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What Mattered Most

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,119 Ratings  ·  81 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. Gutsy sheriff ...more
ebook, 210 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published February 27th 2007)
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Bev
One the whole I liked this, I wanted angst and I got it. Unfortunately I didn't like Lanie much, and even when she softened up a bit I didn't believe in her love for him. The book ended abruptly with no epilogue to help me believe in her feelings for him.
♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
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
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Jae
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.
Mspink
Mar 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Linda Sims
CAN SHE FORGIVE HIM



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
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Roksana
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
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Joanna
Jun 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie
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
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Pamela(AllHoney)
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.
Booklover
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
Tina
Lainie and John are cops who are in a relationship that is more than friends with benefits but less that totally committed. It is great sex with a side order to casual coupledom and mutual respect.

But the condom broke and Lainie is pregnant and John is.... well, John is a little freaked. He's not ready for parenthood.

Added to their own romantic drama is the fact that John has some residual feelings for his ex-partner, Beth. John had been in unrequited love with Beth for years and has been a supp
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Vee Paige
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was pleasantly surprised how I liked this book. This was quite angsty. Homicide detective John thought he was in love with his partner, Beth, though he was having a sexual relationship with Lanie who happened to be pregnant with his child. It was shown early on, that though John is supportive of the pregnancy he is not very enthusiastic like failing to show up for doctor's checkups and putting together the crib. Something happens that put the two women i
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Tia
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zakirrah BookBlogger
3.5 Stars!

Too much back and forth for my liking
full review to come soon..
Mou
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am confused about the book ratings. 3 or 3.5 or 4 stars.

I have lots to say, so let's start with it.

First, the Blurb was kinda misleading. The hero, John didn’t have to choose between his past and present.

John and Lanie both are police officers. Lanie and John are having an affair and Lanie is eight months pregnant. Well, there are things that Lanie doesn't know, things that John hasn't told her.

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Farwa
It was good. Sometimes great, specially the part where John was interacting with his new born baby and sometimes not so great. But one of the good 2nd chance books. One thung, there should have been one epilogue coz the ending felt abrupt.
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
UPDATE: 11th January, 2016 (First re-read)

3.5 'TEARS INDUCING' STARS.

I'm a sucker for romance where the Hero's in love with another woman and realizing what a piece of shit he was and grovelled to get back to the heroine's good graces. I love the angst -- it makes me feel alive. LOL.

I picked up this book about a year/ 2 years ago when I was too young to fully understand the book. All I want to say is that I loved the grovelling scenes!!! I cried so hard a few times and I loved the ending but
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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!!
Rica
4.5 Stars. I really enjoyed this book. It had angst and groveling. The heroine was great...made him work got it! The only thing missing IMO is an epilogue
Kiri Fiona
4 Stars…

Synopsis:

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 OReilly, is torn between two women. One is the woman hes loved without hope for years. The other carries his unborn child. Now, a man bent on revenge wants OReilly to choose, and any choice he makes could cost him everything.Gutsy sheriffs deputy, Lanie Falconetti, is determined not to repeat her mothers mistakes in love. Her no-strings attached affair with John ORe
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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
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Diane
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
Teresa
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O meu estilo de história preferido: policial e romance reunidos.
Quando tem que escolher entre as duas mulheres da sua vida - a que ama e a que está grávida do seu filho, que pode John fazer?
Mas será que no fundo não são a mesma: a mulher que ama é a que está grávida?
E quando finalmente se apercebe disso não é tarde demais?
Afinal como pode a Laine voltar a confiar nele?
É esta viagem que acompanhamos neste livro que nos prende do inicio ao fim.
Mydearloverboy
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
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!!;)
Pattrycia
3.5 stars for Sonny Buck!
Eliza
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rhian Cahill
May 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anne OK
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
(Christy Reece recommendation 12/11)


REVIEW TO FOLLOW SOON
Julz
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!
Natasha Anders
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very emotional 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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