Review: All My Life
All My Life by Prescott Lane is a standalone contemporary friends-to-lovers romance. Told in dual POV between Devlyn and Garrett the book opens with the high school valedictorian speech given by Garrett's daughter Mia and takes the reader on a wild trip into the lives of Garrett, Mia, Devlyn and how they came to be where they are at this crossroads in all their lives. Passionate, well-written and well-paced, this story was epic and awesome and I loved every minute of it.
Devlyn has been in love with Garrett since the moment she laid eyes on him and they were best friends ever since. At fifteen, Devlyn experienced a switch in their friendship when an outsider came to their sleepy town for the summer. Garrett fell for Sheena and left Devlyn on the outside, still his best friend but she felt the loss of him when his romantic interest was turned to this newcomer. When Sheena returns months later, pregnant, Devlyn knows that is it for her. Determined now to be the best friend he could ever want - she is there for him the entire pregnancy and all the years he raised his daughter.
Garrett was the one the town thought would get the football scholarship and go away to a great college, but when he becomes the teen parent and pariah of the town only Devlyn is there for him. Thanks to her solid friendship the town softens towards his outcast status and when he is left to parent alone, they all start to help in whatever ways they can. The whole town becomes "adoptive" parents of Mia. When things shift between Devlyn and himself he starts to question everything he thought he knew about the past 18 years. He sees everything in a different, much clearer light. Finally he is ready to give Devlyn everything she deserves and more and then a blast from the past shows back up ad throws everyones lives into turmoil.
Loved this! Enjoy!
Beautiful, sweet, but Hot and Swoony, too!
I absolutely adored this story!! It is everything that is beautiful, sweet, romantic, and sexy, too. It has the perfect small town feel that just made me want to pack up and move to Eden Valley!!
“She’s loved me in her own way—quiet, secret, soft. She didn’t ask me for anything, she knew I couldn’t give it. Her love is unselfish and pure and given without ever knowing if I’d love her back.”
Garrett became a dad when he was not much more than a child himself. The person who stood by him through it all was Devlyn, his best friend. But now his daughter Mia is graduating from high school and Garrett is opening his eyes and seeing what has been right in front of him all along.
“Guess you missed me,” I tease.
She pulls back, looking into my eyes. “I’ve been missing you all my life.”
“We only just . . .”
She runs her fingers through my hair. “All my life.”
Single dad, devoted to his daughter, friends to lovers, small town... what more do I need to say except that this story is all that and done so beautifully that after I turned the last page I just wanted to sit and hug my e-reader to hold on to the story as long as I could.
By Christine Shh Moms Reading
I haven’t read a a Prescott Lane book in a while but when I saw a single father/friends to lovers story, I was excited to pick this one up. Heartfelt, emotional, and that small town feel I love, I enjoyed this book.
Garrett had Mia when he was 16 years old... going from the town hero to ostracized in the snap of a finger. But Devlyn his best friend never gave up on him, always staying by his side to raise his beloved daughter.
Now 18 years old, Mia is about to go to college while worrying about her young dad being alone, never truly living his life. With a little bit of meddling on her part, he is forced on some dates never realizing what was always right in front of him. And let’s not even get into when the mother who left Mia as a baby returns to town to claim her “right” to be in her daughter’s life... ugh!
There were so many things I loved about this story... the love between a father and his daughter, Mia’s relationship with Devlyn and of course the grandfather. The sexy times were hot and I was beyond ecstatic for Garrett to finally have his eyes opened to who was always there for him!
But that’s where I also had a problem honestly... it took Garrett EIGHTEEN YEARS to figure out how much Devlyn meant to him! When she basically helped raise his child and put her life on hold, he didn’t realize the treasure he always had. It made me so mad because I wanted MORE for Devlyn... she deserved MORE! I can’t even get into them waiting to tell Mia at the return of her birth mother because why did this good woman always have to wait?!?!? And I know that Mia is young and didn’t intentionally mean to hurt Devlyn with her words but I was frustrated with her initial trust of her birth mother... a woman she never knew and could invest so much into her from day 1. I would have assumed there would be more skepticism, but she was won over very quickly :(
I did enjoy this book very much honestly... the writing was very good, the story intriguing to the point I couldn’t put it down. I just wish some things were different.
I would most definitely read this author again!
Starting life from a different vantage point. When priorities change and the course in life alters, a man finds himself ready to accept a another woman in his life. Garrett takes the words, “I’m a one woman man” literally. Having room for only one woman in his life at a time.
The story rambles on about insignificant things with mediocre writing. Garrett’s character was painted as this golden boy in high school who made a mistake ostracizing him from other teenagers and adults. He had the support of his parents and Devlyn while raising Mia. Sheena is remembered in some flashback scenes painting her as the evil seductress.
Problems: Having unprotected sex with an out-of-towner. These small minded hillbilly backward thinking individuals who ostracized, the once popular teenager for having a baby, like it was a contagious disease to be contracted by other teenagers. A daughter obsessed with her father’s love life. A friend whose been nothing but a friend for years based on some rule to not get involved with the people in town. Letters from the absentee baby momma.
Overall: I was disappointed by the writing quality. I was bored as this story became a chore to read. I felt a void in this friendship bridging the gap to lovers it wasn’t a smooth transition. The dialogue is inconsequential rambling.
For me it was a rough beginning, middle, and end. At no point in the story did it pick up. It remained flat and boring.
Story: I didn’t like any of these characters. Devlyn was a doormat waiting for Garrett to see her as more than a friend. She didn’t necessarily put her life on hold, yet she didn’t make any big moves either. Garrett was so blind, yet focused on one individual only. He put his life on hold for his daughter when he could have multi-tasked with a variety of options. Sheena was careless and wild. She could’ve fought for her daughter instead of accept defeat.
Great Friends to Lovers story
My first read from Prescott Lane was an enjoyable one. All My Life was extremely well written, and I will absolutely be reading more from this author.
Garrett is an amazing father. While I thought this story would be one with a little girl, his daughter actually has just graduated high school. He’s raised her all alone, with the help of his small town, including his best friend Devlyn. Devlyn, of course has always been in love with Garrett.
It was a good story, although parts felt like Devlyn was being walked all over, and she just let it happen. I don’t really want to give too much away, but ultimately I enjoyed it and would recommend it. His friends to lovers romance was sweet and sexy in one.
I couldn’t let go
Garrett Hollis had it all as a sixteen year old athlete in small town Eden Valley. He was handsome and popular with a bright future ahead of him. He and Devlyn Drake have known each other since they were five years old and she’s secretly crushed on him ever since. When beautiful Sheena reluctantly accompanies her family to the town for the summer, she hones in on Garrett right away, thus beginning an intense relationship that ends with a pregnancy that shattered his life. Sheena gave birth to Mia and walked away that same day, leaving Garrett to raise his daughter on his own. He’s now 34-years old and Mia has just graduated from high school and headed for college.
Garrett devoted his life to his daughter from the day she was born, with Devlyn being a major fixture in their lives. The story is told from Garrett and Devlyn’s points of view and that made such a difference. Without both perspectives providing clarity, their long-term friendship without benefits may have seemed highly improbable but it made perfect sense given the small town community, his total commitment to his daughter and her absolute fear of ruining their friendship. I loved their relationship and how it slowly (and I mean slowly!) transitioned to something more. There’s something beautiful about two friends who love and respect each other deeply changing the direction to intimacy. Devlyn’s feelings never wavered and Garrett was the one most surprised by the awakening of his latent feelings for her. The angst she later experienced was natural given the human condition and was realistically portrayed.
I really loved this story and especially Devlyn who loved both Garrett and Mia fiercely and unselfishly. While it was primarily Garrett’s story to tell, the heart of it belonged to Devlyn. The conflicts, family dynamics and resolutions were deftly addressed without a lot of unnecessary drama and with an authenticity I found refreshing. Prescott Lane is one of my favorite authors who writes the most touching standalone stories, normally in the new adult genre so I was surprised to see her branch out and tackle older subjects and more complex issues. Once I started, I didn’t want to let go. Sometimes you only need look at what’s right in front of you to find what you’ve been looking for.
(I received an advance copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review)
This book had it all!
Second chance, friends to lovers, small town romance, a viral video that leads to a dating experiment, return of an ex. All My Life has it all.
Garrett is the ultimate single dad. He gave up everything at a young age to raise his daughter, Mia. Now that she is about to go off to college, Mia wants to find someone to take care of her father. Her great dating experiment opened up Garrett's eyes to the possibility of having someone in his life.
Devlin is the quirky diner owner that has known and loved Garrett all her life. She stuck by him when everyone else turned their backs on him. But for years she settled for friendship, rather than risking telling him how she felt, and losing him.
Three failed dates and some wise advice from his dad, and Garrett finally saw what was right in front of him all along.
This book pulled out so many emotions. I laughed, cried, was angry, sad and happy. I absolutely love the way Prescott creates real characters who you not only can relate to, but you feel like they are part of your life.
I could not put this book down! The ending left me satisfied, but also wanting so much more.
Another hit by Prescott Lane!
All My Life was moving and made me feel everything! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chics Read
All My Life was moving and made me feel everything! Elizabeth @ Carolina Chics Read
This story will give you all the feels. Garrett Hollis is the Sexy Alpha Male, Single Hot Daddy that will make you swoon. Garrett has one lady that he is devoted to in his life and that his daughter.
What happens when she grows up and he realizes that he has had the best thing in front of his eyes the entire time. Garrett falls hard for his sexy best friend. All is not easy in their story but they get through it.
A heartwarming and poignant tale not to be missed
All my life is insanely heartwarming and beautiful tale of love, friendships and true bond. A bond between two best friends , a bond between a father and daughter and a bond formed between a woman and a little girl which starts from the moment she is born and gets stronger as this little girl grows up .
The story was sweet yet very emotional at times . It’s goes between past flashbacks and present. I loved the sweet and fun moments between Garrett and young Mia but My heart broke for both young Garrett and also for Devlyn . I loved both Garrett and Devlyn’s characters and they were so cute together. The comfort level between these two friends and how Devlyn never leaves Garrett side when everyone else leaves him and takes a role of a mother in Mia’s life shows was shown so beautifully by the author. The story really showed that not by giving birth you you form a relationship and become a family but it takes more than that . If you love someone you have to stick around and be there for them and sacrifice for them . Without giving too many spoilers this story is really heartwarming and heart touching and really beautifully written. Definitely worth reading. An emotional and poignant tale not to be missed. I haven’t really read any of Prescott books before this was my first books. I received an advance copy of this book via Social Butterfly PRC but after reading this book I will be definitely reading more of her books and she will be one of my autobuy authors . Highly recommend this book.
Addition to the all time favorites list- #MustRead
By Cyndi Becker
All My life has been on my most anticipated reads this fall since the moment I read the blurb. Undoubtedly, the unrequited love trope is my very most favorite trope. Couple that with Prescott Lane's impeccable writing I knew I would love this book. Ms. Lane delivered on my expectations in a spectacular fashion -making this a 2017 favorite and a #mustread recommendation.
The story is centered around Garrett and his daughter Mia, and Devlyn, Garrett's best friend and the character whose voice we know from the blurb. The story opens with Mia, Garrett's daughter giving her high school graduation speech and calling attention to her father's state of single"dom". When this goes viral and chaos ensues, Garrett finds himself re-evaluating his needs as a man and his relationships.
The story is told in both past and present, through multiple points of view , including some letters that left me uneasy. The characters are well developed and I found myself completely and utterly invested in the quest for happiness. My heart ACHED for Devlyn as she recounts the years she's been there for Mia and Garrett and how tightly woven their lives are and I had trepidation and fear as the past tries to push itself into the present. Conversely I ached for all that Garrett went through and the road he faces as his loyalties are tested.
I found myself completely unable to put this done and read this in one fell swoop. There was no way I could let the story be for a day, I had to know where it would go. So even as I put it down as I finished it at o'dark thirty I just couldn't forget about it. Its been days but I still feel every emotion and reading over my highlights just makes me want to re-read it already. This was just so perfectly plotted taking me through a range of emotions, happiness and tears abound. Kudo's to Ms. Lane on the addition of All My Life to her already stellar repertoire. 5++ Stars!!