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ARC Review: All of Me Box Set by Siobhan Davis

I’m head over heels in love with my best friend. Although, I can’t pinpoint exactly when Reeve Lancaster became my entire world.

Was it when we were little kids, practically brought up together, after Reeve’s mom died during childbirth and his dad subsequently fell apart? Or when I doodled his name in my school journal at age ten? Maybe it was when we became boyfriend and girlfriend at fourteen or when we shed our virginity at sixteen, pledging our forever?

I was there as his star ascended—like I’d always known it would—and there wasn’t a prouder person on the planet. As the only child of Hollywood’s golden couple, I’ve lived my life in the spotlight enough to know it wasn’t what I wanted for my future. But I sacrificed my own desires, because Reeve’s happiness meant everything to me.

Until he crushed my heart into itty-bitty pieces, forcing me to fly halfway around the world just to escape the gut-wrenching pain.

The opportunity to study at Trinity College Dublin came at the perfect moment, and I jumped at the chance without hesitation. If I’d known fate was meddling in my life, perhaps I would have chosen differently, but my future was cemented the instant I laid eyes on him.

Dillon O’Donoghue was Reeve’s polar opposite in every way, and perhaps, that’s why I felt drawn to him. He was the dark to my light. The thorn in my side, irritating me with his cold disdain, wild recklessness, and a burning rage hidden deep inside him that spoke to a silent part within me. Yet Dillon showed me what it was like to truly live, opening my eyes to endless possibilities.

What happened next was inevitable, and I only have myself to blame. He warned me, and I knew my reprieve was temporary, because there is only so far I can run.

Especially when fate hasn’t finished messing with me yet.

This series collection box set includes the following content:

  • Say I’m One – #42 in the entire store upon release
  • Let Me Love You – #8 in the entire store upon release
  • Hold Me Close – epilogue novella
  • Exclusive bonus content

𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝑯𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒚𝒘𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒑𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆, 𝒂𝒏 𝑰𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒊𝒓𝒍 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒃𝒐𝒕𝒉. 𝑨 𝒈𝒊𝒓𝒍 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒕𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒊𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒘𝒂𝒚. 𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒊𝒆𝒔, 𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒃𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒌 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒂𝒊𝒏, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 𝒂 𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒓𝒆𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒐 𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒎𝒔 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆.

This series is one of my absolute favorite things. Not favorite books or favorite stories but just favorite things in the whole wide world. Vivian’s story is everything. I mention it all the time and have reviewed all three books exhaustively – even going back to add to reviews after a re-read. But that’s okay because I never get enough of this saga. Viv and Reeve are soulmates, lifelong best friends and so in love, until his dream of Hollywood fame comes true and destroys everything. It’s painful to read but Siobhan Davis doesn’t just break your heart, she puts it back together again.

The first book, Say I’m The One, is full of the highest highs and the lowest lows for these characters, so you think you’ve seen it all by the time Let Me Love You begins. Hah! Of course not. That was just the beginning. Emotional rollercoaster is an understatement but it’s worth every minute because this story is epic. The author drove that point home with Hold Me Close, a glimpse into the future to show if they truly got the HEA or if it only appeared that way on the surface.

I bounced back and forth between Team Reeve and Team Dillon, never sure if she’d end up with the right man, but there’s no doubt that Viv is with The One. It’s important to add that I loathe love triangle and generally avoid them so I wasn’t even sure if I’d finish the first book when I picked it up but I was obsessed. Their story is that good. Throughout the saga, I saw each of the three as both heroes and villains at different times in their lives, but they were neither. They’re real and so very human.

These are complex characters with human flaws, sympathetic even in their most despicable moments. Nothing falls into place so the HEA doesn’t come easy but it’s not some epic battle either. This is a story of understanding, forgiveness and true love.

I was angry at Viv at various points for not hating either man since they both did her wrong but that changed as the story unfolded. What seemed so clear in the beginning was all blurred lines. I struggled with the notion of a strong heroine still loving such flawed men after they’d hurt her so badly. Maybe there can be redemption with one man but surely not with both, there’s no way. I stand corrected, at least when Siobhan Davis is the one telling the story. There are so many layers to these characters and the decisions they’ve made, it’s impossible to hate any of the three. There are villains but Viv, Reeve and Dillon aren’t really at fault. Ultimately, they’re damaged people making the toughest decisions out of pure desperation.

The notion of being in love with two men seemed flimsy, as well. Triangles aren’t a favorite so I scoff at the idea that this could be a viable plot device but Viv being torn between the two wasn’t only justified, it made sense. It made so much sense, that there was no other way. One of these men was always meant to be her forever but the other needed her in his life to be the man he was meant to be and she in turn needed their love to become her true self. This series is amazing and though contemporary romance is rarely looked upon as literature worth appreciation, Vivian’s story is a masterpiece. Most writers will only dream of weaving a story so beautiful and emotional and fulfilling as this one.

One of the best things about this is that after the initial duet, I felt like their story was truly complete, an accolade I rarely give to any series since I’m always disappointed to see The End and always want more. But this ending left no need for additional epilogues because the author gave us everything and there was nothing left for me to want. It’s an exhaustive work, leaving no unanswered questions or unsatisfied readers. But Siobhan Davis is magic and she proved it by coming along with a third installment that was just as good as the first two.

The series is now available as a complete set and includes bonus material, which I love. I’d give this series an infinite amount of stars if possible. If you haven’t read the All Of Me, do yourself a favor and get it now. You won’t be sorry.

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