Most of All You: A Love Story

Most of All You: A Love Story

by Mia Sheridan

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer's Voice comes an "uplifting story of two broken souls" (Corinne Michaels) in this "exquisite, beautifully written romance" (Samantha Young).
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538727324
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 58,476
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her passion is weaving 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. Mia can be found online at or

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Most of All You: A Love Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love this story! Breaks your heart and mends it. Loved the characters, writing is phenomenal !
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrible hurt, deep sorrow, the process of healing. Be sure to have 2 box of tissues while reading this book.
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
Most of All You: A Love Story held me captive from the very first page, it touched all the feels and is one of those books that you remember long after the last page has been turned. Gabriel Dalton is a broken man and he knows he needs help to get over things that happened to him when he way young, horrific things. This help he hopes to find with someone up close and personal, so he searches for a person that he thinks can help him, and this search leads him to Crystal/Ellie. Poor Ellie, she is living the only life she knows how to live under the circumstances, she has never had an easy life, she trust no one, her heart is hardened and her soul is damaged. When Gabriel and Crystal meet they are drawn to each other, but she fights if and fights it hard, but some things are just meant to be as she finds out. Gabriel and Crystal both have things in their past that has scarred them, but they handle their situations in different ways, and it seems that only they have the ability to heal one other. If you love romance then this is a must read for you, I cannot recommend it enough! It is an incredible and heartwarming journey from the beginning to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
highly recommended.. warms my heart...!!!!!!!!!
borntoreadbooks More than 1 year ago
What a sad story... I just wanted to go inside the book and hug the characters. Although in some moments Ellie was not that nice. But when you give hope to people, they just blossom up. This book reminded me how much I hate judgmental people. Still, we all are. Gabriel is the best example of it. And how he keeps on living, in spite of everything. I love this writer. All her books are just wonderful. So, obviously, I loved this one. It is well written and although some of the topics are really painful, Mia Sheridan talks about them with delicacy. Life is full of coincidences. And I have read this story just a couple of weeks after something similar to Gabriel's story happened in my country. It shocked us all. It marked us all. And sadly, this time the end was not happy. Maybe that was the reason why I connected with this story. I don't know, but it is a fantastic story. That's for sure.
WendyBookWhore More than 1 year ago
Mia Sheridan is known for her gut wrenching but meant for each other true love stories. This novel did not disappoint. The battle was finally getting there as this couple did not have an easy go at it. The author pulled at my heart strings at times and certainly left me in quite the mess. This book is really about using our past experiences to shape us into the people we are today. Both main characters, Gabriel and Crystal, experienced some horrific events in their pasts. But what did those experiences do to influence their current behaviors? Were they able to use them as points of growth or to become bitter? It was an amazing journey to be able to witness. Overall, Mia has done an outstanding job with this novel of two broken souls finding themselves and each other despite immense tragedies. I will continue to look forward to each new book she so beautifully constructs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. I couldn't stop reading. Just amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story it so emotional. A keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! This book totally slayed me! I loved the healing and redemption that these two amazing characters went through together and apart. Such a beautiful story! A definite MUST read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book held my interest throughout. Ellie and Gabe were to broken souls that found love and healing together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mia has done it again, my tears were left on my book. These beautiful flawed characters are written with so much emotion and depth. Both trying to find themselves alone and together. If you love a sweet charming romance, than jump on it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much I could not put it down . I love this writer and look forward to reading her books I have never been disappointed and this book will remain one of my favorite .
mkcooke More than 1 year ago
Most of All You was a breathtakingly emotional story of two broken people trying to make it through life and the life altering hurdles it threw in their way. This story is one that is filled with unimaginable pain and anguish, yet in the same breath is filled with the most soul touching love and healing that you will ever experience. As much as this story is about hurt and darkness and things that threaten to take the life out of you, it is just as much, if not more so about love and light and the things that make life worth living for. Mia Sheridan continues to be one of the most talented authors I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The way she so thoughtfully weaves together stories and characters that are deep, so unforgettably real, and that sear themselves to your heart is what continues to make her one of my favorite authors. Her words, the feelings and emotions behind them, and the beautiful and powerful meaning she crafts behind them are so much more. They are more unforgettable, more amazing, more consuming, and more all-feeling. She just makes her stories and characters and everything with them mean so much more, and that truly sets her books in a league of their own. Most of All You follows what happens when two people with a world of hurt and pain in their pasts, find themselves on the same path trying to find a way to heal, to find themselves, and to be who they were always meant to be. This story follows them through every struggle, triumph, and moment in between with them as they fight against each other and what they know is right, as they fight for themselves, and as they fight to end up in the exact place they know they need to be. Most of All You gives you their highs, their lows, and every moment in between as they try to find their way through the darkness that threatens to surround them. This book has a story within it that is bursting with so much heart, so much varied emotion, and so much hope. Hope for the future, hope for healing, and hope for what could be if fate finds a way. Getting to experience that hope along with everything else in this book was extraordinary. Every page of this book, every sentence with these characters, and every word I experienced while reading put me right in the thick of this book with these characters loving and feeling and breathing and living everything that they were. The way that Mia Sheridan once again puts you in the heart of her story will pull at every one of your emotions, and will have you rooting with all that you have that Gabriel and Ellie will find a way to get to the place they both deserve to be. Through every page of this book my love for those two grew exponentially, and the way that Mia Sheridan gave me them, as their messiest, at their most complicated, at their most broken pulled my heart to them a million times over. She allowed me to get them, to understand their pain and their journeys and why they guarded their hearts the way she did. She also allowed me to see and feel how it all started to change, and to understand the fears and worries and vulnerabilities that went along with that. Most of All You was one of the most perfect love stories I have ever read, and what’s funny is it probably had two of the most broken characters in it, yet it was their brokenness, their cracks, and the dings in their armor that made this story so beautiful, so right, and so epic.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
One thing you can say about Mia Sheridan is that she continues to write 5-star books over and over again. She is a master storyteller and her characters are always bigger than life. This book was about two broken souls finding their way! It was a deeply emotional story of the strength of the human spirit to overcome the worst life has to offer. A must read!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
shattered childhoods make gabriel and crystal the adults they are today. but while gabriel chooses to be open and wears his heart on his sleeve, crystal guards hers so fiercely you wouldn't even know she still possessed one. it shouldn't be a contest as to who has survived more trauma, though it very nearly is. somehow gabriel has come out of his stronger, and his ability to leave himself open and vulnerable to others makes him an amazing hero to read. as most of all you begins he's looking for help with his one remaining problem area. he can't stand the touch of others. but he's reached a point in his life where he craves closeness. he wants to have a family. he wants to be with someone. he was never meant to live his life alone. so he decides to hire someone to get him used to the touch of others. and it doesn't go well. except she fascinates him. he sees the vulnerability she tries so valiantly to hide. and he recognizes it because he understands her trauma. as a survivor of the unimaginable, he understands more than she would like him to. it's because he is a survivor that he can help make her whole again. he's a stonecutter, an artisan really, and his ability to call forth beauty from the rough is unrivaled. this is the talent that saved him during his darkest days, and this is the talent that will save her too. and knowing what she needs, having lived through the same recovery lets him understand that he must give her time and space and unlimited amounts of love to make herself whole. he knows that he cannot do it for her. this is such a beautiful, heartbreaking story. the beauty in the midst of so much horror and ugliness is what makes it speak to me. it's one of those stories that stays with you long after you've turned the last page because in the end there is so much hope and promise and loveliness in the happy ending. **most of all you will publish on october 17, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever) in exchange for my honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
4 Beautiful & Broken Stars! “The force of our connection shocked me, as if he had reached out and touched me in some way I didn’t understand, and certainly never experienced before.” “It was too much. This. And him. And it was worthless because I couldn’t help him. He needed someone warm and caring, someone who would nurture him and piece together the broken parts, someone who would look in his eyes and be his calming spirit. I was not that girl. i couldn’t even begin to piece together all my broken parts as I’d lost them long ago.” “He wanted to give me the peace of this moment, the…poetry of this place, the romance, the scents and the sounds and the serene beauty all around us. He wanted to give me love. And, God, I wanted to take it, I was just so scared to reach out and grab it. Still so fearful it would be taken away. And if it was, I would never be able to go on. I would never recover.” True to Mia Sheridan fashion, Most of All You takes you on a heartbreaking and difficult journey. You know from the very first page, that this book is going to take your emotions on an intense ride and that the road to happily ever after won’t be an easy one. Told from dual points of view, Most of All You follows the story of Gabriel and Crystal. They are brought together in the most unlikely of situations. They are opposite in every possible way, yet are both broken, lost and trying to escape their pasts. Their story is highly addictive and compelling; you won’t be able to put it down. The chemistry between Gabriel and Crystal is beautiful and intense. You can’t help but root for these two characters as they try to navigate their way through life. Most of All You is a well written and completely unforgettable. This is a story of defying the odds and overcoming your fears. It is a story of letting go of the past and finding the strength to stand on your own. It is a story of pain and heartache and forgiveness. And in the end, it is a story of unforgettable and true love. It is a love story that will give you all the feels and is a tale that only Mia Sheridan could write.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
Both of the leads were easy for me to love. They have painful pasts, beyond the norm, tragedies in fact. I like the way they overcome. It's an emotional journey that fills the soul and the eyes. Crystal/Ellie is not in a good place in most aspects of her life, but the writing makes her easy to understand. This book illustrates the importance of taking the time with others instead of judging. Gabriel is bone-deep good. He's solid, strong, supportive and sensitive. I couldn't help falling hard for him. Because he's been working through his issues for longer and mostly in a better place, he is patient with her. He gives her love and space as needed. Also, I have to say thank you so much to the author for making girl characters who are genuinely nice to each other. I'm always looking for a story that makes me feel. Most of All You kept a hold on my heart. It's definitely a book I recommend.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Two broken souls, one emotional story that'll be impossible to let go of long after you've put it down. Mia Sheridan delivers a poignant story that will break your heart and put it back together with a deep and beautiful love that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit. Gabriel Dalton had to cope with a horribly undesirable past, but he pulled through with his own unbreakable strength and will. Though there’s still a part of him that needs healing. From an early age Crystal learned about loss, feeling the emotional pain down to her marrow and enduring the consequences of it by being neglected, deprived of the love and safety all children should enjoy. Given her unfortunate circumstances and in order to evade ever feeling heartbreak again she built a fortress to protect her and learned to detach body and mind during the unpleasant moments she still has to endure. Until Gabriel Dalton with his tender gaze, gentle patience and sculptor’s hands chipped away her defenses and taught her that there are good men worth taking a risk. It wasn’t an easy acceptance, she’s broken and afraid. She pushes him away again and again because every man she’s come across has only used and abused her. But Gabriel, sensing a dark past not unlike his own, doesn’t give up. Together they find a love that’s capable of mending their brokenness. But it’s up to them, especially Crystal, to find herself and the ability to trust him. Right off the bat, I was hooked and saddened by Crystal’s story. Her start in life was so desolate and only got worse with time. Her hardness and wariness was warranted. She needed those walls to survive. Gabriel saw that, but also saw her softness and the potential for so much. Gabriel was such an incredible hero, having gone through his own hell also at a young age, but having a better family life, he came out broken yet with his soul intact. I fell in love with him right from the start with his shy smile and strong will. And the more I read, the more I fell, because he was just such good and gentle man, full of love, gratefulness and strength which was also so very sexy. Most All of You is an emotionally naked story about fortitude, hope and healing brought by a virtuoso at lacing heartbreak, passion and love. A must read for all romance lovers. This one goes straight to my favorites list. Most All of You is a standalone contemporary romance by author Mia Sherida. It is told from both points of view with a sweet, sweet happy ending.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Crystal never had the memorable happy childhood that most have, hers was a rough journey filled with lots of disappointments and losses and now that she is in adulthood it's much of the same. She doesn't have faith in love, nor does she believe that she is meant to find...she doesn't really want to look for it either. She wandered down that road once and she has no intention of ever making that mistake again, so she put an impenetrable wall around her heart and keeps everyone just out of arms reach. Then she unexpectedly meets Gabe, and all bets are off, no matter how much she tries to keep him at a distance and not let him in, he keeps finding a way to sneak under her radar, and as much as it scares the hell out of her, it also brings her a sense of comfort she has never known. Gabe comes from a troubled world that most wouldn't even begin to be able to understand or cope with, but somehow he has, but he is missing something and he is certain that the beautiful woman who has captured his attention can help him find it. Trouble is he doesn't know if he can even find the courage to approach her, nor find the words to speak to her, the mere idea of it leaves him completely rattled. But he eventually wanders into the club, watches her in her element, and works up the nerve to talk to her, and as much as it scares him, he knows he was meant to be there. Now he just has to find a way to convince her to give him a chance... Most Of All You is a breathtakingly beautiful story about two wounded souls setting out on an unexpected journey that pushes them to their breaking points, heals them, and unites them as one. As soon as I finished reading the first few paragraphs of this one I knew I had discovered something really special, almost immediately I felt the words take a hold of me, and begin to invade my soul. And before long it was all I could think about, walking away wasn't an option, I had to devour every page and learn all there was to know about these two... and I loved every single second of it! Within the pages of this book you will find that Ms. Sheridan has created a truly beautiful and poignant love story, that is sure to leave you moved beyond words! It is a story that cannot be missed, highly recommend it! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
KCSunshine69 More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Dalton is perfect book boyfriend material and an absolute classic, classic Mia Sheridan character. The vulnerability of Archer, the strength of Kyland, the devotion of Calder all rolled into one amazingly resilient man. I'm totally smitten and a little bit exhausted. In a good way though; all passion spent as my lovely English teacher Mrs Satterthwaite used to say. Mia describes the book as a love story, but it is so much more than that. It is a story of hope. Of redemption. Of self-belief. A message that we can all be broken but we have the power to put the pieces back together. The writing is stunning, moving, breathtaking. As the story unfolds it morphs from being about Crystal healing Dalton, to Dalton healing Eloise, to Eloise holding my heart in her hands. I enjoyed every single word.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
5 - "Sometimes it's the second try that really sticks..." Stars! Mia Sheridan brings together two lonely people in a unique story of acceptance, recovery and the discovery that love comes in all different shapes and forms, not all of them painful to experience. I will be honest and say straight off the bat that this sort of story lately has been like reading kryptonite for me, high levels of angst and drama have definitely not been floating my boat, but something about the synopsis for this one urged me to take the risk, and although hearing lots of good things about this author, it was a double risk, because Most of All You is also the first book I have personally read by her. "You can’t fix me you know…" As you can see from my rating the reward was worth the risk for me on this occasion, because although Gabriel and Crystal/Ellie’s story is dark, gritty, raw and a little uncomfortable to read in parts, it is also balanced out with lots of light, sweet, unexpected moments as well. He needed someone warm and caring. Someone who would nurture him and piece back together the broken parts. Someone who would look in his eyes and be his calming spirit. I was not that girl… Yes the drama and angst is very present in this story, and lots of it, there is no escaping the fact that this is a couple that have been through the ringer separately in their childhoods, and upon coming together as adults pretty much go through a whole new set of problems as their tentative friendship develops. And although a love story, this is one very much based on around the building of a very tentative and fragile friendship. Our pasts-and our hearts-aligned in such a way that we were meant to heal each other. The side plot that runs through their story really tied things together beautifully in the latter stages as well. And I think the thing that really worked out for me and made Most of All You such an enjoyable reading experience is the fact that the author didn’t overplay or overly drag out the darker aspects of this book, and everything was resolved with a really positive outcome. I was lost and the only one who could save me was myself… Gabriel and Ellie, weren’t rushed into the sexual aspects of a relationship, and the author really took the time to give them the opportunity to work through everything, and come to that emotional part of being together without rushing it. It wouldn’t have worked so well for me if she had because it wouldn’t have felt like a cohesive progression on from the issues they were both dealing with. I wasn’t a victim. I was a survivor… I haven’t said too much about the plot by choice, because there is a lot that goes on, and I don’t really want to spoil it for anyone. If you have read this author before, you already know that she delivers quality, and this book is no exception. If you are a new reader, like myself, then I can only say take a chance, as I said this isn’t the type of story I would normally gravitate towards reading, but although it did take me out of my reading comfort zone a couple of times, I still thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. I couldn’t help but fall in love with this unique, interesting couple and the story that they were given.