Book Review – All Of Me by Heatherly Bell

Series: Starlight Hill, #1
 Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 151
Published: November 14, 2014 by Heatherly Bell Books
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What would you do for a second chance with your first love?

Welcome to wine country and the small town of Starlight Hill, California, where the wine flows freely and so does the gossip.

The town has never quite forgiven Ivey Lancaster for leaving their favorite son, Dr. Jeff Garner, when she met a man on an online dating site. But while the people of the township took sides, the truth of her absence is something Ivey doesn’t want anyone to know.

When a sudden change of plans forces Ivey to work with her hunky ex, she must keep it professional or risk her heart all over again.


After reading Unforgettable You from the same author, I became an instant fan of this series. When I was first offered to review the book mentioned, I have to admit that I didn’t conduct some research about it. The preview that the author sent me singlehandedly convinced me into reading it. So I was really surprised to find out that it’s the book 4 of the Starlight Series. Normally, I read the first book of each series before pursuing the rest of them. But in this case, I just broke my vow. But if you have read my review of that book, you’ll sure know why. *wink

So after reading the 4th book, I shamelessly added on my review post that I am somewhat begging the author to let me read the previous books in this series. And fortunately, the author is just so kind and she let me read and review her previous books. Yeah, not just a single book, but all other three books in this series! So lucky eh?! So to set the record right, I started with the first book, which is this book “All of Me”.

I have this habit of not reading the sypnosis/summary of a book that I am going to read that day to enhance my reading experience, that is why I really don’t have any idea what to expect in this story (which sounds like fun eh?). My only expectation lies on the idea that I liked the fourth book, thinking that, it gave me some positive thoughts that this book is going to be as great as the fourth book too. But to my dismay, when I started this story, it didn’t have that same effect that I felt when I’ve read the fourth book. I wasn’t that hook until I’ve reach the part where the two ex-lovers met. Haha, I’m such a sucker I know.

But what’s also disappointing in this story was that it uses some “not so friendly terms” that is why once in a while, I have to check my dictionary for its meaning. I wasn’t really expecting about it since I didn’t had that same problem before when I read the fourth book.

And I guess the author noticed the discomforts that I had because just after “meeting the ex” scene, I got hook with it. The next scenes got so interesting and entertaining that I can’t let myself to go to sleep without finishing it. Yeah, since I am working full time, I only have night time as my free time. I didn’t really had any intention on finishing this book in just one sitting (or one lying in my case haha) but this book didn’t let me sleep!

“Getting back with your ex” idea isn’t new to me, so I really adore the author for not making this story too cliché for my taste. Love the scenes between the characters though I was really annoyed because it’s obvious that both of them still love each other but isn’t making any effort to let each other know. I was also annoyed on their conflict, grrr! I don’t want to destroy your reading experience so I’m not gonna tell, haha.

This book also has some lessons added in it but its lesser compared to the fourth book. I almost have overlook it until this story reminded me with the reason why Ivey (main female character) left.  Yeah, the lesson that this story is going to tell us lies to the reason why Ivey left Jeff and why she can’t say no to help everyone who’s in need.

And oh, how could I forget? The pink and blue ribbon pack by the people who’s living in the Starlight Hill was kinda weird but hilarious. What about it? Well, you gotta read this story to know why haha.

You know what makes this story unforgettable for me? It wasn’t the “to die for” romantic scenes, but because it ended without Jeff knowing that Ivey didn’t aborted their child. Yeah, I know it’s a bummer guys, but I really can’t just shut my mouth about it. Well, I guess I get this extra sensitive when it comes to issues like that, so I apologize for my outburst eh? Or maybe I’ve misunderstood it and maybe Ivey did abort their child? Urgghh! I’m not sure anymore, haha.

I could have given this story a 2 or 3 star rating, but where is the justice in that? Haha, this story is just so good and it entertained me so much that I can’t just shake it off.

This story is highly recommended and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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