All of Me Wants All of You

Sensual Intimacy, Sacred Power

Christian - Fiction
372 Pages
Reviewed on 07/17/2014
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Author Biography

J. Z. sees life through the eyes and hearts of people who strive for the very best in their lives.
As a father, husband, professional counselor, and spiritual seeker, he champions women's equality and empowerment in every sphere of life. He loves and appreciates his female characters, and gets inside their heads and views life's challenges from their uniquely feminine perspectives. He also invests heavily in his male characters so they will radiate robust yet caring masculine virtues.
His chief goal in his fiction, as well as life, is to encourage the development of both male and female qualities in ourselves so we are more balanced and motivated to contribute selflessly to people. His optimism and positive actions are inspired by God, the rock of his Christian faith.

    Book Review

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.

Lorena Sanqui

It’s Kate and Dean’s twenty-fourth anniversary and Kate is dreading it. She hasn’t slept with her husband in a long time and she doesn’t want to start now. Dean is looking forward to their anniversary and maybe, finally, make love to his wife again. Their anniversary ends with both of them being unfulfilled, not able to find a middle ground. Frustrated, Dean finds himself attracted to Larissa and he’s debating whether to act on that attraction or stay faithful to his vows. Dean’s morals win and he comes back to his wife but he wants to make their marriage work. He believes that a break will help both of them work on themselves. Larissa, on the other hand, is disappointed when it doesn't work between her and Dean but everything might just turn out okay when Dean and Kate introduces their friend Trevor to her.

All of Me Wants All of You: Sensual Intimacy, Sacred Power shows that women should not be afraid of their own femininity and that intimacy between a husband and wife is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. It is, in fact, recommended to couples. J.Z. Howard’s novel talks about sex and the frustrations between husband and wife who are no longer sleeping with each other. The topic seems racy but it is written beautifully and tastefully. It is also romantic and a delightful read. I liked how almost all the characters were paired up towards the end. Kate and Dean’s issues develop slowly, but in the end their wait is worth it. The story flows easily and the characters are real and believable.

Suzanne Cowles

All of Me Wants All of You by J.Z. Howard is a jarring fictional story about a middle-aged Christian couple who have lost sexual intimacy in their twenty-four-year marriage. Both Kate and Dean love each other, but lack effective communication skills to discuss their sexual needs or desires. Kate dreads the thought of being intimate and feels like sex is a painful chore, though her frigidity extends beyond her marriage. Dean's brother Mitch acts like a frat boy egging him on, hammering Dean about his love life. While in total desperation and quite by chance, Dean meets Larissa who also knows his wife. Larissa is a sexy fitness instructor, single mother of a teenage boy and a non-Christian who has abandonment issues from her childhood in foster care. When despondent Dean meets needy Larissa, their chemistry sparks a feverish fire. They flirt with adultery, get high on the attention and have a clandestine meeting. Larissa dreams of them being together as she cooks a romantic dinner. Dean cannot focus on work and is preoccupied with guilty thoughts of the temptress...

In All of Me Wants All of You, Dean's tryst with Larissa gets Kate’s attention finally and the couple verbally fights, which opens up the stagnant lines of communication. Dean is deeply hurt by the lack of sex in his marriage and feels unwanted. He only wants Kate to experience fierce ecstasy, the kind they had as newlyweds. Kate is hurt by the constant pressure and feels unloved as a person. Howard uses his experience as a professional counselor with Christian values to detail a common problem in marriages today. Written in a respectful way about sexual content, Howard explores a necessary component of all committed intimate relationships. All of Me Wants All of You is an inspiring and poignant account of what “till death do us part” really means and will surely please Christian romance lovers and secular readers alike.