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Posted September 17, 2013
I thought this book was incredible and was immediately drawn in.
I thought this book was incredible and was immediately drawn in. Watching Avery and Bennett's relationship evolve was sweet, full of emotion, and had just the right mix of intensity, drama, and heat. They had great chemistry together but it’s a slow attraction that really seems to build.
It was interesting to see how two people from similar backgrounds went in two totally different directions in how they dealt with certain things but then learned from one another, grew, and came together. With Bennett being a virgin, it really made certain things slow down so they truly had to get to know one another first. It helped build up their relationship which I thought was really good for Avery sake.
Bennett was so sexy, caring, sweet, and protective. Such a great character. I really liked Avery, I thought she was strong and determined. I didn't like all of her choices however but understood them and why she made them. When Avery finally opened up about her past, I thought it was such a beautifully written scene. There was also a scene towards the end where I was completely choked up because it was so moving. Excellent writing that made me cry. That being said, I loved Mrs. Jackson’s character.
There were some seriously hot scenes involved, excellent build without the full act. And let’s just say by the time Avery and Bennett do get there, there was such a build up I thought my Kindle might combust… so yeah, it was hot… but also really heartfelt.
I give this book 5 stars. I really felt connected and was completely immersed. There was great imagery and foreshadowing combined with a solid, well rounded story. Awesome book!
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted October 8, 2013
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Posted July 27, 2014
All Of You would have to be one of my absolute favorite books of
All Of You would have to be one of my absolute favorite books of the year, the first book in a new adult contemporary romance series, this book was fantastic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Avery doesn't do love or relationships, after an incident(s) when she was sixteen changed her outlook on men, she decided from then on that she calls the shots and she has no problem with sleeping with random guys, so when she first lay's eyes on Bennett at a party she's immediately attracted to him, but what she doesn't know at the time is that Bennett is a virgin, saving himself until he finds the one, so even though the chemistry between these two is off the charts, she is not willing to make the commitment that Bennett so want's her to give him.
Both coming from dysfunctional families where they were both responsible for their younger siblings, they have a lot in common, but can Bennett melt the ice around Avery's heart, and get her to finally take a chance on him and love.
This was a one sit read for me, Christina's writing has a way of getting you so absorbed in the story that nothing else outside of it matters.
I cannot wait for the next book which will be Avery's best-friend Ella's book, although I don't know if that book will make as much of an impact as All Of You did, this was one of those amazing books that don't come around too often, but when it does wow...you're in for a treat.
Posted July 22, 2014
Posted July 7, 2014
I love starting new series and discovering new authors. The Betw
I love starting new series and discovering new authors. The Between Breaths series and Christina Lee was recommended to me by a good friend, and since I have to read series in order...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Avery is a girl wading through her college life with detached sexual encounters and nothing of substance. Her mother's similar lifestyle and the tragic results it brought have taught her that love and relationships are a farce. She sets her sights on hottie Bennett at a party, but he shuts her down hard. Coincidentally, he becomes her new neighbor. Thankfully, he's also a bit of a knight in shining armor, as he demonstrates when he saves Avery from a break-in at her apartment. This starts a sweet friendship between the two of them, especially when they find out their parental situations are actually very similar.
All of You had everything I absolutely love in a new adult book. There was a hot tattoo artist, a slightly damaged bad ass chick, a situation that puts them in peril, and a virgin just waiting to be deflowered. The awesome thing is, in this case, the virginal half of the relationship is the guy. I freaking loved that about this book.
Bennett was definitely a surprise. He's a bad boy with a twist. He's tatted and confusing and complicated. He also paints beautiful pictures and is saving himself for someone who loves him. His mother's track record of going from man to man to man and not caring about any of them, occasionally making babies with them, and then not wanting to care for said babies, has taught him that if you're going to do the deed, make sure it's with someone who means something to you. Then, if something unforeseen happens, at least it would be with someone you love.
Damn. That might make Bennett the most sexy book boyfriend EVER.
Avery has her own issues and a really tragic past. She's buried it deep down below a layer of nonchalance and superficialness. Thankfully, Bennett proves to be her biggest challenge. The friendship they forge was so incredibly sweet. There was all this underlying sexual tension that was totally palpable, but above all that was a kinship and an understanding between Avery and Bennett that was even more sexy than the sexy times.
And yes - despite Bennett's lack of experience, there were sexy times, and wow. Were they fun.
I enjoyed All of You so much, I've already purchased the second book in the series. I look forward to continuing to discover this new-to-me author as I go through all the books in the Between Breaths series.
Posted June 28, 2014
Very good for a first book. Loved Avery and Bennett who grew to
Very good for a first book. Loved Avery and Bennett who grew to be such great adults from such rotten childhoods.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Loved Avery's girlfriends Ella and Rachel. Forget what a sad job out nurses have at times Loved Mrs.Jackson. she was sue a piotil character in Avery's life. Will be getting the next one. You are off to a gear start Christina.
Posted March 31, 2014
Posted February 10, 2014
This is my first Christina Lee book and it will certainly not be
This is my first Christina Lee book and it will certainly not be my last. I like the way the author took a classic premise of virgin and a more experienced partner as the main couple but spun it for a totally different overview. In this case, the man, Bennett was the virgin and Avery the more promiscuous one. I've not read that format before. Bennett was a sweetie, caring and sensitive without any of the usual 'broken' elements that seem to feature perhaps too much in this genre. As much as I love my angst I enjoyed this story's lighthearted approach. Yes there were still issues but they were dealt with in a more softly softly approach. An endearing story of love sneaking up on you especially for Avery who doesn't do relationships.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 12, 2014
The feels I have with this book...THE FEELS I HAVE. It was such
The feels I have with this book...THE FEELS I HAVE. It was such a great book that wasn't based all on a physical relationship and escalated at a quick pace. This book was filled with real situations that you can really relate to and I found myself tearing up in so many places. Like i said, the feels I have about this book are intense. I'm still thinking about it! I can't wait for the companion novels! GREAT BOOK.
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Posted December 11, 2013
I had been seeing All Of You all around the blogosphere and it l
I had been seeing All Of You all around the blogosphere and it looked like something I might like. Then, a Pal of mine read it and enjoyed, so I bought it as soon as it came out. I really enjoyed it and was impressed that this was a debut novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
You know, at first I wasn't sure if I would like Avery, but once I really understood where she was coming from, I really grew to like her. Her relationship with her mother is complicated. Her mother never provided a healthy role model with relationships. There's more to it than that, but let's just say they didn't have a good relationship, but Avery felt a sense of responsibility to her, because her younger brother was still living at home. She wanted to make sure her brother was cared for in every way. I really loved the relationship she had with her brother. It was the only healthy relationship she had.
Then she meets Bennett. Based on looks alone, Bennett is pretty great. But, as I got to know him, I saw what a truly special person he was. He also had a bit of a difficult past, but he tried to live his life the best he knew how. When he and Avery meet, there is instant chemistry. Avery doesn't want to acknowledge those feelings, but she is willing to hook up. Bennett has other plans though. He doesn't do casual sex. He wants more from Avery. Once Avery let Bennett in to her life, the walls started coming down and I felt like they both had growth as a result of opening themselves up to love. They were a really great couple.
I don't really have much else to say about the book, but overall, I really enjoyed it. I liked getting to know Avery and Bennett. I also liked Avery's friends and Bennett's friend Nate. I'm looking forward to more from this author. Check it out if you're a fan of NA Contemporary Romance!
~His breathing intensified and I felt his bulge growing against my back. But Bennett said nothing more and made no other moves. I got the feeling her was trying to hold himself back, and there was no way I was going to throw myself at him.
It was the single most sensual moment of my life.-Loc 576
~"They don't make me feel anything. Not one. Damn. Thing." I shoved against his chest and his face crumpled.
"But you... you already own a piece of me. Don't you get it?" I yelled, stumbling back.-Loc 1672
~Before we drifted off to sleep, he whispered in my ear, "Avery, I want us to work through the sad and hard parts together. To always find our way back to each other."-Loc 2679
Posted November 22, 2013
Breath taking romance
This book was a true romantic story of two students trying to.be just friends but cant because of the chemistry that they have for each. As i read this great book it made you feel as if you were living their life as they wrote it. I couldnt put it down once i started reading it and got butterflies when the plot got intenese for avery and bennet. Wish there were more men in the world like Benentt!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2013
Posted November 14, 2013
A must read!!!
This book was refreshingly different from the normal bad boy/good virgin girl! The hero is the virgin and oh so yummy! Great book all around! Looking foward to reading Ella's story next! Please read......you wont regret it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2013
I don't normaly leaves reviews but omg, what an awrsome book! I loved the characters, I loved the idea behind the story...I found it extremely refreshing! I don't think men get enough credit now a days and there are a lot of them that deserve it and best of all the book did not feel rushed and I didn't feel like there was something missing when I finished. Christina Lee did a fabulous job! Can't wait for Ella's story.....already pre-ordered!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2013
EXCITING and full of hot romance! A friend of mine, Lauren, rec
EXCITING and full of hot romance! A friend of mine, Lauren, recommended this author and I am so glad I read this book. I highly recommend this romance novel to anyone who loves to read. The characters are well developed and you have such a connection to them. I loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 2, 2013
Bennett is such a nice change from other YA or NA male chara
Bennett is such a nice change from other YA or NA male characters, because he is the one who is more restrained and who is all innocent in the sexual area. It was seriously appealing to me and a breath of fresh air. I loved his every scene and wanted to know what he was thinking. It was attractive that he was chivalrous and treated her with even more respect than is the norm.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Avery is such a strong character. She knows self defense, and she knows how to get what she wants. She is more like guys in the normal aspect of she doesn't want commitment, just sex most of the time. She normally doesn't really let others in, and it is fun to see Bennett worm his way into her life and then into her heart.
Admittedly, the plot is similar to most of the other NA's the damaged individuals helping each other heal and learning to love again. Still it was addictive, and I am not tired of this story line at all. I know some of my readers are, and this is probably not the story for you if you are burned out, but to me, I enjoyed every page.
I also love that Avery is a lpn and that her job is a passion. There, at the nursing home where she works, she has formed a deep friendship with one of the residents. Her name is Mrs. Jackson and I adored her. She is fiesty, smart and intuitive, and I love the bond that her and Avery has and how much she helps her realize about life, herself and love.
All of You is a great title for this one because we get to see Bennett, who not only wants a hot body, but he wants commitment, emotions, conversation, and most of all--love. He wants every part of Avery and I loved watching Avery realize that she too wanted every part of him.
Both of their families and backgrounds plays into who they have become, and they are still dealing with repercussions of how they grew up and faults of their parents. But it molded them, and they have siblings that depend on them and share in everything that they went through.
The ending was perfect. Everything wove together and it was wrapped up beautifully. I sighed a contented sigh at the end, although I am eager for the companion novel to read more of Lee's masterfully crafted characters and intense chemistry.
Bottom Line: Amazing journey of Avery learning to love, helped along by the hot chemistry of virgin tattoo artist Bennett.
Posted September 28, 2013
4 stars - Two souls that crave and need each other - such a grea
4 stars - Two souls that crave and need each other - such a great ride!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When trust is taken at a young age, it's hard to trust again. Both of these two characters have trust issues. Both have come from similar childhoods where moms made decisions that affected them profoundly. But each has reacted to things differently. Avery plays the field, never letting a guy in her bed for long and never in her heart. Bennett holds his heart differently, not giving a girl all of him. They need each other to learn that trust again.
When I was asked to read this one, I read the premise and thought - oh yeah...WANTS. Tattoo artist and player girl? Hearts hidden but events changing that? Yes, please. I love it when two people can heal each other. Some may feel it's an over used New Adult theme but I think it's the most hopeful thing about New Adult. So many grow up in less than perfect circumstances and those years right after reaching adulthood is the time to either fix it or to become more jaded. I love the hopeful stories of healing hearts and minds. And the healing in the story doesn't magically happen just because they are attracted to each other - no time and experiences combined with that attraction build the love they need to heal. Loved that.
I so loved Bennett. He's a hot artist. Yeah he does tats too but I love that he's an artist first. He draws and there's an art show in the story. We see a couple of his consult sessions for tattoos and I love how he asks questions and then he draws from their answers, creating something unique for each person. My daughter is an artist and I recognize the process. She starts with someone's idea but then she wants details to make it real. I love how the art comes alive then. So Bennett rang true to me.
While this boy is a virgin, he is no saint - his words. He has some sexy experience and it flows through the story A LOT. Oh yeah, this is steamy and sexy. Everything and anything is fair game except that one last thing. And skills? This boy has some skills.
I loved Avery too. She's protecting herself after some pretty tough pain in her teens. I so got her and I was proud of her. She pulled herself out of the mess that was her upbringing. College and a job are her focus. Kick-boxing and self-defense are important parts of her life along with a couple of great girlfriends. She's strong and determined - perhaps a little too determined to protect her heart. In this one thing, her and Bennett are polar opposites. She's bound up her battered heart to protect it while he's waiting to find the only one that's going to ever own his. Loved them together from the first time they meet.
The story is strong and I didn't want to put it down. I really liked the combination of detail and summary. The balance was perfect. I never felt like I missed anything but got the whole story. Started it one night and woke up early the next day to finish it. The clues gave me what was up with Avery's past and I did figure out most things a little before they happened but I loved it!
If the New Adult bug has bitten you like it has me, then you should totally pick this one up! If that NA bug hasn't bitten, you need to let it and this one is a great one to start.
Posted September 28, 2013
¿Suddenly I felt like a bona fide man-eater. A Slutasaurus rex.¿
“Suddenly I felt like a bona fide man-eater. A Slutasaurus rex.”Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The concept of All of You intrigued me from the moment I first read about it. I immediately pre-ordered the book and attempted to wait patiently for its release. So many times with New Adult lit, the storyline basics are the same: innocent, inexperienced girl falls head-over-heels for a promiscuous guy. In this book, however, roles are reversed. The scorchingly hot and sexy guy, Bennett, is a virgin. The girl, Avery, is the more experienced one. I couldn’t wait to find out if this storyline worked. It more than worked, it rocked me.
“Love was only a ridiculous fairy tale that was never satisfying, warm, or safe.”
Avery watched her mother have disastrous relationships with men as she was growing up and she was determined she wouldn’t make the same mistake. She was in love once in high school, but since then she has closed her heart to love. She’s all about the instant gratification of a physical relationship. I liked Avery almost immediately. I liked her take charge attitude and her confidence. She knew what she wanted and she was going for it. I thought her character was well-developed and deep. She was a strong, likable female lead.
“I don’t know what this is or what the hell we’re doing,” he said. “But if I don’t kiss you right now, I might explode.”
Bennett was amazing. First, I love the name. It’s a total hot-guy name. But, Bennett was more than a pretty face and a hot body. He was fiercely protective and a good friend. Bennett didn’t fit any of the usual stereotypes. He worked in a tattoo parlor, but wasn’t covered in tattoos. He was hot as hell and a virgin in his early-20s. But, it worked… really well. He was like a delicious puzzle I couldn’t wait for Avery to solve.
“I want something real,” he whispered. “And I’m willing to wait for it.”
“Are you… waiting for marriage?”
“No.” He looked me dead in the eye. “I’m just waiting for love.”
Avery and Bennett initially run into each other at a party. She is immediately attracted to him and tries to pick him up. He all but blows her off. He’s polite, but uninterested. The next day, she sees him moving into her apartment building. Hello, convenience. But, they strike up a friendship first the night that someone attempts to break into her apartment and he rescues her. They begin to spend time together and each of them start trying to reconcile their feelings and desires for the other.
“Does this mean there’s a possibility you’d take care of me someday, too? Protect my heart just as fiercely?”
“All day, every day, you’re still stuck in my head – in my every damn thought.”
Both Avery and Bennett had to struggle with how their attraction for each other would ultimately change things and had to decide whether they were ready to open up to the possibility. Avery wasn’t ready to give her heart away to someone, despite what she was feeling for Bennett. He was intensely attracted to her, but wanted more than just the physical relationship she was aiming for initially. Once Avery knew Bennett’s secret, she backed off out of respect for him. She felt deeply for him and was more than attracted to him, but she didn’t want to push him.
“I said I was a virgin, Avery. Not a saint.”
“But you… you already own a piece of me. Don’t you get it?” I yelled, stumbling back.
Avery and Bennett’s chemistry was intense. There were some seriously steamy scenes in this book. Hello, shower. That’s all I’m going to say. But they had more than just lust between them. Their feelings were very, very real. They grew together. It might have been instant-lust, but it wasn’t instant-love. It was real and powerful and I loved every minute of it. I laughed and cried. I’m an emotional reader and this one made me feel a lot.
“It means that my heart is ready… to lay down roots.” I said. “I suppose it’s always been ready. It just needed something… to finally believe in.”
There was more than sexual tension to this book, though. We find out a secret from Avery’s past that has definitely helped shape her behaviors towards men. Bennett helps her deal with the past and encourages her to put herself out there again. One of my favorite scenes in this book is when Avery and Bennett are playing the Five Fingers game. I’d never heard of this before, but in a nutshell, one person asks the other a question and it has to be answered in five words. The truths that come out during their game and the things they say in just five little words blew me away. Such a great scene.
“Your whole life can’t be defined by that one single moment. Or even a series of awful moments.” She held my gaze, and it was difficult not to want to look away. “You are strong and courageous. But it doesn’t mean you can’t lean on others sometimes.”
Aside from Avery and Bennett’s friendship+, my other favorite relationship in the book was Avery’s with Mrs. Jackson, the patient she cared for at the nursing home. Mrs. Jackson was the mother that Avery needed because Avery’s own mother was pretty unremarkable. She chose men over her own daughter. Avery needed someone she could rely on. Mrs. Jackson provided that in a very special way. She was such a sweet lady. Whether Avery needed someone to just listen or to give her a gentle nudge in the right direction, Mrs. Jackson was there for her.
Posted September 25, 2013
All of You is...
Authentic- Avery and Bennett are real and there are pieces of them in all of us.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Carnal- A steamy hot sex good read that successfully manages to balance passion with genuine tender affection.
Touching-Evokes sweet memories of anyone who has been instrumental in your life and has taken time to sift through the layers of your
Christina Lee's writing is beautifully crafted and is a seamless juxtaposition of prose and poetic lyrics.