Title: To Have It All
Author: B.N. Toler
Release Date: Jan 18, 2017
Liam had set up shop there.
After an accident left him injured and unable to work, it wasn’t long before he ended up on the street with his dreams in the gutter.
This was it.
This was his life.
Until the day he met Max Porter—a man who appeared to have it all. They didn’t meet so much as made eye contact as Max sneered at Liam, the bum occupying precious space on the sullied New York City street.
When Max stepped into oncoming traffic, a lesser man might’ve let him. But Liam risked his life to save Max only to be left to die without a second thought.
When Liam woke up days later, he wasn’t himself…at least he wasn’t in his body.
He was in Max’s.
And with Liam’s body on life support, there was only one logical conclusion: Max was trapped in Liam’s comatose body.
Somehow the twisted hands of fate had given Liam a second chance; a chance to have it all. But with all the perks of Max’s life also came his problems. Finding balance in his new identity was challenged more so once Liam fell for Waverly, Max’s beautiful ex.
Could Liam live out his life as another man or would he pull the plug and let fate decide?
Would he lose his chance at true love?
Would he lose the chance to have it all?
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“If you’re a praying man…pray for a miracle.”
BN Toler delivers one unforgettable story with To Have It All. From the first to last page I was totally captivated, engrossed and immersed in Liam, Max and Waverly’s story. I don’t think I could do this book justice to be honest, sometimes an author manages to grab you heart and soul with their words and this was one of those instances, they don’t come around very often but when they do, you scream about them. READ THIS BOOK!!
“What I’d give to have it all.”
This was such a unique story, a story where miracles can and do happen. Where karma is real and works in mysterious ways, but all for the greater good. Each and every page was memorable in some way or another, every character had meaning and merit and the paranormal twist was delivered seamlessly and yet has you yearning that things like this could happen in reality.
“It’s funny how sometimes people with the least give the most.”
Sometimes people need a wakeup call, sometimes they are their own worst enemy. Sometimes, while people think you have it all…in fact you have nothing, well nothing that really means anything, nothing of substance, nothing that makes you want to wake up in the morning. Money isn’t the be all and end all, money definitely doesn’t maketh the man, what is inside does and when that has nothing to give…karma jumps in.
“It was not his life I wished to save, but rather his soul.”
Liam was a stunning character from start to finish with a heart the size of Texas. Yes, he was homeless, but he was a man that once had a great job, had his apartment and enjoyed life until an accident took it away. Unable to work, he lost his income, his apartment, had mounting medical bills and lost everything he owned. It could happen to anyone. Liam was a proud man, he was embarrassed at how his life had turned out and as such couldn’t go to his sister for help. He didn’t want to burden her with his problems, so he turned to the streets.
“The streets had stolen more than my hope, taking their pounds of flesh.”
Max had it all, millions in the bank, a fancy penthouse, made to measure suits, but personally, he had no-one. Anyone that meant something he had either lost or pushed away. He was a man that was confused about the person he was and the man that he wanted to be. He had been consumed by the trappings of wealth, of power, of status and grandiose, even though the man underneath secretly wanted more. He was a man that battled himself and it was a constant fight. He was a man that didn’t know what he wanted, until he lost it.
“Hate is love’s nemesis, yet the two are so closely linked; almost hand and hand. You can only hate someone if you love them.”
When Liam saves Max’s life by pushing him out of the way of an oncoming bus, little did he know that this one act of heroism would affect him for the rest of his life. Little did he know that he would have to live the life of another, with no rhyme or reason why, confused and unsettled until it became obvious that there was in fact a reason, it was life altering, decisions needed to be made, that had far reaching effects.
“I want you to know you made my last days on this earth better than any of the days before I met you.”
BN Toler, I take my proverbial hat off to you. I adored everything about this book. There was nothing I didn’t like or love. From Waverly, to Hellcat, to little Prim, to Pearl and every other character in between. This was an emotional and thought provoking read, a read that has you thinking about the what if’s and the endless possibilities. A book whereby sense tells you it is all so wrong, yet your emotions say it is oh so right. A book that grabs your heart strings from the get go and plucks a regular tune throughout, a tune that builds in crescendo until a string snaps and doesn’t start again until the restringing is done. A book that will stay with you for a long time, a book where I felt everything for all the main characters, a book whereby tears were shed and many more smiles were given.
“He saw a man that had everything—that had it all. His all. “Lucky man.””
This book was super clever, intelligently thought out and expertly written. A real gem of a read and one that will definitely be on my favourites list of the year and in fact of all time. Seriously, read this book!! Stunning, stunning, stunning.
Scooting up, his body was gloved to mine, his mouth to my ear as he reached around me and pulled my left hand, placing it over the shifter, then he took my right hand and settled it over the throttle. “Think of this like a dance,” he instructed me, his voice husky. “Dance involves steps, coordination, knowing your partner. This isn’t much different.”
“Says you,” I griped. “This is hardly a dance partner. This is a death trap that could kill us.”
He chuckled, the sound low and deep, making my core clench. “You’re sitting on over five-hundred pounds of machinery here. Think about how much time and effort went into building this; the way someone had to know this bike so intricately to put it all together and make it move.”
“Just because they knew it doesn’t mean I do.” I appreciated the intricacy of the bike, but appreciating and driving it were very different things.
“I just mean there’s power here. You can make these 500 pounds of metal move if you want it to, if you trust yourself enough.”
He left my hands and softly ran his fingers up my arms to my shoulders. “It lives and moves so long as you let it, so long as you lead it, just like a good dance partner. Don’t think about the moves you need to make . . . feel them. Let the bike tell you when it’s time to shift.”
His fingers glided down my sides until they took a firm hold of my waist causing my breath to hitch as my back arched slightly. “It’s give and release, Waverly,” he went on, his voice deep and gravely. “You have to feel when it’s time to give and when it’s time to let go.”
Darting my tongue out, I wet my dry lips. How did he make shifting gears sound so hot? How in the heck was I supposed to manage this machine with Liam murmuring sexual innuendo in my ear? I wished I could somehow turn around and take him on the bike.
“You know, this would be an epic opening to a porn flick,” I announced causing him to burst into laughter.
“I hadn’t thought of that.” His body shook as he continued to laugh.
“I guess your mind isn’t as dirty as mine.” I shrugged.
“I guess not. What would the film title be?” he queried.
I twisted my mouth in thought. In my sexiest voice, I twisted my neck so he could see me as I pouted my mouth, “Shifting the Panhead. When good girls learn to ride.”
He choked he was laughing so hard. When he could form words again, he coughed out, “That does sound pretty dirty when you say it like that.”
“Anything can sound dirty when you say it the right way,” I quipped. “Sky,” I moaned. “Concrete,” I continued.
“Okay, okay,” he begged before clearing his throat. “Stop stalling your lesson with your dirty mind and your defiling of perfectly unperverted words.”
I wiggled my ass again. “You love how I defiled the word concrete. Admit it.”
“You keep shimmying your ass like that, this lesson is going to have to end while I go jump in the water.”
About the Author:
BN Toler lives in Virginia. When she's not reading and writing, she's thinking about reading and writing. Before she became a self-proclaimed writer, she worked as a real estate agent and as an orthodontic technician. **She will notice your teeth before your eyes or hair or anything.**
She enjoys shopping (way too much) and is on a first name basis with several employees at the local Target in her town.
She loves music,(bluegrass, country, 80's, actually she loves most music ~her favorite song is American Pie by Don McLean and she worships anything that is Elvis and Johnny Cash and Eric Church) dancing, (even though she sucks at it)reading, writing, eating (too much) sleeping late, (which she rarely gets to do) and laughing. If you can make her laugh, she will love you forever.
Random and insignificant facts:
She is addicted to Coca Cola
She hates onions
She loves thunderstorms
She wants to have Karen Marie Moning's babies
She curses....a lot...like way too much
She's immensely afraid of snakes
She fangirls over M.Pierce
She HATES reality television
She loves books and movies that make her cry
She cries over anything remotely sad
She LOVES Jack Daniels and Ginger Ale. (too much)
She hopes she hasn't bored you to death.
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