MOST OF ALL YOU
The title alone suggests that this tale is just a typical romance novel, but it is so much more than that. The romance element is tentative and sweet and filled with the vulnerability that comes from bearing your heart and soul. However, the true gem of this book lies in the individual stories of the male and female protagonists. The tragedies that both have endured are heartbreaking, but the ways they deal with their tumultuous pasts are what readers will identify with most. Their healing processes, both apart and together, are inspiring, uplifting and raw in their intensity. The author makes you feel like you are right there experiencing every flashback and triumph, and she will have readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
Ellie Cates goes by "Crystal" when she works as an exotic dancer. She has perfected the art of masking her true emotions, and her alter ego allows her to get through the day and forget her past. Then she meets Gabriel Dalton, a man whose own past includes a childhood abduction that left him unable to touch or be touched by others. Gabriel asks Ellie to make him comfortable with human contact again, and through their lessons, they find hope for their future. (FOREVER, Oct., 352 pp., $14.99)