Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Book Review: Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

Most of All You 
by Mia Sheridan 
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Source: Publisher 
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 am so incredibly excited for Mia and her first venture into traditional publishing. The books that I have read that she has self-published have been so emotional and so addicting. This one sounded like it was going to be just as emotional and I made sure to prep my heart before diving in. 

Crystal and Gabriel have been broken time and time again. Neither one of them knows what love is or how to let their hearts open up to love after what they've been through. When the two meet, they find they can't seem to stay away from one another, no matter how hard they try to push each other away. 

I don't know why, but for some reason, since this is a traditionally published book, I didn't think it would be as emotionally heart-wrenching as Archer's Voice or Becoming Calder. BOY WAS I WRONG. Both Crystal and Gabriel had such damaged pasts, both of which were not their faults at all, and I just wanted them both to feel happy. Because of their pasts, neither one of them knew how to let others in, emotionally or physically, and it was just heartbreaking to get to know each of them in the beginning. Since they both had issues with trusting people, it was so hard for them to even grow close to one another no matter how hard their hearts were yelling at them to just love each other. 

While this was more of a slow read because it took a long time for their relationship to develop, I thought it was a very necessary pace for their stories to be told right. Gabriel is such a vibrant character, even though he was struggling emotionally because of his past. I loved how well he balanced Crystal's harder shell and helped crack her walls until he could wiggle his way in there. The progression of their relationship was so sweet and I loved every second. 

If you want an emotional read about two broken people just trying to find their missing pieces, you have to pick up Most of All You. This was a fabulous first dip into traditional publishing and I can't wait to see what else Mia writes in the future!

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