Title: All of You (Between Breaths #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Christina Lee
Publisher: Intermix (Penguin Group USA)
Release Date: September 17, 2013
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One Line: A light and refreshing NA romance where the pages just fly by.
About the Book: 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.
All of You is one of those refreshing reads. I loved that Lee took the formulaic “virgin girl” and “badass boy” characters and basically flipped it. I also liked that she took the played out “female tragic past” and put her own spin on it. I’ll be honest, this kind of reminded me of Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, except less dramatic and emotional, and without the whole “past friendship” thing. And that’s not to say that makes it bad, it actually made me enjoy the story even more. I liked that the author had both characters come from such crappy families, yet they’re personalities are so different, but compatible. The story itself flowed nicely and even though there’s a good amount of drama, it was done in almost a lighthearted way, without too much angst, which added to the refreshing feeling. I mean, come on, sometimes it’s not that deep, so Lee got it right there.
I liked Avery a lot. She’s tough, yet easy-going. Even though she guards her heart and has a troubled past, it doesn’t show and she’s not afraid to go after what she wants, whenever she wants it. Her lifestyle may be unseemly to people who like to judge, but she was always smart and honest about it. I think it sucks that women are supposed to carry on like they don’t love or just need sex. Come on! We’re human, people! Avery isn’t ashamed to admit she loves sex, without being easy, and I loved that about her character. Plus, she’s pretty fierce. I mean, the girl takes kickboxing lessons! Also, I liked how she handled things when her past came back and she had to deal with her family. Even if it was cliche, I think the way Lee wrote it, with the less dramatic aspect, made it more enjoyable for me.
Also, I loved her relationship with her two best friends. The way they talked to each other and acted around each other was so hilarious and cute. It reminded me of me and my friends, except less playful cussing.
Bennett was great. Another one of those genuinely nice guys who also happen to be super sexy. Ah, if only there were more of you out there! The fact that he’s a tattoo artist is pretty hot alone, but he’s also a real artist, and you get to see a bit of his passion and talent, which I enjoyed. I loved that even though he was a virgin, he was no stranger to intimacy and his steamy scenes with Avery will definitely satisfy your desires. Like the guy said, he may be a virgin, but he’s still a man!
I think All of You is something many NA fans will enjoy. It blends the right amount of romance, drama, and entertaining characters to create a good story. If you’re looking for a typical, yet refreshing NA romance, then this would be it. I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would and can’t wait to read more from this author.