Monday, April 13, 2009

All Of Me
Warner Forever
ISBN: 0446502057
April 2009


Recently on Twitter, Grand Central Publishers asked if anyone wanted a copy of ALL OF ME by Lori Wilde to read and do a review. I jumped on it! Here's the "official" blurb:

Can two broken hearts become one?

Attorney Jillian Samuels doesn't believe in true love and never, ever wished for happily ever after. But when a searing betrayal leaves her jobless and heartbroken, a newly inherited cottage in Salvation, Colorado, seems to offer a fresh start. What she finds when she arrives shocks her: the most gorgeous and infuriating man she's ever met is living in her home!

Tuck Manning was a gifted architect who left a skyrocketing career to care for his dying wife. But the life he's made for himself in this quiet town is turned upside down when Jillian appears on his doorstep. Tuck won't go without a fight, and the two resolve to live as roommates until they can untangle who owns the cottage. Yet as Tuck and Jillian's days--and nights--heat up, they realize more than property rights are at stake...and that sometimes, salvation comes when you least expect it.

Here my review:

ALL OF ME is the fourth book in the Wedding Veil Series. I confess, I haven't read the first three, but that didn't pose a problem. Each book in the series stands alone and, while this book referred to the earlier books, I had no trouble following this story. In fact, if you have read the first three books in this series, you certainly want to get ALL OF ME as it does a nice job bringing the reader up to date on the lives of the three women features int he earlier books.

This is a "curl-up on the couch and lose yourself" kind of book. It's romance at its best. Sweet and sexy. Giggling funny at times. Heart jerking at other times. I felt for Tuck as he struggled with the loss of his wife. Maybe it's because I married a widower that some of little digs at his late wife's perfection rang so true. It can be hard to follow a dead wife. Lori Wilde did a good job getting those feelings right on the part of Tuck and Jillian. Watching them both grow and learn to love another person was touching and realistic.

I loved the small town appeal of the story. For me, the setting in Colorado was a large part of the story. I felt the nip in the air. Smelled the trees. Felt the cold water of the lake.

I really enjoyed Tuck and Jillian's story. I'll be looking for the first three books in this series! Well done, Ms. Wilde. Very well done!

If you are interested in a "gently read" copy of this book, leave me a comment and tell me you want to be entered in the contest.

If you want another chance to win, this review is also posted at Cynderella's Castle. Make a comment there for a second chance to win!

Good luck

10 comments

  1. Mary Marvella // April 13, 2009 at 7:25 PM  

    Cyndi, that book is wonderful and worth the time to read it at least once

  2. Edie // April 13, 2009 at 7:43 PM  

    Cyndi, the book sounds great. I'm off to your blog!

  3. Kimmie (from Blackbird Sisters) // April 13, 2009 at 8:55 PM  

    The book sounds great..and like just what I need. A nice heartwarming story! Thanks for the link to you review.

  4. Nightingale // April 13, 2009 at 9:41 PM  

    Cyndi, Publisher's Weekly might offer you a job! Great review; book sounds intriguing.

  5. loriwilde // April 13, 2009 at 10:12 PM  

    Hi Cyndi,

    What a lovely review. Thank you so much for taking the time to post it.

    Lori

  6. Judy // April 13, 2009 at 11:40 PM  

    Oh I would love to win this book!!!

    Judy

  7. JACLYN // April 14, 2009 at 8:02 AM  

    ALL OF ME is the fourth book in the Wedding Veil Series. I confess, I haven't read the first three, but that didn't pose a problem. Each book in the series stands alone and, while this book referred to the earlier books, I had no trouble following this story. In fact, if you have read the first three books in this series, you certainly want to get ALL OF ME as it does a nice job bringing the reader up to date on the lives of the three women features int he earlier books.

    NOW THIS IS MY KIND OF BOOK. NOT ONLY DOES IT KEEP THE READER TURNING PAGE AFTER PAGE BUT IT CONNECTS YOU TO THE FIRST THREE WHERE YOU CAN PEAK INTO THE LIVES OF THE FIRST THREE WOMAN AND SEE HOW THEIR LIVES PROGRESSED IN A CONTINUALTION OF A HAPPY EVERY AFTER.
    AND I'M THE KIND OF GAL THAT BELIVES IN HAPPY EVER AFTER. I LOVE SERIES BOOKS FOR THAT REASON.
    JACLYN

  8. magolla // April 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

    Sounds wonderful, C! Put me in the kitty for a chance at the book. A few years ago I was lucky enough to judge one of Lori's books in a contest, she totally pulled me in!

  9. Debby (from Blackbird Sisters) // April 14, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

    Cyndi, thank you for the great review and the chance to win the copy. I have read the first three, and totally agree with you on how fun they are to read!

  10. Mary Ricksen // April 14, 2009 at 2:50 PM  

    Sign me up for the contest Cyndi this one sounds like a winner!