All of You by Christina Lee - Review

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

 All of You
By Christina Lee
Genre: New Adult/Romance
Publishing Company: Penguin
Expected Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Rating: 4.5 Glasses of Wine

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.

Fall's Review:
So lately I have been in a reading "rut". All the books seem to be about these hot as fuck guys and these shy, timid, virgin girls. Don't get me wrong I have read some very good books that fall into this category. Then Aly told me that she had the perfect book for me. I'll admit I was a bit hesitant until she told me that the guy was the virgin and the girl was the "slut" (not offense ladies). SIGN ME UP!!!

Avery is a 21 year old hottie that comes from... you guessed it a shitty home life! SURPRISE! She has a wall around her heart and rug burn on her back....hahahaha! Okay, Okay I kid! Seriously...she likes to use men for sex. Who wouldn't when all you know is a mom who parades men in and out of the house and the slime balls look at you like a rare steak. Avery is extremely stubborn and a protector. She is determined to protect her brother from the world she grew up in and make sure he gets a real chance at life.

"I was jumping off a cliff, sinking, drowning, and couldn't care less about being saved as long as he kept kissing me."

Bennett...Oh Bennett! (*clears throat* excuse me) He moves into Avery's apartment building and instantly the attraction is there. Bennett and his sexy red ball cap. Avery wants him for one night but soon finds out that one night just isn't enough for either one of them. They quickly become friends and are shocked to find they have more in common then they originally thought. Feelings quickly develop but wounds are not easily healed. Walls around hearts are sometimes hard to break down. Armed with a balls-all-out BFF and a sweet, blunt, take no bullshit elderly friend, Avery must face demons and feelings to figure out if it's all worth it?

" Love is giving him the power to destroy you but trusting him not to."

I really enjoyed this book. Bennett is sweet, and hot, and he has tattoos!!! Avery comes off as a hard ass but underneath she is a girl.  And ultimately girls want to be loved and made to feel special. 

"And the other kind of love is freeing. It allows you to be your best self. You're seamless when you're with the person you love unfathomably -but never invisible."

I give All of You by Christina Lee 4.5 glasses of White Zin and look forward to many more amazing books by this talented author!

I needed to hold him. Kiss him. Taste him. I was nearly blinded by my desire for him.
When Bennett pulled open his door, he seemed bowled over to see me. “What are you—”
Before he could get the words out, my lips were on his. I walked him backward into his apartment, shut the door with my foot, and forced him hard against the wall.
“Avery,” he moaned into my mouth.
Yanking his shirt over his head, I saw goose bumps swell across his skin.
I licked and sucked his neck before dragging my tongue down his chest. I stopped to flick against each of his nipples and watched how they hardened in response.
Bennett knocked his head against the wall. “Jesus.”
I felt powerful in ways I hadn’t experienced before. And it was a major turn-on.
When I continued down Bennett’s stomach, his breaths shot out fast and hard.
I kissed along the path of the tornado on his ribcage, and his stomach trembled in my wake.
Then I trailed my tongue along his hip bone, turning him to continue on to his back. I was determined to get a decent look at his hourglass tattoo.
I studied it, caressing it with my fingers. It was outlined in black, with the sand inside a burnt orange hue. The hourglass itself was misshaped—almost like it was melted—just like the one in his drawing.
“Tell me about this one.”
He was trying hard to control his breathing. “Always been interested in the concept of bending time.”
I slid my hands along his waistline while he panted.
“There’s a saying that goes like this: The hourglass freezes in moments of sorrow. Races along in moments of bliss.” He spun and pulled me to my feet. Cupping my cheeks, he gazed into my eyes. “The very concept of time is a demand. That you own it, savor it, mean it. Before you waste it . . . or it wastes you.”
Then he fused his mouth to mine, his kiss so intense, it was as if I were unraveling from the inside. Like he was siphoning my breaths out of my body.
He broke the kiss, and we stood gasping against each other.
“That’s totally hot,” I mumbled.
He reached around my waist. “You’re totally hot.”

About Christina Lee
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives near Cleveland with her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything.

New Adult/Young Adult author. NA Contemporary Romance, ALL OF YOU, releases September with Penguin. BEFORE YOU BREAK in 2014. Repped by Sara Megibow. 

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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