All of You by Rhian Cahill
Publisher: Noble Romance
Length: Short Story (106 Pages)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Foxglove
Claire Jones never dreamed the fantasies she'd been having about the young guy next door would ever become reality, but after a push from her best friend and one encounter involving dirty laundry, she's getting more reality than one woman should be allowed. But with reality comes emotion, and Claire finds herself falling deeper and deeper under Ryan's spell.
Ryan Doherty wants in Claire's pants, but he soon discovers hot sex isn't all he's after. She makes him happy in a way nothing and no one else ever has, and if he has to use their amazing chemistry to stay in her life, he will. Because having more of Claire isn't an option. It's the only choice.
Can Ryan and Claire bridge the age gap to find the love of a lifetime, or will what others think destroy the best thing either of them has ever found?
All of You is a very hot older woman, younger man story. There are lots of these out there, but this one stands out for me because of the skill with which Ms. Cahill has crafted her characters.
Claire Jones is really beginning to regret confiding in her best friend Jane. They have been friends for almost forty years, but she can’t believe her ears when Jane tells Claire to give her fantasies a chance. Those fantasies all involve her very hot and sexy neighbor, Ryan. The very much younger Ryan. So what if her pulse speeds up at the thought of indulging in a hot night of passion with him, she is old enough to be his mother.
Then Ryan gives off vibes that he is interested, and Claire decides a fling might just work. They can both ‘scratch the itch’ and move on with their lives. Ryan wants Claire, but he is in it for the long haul, if he can just convince Claire to give them a chance at more than a fling. But first, Ryan has to break through Claire’s reserve about the difference in their ages. Can Ryan convince Claire that age is just a number? Can Claire let go and accept what Ryan is offering? Can they find a middle ground that can provide the happy ever after they both want?
These are people you like and want to see happy, and I enjoyed watching as these two learned about each other, what they like and don’t like. I liked that there was more to these two than just sex; they set out to become better acquainted along with the bedroom action.
Claire Jones is a strong and independent woman, a professional with a successful career. I liked her attitude, and her hesitance to jump in with both feet where she wasn’t comfortable. I also liked that, once she made up her mind, she didn’t become weak and dependent on Ryan for things. She is a wonderful character, well rounded and interesting on several levels.
Ryan Doherty is virile, handsome, and the hottest thing Claire has ever seen. He is a successful contractor, in business with his older brother. He wants to break through the wall his sexy neighbor has erected, but isn’t sure how to take the first step. Ryan is ready for more than just a fling, and I enjoyed watching as he tried every trick he could think of to convince Claire their relationship could be more. I love Ryan’s dogged determination to get exactly what he wants, but also not pressure Claire outright.
This is definitely a sexy romance, with plenty of very hot action in places I didn’t see coming. There is a picnic in the park that raises the temperature quite nicely, without completely embarrassing either party. There is a scene that nearly destroys everything Ryan has worked toward, and I loved how he was able to do what it took to finally convince Claire that what they have is important and can work. This is a story for those who really like happy endings, and overcoming obstacles. But be warned, there is a need for ice and tissues, so keep both on hand.