All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese is fun, deep, and enjoyable to read. The book seems to have the classic formula of an out-of-touch-with-the-plight-of-regular-humans rich girl who finds herself forced to mingle with those who have significantly less than she. Enter the dream guy who clearly is baffled by the perceived shallowness and you can imagine where things go from there. Yet, somehow Deese manages to put a fresh voice to the formula and endears the reader to her heroine, Molly McKenzie.
The best part of this story was that the author takes a person that is stereotyped as shallow and self-centered and shows there is a lot going on beneath the surface. There is so much story to be told, and Deese does so in ways that keep readers interested and wanting to learn what happens to Molly McKenzie. This book manages to captivate and reveal a great deal about the human condition.
Readers will find all sorts of swoon-worthy moments and won’t know whether the next page will bring laughter, disgust, or tears. This story really hits all of the points that one wants to see in a transformational romantic piece. Settle in and enjoy the ride as Molly McKenzie takes Silas Whittaker by storm.
Review of a Digital Advance Reader Copy provided by the Publisher
Violence/Gore: Character recalls being shoved down the stairs on purpose; report that a person was attacked and is found bleeding.
Sex/Nudity: A character shares statistics on teen pregnancy; a person talks about people being in their birthday suits; a woman says she is not a virgin; a couple of references to prostitution and ladies of the night; a character has condoms; a person indicates another character was trading sexual favors for sellable goods; non-married characters kiss and embrace.
Mature Subject Matter:
Foster care, moral standards, economic prejudice.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Characters have wine with meals; a character reports that people are high on drugs.