Published by Hachette Book Group, Forever on October 17, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
I was provided a review copy by Forever, Grand Central Publishing; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
A second-chance romance about surviving the unthinkable, ‘Most of All You’ pulls at your heartstrings while you shake your fists in outrage!
Gabriel Dalton is timid and unsure. His life was ripped from him at an early age in an unthinkable way. Despite his past, he is unbelievably strong and resilient. He has decided to take life by the horns. In order to take charge, he realized he needed some help.
Crystal is a cynic. She is suspicious of everyone and their motives. She hadn’t had anyone treat her with love since she was a young child. Crystal was used to people taking and never giving. She is resigned and allows life to happen. When Gabe entered her life with a proposition for help, she was skeptical and second-guessed him at every turn.
These were two broken characters with dark pasts, but each approached the world around them differently. Given Gabe’s past, he seemed to trust too easily. The issue he had for which he sought help, seemed too easily solved. Crystal, while strong in some ways, appeared weak and frightened. She lashed out and questioned others so much, she was a difficult character for me to like. I’m not dismissing her background but given that Gabe’s was so much more worse, her reactions to him and situations seemed to stand out like a glaring beacon. And perhaps this was where I had issues.
There were many things I loved. Of course, Mia Sheridan’s writing always flows flawlessly. The concept was one I was afraid to read about and true to Sheridan’s gift, she had me crying and wanting to throw my Kindle all in one sitting. She always plays with my emotions and seems to break my heart with each story she writes.