Wednesday, September 11, 2013

All of You by Christina Lee: Review, Giveaway, and Teasers

All of You
by Christina Lee
Expected Publication Date:  September 17, 2013
Publisher:  Penguin Group LLC
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley
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The way the author has reversed the roles in terms of the experienced vs. innocence trope turns the classic model on its head, making it new and oh-so compelling."--New York Times bestselling author JASINDA WILDER

"Bennett stole my heart! If you like hot, sweet, sexy, caring good guys, he'll claim yours too."-- NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author LAUREN BLAKELY

"A one-sitting read simply because I could not put it down. This is one New Adult you don’t want to miss."--NYT and USA Today bestselling author A. L. JACKSON

Five words to describe this book (and you'll get this once you read it): Hot, sweet, emotional, page-turner, awesome.--NYT and USA Today bestselling author MONICA MURPHY

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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.
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My Thoughts:  I really loved this book.  The role reversal from the typical bad boy and the girl who is a virgin, to the guy being the virgin was such a welcome change from so many of the new adult contemporary romances out there - like a breath of fresh air.  Avery Michaels is a nursing student in college pursuing her RN and is working at a nursing home as an LPN in the interim, while putting herself through college. She is really pretty, hardworking, independent, enjoys partying with her friends on the weekend, but there is one thing that she makes clear....Avery doesn't do relationships, at all, she only does hookups. 

Guys are east to figure out - at least the in the hormonal sense.  You needed only appear helpless or horny, and their pants instantly dropped to their ankles.    

Avery doesn't have to pursue guys, they come to her - that is until she meets Bennett Reynolds.  Bennett Reynolds is also in college.  He's an artist, and he also works as a tattoo artist.   He's sexy, cute, has eyes that you could just loose yourself in, a panty-dropping smile, and hotness just drips off him....I mean like you could just lick him he's so yummy.  Bennett doesn't do hookups, ever, he does relationships.......and he is waiting on the right girl to come along before he gives up his V-card.  

"I want something real," he whispered.  "And I'm willing to wait for it."

When Avery meets Bennett at a party, she wants him, really bad, but Bennett blows her off, something Avery isn't used to, and doesn't quite know how to deal with.  

Hot boy nodded before turning on his heels and heading out of the room, leaving my ego collapsing on the cold hard tile.  Chivalrous Hot Boy was so not into me.  

When Bennett ends up moving into her apartment complex, things really begin to get interesting.  She soon finds out that it's not that Bennett doesn't like her......he does, a lot, and whether she wants to admit it or not, she likes him a lot to.  Bennett awakens feelings in Avery she thought were long buried, and begins to crack the hard shell she has placed around her heart and emotions, something which is way out of her comfort zone.  When she understands Bennett's reasons for his choices, she respects him.  It doesn't make her want him any less, because she does, but she also figures she just can't go there.  Ironically, Bennett and Avery have very similar backgrounds.  Neither of their lives has been a bed of roses and they have both dealt with and continue to deal with some really tough family issues, they have just chosen to handle those issues differently.  As circumstances bring them together, they become closer, friends even, but also begin to be much more.  Bennett is crazy about Avery.  He sees something special about her.  He is so good with her and patient with her - now he does get aggravated with her and messes up some.  He's not perfect, and he has a jealous streak, but the way he responds to her, talks to her, and deals with her overall was amazing. 
As there relationship changes and crosses over into something more, Avery discovers her feelings go much deeper than anything she has ever experienced, something that both frightens and amazes her, and when Bennett kisses her, it is like nothing she's ever experienced.  

"Baby," he whispered, and then gave me a slow molten kiss that stole my breath away.  All of my muscles went liquid, and I was thankful he was holding me up.

"Damn it, Bennett," I panted.  "How in the hell do you know exactly how to drive me insane?".........
"I said I was a virgin, Avery.  Not a saint."

Something happens and Avery is forced to make a choice regarding Bennett and their relationship.  Will she let him go, or is she willing to take a chance on love?

This was such a wonderful story.  As I said above, the whole role reversal in the story was like a breath of fresh air.  The story line itself was so good, and I loved watching these two individuals who had such broken and hurtful pasts, deal with how they chose to face some really tough life situations both with their families, their pasts, and with each other.  There is also a suspenseful side to the story, which I don't want to say anything about because I don't want to spoil it, but it adds that extra bit of thrill to the story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages.  The romance was hot and steamy - don't let the fact that Bennett is a virgin make you think it's not, because it most definitely is.  Overall, I really loved All of You and if you are a fan of contemporary romance, especially the new adult variety, then All of You is a must read and I highly recommend it.  

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Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a fashion stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts. 

Now I live in my hometown of Cleveland, with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve always been an avid reader—reading was actually my favorite time of day when I taught second and third grade. 

But it wasn’t until I became a local newspaper columnist that something clicked. I finally realized I could turn my love of words into my dream of writing fiction. 

I write Young Adult and New Adult fiction. I am represented by Sara Megibow of the Nelson Literary Agency.

I also own a hand-stamped jewelry business called Tags-n-Stones, which requires me to stamp letters and/or words onto pieces of silver. They go hand-in-hand perfectly.

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  1. All of You sounds perfect for me. I can't wait to read this, Ellen! Great review!

  2. ooooh... this sounds awesome! I do like the "role reversal" aspect and find it interesting that the 2 characters have completely different reactions to similar backgrounds. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love love the role reversal in this one! This is one I am definitely grabbing off Amazon!

  4. It's about time a man was the virgin. I like it.
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  5. Virgins don't bother me, and I love the reversal here, so adding this one to my list!

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  7. Totally loving the idea of the man being a virgin. How refreshing and different! I have already put this one on my tbr. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. i like the virgin idea especially the guy. I mean Im a fan of a guys pov and being in their head. So him being a virgin makes it special. Thank you for a chance to win.

  9. I think it's refreshing and different.

  10. "I said I was a virgin, not a saint." I like this line, I think it's very realistic. :) It's not everyday you find an NA book with an inexperienced male lead, so this definitely caught my interest.

  11. I think it is a good twist to virgins in new adult books. I'm definitely tired of the "innocent" girl virgins who act so naive and annoying. I've only read one book with a guy virgin and it is just refreshing to see not all characters are man whores:) Thanks! Excited to read this!

  12. I liked this one too! Finally, no virgin, haha. The thing that took off one star for me was Avery's issue from her past. I've read that so many times and it's getting on my nerves too. Other than that, I really liked the book. LOVE the quotes! We picked a few of the same ones.
    Bennett was awesome :)

  13. Great read, a bit short on humour at times for me.. and men virgins? lol. Good idea though.

  14. Great Review - I am totally intrigued by the role reversal in this book. It sounds really refreshing and I can't wait to read it!!

  15. I love role reversals! It always make me laugh when someone else is in the opposite person's position. =D

  16. I love the role reversal. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

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  18. I love the concept! the twist is very surprising! great review!

  19. In some books the virgin aspect really fits and seems genuine. In other books, it seems unrealistic. I'm really interested in reading this book with the role reversal!


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