cover image All He Ever Needed

All He Ever Needed

Shannon Stacey. HQN, $7.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-0-373-77755-6

Bestseller Stacey (Slow Summer Kisses) launches a series with smalltown charm. Demolitions expert Mitch Kowalski seduced his way through his hometown of Whitford, Maine, and left behind “dreamy-eyed nostalgia” rather than broken hearts. After three years away, he arrives back in town for a temporary stay while his youngest brother is laid up with an injury and meets a relative newcomer: Paige Sullivan, who runs the Trailside Diner. Sparks immediately fly, but both try to resist it. Paige has sworn off men after watching her mother endure endless romantic woes, and Mitch just wants no-complications sex. But as Mitch tries to get into Paige’s pants, he realizes he’s beginning to dream of forever with her, while Paige struggles to balance her growing love for Mitch with her hard-won independence. A deeply satisfying ending will charm readers, and Mitch’s four siblings provide plenty of material for future books. Agent: Kimberly Whalen, Trident Media Group. (Jan.)