All of You: Between Breaths

All of You: Between Breaths

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by Christina Lee
     
 

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In this powerfully emotional New Adult novel, 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, Avery can

Overview

In this powerfully emotional New Adult novel, 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, Avery can only handle 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 straitlaced 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Five words to describe this book (and you’ll get this once you read it): hot, sweet, emotional, page-turner, awesome.”—Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend

“With All of You, Christina Lee has crafted a fresh and fascinating twist on the classic love story. At its core, All of You is pure NA goodness, full of mistrust and hardened hearts, angst and anguish, hot and steamy scenes, and a satisfying HEA.”—New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder

“A one-sitting read simply because I could not put it down. From steamy to sweet and every emotion in between, Christina Lee had me glued to the pages in her unforgettable debut, All of You. This is one New Adult you don’t want to miss.”—New York Times bestselling author A. L. Jackson

"I absolutely loved it!" —Maryse's Book Blog

“Bennett stole my heart! If you like hot, sweet, sexy, caring good guys, he’ll claim yours too.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698141254
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Series:
Between Breaths Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
62,221
File size:
743 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Five words to describe this book (and you’ll get this once you read it): hot, sweet, emotional, page-turner, awesome.”—Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend

“With All of You, Christina Lee has crafted a fresh and fascinating twist on the classic love story. At its core, All of You is pure NA goodness, full of mistrust and hardened hearts, angst and anguish, hot and steamy scenes, and a satisfying HEA.”—New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder

“A one-sitting read simply because I could not put it down. From steamy to sweet and every emotion in between, Christina Lee had me glued to the pages in her unforgettable debut, All of You. This is one New Adult you don’t want to miss.”—New York Times bestselling author A. L. Jackson

"I absolutely loved it!" —Maryse's Book Blog

“Bennett stole my heart! If you like hot, sweet, sexy, caring good guys, he’ll claim yours too.”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely

Meet the Author

Christina Lee is also the author of Before You Break. She lives outside of Cleveland with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. Reading has always been her favorite pastime, so creating imaginary worlds has become a dream job. She also owns her own jewelry business, where she hand-stamps meaningful words or letters onto silver for her customers.

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All of You: Between Breaths 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book had some good moments, but Bennett seemed a little weak and Avery and her friends behaved like a bunch of frat boys. Too much role reversal. Might be okay for some, but not the book for me.
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SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
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. 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. Highly recommended.
Kristas_Dust_Jacket More than 1 year ago
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... 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.
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Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
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. *arc kindly provided by publisher via netgalley*
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
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.  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! Quotes: ~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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way they came together with such troubled past. She learned to trust it was a great story. I highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good complete love story...some bad language & explicit love scenes! **TiWi**
Pinky47 More than 1 year ago
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!
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BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    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.      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. 
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
4 stars - Two souls that crave and need each other - such a great ride! 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.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
“Suddenly I felt like a bona fide man-eater. A Slutasaurus rex.” 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Authentic- Avery and Bennett are real and there are pieces of them in all of us. 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 soul. Christina Lee's writing is beautifully crafted and is a seamless juxtaposition of prose and poetic lyrics.
Katie_Cohen More than 1 year ago
3-3.5 Stars Mini Review: I had really high hopes for this book... I mean a hot tattoo artist who's a virgin? Bring it on! But I ended up disappointed, and while the book wasn't bad, it ended up being just ok for me. My Expectations: 1. Steamy scenes that would make me add the book to my I Need A Fan tagWhat I got: A few hot scenes that were too short and left me thinking "that's it?" 2. Lots of fun and witty dialogueWhat I got: Dialogue that fell flat and didn't make me laugh. I found myself almost skipping over lines because it didn't hold my attention enough at times. 3. Characters I would fall in love withWhat I got: Characters that I felt for, but didn't connect with, and were easily forgettable. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book and it had no major flaws. But I felt like a lot of it fell flat and didn't live up to it's potential.
Marianna-ALustForReading More than 1 year ago
It is not often you find a book where the guy is the virgin and the girl is the player, and I have to say it is a very refreshing change! Avery Michaels does not do boyfriends or relationships. She much prefers a one night stand or calling her "buddy" Rob for a quickie. When she spots a gorgeous guy at a frat party, she sets in for the kill. But for once, the guy doesn't take the bait. Bennett Reynolds knows a mean eater when he sees one and Avery is most definitely one. So he flat out ignores her advances. He is a virgin not because he is waiting for marriage, just waiting for love. Imagine both their surprise when they find out the next day that they live in the same apartment building. Despite their differences, they are still drawn to each other and their chemistry is palpable. A scary night had Avery leaning on Bennett for comfort and she struggles with that since she makes a point to never need anyone. Though they try to fight it for a while, inevitably they want to spend more time together. Make no mistake, just because Bennett is a virgin doesn't mean there isn't any hotness in this book. He happens to have a very skilled mouth and fingers. The sexual tension between them is crazy hot and it makes their eventual coming together that much better. I really enjoyed the role reversal in this book and loved the sweet guy who knows that he wants to wait for someone special. And while Avery certainly has her issues to work through, I loved that she was respectful of Bennett's choice and never tried to pressure him. I highly recommend this read!