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I am a wife and mom of two grown children (who can't seem to move out) and two furbabies. I write about my family life, as well as causes that are dear to my heart, with recipes every Wednesday and book reviews every Friday. My favorite genre is historical fiction.

All for Family (A Rawley Family Novel) - Olivia Hardin

I have read both of the first two books in Olivia Hardin’s Rawley Family series, All for Hope and Justice for All.  Each story has been better than the one before, and All for Family is no exception.

Mind you, it is not absolutely necessary to have read the other Rawley Family books in order to enjoy All for Family. Each book stands on its own and focuses on one particular person (or couple) in the family.  In All for Hope, it is Hope (of course). In Justice for All it is Kay Rawley, Hope’s sister-in-law.

All for Family focuses on Meg, Hope’s brother-in-law Jeremy’s wife. Meg has been a very minor (and quiet) character in the other two books,so I really didn’t know much about her.  The book tells the story of how Meg and Jeremy met.

I think most women can identify with the character of Meg. She is uncomfortable in her own skin, constantly comparing herself to her friends, who she believes are prettier.  Meg doesn’t think she looks good in stylish clothes and doesn’t believe a good-looking man would be attracted to her. We’ve all felt this way at some point, haven’t we girls?

When Meg and Jeremy get together it is amazing!!  Warning: There are a couple of sex scenes in this story.  I am usually not a fan of explicit scenes, sometimes even skip over them, truth be told. But the love between Jeremy and Meg is so sweet and romantic (and hot ;-) that I couldn’t resist!!  Olivia Hardin wrote these scenes so well that I felt like I WAS Meg.

I give All for Family 4 1/2 stars!! It’s sweet, romantic, sexy and compassionate (these words also describe Meg). It’s a fun, fast read that will leave you wanting to find out even more about the Rawley family.  Maybe for the next book in the series Olivia could write about how Jeremy and Kay’s mother and father (the count and countess) met. I know I’ll be holding my breath in anticipation for whatever Olivia writes next!!