Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback

Published date: October 29, 2013

ISBN-10: 1250023823

ISBN-13: 978-1250023827

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Received for a honest review

Book Description (from amazon)


Nothing can stop a woman like Skylar Dupree once she makes up her mind. Defying her family and leaving law school, she’s landed her dream job as an event director at the prestigious Navarone Resorts and Spas in Arizona. It’s all that Skylar’s ever desired—until she sees Rio Sanchez, the resort’s head of security and Blade Navarone’s own personal bodyguard. He’s the sexiest, most striking man she’s ever met.


When Skylar starts planning a huge charity auction at the resort, it’s Rio’s job to keep an eye on the prized art she collects from donors. Though he’s not blind to Skylar’s  beauty, Rio is nothing if not professional—and he refuses to make a move. But when a mysterious stranger enters the picture—and puts Skylar’s life in danger—Rio attempts to protect her…only to be told, in no uncertain terms, that Skylar is capable of taking care of herself. Her brazen independence is enough to drive Rio crazy…with desire. Could it be that the strong, hard-hearted Rio has finally met his match?

My Thoughts

An inspiring, passionate read by Francis Ray, All That I Desire will leave you with a smile on your face.  Once Skylar Dupree makes up her mind to do something, she does it.  And this time, she’s set her sights on none other than, Rio Sanchez, head of security for Skylar’s boss.  Skylar is determined to break through that hard exterior shell and find the kind, passionate, lovable man she knows is trapped inside.  When Skylar puts on her battle armor, aka, sexy clothes, and starts flaunting her gorgeous body, Rio can’t help but notice.  But he’s professional. He won’t budge, until Skylar’s life is put in danger by an unknown person.  It becomes obvious that someone wants Skylar out of their way.  But for what?  And how close is Rio willing to let Skylar get while he tries to protect her from certain danger?  Will Skylar finally be able to chip away at the wall Rio has built around his heart and will Rio finally decide to let go and give into his desires?

An excellently written, easy read by Mrs. Ray.  I loved the characters and the fast paced story line.  It was truly a fun, exciting read.  While I did read this book as a stand-alone, not having read the others in the Grayson Friends Novels, I don’t know that I would recommend reading it this way.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great book, but I did feel like I was missing a lot of the background story for both of these characters and other supporting characters found in the story as well.  I found myself quite a few times rereading a paragraph trying to gain just a little more knowledge and trying to read between the lines. In short, read some of the other novels in the series if you are interested in reading this one, I know I’m going to be catching up on this series!  I thought the action and mystery behind who was trying to kill Skylar gave this romance novel a whole other dimension and made me keep turning page after page.  And the chemistry between Skylar and Rio?  Wow….simply amazing.  So if you’re unfamiliar with the Grayson Friends Series, pick up a book and get to reading!  Or you’ll be missing out on some super great reads.

Rating: 4

Heat Rating: Hot

Reviewed by AprilP

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