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All They Need by Sarah Mayberry
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Jun 04, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: category, keeper, ugly-cry

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 also agonizing since like most readers, I dont like seeing a scene of such intimacy between the hero and someone who isn't the heroine.

However, the true beauty of that scene is how it informs the rest of the novel. From drawing parallels later in the bk when the heroine herself offers her key in hand as a symbol of her love to reminding me that the hero does have weaknesses when he is seen as The Perfect Man for the rest of the story. This is a well-crafted bk with few scenes wasted. There is a secondary storyline about the hero's loving parents dealing with the early stages of Alzheimer's and the realistic way it was depicted had me crying my eyes out.

Setting: Australia
Trope: Amazonian heroine (yes, Xena and Wonder Woman are mentioned)
Grade: A-
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Kristiej I echo just about everything you say about this book :-) I can't do a full review yet as it's my challenge book, but I think we will have very similar likes and dislikes and grades.

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