All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey, narrated by Lauren Fortgang

AllHeEverDreamedaudioWhy I read it:  I bought this one because I need to catch up on the Kowalskis and my audiobook TBL is smaller.  And, I was in the mood for a Shannon Stacey small town contemporary.

What it’s about: (from Goodreads)  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 feelings for Josh are anything but sisterly. And after a hot late-night encounter in the kitchen, it’s clear Josh finally sees her as the woman she is.

Katie’s been waiting years for Josh to notice her, but now that he has, she’s afraid it’s too late. Giving her heart to a man who can’t wait to leave town is one sure way to have it broken. But Josh keeps coming up with excuses not to leave – could it be that everything he’s ever wanted is closer than he could have imagined?

What worked for me (and what didn’t):  Josh Kowalski has been stuck running the Northern Star Lodge since his father died. It wasn’t what he wanted or what he chose – it was more that he was the one left standing when the music stopped.  When this branch of the Kowalskis series began, Josh broke his leg and the various other family members came home to help him out.  It then became clear just how unhappy and trapped Josh felt.

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