Kowalski is too busy making a pig of himself to think of anything else! Thus, Blanche has had some influence upon Stella. But Blanche is not alone in her hopes to win over Stella, for Stanley is also guilty of trying to mold his wife's mind. He is continually trying to convince Stella that they had a better life together before her sister's arrival. He wants Stella to ask her sister to leave, and he continues his efforts in doing this. He does not need Stella's consent to throw Blanche out of his house but he, nevertheless, strives to get his wife's approval. Stella is reminded of the "colored lights" of their sex life together and of the happiness they once shared.
He delights in telling Stella of her sister's immorality, hoping that this too will turn his wife against Blanche.
All He Ever Dreamed (Kowalski Family, #6) by Shannon Stacey
Stanley tells her that it will be all right once again between them as soon as Blanche leaves. But Stella's function is not just to be an object in this struggle, to be merely swayed from one side to the other.
She also seems to be the only hope of a compromise between these two different backgrounds. As Blanche and Stanley represent two diametrically opposed worlds, so Stella represents a bridge between the two poles. For Stella shows that a meeting point of coexistence is possible between Blanche's and Stanley's separate worlds.
Stella still has many qualities of Belle Reve. She has not allowed a gentle and refined nature to completely disappear simply because she has accepted Stanley and all he stands for. Nor has she allowed her upbringing to stand in the way of enjoying life with her raw and lusty husband. She has, rather, combined both worlds into one and has shown that these two apparent opposites are, if not compatible, at least co-existable. The problem between the play's two main characters seems not to be the irreconcilable worlds which they represent, but the rigid inflexibility of Stanley and Blanche in their respective attitudes.
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Stella seems to indicate that such a reconciliation is possible. She is not a perfect blend; however, she does show that a mixture of the two viewpoints can be workable. But one should not maintain the position that Stella is a strong character. She is far from this. Blanche appears to be the weaker of the two sisters but this is a false impression.
If Stella were a strong character with a definite mind of her own, a three-way conflict and not a two-way conflict would appear in the play. Stella would have a definite standard of action and would pursue this throughout the course of the play. But her definite vacillation between the two opposite poles of Blanche and Stanley is only possible because of her weakness.
This quality in her character enables her to become a pawn in the death struggle between the two major characters. This weakness alone makes her a battleground. Stella does not attain the blend of the two worlds because she wills it; they simply come together to form this blend without her assistance. She remains passive throughout the play. Thus, the character of Stella fulfills two basic functions.
She is deeply involved in the battle between her sister and her husband. Number of sex scenes: 3. Setting: current day mostly Maine. Copyright: Genre: contemporary romance. View all 4 comments. 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. To tell the truth, I was expecting a bit more for him. Or am I imagining things? Apr 23, Bette Hansen rated it it was amazing. Awesome Saw this story coming but it was still fun to read.
Josh and Katie are so wonderful together. You don't want to miss their story. I definitely recommend it. View 1 comment. Katie has been in love with Josh for years, but he never saw her as anything more than his best friend , until on a Christmas day this changes and he begins to see her in a new light. They start to have a relationship from there, but the dreams he always had to leave their small town and discover new places were always in the back of their minds and because of that they always tried to not let things between them get to serious, and when the chance finally comes for him to chase what he always Katie has been in love with Josh for years, but he never saw her as anything more than his best friend , until on a Christmas day this changes and he begins to see her in a new light.
They start to have a relationship from there, but the dreams he always had to leave their small town and discover new places were always in the back of their minds and because of that they always tried to not let things between them get to serious, and when the chance finally comes for him to chase what he always wanted, a hard choice has to be made. I loved this story, the romance between Katie and Josh was sweet and i was happy when they finally got their happy ending.
Jan 24, 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 alas While All He Ever Dreamed was a cute, fun, light read, it was predictable. Ridiculously so. The banter and back and forth with Ka I think I've run into a case of the "it's not you, it's me"s.
The banter and back and forth with Katie and Josh was great.
I love the friends to more storyline, but it didn't work so much for me here. The all of the sudden, light bulb moment is hard to swallow. Decades of being best friends with a girl and you'd never noticed she had boobs? Or checked out her ass? Yet your brothers--the ones who actually saw her as the sister you didn't see her as--did? Not buying it. And when we did get the crash Talk about the disappointment of the century. It was missing emotion. It was almost robotic, especially after.
It was a disappointment of epic proportions. Besides that, the depth--or lack thereof--of Josh's character was frustrating. I wished we could've seen more of him besides his desire to leave, his moping around when things went a different way than he thought, and then continuing to do nothing but thinking of leaving. In the end, while it had the HEA you knew was coming, I wished Katie had done more than sit around and wait. That, to me, knocked her down a couple pegs in my book.
Don't just sit there and wait for the dude to come back, then throw yourself at him when he finally graces you with his presence. No and gross. Also, do we have to end every single contemporary romance with a proposal? And a three name ILY? They're awkward and unrealistic and, frankly, I might stab my eyes out if I have to read it one more time. If you're looking for a no-brainer, light CR, this was an okay way to spend the day, though I'd highly suggest Yours to Keep over it. Dec 30, Book Reading Gals rated it it was amazing.
In fact immediately after I finished reading it I tweet Shannon that she was a Goddess for this book. Ok so I'm just going to say it. In my opinion Josh is Shannon's best hero to date, and I've read almost all of her books. Josh resents being stuck in charge of the families snowmobile lodge and wants a chance to leave and do other things. Josh also has the problem of he's finally noticed his best friend is a woman, and an attractive woman at that.
Now he's suddenly thinking lustful naughty thoughts about her. While the rest of town breathes a sigh of relief that he's finally doing something about it. I'm serious. I've been trying to write this review for a week now that is all I can come up with without giving away a ton of information about the book. Overall I think this may be my favorite book in the series, and we still have one more Kowalski sibling to go. Jul 02, MountainKat rated it it was amazing Shelves: ebook , x-books-read-in , xchallenge-books.
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 loved them, even though I think the Patriots are evil! And in the end, my heart both melted and laughed when view spoiler [ Josh said, "Let's get married fast so we can start making babies.
Awesome babies who'll beat the snot out of Mitch and Sean's kids family football games. View all 3 comments. This is a such a great series, filled with great characters and a lot of laugh out loud moments. This story is a best friends to lovers romance, and that is one of my favorite plot lines in romance novels. Katie and Josh were absolutely adorable and I really loved how this one wrapped up.
Looking forward to the rest of this series. Jan 17, 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 My Review: I've been dying for Josh's story ever since we met him in book 6. His life has always been the lodge, nothing but the lodge and that's left him feeling that there may have been something else out there that he's missed out on.
He hates and resents the fact that he's never had any other options. As a reader, you can't help but feel for this guy. He loves his family, but he doesn't love his job any longer. It's gotten to the point where he actually really resents it, but he's trapped. There aren't any other options. The family knows he's at the end of his rope and they are working other options. A couple of different ones fall into their laps and then suddenly, Josh doesn't know what to do.
He knows that he's always dreamed of leaving the lodge and pursuing something else, but that also means leaving Katie. Josh and Katie grew up as best friends. She's always been in love with him, but he's never seen her as anything more than one of the guys I adored this aspect of the story. Josh is so clueless To make it worse, his brothers are more than willing to point it out to him on a regular basis.
As a reader, I felt sorry for him, but the whole time I was giggling too. Seriously, these scenes are some of the funniest in the book. Shannon Stacey knows how to write contemporary humor and she does it best between the brothers. Between them and just all of Josh's internal dialogue That was the first half of the book. Then the second half was the heartbreak for Josh and Katie.
The two things don't work together. He can either have Katie or his dream because she's not leaving this little town, her business, or her mother. Seriously, it broke my heart and literally brought me to tears a couple of times. This book had all the highs and the lows that make it just a fantastic read. The characters are amazing and Shannon Stacey remains high in the running for best contemporary romance author.
I just love her books and am so happy that this one lived up to my expectations. I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 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 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. I love the discovery, and the transition from friends to something more, that comes with this type of love story.
Josh and Katie have been best friends for so long and have a very comfortable friendship. Katie has been in love with Josh for a very long time and everyone knows except Josh. He wants to know what else there is out there in the world. I enjoyed reading about Rose and Andy as much as I did the lead characters. This book was just a barrel of laughs.
There was funny dialogue, memorable moments, and even a possible serial killer friend. That gives her time to tell me what I did wrong and make me bake more. Did you just middle name me? Shannon Stacey writes good small town, family-oriented romance novels without making things too serious or heavy.
All He Ever Dreamed was a great addition to the series and I look forward to catching up with this couple in future installments. Mar 10, Rachel rated it it was amazing. This may have just become my favorite book in this series. 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 This may have just become my favorite book in this series. Oh my goodness, I love her! There are so many things about Katie that I see and know in myself, her thoughts and feelings were things I could relate to, and I just wanted her to be happy! I wanted Josh to be happy as well. Friends to lovers stories are always good, and this took it up a notch.
Josh and Katie have been best friends for as long as they both can remember, and Katie has been in love with Josh for just about as long. Josh has always seen Katie as one of the guys. It was both comical and touching to watch him come to terms with his new feelings for his best friend. Them watching the two of them fumble their way toward each other and then struggle with making it work while wanting different things at the time. Not to mention having the whole town in their business.
It wasn't the smoothest path, but I liked the way it all unraveled and unfolded. I think everything that happened needed to happen and that made the ending that much sweeter. I once again enjoyed the side stories. Rose and Andy are just so cute I can't stand it. I have loved watching that relationship change and develop into what it is now. Mitch and Paige shared some really happy and wonderful news. Liz and Drew are soooo going to wind up together and that makes me happy. We got to see Sean back home for a bit. The brothers were together being brothers, which I always enjoy.
Josh split a lot of wood and that was just delicious. I adore Hailey so much and really want her to get her HEA. Max was a fun new addition and I wouldn't mind him and Hailey giving it a whirl. But at the heart of the side stories was the Northern Star Lodge itself. It's so much more than a business, so much more than a home. It's truly it's own character. I am so completely hooked and in love with the Kowalski's and this series. Now I have to be patient and wait for Liz's book to come out! Jan 12, Ann Lorz rated it really liked it Shelves: series , contemporary , holiday , business-owner , small-town , family , humor.
From book one I've been in love with this series. So why have I let myself get so far behind on them? Your guess is as good as mine. I have no real clue why. I guess part of it is that with me blogging I seem to be reading only books that I'm asked or what's coming out soon.
Some of my favorite authors have slipped through the cracks. I'm hoping to change that this year. That's why I'm glad that this year we are once again doing our Clearing Off the Bookshelves post. It's a wonderful way for us From book one I've been in love with this series. It's a wonderful way for us to go back to those authors we love and read them, If you haven't yet read about the Kowalski family you don't know what you're missing.
These are all funny, heartwarming stories. It's one of those series that I think you'll get more out of it if you read them in order. Since we first met Josh all you saw was a very unhappy person. He felt his like was stuck in one place while the rest of his family could do what they wanted to do, the grass is greener scenario and he wanted that for himself. In his book you start to really learn more about him and what's inside him. You start to understand him wanting to spread his wings wasn't him being childish, but what is only fair to him.
Of course he really should have done this before going to bed with his best friend, Katie. These two are prefect for each other. They are alike but still enough of their own person that they won't get bored. I think I was more happy for Katie finally getting her man then for Josh realizing that what we think we want isn't always what we want.
I'm glad I added Shannon Stacey to my person list of authors to get caught up on.
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If you'll remember I did a post about them. I'm hoping to read more in the series soon. Piper's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 4. 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 Piper's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 4. He knew he could not leave the lodge like his brothers and sister did, but he sucks it up and carries on until he can no longer hold it in. All Josh ever wanted was a choice. Katie Davis grew up with the Kowalski kids. Her mother Rose was the house keeper of the Northern Star and helped raise the Kowalski kids. Katie has been in love with Josh for as long as she can remember.
I absolutely love Katie. She has been a favorite of mine since her first appearance. I love the scene when Josh finally sees Katie as a women. Katie is funny and loyal, and really understands Josh like no one else. Their story from best friends to lovers is so emotional and just one of the best written friends to lovers stories. This was another great read by Shannon Stacey about getting what you wished for, and realizing what you wanted all along was right in front of you the whole time. I laughed and I cried, and as always with the Kowalski books I was left wanting more.
I hope Ms. Stacey continues with these great characters. If you have not read Shannon Stacey, you must. You will not be sorry. Happy Reading!!
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Review copy provided for an honest review. Feb 04, Lyn Ching rated it it was amazing. For more reviews, please check out www. Josh is restless. Everyone else has had the chance to get out of town and build their careers…but not him. So he wants to s For more reviews, please check out www. So he wants to sell the lodge and get the hell out.
Slowly they are rebuilding the lodge for an eventual sale. What they never expected is for their beloved Rosie to get sick. So Katie decides to stay over at the lodge to take care of her mother and help Josh with it. An accidental run in finally makes Josh see Katie as the beautiful woman he has always ignored.
grupoavigase.com/includes/169/4776-hombre-32.php The attraction between them sizzles. And though Josh tries to ignore and fight his feelings, he eventually succumbs. At last Katie has her man. But is what they have enough to stop Josh from leaving and doing what he has always dreamed? I am a sucker for happy endings. And I know that anything by Shannon Stacey, particularly anything Kowalski, is sure to have a happy ending, so it was a no brainer for me to read this book.
An extra plus is the plot. I have always found stories of friendships that turn into love extra romantic and thrilling, and No, I never tire of reading these, so after getting the ARC copy I dove right into the first page and read straight through the night. Feb 03, 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 I have reviewed almost all of the books in this series and I have enjoyed all of them. Josh and Katie were a cute couple and fun to read about but I had a hard time believing how their relationship started. They have been best friends forever and Josh has supposedly never thought of Katie in a romantic way and then all of a sudden one night he sees her in some skimpy clothes and he cannot stop thinking about her.
It just seemed a little hard to believe for me. We do get a chance to find out how the couples from the previous books are doing in this book and I liked that a lot.
I wish there would have been more of Mitch, Ryan, and Sean included in the book. As I said, this was not my favorite book, but I still enjoyed it. It is a cute story with likable characters and a nice ending that wrapped everything up nicely. Jan 20, Katie rated it it was ok Shelves: books-read-in And I'm not sure if that's the book's fault or mine.
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 series don't work that well for me. With the way everyone talked about them, Josh would've thought of Katie that way before. Plus, seriously? The siblings never thought, oh hey!
Not everyone goes to or wants to go to college, of course, but they seem like a family where they'd at least ask the question. View all 24 comments. Feb 21, Tracey rated it really liked it Shelves: real-life-romance , netgalley. If your looking for a feel good romance, with no angst this is a great book. Yes it's predictable, but most romance novels are, but it's warm and comforting. Josh and Katie have been best buddies since childhood, everyone know there a perfect couple but them!! Rosie is Katie's mum and decides its time to do some matchmaking. I like the characters, josh could have been more something The kowalski brothers all seemed lovely, I haven't read any of the previous books but would happily If your looking for a feel good romance, with no angst this is a great book.
The kowalski brothers all seemed lovely, I haven't read any of the previous books but would happily pick one up and pass a few hours in any of the brothers company. This is a slow burning romance book, I did love there christmas presents to each other!! Feb 06, ShoSho rated it it was ok Shelves: contemporary , x , xteam-a. This was my least favorite in the series, simply nothing worked for me, not the relationship the romance or ending. I didn't see any love between the two characters and I thought there wasn't any solution to the hero's problem and the heroin was selfish.