All for This by Lexi Ryan
Series: Here and Now #3
Publisher: Ever After LLC (Self-Published) on August 4, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
What if you would never remember the day you made the most important decision of your life?
That’s what they’re telling me about the day of my accident—the day I put on Max’s ring and chose him over Nate. I’m counting on the wisdom behind a decision I don’t remember making.
Max is amazing—sexy, sweet, and kind. I was starting to believe happily-ever-after might be in my future after all. Then the unthinkable happened and my world imploded. If I’m going to make this work with Max, I need my missing memories, or at least answers from about those five days before my accident.
But what does my future hold if those answers aren’t anything like I imagined?
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
I’m not sure there was enough substantial story here for it to be an entire third book in a series. Lost in Me had me all twisted up, trying along with Hanna to figure out just what the deal was with Max and Nate. And then Fall to You turned everything upside down and showed me just how amazing Max was. But All for This feels like it did little more than rehash the stories I’ve already read and end way too long after it should have.
The biggest problem I have with All for This is all the flashbacks. Since Hanna’s still trying to solve the mystery of her complicated romantic life, not to mention how she came to fall down the stairs in the first place, there are a number of visits back to scenes prior to her accident. I guess I was more accepting of these flashbacks in the previous two books because they filled in huge gaps that needed to be explained. But by the time I got into book three, I understood enough about Max, Nate, and the rest of Hanna’s crew to grow tired of the jumps into the past. I was ready for her to move forward with the very relevant facts she had, to give up on why she apparently chose Max before and figure out what she wanted now.
The other problem I had with the story has to do with the fall itself. For two books now, we’ve been wondering how Hanna fell down stairs she navigated every day, why she was wearing Max’s ring when she fell, and who she would choose in the end. The first question was answered with what played out like a really awful game of Clue. A possibility is presented that doesn’t pan out but points to someone else, that new possibility is looked into but points to someone else as well…lather, rinse, repeat. When the truth was finally revealed, it was entirely anticlimactic, and it really made the one person who was able to answer that question look awful. I mean, how can you know such an important detail for so long and say zilch? As to why Hanna was wearing Max’s ring that day? Well, that wasn’t interesting at all. It was pretty much confirmation that Hanna was exactly as misguided and fickle as she’s become through the first two books.
And then she makes her choice. By then, I think I was too annoyed with the long, drawn out drama to really appreciate it, even if it did put everything to rest and give us a happy ending. But really, I think I’d have been just as satisfied if I’d looked up spoilers online and spent my time reading something else. By the end of the book, I couldn’t stand Hanna and thought both Max and Nate would be better off without her. All for This just felt like an endless roller coaster ride I should never have got in line for in the first place.