As always Mia doesn't disappoint! If you want a read that isn't similar to other books you have read this is it. Most of All of You will have you tearing up, holding your breath, getting mad and then all happy again. Yes you will go through all emotions but at the end you will be shocked! Beautifully written Thank you for a beautiful store once again! Looking forward to you next book!
When she was seven years old and Mrs. Hollyfield died, Crystal’s world fell apart, and soon thereafter, she vowed that she would learn how not to feel anything every again. Gabriel’s childhood was ripped from him at the age of nine, and since then he abhors being touched. Upon setting eyes on Crystal, Gabriel recognises a kindred spirit, a soul in distress. Could she be the one to touch him?
I wish I had known more about what the characters’ issues were before going in, because this is not a type of story I enjoy. Because of this, I feel I must reveal some of the characters’ backgrounds in order to justify my review. Crystal was abandoned and abused, and works as an exotic dancer; she hates it, she has no self-esteem, and she hates her life. Gabriel was abducted and kept prisoner for six years. Maybe it’s because I had never read any of Mia Sheridan’s books that I did not know what to expect, and her fans might possibly crucify me, but it is a matter of preference, and MOST OF ALL YOU was just too much heavy drama for me. It is not a judgement on the story itself nor the author, but a matter of taste. Some readers seek this type of romance, and I believe that having given more information about the characters’ circumstances would have been helpful to make a discerning choice according to a readers’s predilections. I also wondered why Gabriel, who had undertaken some counselling in the past, would revert to a strip club rather than seek further professional help, but then again, if he had, we would not have MOST OF ALL YOU, would we?
I found refreshing that Gabriel had an unusual profession: he’s a stone carver, which allowed Ms. Sheridan room for some interesting lyrical allegories, as well as some fascinating insight on this particular form of art and its cathartic influence on the characters. While the pace was steady, I felt that some events were a tad too predictable and convenient in order to move the plot along. Ms. Sheridan demonstrates her superb skills at adapting her writing to the characters’ moods, the settings; shifting from light to dark as needed.
MOST OF ALL YOU will appeal to readers who prefer their romance on the heavy side, where beating the odds and finding the light at the end of the tunnel is a constant struggle that only hope, self-respect, and love will conquer.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Most of All You is such a beautifully, sad but uplifting book. Written in true Mia Sheridan style, it was an easy book to get lost in. This author has always had a way with words, the emotions she evokes from readers always comes to the fore when you pick up her books. Not an initial page turner for me, even though the prologue is heart wrenching, but more of a slow dive into a rapturous story. I didn’t devour this book, but I find all Mia Sheridan’s reads are the same - like an unhurried walk through the park - I use my time to take in my surroundings.
Gabriel and Crystal’s story is quite unique and I absolutely appreciated that it was. No cookie cutter, guilty pleasure read here. A well thought our plot with engaging characters throughout. Two broken people finding something they never thought they would in one another. Both have horrendous paths, live a wary life but converge to find themselves in one another, their road is not an easy one.
I granted this four stars as I felt a little let down with the direction in which the author took Gabriel - more like what wasn’t said, I think. The character development lacked here for me. While Most of All You is very much about Gabriel and Crystal’s life in the here and now, I felt that very little attention was made to Gabriel’s experience in his past. It was very specific and the detail, for me, was lacking. I was left looking for more detail to that point in his life.
Can’t fault Mia Sheridan’s writing, as always, her descriptive imagery is quite astounding, bringing the reader into the fold with a lexicon of scenery. I didn’t find this book as engrossing as some of her earlier. Most of All You has a very sweet edge to it despite its dark themes, perhaps a little too sweet for my tooth. Very much worth the read, however.
What a heart wrenching story. Mia Sheridan definitely knows how to pull you in and keep you tossing and turning with this gripping yet raw story of love.
I cried, I screamed and I wanted to hurl something at someone; these are the feelings that Mia had evoked in me when I read this story. I know it doesn’t seem like I enjoyed it but that’s the furthest from the truth. I get hooked on stories like these, the ones that grip your heart in places that make you feel uncomfortable and question your sense of comfort.
I absolutely was engrossed in every chapter, holding onto my breathe with every word. The characters were just so broken that you wouldn’t think that hope could be their saviour. Their lives cross in the most unpredictable way, that you start to question how can, two lost souls possibly have a chance at any kind of happiness. You just feel utterly destroyed by their pasts and what they have endured.
I absolutely recommend this masterpiece to every soul out there looking for hope in the most inconspicuous places.