Saturday, June 28, 2014

All of You (Between Breaths #1) by Christina Lee

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.

Type: New Adult
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Oh yes. Lee definitely has a fan. I'm loving the Between Breaths series. Reading it a little backwards but still...loving it. I finally got back to book one and oh All of You was fun! And a little different seeing as the hero is a virgin. *lifts eyebrow* Yes. I love that little twist.

And the quick of this one is that after a not so successful first meet at a party the two find out they're new neighbors and, well, now that they're living so close the two keep getting drawn together even though they're far from what the other is looking for.

Avery and Bennett are pretty perfect for each other in a not so perfect way. They've both had hard childhoods with mothers who made very bad choices about the men they were with and they've dealt with the fall out of living through that in very different ways. Avery refuses to let anyone close and would rather sleep around on her own terms. And Bennett went the exact opposite way...not sleeping around at all and saving himself for when he was in love. Which makes for a hell of a lot of explosive tension as the two deal with their attractions and very different lifestyles.

I really enjoyed both of them and seeing them become friends since more than that just wasn't possible between them. It was really rather sweet seeing them slowly worm their way into each others lives while trying to keep things platonic. Annnd when they finally couldn't anymore.
“Damn it, Bennett,” I panted. “How in the hell do you know exactly how to drive me insane?”

He trailed his tongue along my inner thigh. “I said I was a virgin, Avery. Not a saint.” 
Things definitely get steamy between them and aws when things finally happen they're pretty damn good and quite sweet--if maybe a touch cheesy. But cheesy is so okay sometimes, right? I don't know. These two just made me smile. There are some serious flub ups along the way on both of their parts but everything gets set to right in the end and, you know, it just made them feel more real and relateable that they could have those "moments".

Aside from their becoming friends and lovers there was a nice bit about their families. Like I mentioned both had some hardships with their families but along the way, little by little, some of those issues were dealt with. There was growth not just with the two of them but with their families as well and a bit of hope that things might change and improve there. I just thought it was a nice touch added to their stories.

All in all, I was completely sucked in by All of Me and had the hardest time putting it down. Lee has a wonderful voice that makes it so easy to fall into the book and get lost in the story and romance as it unfolds. There's nothing too over the top crazy happening... just love being found and two people changing for the better because of each other. *huge girly sigh*

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