Review + Excerpt: Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

Posted October 20, 2017 by Jennifer D in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review + Excerpt: Most of All You by Mia SheridanMost of All You: A Love Story by Mia Sheridan
Published by Hachette Book Group on October 17th, 2017
Pages: 353
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer's Voice, Mia Sheridan delivers a heartwrenching new stand-alone contemporary romance.


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.

Review + Excpert: Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

My Thoughts…

Talk about a book with all the feels!! Oh my lord!  Mia Sheridan does it again with Most of All You. She just has a gift for bring the reader these amazing heartfelt stories that just touch your soul.  She is just a gift writer and if you’ve not read a Mia Sheridan book, now is the time to rectify that! Most of All You is a MUST READ story! At one point I was on the brink of tears, which is something almost impossible to do! It’s a story of struggle, triumph, and finding yourself where you never even imagined possible.  Gabriel and Ellie’s story will touch your heart and make your heart melt! This is a complete story told in alternating points of views.

Ellie knows what it’s like to be defeated. She was left with her Father who didn’t want to raise her as her mother was dying. She accepts that men look at her as a thing and not as a person.  Working a dead in job as a stripper she has no aspirations.  She is barely handing on to life living pay check to pay check. All that changes when Gabriel enters her life.

Gabriel was kidnapped as a child and was held captive for many years. He was able to escape but now as a adult, being in a social situation is uncomfortable. He attempts to hire Ellie to help him being comfortable around others, especially women. He just wanted her help in getting close to a women without feeling timid.  She turns him down and that seems to be the last they would see of each other.

When Ellie is brutally attacked, little does she know Gabriel will become her lifeline.  Ellie never expected to find something more with Gabriel. His kindness and genuine care for her is something she is not used to or ever experienced. As their feeling grow deeper, she realizes she must find herself before she give her heart away.

Can the two find each other after all they’ve been through. When Gabriel sought out Ellie he was just looking for someone to help him socially,  he would discover something so much more valuable.  And in turn Ellie would find something she never knew she was looking for…  love.  Can Gabriel and Ellie find their way to each other when it seems like things are working against them? Can two broken halves make a whole?  Go read and find out!! This is an amazing story that needs to be read!

Gratitude isn’t a Band-Aid, Ellie.  You still have to experience your feelings to worth through them.  Gratitude is meant to be it bearable.  Sometimes gratitude gets you through the day, and sometimes it just gets you from one moment to the next.

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Excerpt

I swallowed heavily, my mouth going dry as I took in the masculine beauty of his practically naked body. He was…divine. That was the word that immediately came to mind. Divine. Angelic. Godly.

My gaze soaked in his strong, broad shoulders, the tight, lean muscles of his chest, the taut ripples of his stomach. As if my eyes were drawn to him like a magnet, they moved down his chest to his muscled thighs, his well-formed calves and then back up to his boxers, where the outline of his male anatomy was just barely visible against the thin material.

My core clenched, wetness pooling between my thighs. I blinked, completely unaccustomed to this kind of reaction when it came to a man’s body. I wanted to simultaneously run away and step toward him, to reach out and trail a finger down his chest the way I’d just run a finger over the tiny stone bird.

“My father made that.”

“W-what?” God, my voice sounded too breathy, too stunned.

“The sparrow.”

He crossed his arms over his chest, obviously self-conscious about his state of undress. He gave a quick nod downward. “Sorry, I didn’t know you’d be up.”

Again, my eyes moved to his bare chest. There was a sparse trail of hair under his belly button leading into the waistband of his boxers. My eyes leapt back up to his, and I practically gulped, sure he had heard it when his eyebrows twitched slightly.

I turned my head, my heart beating so loudly in my own ears I was sure he could hear that, too, even from where he stood. “It’s only fair, I suppose,” I murmured.

“What’s that?”

“Now we’ve both seen each other half-naked.”

Gabriel tilted his head, assessing me in some mysterious way. He suddenly turned and walked back toward his room. I stood rooted to the spot, confused, when he returned just as quickly as he’d left, pulling a T-shirt over his head. He walked toward me, coming to stand directly in front of where I stood. His expression was slightly shy, slightly teasing. “I hope…that if we see each other naked again, it won’t be a job, or an accident. It will be because we both want it, and because it means something.”

What?

Visions swirled through my mind, unbidden: tangled limbs and twisted sheets. Heat filled my veins, blood pumping between my legs. It was too much. It was…out of my control and it scared me. I didn’t want to think of Gabriel that way, couldn’t think of Gabriel that way. In truth, had never thought of any man that way. “Mean something?” My voice was a mere whisper.

He nodded, his expression going serious, his eyes filled with sudden gravity. His hand slowly moved up to my hair, and he brushed a piece back from my face. His hand lingered, his knuckle brushing gently down my cheekbone. My breath hitched at the subtle touch. His full lips parted slightly, those angel eyes moving over my features as if he was memorizing me, memorizing the moment. I was spellbound, caught once again in his gaze. No one had ever looked at me the way Gabriel was right then, not in all my life.

“Yes.” It was all he said, leaving me to try to comprehend his meaning. But of course getting naked always meant something. A bribe, a paycheck, a coercion, a means to an end…only I knew very well Gabriel didn’t mean any of those things, and it was impossible to convince myself he could. I already knew better. And I didn’t want to think about what getting naked would mean to Gabriel because the very idea filled me with terror and an aching, needy want. But mostly terror.

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Author Q&A

I thought it would be fun to find out a little something about Mia Sheridan.  So here is her Top 5 Favorite Movies of All Time!  How does her list compare to yours??

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Braveheart
  3. Goodwill Hunting
  4. Fight Club
  5. E.T.

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About Mia Sheridan

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.

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