Saturday, November 30, 2013

ARC Review: All of You by Christina Lee

Title: All of You
Author: Christina Lee
Format acquired: PDF (eARC)
Publisher: Intermix (Penguin Group (USA) LLC)
Publication date: September 17th 2013
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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.

(Image and summary taken from Goodreads)


Hee. Hee. Heeeeee!


So eloquent, right?

But seriously speaking, that was pretty much how I was while reading All of You. Christina Lee reduced me into a pile of giggles. I love Avery and Bennett together and I am 100% sure you will too! All of You is not only about really thick sexual tension, it's also about trust and well, more trust. A lot of disheartening and slightly messed up things happen that will really tug at your heartstrings but don't worry, they'll straighten out.

It's not always that you read about a girl who takes charge and is, well, the player but you have that role-reversal here in All of You. Avery has trust issues, major trust issues, it's not that she's been burned by a former lover or anything like that, it stems deeper than that. But that doesn't stop her from being a carefree and slightly rebellious girl, it's just difficult for her to open up to other people, that's why she's got a lot of guys pining after her, don't judge her just yet though. Avery is responsible of taking care of her little brother, she's trying to give him a good life so that he doesn't turn out the way she does and her mother? Well, their relationship is strained but Avery is trying her best to be a good daughter and accept her mother's "lifestyle" that has also bled into hers. Avery is a great girl, she just needs to sort out her life and find the peace she really needs.

I love Bennett. I love, love, loooove Bennett. Really, really. It's not the fact that he's a virgin (yes, a VIRGIN), it's because he is such a great guy in general. The fact that he's the only one supporting his family and how wary he is of being with someone he knows might bail on him, differentiates him from so many guys out there. While he may be super hot and studly, he's also very smart and vulnerable. You just know that he's the type of guy who will be willing to lay his heart out on the line for a girl and Avery needs to see that... *le sigh*

When Avery and Bennett are together there are two outcomes, either they turn into something massively sexy and explosive or they just push each other away. They have an interesting relationship that will keep you waiting and wanting to see what will happen next. There were parts in this book wherein I was jumping for joy and crying out in sadness and frustration... and squirming because of the blatant sexual tension between the two. Christina Lee bring a whole new meaning to "attraction", seriously.

All of You is a definitely one of my favorite debuts of this year and I will be eagerly anticipating Christina Lee's upcoming books because WOW, I was really impressed. This book will turn you inside out and will excite, frustrate and make you fall in love with it. And you will fall hard. Also, I want my own Bennett. Please and thank you!


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