To Have It All by B N Toler
Published by Indie on January 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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?
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.”
First and foremost, I started To Have It All while I was in a major book funk. I’m talking a month long funk where nothing was really holding my attention. I’ve been a fan of B.N. Toler for a while now and she has pretty much broken me with two of her books so I figured if anyone could help me get out of that miserable funk, it would be her. I was right. I pretty much devoured this book and it snapped me right back into book loving bliss.
Liam had hit what he considered rock bottom. After an injury kept him from being able to work, he lost his job and then his home. Forced to live on the streets, he was trying to make ends meet and just survive. When he saw a stranger walk out in front of a car, Liam jumped to save him, causing himself to get hit. When he wakes up, he is in a different body and he has to learn all about the man whose body he is in and mostly importantly, WHY he is in someone else’s body. I’ll let you find that answer out for yourself when you read it.
What I like about this story is that Liam is clearly very different than Max, the man’s body that he switches to. Max is selfish, rude and a complete asshole. Not only is Liam struggling to figure out what is going on, he’s struggling to deal with the people that know Max and how much they really don’t like him. Number one least favorite fan is Max’s ex-wife, Waverly. Without giving anything away, Waverly and Max still have ties to each other so Liam ends up spending a lot of time with her and he starts to fall for her. Problem is, she hates Max and how in the hell can he tell her that he is actually Liam while still in Max’s body? What a mess.
I like the progression between Liam and Waverly. They are both struggle with very different situations but something draws them together and they can’t deny the connection they have. There is a lot of love and a lot of bonding in this story. In order to keep some things hidden, I’ll be cryptic and say that one person completely stole my heart, as she does with everyone else in the book. I loved every moment with her.
Overall, this is a unique and extremely well written book. There’s just something about B.N. Toler’s writing that is effortless and keeps the reading flow smooth. If you are looking for something a little different, then this might be the book for you. Plus, Waverly is one sassy, fireball that you just can’t help but laugh at and love.