Release Date: Oct 17, 2017
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Grand Central
Most of All You is stunningly beautiful, emotional and sweet story. For fans who don’t mind getting their ‘feels’ on, this is the one for you.
From the first page, I wanted to know what was going to happen to these broken and delicate characters. Crystal aka Elle is doing whatever possible to get through each day. She meets Gabe and instantly knows that this beautiful being doesn’t belong in her life. He claims he needs her to help him heal but she is no angel.
“I’m still not the right girl.”
“I still don’t agree.”
Gabe has been through so much in life. I am shocked at how well balanced and level-headed he is after the entire trauma he has experienced. He is fighting to fully connect with others and Crystal is the only person who can help him. He just knows it.
“I’m living the life I was meant to have…My life – just the way it is, for good or for bad – is the life I was meant to have.”
As the two slowly build a friendship, Crystal has to learn to trust that letting herself care for this quiet stranger may be the best way to love again. She has been dealt a very bad hand and she is so closed off. I kept rooting for her to find out who she really was and what she really wanted in life.
This is not the first book that I read by this author. I know she has a reputation for diving into the heart of a character and bringing all the emotions to the surface. I expected to be all in my feelings but the fluffy details of the story held me back. The subject matter surrounding Gabe’s issues is too heavy. Crystal suffered a lot and everything just came together too quickly and nice. It is too sweet and soft. The angst is watered down by the overly emphasized romantic elements of the story.
After expressing all of that, the same things that gave me paused, is what I truly liked. I want my romance books to make me feel like love exists. Fans who want a true romance need to pick this one up.