What it Takes

What it Takes Revisit all of your Kowalski favorites while falling in love with a brand new romance in this reunion novel from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey Laney Caswell is looking for a change

  • Title: What it Takes
  • Author: Shannon Stacey
  • ISBN: 9780373004553
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Revisit all of your Kowalski favorites while falling in love with a brand new romance in this reunion novel from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey Laney Caswell is looking for a change A decade s worth of less than happy matrimony behind her, she wants peace movies, books and, best of all, a new job at the Northern Star Lodge in Whitford, Maine Spending thRevisit all of your Kowalski favorites while falling in love with a brand new romance in this reunion novel from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey Laney Caswell is looking for a change A decade s worth of less than happy matrimony behind her, she wants peace movies, books and, best of all, a new job at the Northern Star Lodge in Whitford, Maine Spending the summer living in a camper is her chance to rediscover what makes her happy, and a perfect transition to her new life Being a paramedic in Whitford is nothing like Ben Rivers s city life, but when Josh Kowalski offers him the job, the lure of his hometown is too much to resist Also too much to resist Laney Caswell Ben always thought he d have a wife and kids, a happy family like the Kowalskis have all built, but he never made time in his life Now he s found a woman who draws him like no other and helps him dream again and the last thing she wants is a husband When the annual Kowalski family camping trip is moved to the Northern Star, both Ben and Laney are surrounded by the kind of happiness they ve always wanted but never had It just might be theirs if they can put aside the past and reach for it together.

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    1. What it Takes is the tenth installment in Shannon Stacey's adult, contemporary romance series titled: Kowalski Family. This installment features a romance between two non-Kowalski's set in the Kowalski camping world not only do we get a fresh, outdoorsy romance, we also get a follow up on all the relationships readers have grown to love. This book was great. It was full of family, romance, relatable stressors, and all kinds of chaos on the trails. If you have been following Ms. Stacey's Kowalki [...]

    2. I’ve really enjoyed the Kowalski series over the years. I’ve not read the entire series, but several, especially those in the beginning. It’s a nice contemporary series – it makes me laugh, and the heroes and heroines are nice and a little dirty. A good combination.This book has a stand alone romance but is also a reunion book. We meet Laney, whose cousin lives in Whitford, Main, the main gathering place for the Kowalski family. She is recently divorced and takes a job at the Northern St [...]

    3. Laney Caswell has left her ex-husband and her old life behind. She has a new job at the Northern Star Lodge and has vowed to just do things that will make her happy. Someone that makes her happy is Ben Rivers who has just moved back to his hometown to take a job as a paramedic. Laney and Ben hit it off right away, but she doesn't want to get into a serious relationship. This is just a summer fling until she decides exactly what she wants to do with her life. Ben may have other ideas about their [...]

    4. Kowalski family vacations 'of doom' are always entertaining and it's nice to see characters from previous books in the series but this book seemed to rehash everyone and their story. It was pretty slow going and the romance was kind of bland. Trying to find herself after a bad marriage, Laney lives in a camper and works as a helper at the lodge where she meets local paramedic Ben.

    5. Ben and Laney's story shapes up around peeks of seeing where the Kowalski gang is since their books. If their story didn't involve the Kowalskis it could have been boiled down to a novella but then it wouldn't have made sense to be a part of the series without any Kowalskis around. Fun small town romance listen.

    6. If you haven’t read any of Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series, stop right now and go pick up the first book, Exclusively Yours, pronto. Any format will suffice, but just grab it and start it soon! I recommend the Kowalski Family series to first-time and veteran romance readers more than any other series, and for good reasons - it is a wonderfully written, joyful, small-town romance series that gives all the feels. So with that said, if you haven’t read the series, I really don’t rec [...]

    7. This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews What it Takes is a very back throw-back to the whole Kowalski series, and it was nice to see how all the cousins are holding up after all this time, while also meeting a brand-new couple on the camping ground. 

    8. This wasn't perfect, but it made me happy and that bumps it to 5 Stars for me! I loved getting another taste of the Kowalski Family of Doom! Add in a new love story and I was thrilled. Ben and Laney were great. She was awfully reluctant, but I understood where she was coming from. The ending was sweet and the epilogue was perfect! I only want more!

    9. It's always fun knowing you're gonna see again characters you got to know and appreciate. The last time I read about the Kowalski was in 2013. Now they're back for their annual family camping trip (of doom ;p). We have a new romance, mix with some moments with Sean's and Emma's POV. So why not the others? I'm sorry to say that Ben and Laney romance was too lukewarm for me and ended up being anticlimatic. I think I would have preferred this book if the chapters were in different POV from several [...]

    10. This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I love the Kowalski books and this one just didn't feel the same.Laney has just divorced her husband of ten years and has taken a job at the Northern Star Lodge, which is owned by one branch of the Kowalski family. Ben is a paramedic who has recently moved to Whitford. During the course of the book the other branch of the Kowalskis come to the lodge for the annual two week camping vacation (Of Doom). It was nice seeing all the characters together, [...]

    11. I was super excited to get a Kowalski vacation of doom. The Kowalski family series is one of my favorite ever. I loved getting to spend time with the entire family, and seeing how the family has grown since the last book. I will say if you haven't read the rest of the series, you will be lost with all the family dynamics if you try and start with this story. I highly suggest starting with the first book in the series, Exclusively Yours.With all the members of the Kowalski clan in one book, there [...]

    12. Seeing this book on Netgalley was a nice surprise, I had no idea it was coming out. I loved the main characters and their story and even more I enjoyed reading about all the characters from the previous books in the series.Great addition to the series!

    13. There are too many characters in one book, make u head spin n u need time to remember what they have been through, the families here n there, two brothers now grandpa, then siblings growth up without mother but have a nice lady with excellent baking skills. Now it has thrived generation, kids all around, someone expecting, this is the life our city guy looking for, peace, quiet n simple with love.

    14. I was so excited when I found out that there was going to be a new book in the Kowalskis!It's been a while since I last read this series (and I just realized I never did finish Max's book). I enjoyed reading how Ben and Laney fell in love, and it's such a great feeling to be reunited with this big family again.E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.

    15. This was a fun quick read about a family ( the Kowalski's) written about in many previous books by Shannon Stacey. I have read all the books and so really enjoyed this one. Although there were new characters as the main H/h, Ms. Stacey did a very good job incorporating them into the regular Kowalski family. If you haven't read any of the previous books, this is still a fun standalone and it may get you into the mood to read the others. I have always enjoyed Ms.Stacey's writing and her obvious lo [...]

    16. other reviews at readingtsinoyfollow me on IG and Twitter: @lynching7I have read all the books in the Kowalski series and of the ten, I still love the first five the most.Technically, the protagonist in this story is no Kowalski, so this is not so much a Kowalski story as it is that of the neighbor and close friend of the family. However, the Kowalskis are still prominently represented as the setting of the romance takes place in the family owned Northern Star Lodge.Ben has moved back to Whitfor [...]

    17. This is book 10 in the Kowalski Family Series. I have read Shannon Stacey before. I have actually read this whole series and have enjoyed all of them. It's such a fun series to read. I fell in love with this family from the very beginning and was happy to read the next book. Although this book is not about a Kowalski member but one of their best friends and a newcomer. It set in time with the Kowalski’s coming back for their yearly camping trip which has been moved to The North Star. This book [...]

    18. As someone who has read all previous “nine” books of this series by Shannon Stacey, it goes without saying I’m obviously a Kowalski family fan. With publishing dates ranging from 2010 - 2014, I read and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one shortly after their initial release date. However, likely because too much time and too many books have passed through my hands since then, I felt as overwhelmed as Laney did when they all converged together for a family reunion/camping trip at the Kowa [...]

    19. I always love camping with the Kowalski family and in What It Takes by Shannon Stacey, it was great fun to see it from an outsider’s view. Laney is the newest heroine of the series, recently hired by the Northern Star Lodge to help out around the new campground and assist Rosie in taking care of the lodge. She is also fresh off a divorce and trying to find herself this summer. Ben, the local paramedic and best friends to Sean Kowalski (Yours To Keep) ends up spending a lot of time around the c [...]

    20. What It Takes by Shannon Stacey was like attending the Kowalski Family Reunion. Friends and Family of this dynamic series has captured the readers hearts and made them a part of a fictional family.I highly recommend this book but will say it is not a stand alone novel. Readers must be familiar with the Kowalski family and friends to fully appreciate this book. I loved that Shannon featured two older characters who needed the Kowalski family in their lives.Ben and Laney have both had very differe [...]

    21. 4.5☆This was an extremely enjoyable story. That drew me in from the very start and kept me engaged and entertained throughout. I have to say though I really wasn't expecting a new love story with new characters intermixed with the reunion of the entire Kowalski family. Yet it worked and it was great catching up with characters I have read and enjoyed previously. Although the focus was really on Sean and his wife Emma and their adorable little boy Johnny and of course the Kowalski's who live at [...]

    22. I won this book as a FirstRead.After 10 years of her now ex-husband trying to make Laney fit his expectations of her, Laney is looking forward to discovering herself while working at Northern Star Lodge for the summer. Ben Rivers has recently returned to Whitford, Maine, after working as a paramedic in the city for years. He and Laney are instantly attracted to each other, but he wants a family, while she is not ready for another relationship.This is the tenth book of the Kowalski family series. [...]

    23. Ben is a paramedic. He’s recently moved back home to Whitford, Maine, where he knows pretty much everyone, and they know him. One exception is Laney, a recent addition to the area. She’s divorced and trying to find herself. She works at the Northern Star Lodge and Campground, and she’s given herself the summer to get it all together. When Ben and Laney meet, the sparks fly. It’s great!!!This is a reunion novel for all of us who love the Kowalski’s. Shannon Stacey has created a wonderfu [...]

    24. This was a great last book for this series. I have read all the books in this series but it has been several years since I have read the first nine books in this series. I didn't feel lost, so I would say this could be read as a standalone. This final book in the Kowalski family series involved a romance between two people that are not Kowalski s. Laney just divorced her husband after 10 years of marriage. She has committed to spending the summer sleeping in a small camper and helping out at the [...]

    25. it doesn't get any better than a new romance mixed in wit a Kowalski camping reunion. I like this family and they have definitely grown with children of their own. They are meeting at the lodge in Maine and Rose is in need of help. Josh hires Laney to help out during the summer months and is slowly recovering from her recent divorce. She isn't interested in anything but getting to know herself again and gain back some self-confidence she's lacked these past few years of her marriage.Ben is back [...]

    26. This was a really nice story about Laney and Ben. This is book 10 in the series, which is evidenced by the name dropping done as a way to catch you up on your favorite characters from the series. I haven't read any of the other books (yet!), so I was happy that this was stand alone worthy. All the names got a bit confusing, but that just made me sympathize with Laney because they were all new to her as well. I liked that she was a strong character. I loved that Ben was so patient and the perfect [...]

    27. Loved the story so much that I need to go read all the other books in the Kowalski Family. I feel like some parts I missed out on because they were inside jokes for those who have read the previous book. IT IS a book you can read with out reading the others, I just want to do it so I have the back stories on the characters that made appearances. I felt like female character was a little too indecisive in what she was thinking, I get why she was, but it still irked me to a little bit. I did reall [...]

    28. Real fun to read. The Kowalski family with friendsOf course this book is special to me because I've read all the Kowalski books. Manly moments lovely strong women and a lot of love. This could be said of all Kowalski books. What sets this book apart, Laney Caswell, a broken divorcée, trying to find her happiness. And Ben Rivers, a paramedic who feels love may have passed him by.Read as the love the Kowalski's have for each other and their friends, heal Laney and maybe save Ben as wellI can't re [...]

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