Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: All of You by Christina Lee

All of You by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths, Book 1
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance All of You Cover
ISBN: 9780451469779
Paperback Release Date: July 1, 2014
Source: Publisher
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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.

If I had to describe All of You in five words, I’d choose honest, emotional, sexy, gripping, and rewarding. Christina Lee’s first Between Breaths story is simply fantastic and I practically devoured it in one sitting, thanks to the book’s captivating main characters.

Avery is a tough, independent heroine who’d like to think she has all the answers but truly doesn’t. She’s a compelling mix of strength and vulnerability, and a lot of that is a result of her upbringing. Avery’s mother is a mess (to put it kindly), and her horrible taste in men has left Avery scarred. Avery’s a survivor, but though she has no problem with casual flings, she’s scared of giving up control, of opening her heart to others. Because of this, she doesn’t know what to do when she meets Bennett, a man who’s nothing like anyone she’s ever met. Bennett is a to-die-for hero. He’s a gorgeous, tattooed virgin who has sensual appeal in spades, but what really captured me is his generous heart. Like Avery, Bennett didn’t have the best experience growing up and he’s had to be both brother and parent to his siblings for much of his life. He gives all of himself to those he cares about, but he doesn’t let anyone walk all over him. He’s the perfect match for Avery – strong and sexy, but also patient and kind.

The chemistry Avery and Bennett have is electric, making the pages of All of You fly by. The road to happiness is not only filled with ups and downs, but sexual tension that is just plain hot. Bennett may be attracted to Avery, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to fall into bed with her. He wants more than just sex, he wants…well…all of Avery. He’s the catalyst for Avery coming into her own and it was truly beautiful to watch how each of them grows over the course of All of You. Their journey was a mix of sensuality and raw emotion, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

All of You is a wonderfully addictive story that will keep you reading late into the night. Christina Lee has a unique voice and a talent for penning honest, endearing characters. I loved All of You and I can’t wait to read the next Between Breaths book, Before You Break.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.