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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
All of Me Wants All of You, written by J.Z. Howard, is an emotional and provocative tale portraying the depths of love. “In order to receive love, it is essential to enjoy pleasure – and to trust being vulnerable to it.” Dean and Kate’s marriage is pleasing to the eyes of others, but in reality it is a train-wreck, a play of deception. They put on quite a show for their viewing audience, but under the covers of their marital bed sheets, nothing is happening. When a young vibrant woman, Larissa, haphazardly enters their lives, their marriage and relationship is tested to its foundation's core. Facing an impasse, both spouses hold on to their devotion to faith and family values. Kate looks at their lack of intimacy as a “problem to ignore,” while Dean’s perspective is a “mystery to be solved.” Looking deep within their souls, will they surrender the past, open up and enjoy the present, and seize the strength to change their future?
J.Z Howard writes with unbridled passion in All of Me Wants All of You. I applaud his boldness and non-hypocritical approach to marriage, sexuality and temptation regarding the contemporary Christian Church. His use of scripture is sound and non-sanctimonious; the biblical verses are placed dynamically within the storyline. Mr. Howard’s experience in Hollywood’s TV and video industry seeps through the candidly written story. His characters are ruggedly handsome men and empowered, yet very feminine women. These are not your run-of-the-mill, stereotypical Christian novel characters. Instead, they are real people, facing big issues, holding on to their faith. As a reader, your heart and soul bleeds for the characters as they face the enormity of their personal conflicts. All of Me Wants All of You is a gritty, emotionally charged, page-turning saga that peaks and then dramatically recedes into a promising, redeeming conclusion.