What Mattered Most
Linda Winfree
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What Mattered Most

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  443 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A man in the worst place he can be--between two women--and forced to choose which one lives or dies.

Houston homicide detective, John O'Reilly, is torn between two women. One is the woman he's loved without hope for years. The other carries his unborn child. Now, a man bent on revenge wants O'Reilly to choose, and any choice he makes could cost him everything.

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ebook, 210 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published February 27th 2007)
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♥~♥Geri♥~♥HatesLoveTriangles ♥~♥
Ugh! It's another one of those hard to rate books. I actually enjoyed this one. I'm pretty much a sucker for the unrequited love trope. There were high points in the book for sure but there are low points as well where I feel the story dragged a little bit.

And another thing I didn't get was the blurb. Totally misleading. The issue whether John will choose Lanie, the mother of his child or Beth, the woman he was hopelessly in love with for years were already resolved around 25% to 30% of the boo...more
John and Lanie. Two people who lived together, great sexual chemistry, an unplanned pregnancy, his conflicted feelings over his childhood and his emotions towards his partner and former lover, Beth (which was not known to Lanie). Beth considered him a good friend but did not and had never really loved him. John just happened to be there for her during her transition from an abusive marriage. A jealous ex husband who pops up and kidnaps both women and tries to force John to choose which one is mo...more
Oh my gawd. I absolutely loved it! This is my first book by Linda Winfree and her story telling ability just blows me away.

A story about a man coming to terms with being in love with his baby mama a moment too late.

I will definitely dive into book #1 of the Hearts of the South series next.
This was an emotional cheating story,it had me gripped from start till the end,Lanie such a strong woman,she suffered so much pain from two most important men in her life-father and now John.John was involved with Lanie and they were going to have a baby but he had feelings for Beth which he kept from Lanie,she thought she loved John and John loved her now they were going to have a boy,they will happy but then everything came crashing down.John realizes his mistake and regrets it even know may b...more
The blurb for What Mattered Most is outstanding. One of the most enticing "I have to get this book" blurbs I've ever read. It lured me in, I started reading the book and about 1/4 of the way into it I re-read the blurb and felt like I was duped. The description of "he has to choose between the woman he has hopelessly loved forever and the woman who is carrying his child". Right there, wow that's a strong statement, too bad the actual event doesn't live up to those words.

I have to say that I did...more
More of an emotional, tear jerker read. I thought it would be more of a romantic suspense but the suspense all happened pretty early in the story. Still it was a good solid read.
Linda Sims

Lanie and John are both police officers. They both love their jobs. They also live together and share a hot and. Passionate relationship.

But there are things that Lanie doesn't know, things that John hasn't told her. But everything is about to come out into the open with devastating consequences.

For years John has been in love with Beth, his partner at work. Beth is divorced from her crazy ex-husband. Beth does not return John feelings. But when her ex-husband comes after her...more
I think that this book could have been really good, but it just didn't deliver. The backdrop of this story is John O'Reilly who has been having an intense sexual relationship with Lanie Falconetti, until the condom broke and now he's trapped. And he shows it.

Lanie, of course, is in love with John, but refuses to show her anger with his lack of attention because she has her own issues (i.e. her mother trapped her father into marriage with pregnancy so her father never loved her, and she refuses t...more
For reviews, I can't say much that isn't the same as all the high rating reviews. The book blurb is completely misleading. The one girl he loves, doesn't love him at all, she was just grateful to him because he got her out of a horrid situation. The woman he knocked up doesn't even know about the woman he thinks he's in love with. A mad man captures both women and tried to make him pick which one is more important. yadda yadda yadda. Don't get me wrong, it was a decent thriller to read but there...more
Kimberly aka Booklover #1
Awesome book with so much emotion. One of my favorites. H/h are living together, but H loves another woman (he thinks). Ex of OW comes back to kill OW, but severely hurts h (she is very pregnant) and that is when h finds out that H loves OW. Absolutely heartbreaking. They had to take the baby and H had to take care of baby and h until she recovered. During her recoupment H knows that he truly loves the h, not OW and tries very hard to make it up to her.

A must read!!
The reason I give this book 3 stars is the author's ability to give the reader heart-wrenching descriptions of the heroine's pain when finding the man she loved betrayed her in the most cruel way. The reader in me could physically feel the tumor Juliet was experiencing. I was there with her pain and devastation. That created an emotional connection I felt for Juliet and I was rooting for her get her justice aftermath.

However, I could not accept the author's execution of the final confrontation w...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
This is truly a gut wrenching book... There is no HEA until the final pages. But it’s a great book that was the start of Linda Winfree's Heart's of the South series. This book introduced us to Cait Falconetti who goes on to be in all but the first book of the series.

This book is about her cousin Lanie Falconetti who is a Deputy with the Sheriff's department and who is also 8 months pregnant. She has been living with the father of her baby John O'Reilly who is a detective with the Houston Police...more
i saw this book recommended on one of the amazon discussion sites and it sounded interesting enough that i got the sample, then when i got the sample, just had to have the book. one of the beauties of owning a kindle is that instant gratification thing they have going on! without spoiling it too much, it's about a man who is living with and has impregnated one woman while secretly in love with another. angst-filled but totally believable. now i'm wondering if winfree's other books are as good as...more
Kaycee Sapinoso
The blurb caught my attention.

A man in the worst place he can be between two women and forced to choose which one lives or dies. One is the woman he loved without hope for years. The other woman carries his unborn child.

I was conflicted about the book. I don't know if I'm going to read it, and I'm glad that I did. What Mattered Most was such a good book. I was hooked from the start, and couldn't put the book down.

Lanie Falconetti was pregnant with his lover John O'Reilley's baby. She's looking...more
Lu Bielefeld *Hates.Cliffhanger.Endings!*
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Jemma Gutierrez
I didn't want to write a review of this at first because i haven't sort out my emotions yet and this book is one hell of a roller-coaster-emotional ride.

I usually hate this kind of plot. Where the hero is in love with another woman. I don't like it. I spent half my life thinking I'm just a second option and so i you can understand my distaste. But i can be a stupid, masochist most of the time so i gave it a try.

What Mattered Most is all about second chances. Finally! A heroine who can stand her...more
ending seemed rushed...otherwise it was quite heart wrenching/bittersweet;p to read about how the characters forgive each other and move on together ;)

overall 5 stars!!;)
Maybe 3.5 stars.

Very good angsty, torn between two lovers story. When the guy makes his choice, he has a lot of work ahead of him. Grovelicious!
Rhian Cahill
I loved this book. Linda isn't afraid to dig into the hard subjects. she had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.
I had really high hopes for this book based solely on the summary attached to it, but it fell kind of flat for me. Don't get me wrong this was a decent read, but based on the description of the book, I had expected the issues faced by our main character, John, choosing which woman he loved the "most" to take up more of the book, but after less than 200 NookBook pages(out of about 600) THAT particular situation was over, and then from there it just fell in line with being just another romance boo...more
wow... this was a book I really wanted to read and the angst did not let me down.... wow what would you do if a madman had the woman you have been in love with for a long time, whom you moved states to be near...whom you still partner with hostage....along with the woman you have been living with (her house) and sleeping with and who is currently 7/8 months pregnant and he has them both and you have to choose.... that is the premise of this book and it is heartbreaking and heart twisting in ever...more
The synopsis for this book is so wrong. It makes you think that the entire book is going to be about him chasing after the ex-husband and then having to choose between the two women, but that's only like the first 20%.

What this book is really about is John trying to correct his mistakes and trying to get Lanie to forgive him. It's a very difficult journey for them, but I liked it because I like seeing people regret stuff and then suffer for it. Haha, that makes me sound sadistic, but this is on...more
The story is good. I kinda addict to second-chance and tear-jerker stories. Not all the time, of course XD
But at some point, the development stopped me from giving 5 stars. hmm... I wonder why.. Maybe because I don't like how Beth turned into the 'wise and good' one? -.-; It's quite hard to read and believe that, when most Lanie's pains involved around her. (It just makes me wanna kick her and said get lost)
That facts made me have this tiny little doubt at John's change of heart. It's just seeme...more
This book was good. I have never read from this author Linda Winfree before and I enjoyed the style of her writing. This is an emotional story from the very beginning. The two main characters John O'Reilly and Lanie Falconetti are living together and having a baby that was unplanned. Lanie feels like John and her are really doing great together to have had there relationship start this way. The sex is great she feels like John really cares for her and she really cares for him. But then a betraya...more
I have just recently discovered Linda Winfree and I have to say I am GLAD I did. I really love her writing. This story in particular was so moving. It was very emotional with (in my mind) a very big emotional betrayal. At times it is truly heart wrenching to read and brought tears to my eyes. The suspense was good but what stole the show for me in this book was the emotional story. The give and take of the heart. The transformation that takes place in the hero is wonderful.......So get the tissu...more
This book was sooooo angsty, but perfect! The bodily harm/injury and threat of death portion that's a part of every romantic suspense book was done in the first 3rd of the book. The rest of the book was all about forgiveness, and their relationship with each other and their son. This book was so good, but is definitely not light-hearted. You start out on Lanie's side totally, but eventually you start to feel bad for John and by the time the book ends you're sooo happy. I highly recommend this bo...more
fiasco 22

i was hoping this book to be very good, but sadly it just didn't deliver.
the blurb was far more dramatic and intriguing than the book itself. i was really hoping for some great story, the real tug and war of emotion and responsibility. but all i get was two very immature grown ups, hanging on their stupid past, and was ready to destroy their own lives because their parents didn't have any stable relationships, how typical.
I read this one after the Hearts of the South books, and had trouble figuring where it fit in the timeline until I stopped halfway through to look at publication dates to finally figure out that it goes before the Hearts books.

I definitely enjoyed the Hearts books more than this one. I kept flip flopping back and forth on if I liked our hero & heroine. I eventually decided that I like them, but not enough to re-read the book.
Another book filled with misunderstandings and an OTP that doesn't know how to communicate. If they had just sat down and talked, this book could have been 100 pages lighter.
Sunshine :)
really enjoyed this story. at times I felt like Lanie really needed to be slapped like a thousand times but I understood her doubts. other than that... it was a great read.
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How does a high school English teacher end up plotting murders? She uses her experiences as a cop’s wife to become a writer of romantic suspense! Linda Winfree lives in a quintessential small Georgia town with her husband and two children. By day, she teaches American Literature, advises the student government and coaches the drama team; by night she pens sultry books full of murder and mayhem.
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