All of You (Between Breaths #1)
By Christina Lee
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Source: PublisherAvery 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.
Review: There's nothing I love more than a heroine I can relate to. So when I read the summary to All of You, I couldn't wait to read about a nursing student who falls for a wholesome bad boy since my sister is a nursing student and tells me all about how stressful school is. As excited I was about Avery's character though, I just couldn't connect with her and her struggle to finally trust a guy with her heart.
After watching her mother date guy after guy who throws her to the curb, Avery Micheals wants no connections with a guy while she's studying to be a nursing student. No emotions means that there are no broken hearts or disappointments in any guy she's with. When she meets the dark and gorgeous Bennett at a party, Avery wants him and wants him bad. But Bennett isn't a one night stand kind of guy and wants Avery for way more than one night. After spending time with Bennett, Avery doesn't know what she wants from him anymore, and if she can really trust her heart with a man again.
Going into this one, I knew that Avery was going to have some relationship issues. What I didn't like, though, was how…loose she was (sorry, I don't know how else to describe it). She talks about how much she sleeps around, which was annoying, and I really didn't like how she talked to her friends. I get that she doesn't have a good role model in her mom and can't do relationships, but I could not feel sorry for her with how she acted. Calling her best friends b*tches and not being able to tell them that she actually likes a guy but instead talks about him like another conquest just got annoying. I'm not a fan of girls who sleep around a lot in books and act like the victim when it's their decision to be that way the entire time.
What saved this book for me, though, was definitely Bennett. Mmmm what a man. I loved how he could have the whole tattoo artist image, but still be an honest, caring guy. The way he acted when something scary happened to Avery was so sweet and I just wanted to be cuddled up in his arms just like she was. I loved how he was the exact opposite of Avery when it came to relationship, because that meant that he really wants to care about a person before completely letting them in.
Overall, while All of You had a good enough story, I was seriously not a big fan of the main character. There was a lot of drama, family issues, and learning to trust someone with your heart, but how Avery acted around guys and her "best friends" didn't click with me at all. If you don't mind the main character and love an emotional new adult novel, though, you should check out All of You.
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