ARC Review | Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

Most of All You by Mia Sheridan
Contemporary Romance
Publication Date | October 17th, 2017
ARC from the publisher

 

Book Blurb:

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

| Book Review |

Most of All You was my first read from Mia Sheridan, and while it didn’t blow me away as I’d hoped, it was a decent read. This book is a story of two broken people who find their way together through a series of unlikely events, and I have to say that the beginning of this book was the best for me. It really set the tone for Gabriel’s character and the kind of person he was. A man of quiet strength, he didn’t let life beat him down, and it was his mission to live as a good person. Crystal, on the other hand, is barely surviving when she’s not even able to live paycheck to paycheck, and her devastating past has caused her live inside of a tough shell. She has only one close friend, and she tells herself she’s content with that. Things really pick up when Gabriel and Crystal start spending more time together, and I feel like this story really highlights how two people who have lived through horrific events can choose such very different roads. Gabriel, in his gentle way, is determined to make sure she’s well cared for, but Crystal lets her brusque side loose in an effort to keep her distance. This book for sure has a slow burn, so if you’re a fan of this (and I am,) you’re going to appreciate the build up. While there is romance and sweetness in this book, there’s not a lot of heat in the bedroom. And I think it was written just the way it should have been. Gabriel and Crystal were both private people, and I like that the author sort-of withheld the specifics of what went on between the sheets with them. It feels weird to say this, but I feel like it’s what Gabriel and Crystal would have wanted.

It was the last bit of this book that was the letdown for me. There was one event near the end that was just too incredible for me to buy, and it almost felt like an attempt to give redemption to a character that really didn’t need it. It was a story arc that didn’t feel necessary, and it felt out of place within the story. I also felt like the long separation near the end was too much, and there were some lines that were said that felt like it was meant to ‘sadden up’ the book. I just didn’t feel like it needed it. Having said that, this book was rife with emotion, and I did love Crystal and Gabriel’s journey together. And I’m not usually a fan of epilogues, but I did enjoy this one. I loved the glimpse of Gabriel and Crystal’s future, and was glad to see they really were living happily ever. The absolute highlight of this book for me, though, was when we learned the origin of the chapter headers – which I’ll admit, I had no idea how pertinent they were to the story. I was absolutely floored by the revelation, and it made the story for me.

Most of All You did do what I’d hoped it would and sparked my interest in this author. I am excited to read more of her books!

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  1. I’ve only read Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan, and I really liked it! The characters have stuck with me for a while. Sorry you had an ehhh experience with her the first time!

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