. However, my worry was for nothing, because Renee Werbowski does an amazing job. I think the fact that the setting moved to a new location, introducing a cast of all new characters, helped make for a smoother transition. But honestly, I was impressed with Ms. Werbowski’s performance all around. My only complaint is that when the dialogue jumped quickly back and forth between two people, sometimes it was hard to follow who was who.
Overall, a wonderful story.