ALL HE EVER DESIRED
Another visit with the boisterous and complicated Kowalski clan is the perfect antidote for the winter doldrums. Stacey’s family drama is equal parts steamy romance and coming-of-age story, with secondary characters as fascinating as the main couple.
After college, Ryan Kowalski left Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now that he’s home to lend a hand restoring the family’s Northern Star Lodge, he’s going to have to face the past, especially after he finds out the vandal he catches is Lauren’s son. Lauren has enough trouble with her teenage son and bitter ex-husband. She’s not ready to take on the man who left her behind, but her son has to learn a lesson, and working off the damage by working for Ryan is the only answer. Ryan and Lauren soon find out they can’t ignore the chemistry between them, but can that erase the past and lead to a future together? (HQN, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)