The Most to Lose by Laura Landon is a beautiful tale of longing.
Cecelia has loved Jonah since she was just a young girl running along behind her brother’s best friend, but when Jonah and her brother get into a fight over another woman, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Cece’s brother hopes he never does. He misunderstands a situation that might cause him to lose his friend forever.
My favorite scene is one that Laura does the best…the entrance of the male love interest. The way she crafts the scene, describing his entrance, his manly stance, his fierce expression, and how the room takes him in – it’s magic.
The men in this tale are so contradictory, yet so much alike it’s easy to see how they were friends once upon a time. And the villain in this book, who only appears in one scene, is someone you will love to hate. It is interesting to note that she writes villains that are selfish, spoiled women and dastardly, evil men, who lived long ago, but I’ll bet they resemble people you know today.
Laura has a way of presenting a most dire situation, setting up believable characters, and then mixing them all together into a tale that can keep you captivated from beginning to end. Her heroines are strong, smart, opinionated gals who fight for what they believe in, even if it goes against society’s acceptable behavior. I also really enjoy how she is able to create male characters that, although they may be misunderstood by some, truly try to do the right thing.
I have been a fan of Laura’s work fro some time now. Laura seems to have a diverse talent that makes each one of her books different, each one a sparkling gem on her charm bracelet of work. Romances are so often formulaic, but Laura’s characters and settings make you forget the formula and just read.
Bravo Laura! I loved this book. Now on to the next! 🙂