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Posted February 26, 2015
This book touched me in more ways than one. I loved the message in this story. This is one of my favorite novella's from one of my favorite authors! I love this series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2014
Although All For You is a short novella, Marquita Valentine manages to pack a lot in, providing a complete, heart-breaking story about second chances and the effects of bullying. I loved seeing West own up to what he did, loved watching him apologize and beg, wanting nothing more than for McKenzie to be happy. McKenzie was great, a very strong heroine that I connected with. These two belonged together, and their story was well done, both sexy and sweet. Of course, I wanted more, but really it wasn't needed.
Valentine is a truly talented author, and will continue to be at the top of my auto-buy list! Writing both adult and New Adult contemporary romances, her books are not to be missed, including this gem of a novella.
“You don't have to take all of my kisses right now, greedy girl,” he laughs against my cheek. “Save some for later.”
4 ½ STARS!
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Posted December 8, 2013
Posted November 19, 2013
I'm a fan of this series, so it's no surprise that I would like this novella. What did surprise me was how much I fell in hard core love with West! Seriously. For those of you who have read the first two books in the series, West is Cole's brother, Parker's friend. We haven't met West up to this point in the series, but I have a feeling we may get to see him again in Parker's book.
Now, West has a lot to atone for. He wasn't very nice to McKenzie in high school. He really did bully her. He played along with what his friends said about her and even put in a few rumors of his own. The thing is that West always had feelings for her, but instead of owning up to those feelings publicly, he treated her badly and essentially broke her heart. So, when he comes back into town, naturally McKenzie feels conflicted about seeing him again.
West is determined to make things right with McKenzie, but he also wants the chance to win her heart. He's never gotten over his feelings for her, although he knows he may never have the chance to call her his. But, West was persistent in his efforts and eventually the story played out in the way I had hoped. Don't get me wrong, McKenzie made West work for it and it wasn't easy for her to forget the past. This couple was truly great and I hope to see more of them in the future.
Overall, I loved it. I'll even go as far to say that it's my favorite story of the series at this point. AND IT'S ONLY A NOVELLA! Even if you haven't read the series, I'd recommend picking this one up. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I hope it entices you to pick up the rest of this great series as well!
Posted November 11, 2013
Big story in a small package
All for You is West and McKenzie's story. When McKenzie moved to town while they were in high school, West was taken aback by her and thought she was beautiful, but when she wouldn't give him the time of day, he didn't know how to handle it. You see, West Diaz was the rich, popular, hot jock that all the girls wanted. When McKenzie would't pay him any attention, he began being mean to her, thinking that would get her attention, but it backfired on him when she didn't want anything to do with him. While West's family was rich, McKenzie's dad owned a lawn service business and just so happened to work for West's family, among many others. McKenzie also helped her dad whenever she could. They were not well off, but worked hard for what they had. This resulted in her being the object of bullying by the popular click at school, who referred to her as lawn girl. One night at a party when they had both had a little to much to drink, West apologized to McKenzie and told her how he really felt, which led to a really passionate night, full of promises...promises that West didn't remember and promises he definitely didn't keep. The bullying accelerated after this happened to a very bad degree. The story begins two years after the above mentioned events happened, and West is home from college for the holidays. He doesn't come home much, mainly because he's ashamed of how he treated McKenzie, yet he can't get her out of his mind. He's determined to make things right and try to win her heart, but will the damage that has been done be irreparable?
This little novella contains a really big story that provides great insight into the problem of bullying, a problem that is far too common, and something that can terribly damage a person emotionally, mentally, and sometimes physically. All for You is written from the perspective of the one doing the bullying, as well as the from the perspective of the one being bullied. It is also a story about the power of forgiveness. Not only does All for You have a good message, it is also very interesting and entertaining in the process. I love McKenzie. She is such a strong character and was a far better person than I think I would be in the same situation. I have to say that I was really disappointed in West when I found out what he had done. I mean he was a total jerk. He did work hard to make up for things and was very persistent and sincere in his apology, and learned a lot about himself, his views, and areas he needed to still work on, especially when you profess to love someone. McKenzie does a lot of growing in this novel also. She stands up for herself, yet takes the high road as she does, instead of being underhanded and dirty about it, like she had been treated. West does redeem himself in a good way before it is all said and done and I did start to like him better, but as I said earlier, McKenzie is a better person than me, because I still would have written him off, even if I did decide to forgive him. West's dad impressed me also and reacted to the news about some things so differently that I thought he would. I was glad to get a glimpse of Parker in this book also. While part of a series, All for You can easily be read as a standalone companion novel. Overall, this is a great story about love, hate, forgiveness, and redemption, and of course some hot romance, and is perfect for the holiday season. Check it out.
Posted March 8, 2015
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Posted October 8, 2014
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