Review: All of You by Christina Lee

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Review: All of You by Christina LeeAll of You by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #1
Published by InterMix
Pub Date: September 17th 2013
Pages: 219
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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3.5 Stars

Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He's irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.

Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she's perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother's bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.

When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won't accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.

Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.

So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in.

 

I’ll admit I wanted to read All of You after reading the synopsis and seeing that the male lead was a virgin. In a New Adult/college setting, this is definitely not the norm, so I wanted to see how it would all play out.

When I started reading All of You, I was a little apprehensive about Avery. From the dialogue between her and her friends, they seemed a little of the top and I was afraid I’d dislike her from the get go. While I did grow to like Avery over the course of the story, the dialogue between her and her friends never improved for me. You know those girls that call each other bitch, hoe, slut, etcetera, in conversation? That was them and I just found it annoying. But away from them, Avery was a pretty cool chick and she definitely didn’t talk that way around other people. She was smart, kind, and funny. Huge relief because it helped me continue reading.

Bennett was pretty much the epitome of hotness. Not only was he an artist who was so sweet, he was also a tattooist. He has his reasons for waiting to have sex and Avery is the complete opposite. So even though they have this instant attraction, they know they would be totally wrong for each other and so this great longing and lusting thing begins between the two of them. The tension was palpable, and it wasn’t very angsty, which was refreshing. They do form this close friendship before anything happens between them, but I was very happy when they finally give in to each other’s feelings. I think Christina Lee did a great job in all the sexual situations in this book. She didn’t cheapen Bennett’s feelings which I really appreciated.

Both Avery and Bennett have families back home with similar issues. Their mothers haven’t been the greatest and they have siblings they’re both taking care of in some way or another. While Avery’s situation caused her a little more “damage,” Bennett’s really shaped his decisions, so they’re both affected but not broken, which helps set this New Adult novel apart from the rest. ALSO! They actually talk about college things, like classes and stuff, so that’s cool too.

I enjoyed this New Adult book and I think it sets itself apart from others I’ve read in a very good way.

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About Christina Lee

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

One Response to “Review: All of You by Christina Lee”

  1. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Oh yep. The virgin hero got me all curious too. I’ve read a couple and love the mix up from the typical been with half the town heroes that happen so often in my reads. Thanks for the heads up on this one. I don’t read too much NA normally but have been dabbling a little bit lately :)

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