RELEASE DAY REVIEW – Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

Title: Most of All You
Author: Mia Sheridan
Release Date: October 17, 2017

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.

Mia Sheridan serves up another stunning, heart-wrenching romance with Most of All You. From the very first page, I was captivated. I knew that this novel would be as refreshingly unique as every other book from this author and I was definitely not disappointed. Crystal and Gabriel’s journey was one-of-a-kind and they shared a connection that was all their own. This couple was as unlikely as they were perfect for one another, their individual jagged edges fitting together to create something whole and healing. With a chemistry that absolutely sizzled, Crystal and Gabriel were the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and I quickly found myself totally addicted to this novel.

“How strong did your mind have to be—how beautiful your heart—to hold on in such a way? To choose love over fear again and again?”

Crystal is not your usual heroine. Life had not been kind to her and yet she seemed oddly accepting of her circumstances. Resigned to a lackluster fate devoid of emotional connection, there was something about this character that called out to me. Crystal had a fierceness in her that hinted at an incredible strength and begged for something better to find her. I adored the way in which this character blossomed over the course of the story. Mia Sheridan did a fantastic job unraveling Crystal’s insecurities, revealing her strengths, and highlighting the things that made her utterly lovable. She fought for her own happiness and she fought hard. Crystal’s resilience and determination ensured that I rooted for her happily ever after.

“I need to find myself. I need to figure out who I am without you. I need to figure out what to hold on to and what to let go of.”

I can’t say I’ve ever read a character quite like Gabriel before. He tugged on my heartstrings in seriously surprising ways. This hero was sweet, thoughtful, kind, and respectful – everything Crystal didn’t know she needed. Having endured more than his share of loss and heartache, Gabriel seemed to unknowingly recognize something in Crystal that allowed them both to grow and heal. In being able to care for her, he took back control of his life and, for the first time, was able to choose his own path. I loved how Mia Sheridan quietly evolved this character, putting aside his initial expectations for the relationship and allowing something else entirely to take root and eventually, transform them both.

“Choice is such a loaded word, isn’t it?”

Crystal and Gabriel weren’t the only characters to make me feel. I also enjoyed the colorful and emotionally raw secondary personalities that helped shape our couple’s journey. Most of All You is leisurely paced, perfectly in line with Mia Sheridan’s other more touching reads. The character development, plotline progression, and emotional build-up were exceptional, ensuring that Most of All You is a true testament to Mia Sheridan’s undeniable talent. While Crystal and Gabriel’s story felt completely different from any of the author’s previous work, there was also something perfectly identifiable as Mia’s writing magic that warmed my heart as I read. Crystal and Gabriel’s journey is memorable and moving. Most of All You is another beautifully distinctive and breathtakingly poignant story from Mia Sheridan.

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