MOST OF ALL YOU by Mia Sheridan
Published; October 17th 2017, Forever
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 in 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, which 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.
When you enjoy an author’s work and start to read the back catalogue sometimes it starts to feel repetitive. I was dreading that would be the case with Mia Sheridan. I have read most of her books now amd enjoyed them all so when I picked up Most Of All You, her first traditional published novel I was a bit nervous. I sbouldn’t have been though. It became the 2nd favourite of hers, Number 1 will always go to Archer.
When you read the prologue you know it’s going to be hard hitting. A little girl being dropped at a father’s who didn’t know about her and didn’t want her. This sets the standard of the story. Although it is a romance there are points that are very dark and would be hard for some people to read.
The characters are both very likeable and evoke alot of sympathy. Both Crysyal/Ellie and Gabriel have been through things that I could never imagine. There are points where your heart is in your mouth and you have to keep reading to know they are ok.
You know a story is going to rip your heart out when you get to page 200 and there is the perfect ending but the story still has over 100 pages to go. At this point you ask yourself can these people really take anymore? Those last 100 or so pages are fast paced and keep you sat at the edge of your seat as you can’t turn the pages fast enough.
Ultimately this is a love story with a will they/won’t they theme throughout but it’s interesting to read what they have to go through to believe they are good enough for each other.
Although I struggled at times with the dark sides of the story they do make it what it is and overall it is a great story that I really enjoyed. I am looking forward to reading more books by Mia who is becoming one of my favourite authors!
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