All of Me turned my heart inside out. A.L. Jackson has upped her game once more with this gut-wrenching love story that caused me to continually try to catch my breath while reading it. It's the kind of book that is almost begging you to look away, yet you simply can't. And it's all because Jackson continues to create such spectacular characters that you simply must know that there is a good chance that everything will turn out all right.
I just knew Ian Jacobs would have tough story to tell. Getting even just a few of the bits of his tortured life as a boy in his brother's book, More of You, had me desperate to find out more. And we get so much more in terms of his past and what makes him the man he is today. The one who will not love. Who will not succumb to any woman. Who will rule the world as full partner at his law firm, not wanting his seedier side to infiltrate that dream. Ian is a man on a mission and no one was happier to see that steely facade begin to crumble that I was, when a certain distraught mom of 3 catches his eye and turns his world upside down over and over again.
Holy smokes. The forbidden romance between Ian and Grace Dearborne was akin to watching a man walk across a tightrope. Their immediate attraction held a delicate balance from the start as they saw each other across a crowded ballroom. What transpires between them as they try hard to resist the other and then proceed to become attorney and client when Grace has no one else to turn to or to trust, is all kinds of heartbreaking. Talk about push and pull. OMGoodness. These two were made for each other yet have to keep their distance, which is next to impossible, as Grace's powerful ex-husband battles her for custody of their children.
The tormented soul that is Ian had me in tears more than once. His battle to keep his heart under wraps when he is more than deserving of a great woman by his side and a family to truly love, broke me. I just wanted to reach in my Kindle and hug Ian and tell him to stop punishing himself for his past transgressions and to never let Grace go. But I understood his reluctance and decisions he made for himself so many years ago. But that didn't mean I didn't suffer right along with him, because I did.
The book is a tough journey to swallow at times. There is a lifetime of angst from both Ian and Grace. But thankfully, Jackson provides the desperately needed levity in the form of Ian's niece, Bailey and Grace's daughters, Mallory and Sophie. These 3 give everyone involved a chance to laugh, to sing and even shake their booty while preparing breakfast. In addition, I loved Grace's grandmother, a woman who always found the silver lining to any dark cloud that Grace had to endure.
As worlds collide more times than seemed possible in this story, I honestly wasn't sure how Ian and Grace would survive all that is thrown at them. With long-held secrets revealed and lives seemingly obliterated, their road to happiness is truly littered with the worst kind of detours. But I still held hope that love could conquer all. After all, doesn't every woman deserve a hero who can and will save the day? Grace certainly does and Ian clearly seems to be the right fit for that cape.
A.L. Jackson certainly gave her all with this latest gem of hers and I'm in awe of this truly moving story. All of Me is intense and beautiful and full of a rare kind of love that took my breath away. It was most definitely worth all the glorious angst I felt along the way and I happily give All of Me a huge 5 stars!
Occasionally I read other reviews between finishing a book and writing my own review, just to see if what I was feeling in a book was the same as what other people were. I did that with All of Me and noted that several people had an issue with their insta-lust. I suppose it’s something you can only appreciate if you’ve experienced it. Personal aside: I met my husband when I was 16 and he 20 (far too old at that point in my life), after a less than five-minute interaction I compared every other person I dated to him until the day I married him, six years later. Sometimes your heart and soul know better than your rational mind. All of that to say, I loved the fact that their connection was instant and intense.
I loved Ian and Grace’s love. Even before either of them was ready to admit that was what was happening between them, their connection was bigger and more beautiful than anything they were looking for, anything they wanted. They both ran from it, their fear ruling their choices, but neither of them could fight the pull back to the other, and that was what made their relationship so special.
We’d seen a little of Ian’s story in the first book in this series, More of You, and I was so happy we got to finally see his tragic childhood and what had formed him into the man we’d met. His history was dark and the guilt he carried immense. My momma heart broke for him and wanted to wrap that poor boy up and keep him safe. Grace’s story was no less heartwrenching, and I connected with her deep-seated need to protect her babies with every molecule of her being. Together they gathered all their broken pieces and made something magnificent and impenetrable.
My only wish for All of Me is that it be a little less predictable. I could see every twist and turn coming a mile away, and it dampened my reading experience. I know all of the pieces have to be in place to make a story come together, but a lot of the plot points in this book were just too convenient.
All of Me is the second book in AL Jackson’s Confessions of the Heart series. The books in this series are interconnected stand-alones and can easily be read independently of one another. All of Me is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Grace and Ian.
All of Me is a stunning love story that had me captivated from the very beginning until long after the ending. This romance is powerful, inspiring, emotionally raw, intense, suspenseful and breathtakingly romantic. AL Jackson delivers an unforgettable masterpiece with so much heart and soul that I was left in awe. The characters and storyline are very well-written and relatable. With each page I fell deeper in love. This book left a mark on my heart and soul!
Ian is a broken and complex man who is incredibly sexy, loyal, and fiercely protective. He is a force to be reckoned with. The layers to this man are endless. I fell hard and fast for him and didn’t see him coming. Grace is kind, genuine, generous, resilient and self-less. I adored her. A perfect combination of sweet and strong. I fell in love with these characters – both resonated with me deeply. The chemistry between them is undeniable and electric. From the moment they meet they are inexplicably drawn to one another; bound by something stronger than either can comprehend. They share an intense connection on a soul-deep level that can’t be ignored no matter how hard they try to resist. The heart wants what it wants. Ian definitely met his match in Grace and she brings him to his knees! Watching them fall in love was absolutely breathtaking; it was magical! They both are haunted by their pasts and being together eases their pain. How they fight for one another is powerfully moving. I was not prepared for how emotionally and deeply this story would impact me. The storyline is brilliantly written. I could feel every emotion experienced; they just bled from the pages. Some scenes just stole my breath while others shattered my heart. The scenes that made my heart soar made up for all the pain. The intimate scenes were passionate, incredibly sexy, and filled with such raw emotion. The suspenseful scenes had me on the edge of my seat and were intense. The unconditional love and support of family and friends was inspiring; I adored these scenes woven throughout. The wisdom interlaced throughout this incredible story was inspiring. I absolutely loved every second of this book and wished it didn’t have to end. The ending is beautifully breathtaking and stunning. This book is one of my top reads of all time. Worthy of 10 brilliant stars. I highly recommend reading this book!!
There’s something about the way this author writes that has me diving deep into the hearts of every character she writes. I could feel with every ounce of my being the love that Grace had for her children, and the intense connection between her and Ian. She’d do anything for her babies, and I wanted to jump into the story and stand right there next to her, protecting her children and becoming her best friend.
Ian was everything I hoped for and more. My heart broke for him; for his past, for his present, for the way he felt about himself and the world. He was the protector Grace and her babies needed, and he overcame his self-imposed limitations to be the man they needed him to be.
I loved the ending. How he broke, how he gave in, how he stepped up to be the man he was meant to be. I loved the peek at Jace and Faith, how his brother gave him all the love and understanding any big brother should have - especially one who has walked in his shoes.
I have my favorites from this author - stories that live inside me even after I put the book down months and months ago. And there is no doubt that Ian and Grace will be right there with them for a very, very long tome.
This book was all consuming. It will have you on the edge of your seat, filled with angst, will have you laughing out loud, shedding tears, angry, and it's filled willed with so much passion. And so much LOVE!!!!!
When I first started reading I thought Ian was and a@@hole . But then I realized he was just a lost soul. With a vey dark past. And then when Grace walks into his life all that changes. He becomes someone totally different. The connection between Ian and Grace was off the charts. And then AL Jackson took out the big guns. She always throws in a little one when she wants to wrangle in one of her more defiant male characters. LOL!! But this time she threw in three of them to bring Ian to his knees. (which I didn't think was fair) Poor guy didn't stand a chance. LOL!!!!
There were so many twists and turns in this book. Things I didn't see coming. It seemed different then what Jackson normally writes. But it still had the Jackson feel. I loved this book so hard.
PERFECTION! AL Jackson has done it again! Every time I read one of her books I am just blown away by how wonderful the story is and how great the characters are and I think to myself that there is no way she can top it. And dang if she hasn’t done it again with All Of Me!
This story is a beautiful soul consuming piece of art. The words are masterfully woven into a tale that grabs you from the beginning and even when you have finished the story you can’t get them out of your mind.
The way she describes the scene and their feelings, you feel like you are standing right there with them. I don’t like to give away any spoilers and there is no need for me to recap the story because the blurb tells you what you need to know.
But what you do need to know from me is that All of Me is a must read story. There are a lot of books out there that are entertaining, All Of Me is storytelling at its best. You will laugh at times, swoon at times, cry at time and your heart will even race a few times.
Attorneys who work just to make more money, not willing to help those who are really needing to be helped so desperately. Ian is a typical Attorney just wanting to climb that corporate ladder, get to the top, no matter what, he happens to run into a beautiful young woman at an event, not knowing her reason for being there, just there is an attraction. Grace, feeling defeated went to the benefit to see if an attorney would represent her, only to be turned down, no one wants to help her. Join in and see where this story will go, it is full of suspense, corruption, murder, lies, intimidation, pure lust, yet a draw to another person with feelings so deep, your heart cannot help but feel it with them❤️❤️. Absolutely amazing story. A must read.
This. Book. You know how sometimes you think you have a fav book boyfriend from one authors work and then every book they publish that book boyfriend changes to the most recently published one?
Yeah that’s AL Jackson for you. She can’t do wrong in the Hero department. Ian and All of Me are just everything. Everything you could possibly expect when you go into a book wanting to get lost to escape reality for a bit. All of Me did that and so much more!
The characters, the premise, and the development of the story line was BEYOND magical. Plot twists that slap you in the face and lust that makes you fan yourself at every turn. Plus that one aspect you get with EVERY AL Jackson read. I won’t spoil that but it’s something I normally shy away from in books. NOT HER BOOKS! I expect it every time and it always gives her books that something extra.
This book is for everyone who never stops putting up a fight for something they believe in.
Wow, Ian and Grace's story turned me inside out and upside down. Talk about feeling every emotion you can think of while reading!! Amy poured everything into this book, and man did it leave me wrung out by the end!
I knew from meeting Ian in More of You, that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with. Here was this confident, cocky lawyer who lived to give his big brother Jace nothing but grief. A guy whose single focus was becoming partner at the law firm he worked for. Never wanting a relationship, always going for the one night stand, the only thing he had time for.
Getting to know him in All of Me, he is so much more than I could have ever imagined. Getting to see bits and pieces of Ian's past made my heart hurt for what he had to do to survive as a young kid and into his teen years. We saw some of that past in Jace's book, More of You, but now we get to see all the ugly parts that no child should have ever had to live through.
Grace is the epitome of a mother who would do anything for her children. Going through the worst kind of nightmare a mother could ever go through, she is desperate to find someone willing to help her. A knight in shining armor. All she wants and needs is a second chance to give her kids the kind of life they deserve.
Amy does an incredible job of bringing together two people who are both dealing with the consequences of choices they made in the past that continue to haunt them. I think Fate was working overtime to bring these two people together. No two people deserve to find happiness more than these two. Only Ian doesn't believe he deserves it. He's done too many bad things in his life, going down a path he knew was wrong, but one that helped him become the prominent lawyer he is today. Too bad his biggest client is the scumbag crook that took Ian under his wing when his mother died. And now he thinks he has Ian under his thumb.
I swear my heart was in my throat and my stomach in knots for half of this book, feeling like there was no way Grace was going to get out from under the impossible situation she was facing. I wanted so badly to just skip all those parts because my blood was boiling at times, infuriated with some specific characters that were just detestable. Ugh...that's all I'm saying about that.
Amongst everything that is going on, Amy gives us an amazing story of two people finding comfort in each other, and the sexy times were oh so hot!! Ian is just...whoa! I have to admit that the cover of this book is probably one of my most favorites of Amy's because that face...I can't stop staring at it. So it wasn't hard to picture Ian in all his naked glory and think dang! Grace is a lucky, lucky girl.
The second half of this book definitely was heart pounding. There was so much going on! Secrets are revealed, revelations come forth. Missing pieces of the puzzle that Ian has been trying to solve ever since his mother died are coming together for him. And he isn't liking what he's finding out. And through it all, Grace remained the devoted Mama bear who would do anything she had to to protect her precious children. Those three babies just stole my heart. As did her Gramma who was a source of strength and guidance for her.
It was so great to see Jace and Faith and Bailey Ray from More of You, as well as Mack. If you haven't read book 1 yet, I guarantee you will want to after you finish reading All of Me. And later we'll be getting book for Mack as well. I am so excited to get his story too!
Once again, Amy has twisted my heart all up and stretched it to almost breaking. But then she manages to mold it back into shape and place it back in my chest, fuller than it was before. I can't wait for everyone to meet Ian and Grace.
HOLY FREAK’N WOW! There are just no other words. Because simply put, I have unequivocally fallen. I am completely, utterly, head-over-heels in love with Ian and Grace’s story!! In this second installment to her Confessions of the Heart series, AL Jackson really heats up the pages with her latest heart-wrenching story, “All of Me.” So buckle up ladies and hold on tight. Because Ian (“the dog”) Jacobs is about to totally rock your world.
While some might call him cocky and brash, even callous and ruthless, Ian sees himself more as a warrior; a survivor. Someone who clawed his way to success, despite a tortured past. Yet in spite of all that he has accomplished, all that he has achieved, Ian is continually haunted by memories that refuse to be buried. Memories that have placed him on a professionally destructive path and that regularly overshadow any grasp at happiness. Always charismatic, yet cool and aloof, Ian lives in the moment, losing himself in frequent dalliances. Until the night that Grace stepped into Ian's orbit. And all it took was one look... one dance... one taste... for Ian’s world to spin way off course.
Grace wasn’t looking for a lover, a relationship, or even her very own prince charming. And she most definitely wasn’t looking for a one-night-stand. Because no matter how tempting, Grace couldn’t risk losing all that she holds dear by succumbing to one wild night of passion. Especially with a seductive, enigmatic stranger that could offer her little more. Which was exactly what Ian Jacobs was offering. But Grace WAS desperate for a champion; a hero. Someone to believe in her cause and to help her fight an insurmountable battle. Yet, as fate would ultimately dictate, Ian Jacobs would turn out to be everything that Grace was looking for and everything that she wasn’t.
From the moment Ian and Grace first locked eyes, the air blazed with the scorch of their searing chemistry. And with each new encounter, their desire only grew more intense. In some of the sexiest scenes I’ve read to date, behind closed doors, Ian and Grace’s relationship is passionate, unbridled and explicitly raw. But it’s their burgeoning relationship outside the bedroom walls that truly captured my heart and has yet to let it go.
Delving between the pages of Ian’s story, my expectations were undoubtedly high. But once again, AL Jackson has risen to the occasion and far surpassed my desired expectations. A masterful blend of sex, romance and heart, “All of Me” is a unique and compelling stand-alone, served up with a generous side of intrigue and suspense. Boasting endearing new characters that made me smile, along with a storyline that touched my soul, this book has everything I look for in a romance novel and so much more!
You're up next, Mack, so bring it on! But be forewarned... you'll be hard-pressed to steal my heart away from Ian!!