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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  414 ratings  ·  67 reviews
After all Melanie Porter has been through recently, it's time to put her dreams first. And she starts by opening a vacation retreat outside of Melbourne. As she considers her next step, the unexpected happens. One of her guests--a friend--the "very" attractive Flynn Randall makes it clear he's in pursuit.Mel is definitely tempted. Who wouldn't be?

But Flynn comes with strin
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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seton
I thought this was an amazing and heartbreaking read for a category romance!

There is a scene early on in the bk when the hero is still dating his GF before the heroine. The GF movingly proposes marriage to the hero, complete with ring in hand and on bended knee. It's agonizing for a variety of reasons. The hero realizes that he had been leading the GF on and hates hurting a friend he has known since childhood. I also felt sorry for the GF whose only flaw seems to be that she wasn't The One. It's
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Saly
I really enjoyed All They Need though it took a while to take off but I could feel the pain of Flynn and Mel, Flynn dealing with losing his father to Alzheimer's, standing helplessly and unable to do anything for the man he adored and Mel and how she dealt with the fact that she, a strong vivacious woman, allowed her marriage to completely suppress so much so that she couldn't accept what Flynn was offering and was scared of life and to take risks.

When the book opens we see Flynn attending a par
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Ridley
If I had to highlight just one thing Mayberry does that elevates her books above the rest, I would have to choose the way she writes disagreements. Her characters act out at each other from a place of insecurity that feels true to the complicated, flawed little monkeys we all are. They say the same stupid things and make the same silly mistakes we all do, then get to resolve them like we'd all love to. The end result is a powerful, engrossing story where you're rooting for the couple with your w ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Okay, Flynn is just unbelievably yummy. And by that, I mean completely believably, but in that rare, "this is just a really good guy" kind of way. How can you not fall in love with this guy? The genius of Mayberry is that he's not so perfect as to throw you out of the story or to make you stop and think he's too much. And Mel is the first romance heroine I can think of who is a big, even strapping woman with all that entails (along the lines of Heyer's The Toll-Gate, but with more effect on even ...more
Maldivianbookreviewer
All They Need is the much awaited latest release by my favorite Harlequin author Sarah Mayberry. This story is somewhat a bit different from the last two releases by Sarah Mayberry in the sense that this is less intense, a bit more mellow and slow moving, but nevertheless makes for a great read, the remarkable ease with which Sarah manages to draw in the reader once again evident in this one as well.

34 year old Flynn Randall comes from one of the richest families in Australia. A single child, Fl
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Tina
I just love Sarah Mayberry's writing. I want to have it's babies!

Mel Porter and Flynn Randall were bare acquaintances while Mel was married to a member of Melbourne's upper crust society set. Flynn's family is one of the richest, cream of the crop families. But Mel herself had come from decidedly blue collar, yeoman stock and had never really fit in. Her husband had constantly pointed out her flaws and over time it had worn down Mel's confidence to nothing.

But the two meet up again after Mel's d
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Katie
4.5 rounding up

OH. This book is a little too short. Some of the middle development probably needed to be drawn out more and Flynn's parents' storyline could've used more attention.

BUT. I loved this for showing Flynn's understanding of Mel. For showing that there are people out there who will accept your struggles.

Also, for Flynn's realization of, "the timing might not be right, but this person IS right, so I can't not pursue this." I LOVE THAT.

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Kristiej
Ever since I discovered the Harlequin SuperRomance line not all that long ago really, Sarah Mayberry is an author I snatch up as soon as I see her newest release. Some are good and some are incredibly wonderfully good. This book for me, falls somewhere in between.

I found Melanie to be a very unusual heroine. She’s taller than normal, and bigger than life though her ex-husband has tried his very best to drum that out of her. It was a very emotionally abusive relationship and understandably Melani
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Carrie
3.5*

All They Need is an entertaining story by an excellent writer of category novels. Sarah Mayberry's book are always worth reading because she has talent. And while this wasn't her best book, it is still well worth the time and effort.

Unlike most of Mayberry's books, the plot of this one was more predictable, more "pat." I did appreciate that Flynn is a good guy, willing to give up a lot for the woman he loves, but he comes off a little too perfect at times. Mel was well written, Mayberry give
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Susan
Very good book with issues rarely found in a romance. Mel is finally starting to get her life back together after her divorce. Her ex spent a lot of time on his emotional abuse, so Mel is trying to get back to the way she used to be. She has no interest in entering a relationship where someone would have that kind of power over her. Flynn has always admired her, but as he gets to know her he finds that they have so much in common. He is dealing with a father who has the beginnings of Alzheimer's ...more
Lynn Spencer
Sarah Mayberry proves once again that she can balance writing about serious, meaty issues and heartfelt romance. This is a very sweet story about two people finding love with one another after having been battered around a bit by life.

Mel Porter is a vibrant, larger than life woman with a fantastic sense of humor who had most of her personality crushed out of her by an emotionally abusive ex-husband. Not surprisingly, as she comes into her own again she is wary of relationships and avoids anythi
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Ami
Mel Porter is struggling to get her independence and bravery again, after walking out of an emotionally abusive husband and unhappy marriage. So when Flynn Randall is on her pursuit, Mel prepares to keep him at arm's length. Because Flynn comes from the world where her ex-husband used to come from. And Flynn comes with a string -- he is ready for commitment, something that Mel promises herself no more.

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I'm still wiping my tears while I'm writing this down. Isn't there any more cruelest dise
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Writerlibrarian
A very solid 4 stars. Both lead characters have depth, you get to know them, as they get to know each other. Friendship, support, love. This is Sarah Mayberry best story yet. Her secondary characters are real, they are not names on paper but fully fleshed characters despite the minimal space she can devote to them. Flynn's parents, their love and devotion for each other facing a terrible adversary is really well done. Flynn is a wonderful hero and someone you would want as a best friend, lover, ...more
Brianne
I really liked this latest book by Ms. Mayberry. What I like most about her books is that she is not afraid for her characters to be dealing with real issues. In this one, the heroine is dealing with something that affected her directly while the hero is dealing with a medical issue with a family member that is effecting the whole family. Mayberry’s characters are adults - they have responsibilities and lives and have to work at balancing everything, even a new relationship. They are dealing wit ...more
Karen Scott
Sarah Mayberry is one of those authors that I trust with my reading time. It doesn't matter whether she's writing a category book or a full novel, she always manages to infuse so much heart into every page.
I loved Mel and Flynn together, and separately. Mel had been through an emotionally abusive marriage, and she'd come through it, albeit proverbially bruised and battered, and a lot more unsure of herself than she used to be. I loved that even in her vulnerable moments, she was self aware enou
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Leona
A story about a woman recovering from an abusive marriage and her fears about falling in love with a man, in spite of the fact that he happens to be one of the good guys. A well written story and a very realistic portrayal of the wounds inflicted by abuse.

My only regret, is that it felt a bit long and dragged in the middle. But I will definitely seek out more work by this author.

Vishesh Gupta
B-E-A-utifully written, this was the first Sarah Mayberry book i've ever read, and I must say I am really very impressed. The characters were so well developed, each of them have their own charm and before you know it you are already in love with them. I haven't read many romantic novels, but hands down this would definitely be amongst the list of my top favorites.
Audrey
3.5-4 stars - Good to very good category romance with friends-to-lovers theme. Well done with the believable characters and their foibles. Good sexual tension, too. I cried at one point towards the end, which is quite a lot to say about a Harlequin category romance.
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Ratings: 3.5/4

My First Sarah Mayberry book, and I can say that I'm very impressed. I had such hard luck recently with finding a book that piqs my interest. This one sure did it.

Melanie Porter suffered an abusive marriage. Even after her divorce, she is still haunted by that horrible past. It kept her away from pursuing her own happiness without looking back at those remarks, if not physical abuse, her husband used to throw at her. And on the other hand, There's Flynn Randall, a handsome, succes
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Hilcia
I really enjoy Sarah Mayberry's contemporary romances, but I was hesitant to read All They Need because well... it deals with Alzheimer's and that kind of hits home. However, Mayberry seems to explore these serious subjects with sensitivity and in the end that's what changed my mind. It was an emotional read for me and of course that touch of realism hit me hard, but the romance balanced it out. That's what Mayberry does so well.

Mel and Flynn's romance develops nice and slow. Flynn is a heck of
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Louise
I finished this with a big happy smile. I just love it when that happens.

So. What is this story about? Well, it’s about Mel and Flynn. Mel has just left an emotionally abusive marriage, and is trying to rediscover herself. She definitely is not ready for a new relationship. Flynn on the other hand is dealing with his father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer. Both issues were handled with a great deal of sensitivity and both characters were three dimensional and all together wonderful.

There
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Velocity
Tough one to rate. Probably a 3.5 and what takes the points off is the shade of insta-love, as in thoughts about babies and marriage presented as a totally normal behaviour two weeks into a relationship. Two fuckin' weeks?! I'm all for insta-lust and falling madly and deeply head over heels with someone, thus wanting to get into a relationship and explore things further. I'm all for that, really, and I think it makes for a perfect romance recipe. But dreaming about the future and dreaming about ...more
Kelly
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and entertaining and wonderfully realistic. I loved that they had something other than mutual attraction in common--they are both fiends for gardening, and they bond over this mutual interest. I also loved that Melanie's issue from her first marriage (she was severely emotionally abused by her ex-husband and his family) did not disappear overnight, nor was sex a cure for her insecurities. It took her seeing that Flynn was a genuinely gre ...more
Linda
The first chapter of this book was sent to me with four others to entice me to re-join a bookclub. I chose this one because it was the most interesting of the 4 books. I then received the book and devoured it. Although I did not have personal experience of the physicalogical abuse in my marriage (actually marriages), none-the-less I could relate to the main character - Mel. In the beginning of the book she is receiving the final divorce papers and starting on her new life - alone. She has bought ...more
Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Sarah Mayberry is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors, and one of the main reasons why I love the Harlequin SuperRomance line so much. I wanted to read this book but I was wary about it as well because it deals with a subject that touches close to home: Alzheimer’s. Needless to say this book had me crying from page one, but regardless of how that makes it seem this wasn't an overly dramatic read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The book opens
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Elizabeth
Mar 18, 2012 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Smart Bitches/DA Podcast
Selected this book after hearing about Sarah Mayberry from the DA/SB post cast. So glad I did - I hope to read more from this author.

The book opens at a high society party in Melbourne Australia, where the oh-so good looking and wealthy Flynn spots a tall statuesque woman - Mel, the wife of an aquaintance- rescuing a bracelet that had fallen in the pool. When she falls in, she creates a spectacle with her now- see-through dress that her husband Owen finds unforgivable. Fast forward 1.5 years an
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Clémence
Gabby's pain was pretty heartfelt and very well portrayed (view spoiler) ...more
Liz B
I teach school, and it feels like all we do these days is talk about data and making data-driven decisions. And I have a pretty easy data-driven decision to make about Sarah Mayberry--and perhaps all of Harlequin:

Stop buying Blaze.

Or rather--read all of Mayberry's SuperRomances (because apparently it's one word) before reading the Blaze ones.

This was yet another solid and enjoyable read by Mayberry. The backstory is significant--and in fact, the whole novel is really about dealing with the back
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Jessica Lemmon
Sarah Mayberry has done it again! She made me cry. In a good way.

All They Need is a grown up book about two people so real, you'd swear you could call up Melanie and rent one of her little cottages for this weekend. All They Need is a glimpse of a bit of the middle of Flynn and Melanie's lives, and you feel privileged to be allowed in it. Focused on the emotions, which had me misted up for most of the book and bawling by the end, it's a lot of bang for your five bucks. It's not in the least bit
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Sarah Mayberry was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. From the time that she first “stole” paper from kindergarten and stapled it together to make “books,” Sarah has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, on graduation from high school she completed a bachelor of arts degree majoring in professional writing, then sat down to write a book. When ins ...more
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“She acted completely on instinct, closing the distance between them and wrapping her arms around him. He was unresponsive for a long beat, as though she’d taken him by surprise, then his arms went around her in turn.
Her breasts were pressed to his chest and every breath she took was filled with the smell of his aftershave but there was nothing sexual about their embrace. She was offering him a little comfort, and he was accepting it. It was as small and simple as that.”
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Statuesque, utterly feminine. Breathtaking.”
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