A great read with a Petite Sirah …
Title: All Of You
Author: Christina Lee
Date of Publication: September 17, 2013
About All Of You:
In this powerfully emotional debut New Adult novel, 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.
By Contributing Reviewer: Kat Summers
I first picked up All Of You by Christina Lee because the description of Bennett seemed really interesting. The way he was described on Amazon and Goodreads was different from how the main male character normally is in the New Adult genre. A one-woman-guy looking for love and a relationship; and a virgin at that. The spice in the very delicious coq au vin is that not only is he a strait-laced good-through-and-through guy, he is an artist who works in a tattoo parlor. When I read the story he lived up to all of my expectations. Had it been real-life, I could have easily fallen for him.
The character of Avery is the complete opposite of Bennett, and thereby also different from the usually scared, innocent, virgin girl in most New Adult books. She does not do relationships, and she definitely does not do love. The first line of the book goes:
“Love was a loaded gun. You slide your bullet inside the cold metal chamber as a safeguard for the inevitable day that everything went to shit”.
What makes the differences in Avery’s and Bennett’s personalities particularly interesting is their rather similar backgrounds, and how it has shaped them so differently. I couldn’t help think about why they turned out so differently, and whether it was just because of their different sexes, or if it was more conditioned by their personalities.
The storyline of All Of You is enticing, and you are drawn into a world of tension. Sexual and emotional tension between Avery and Bennett, tension between the main characters and their families, and tension between what is the right thing for Avery and Bennett to do, and what they really want to do. As you turn the last page you feel the tension leave you, and you can look back on the journey that the characters have been through and be satisfied. It is a great feeling to close the book knowing that everything has been explained, and there is nothing left to be resolved.The story wraps up nicely and does not lend itself to a sequel.
The writing style is unpretentious and has an easy flow, just like the story itself. So, if you are looking for a different New Adult book, this is for you. It is a good read, that can take a few re-reads as well. All I can say is: “Enjoy”.