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Blog Tour: All of You by Christina Lee {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the All of You tour hosted by THESUBCLUBbooks!
I am excited to share my review and a giveaway with you all today
 
 


All of You
   by: Christina Lee

Publication Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 218 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo
My Rating: 4/5 stars


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.

My Review:

Oh my. I am STILL in mega swoon mode from this book! It was so deliciously sexy and my stomach was in a constant fluttering state for the majority of the book! I really enjoyed both Avery and Bennett's characters and I feel Christina did a great job building their relationship.

Avery was a very likeable character for me. She has been through a lot in her life- having dealt with a mother who was more concerned with her own love life than taking care of her children. Avery feels responsible for her younger brother Adam and the only reason she bothers to speak to her mom is to check on him. After seeing her mother string along man after man, Avery is determined to not let herself fall for any guy. She does one night stands and has a friend with benefits but does not want a serious relationship of any kind. After spotting the oh so delicious Bennett at a party, she knows she wants him to be her next conquest. However, Bennett isn't like other guys. He ignores her advances, leaving her very confused.

I loved Bennett's character. While he may not have given Avery the time of day at the party, he finds her hard to ignore especially now that he's just moved into the same apartment as her. An almost break-in to Avery's apartment ends up bringing the two closer together and we realize that Bennett is definitely NOT immune to Avery. However, he knows the type of girl Avery is and he won't do that with her. He wants commitment and right now she can't give him that. Bennett has also come from a very similar family situation as Avery, and after seeing his own mother go through relationship after relationship and be treated like shit, he vows he won't be that guy to have casual, meaningless sex. I felt bad for him because he is completely at war with himself. Physically and emotionally he desperately wants Avery, but she has made it all too clear she doesn't do relationships. He's also been burned before by a girl he thought he loved and he won't go down that road again. He guards his heart and won't give it up for anything less than love. SIGH. Hello, wonderful.

These two have serious sexual tension. Seriously, I thought I was going to internally combust. But good Lord- Christina writes the sexiest kissing scenes! Whew! There were so many times I wanted to smack Avery for being so stubborn, especially with a guy as great as Bennett, but she really did have to do things on her own terms. She couldn't be pushed into something she wasn't ready for, because she would only end up hurting both herself and Bennett. Slowly she begins opening herself up to this beautiful, patient boy who can't see anything beyond her.

Another favorite character would have to be Mrs. Jackson. She was such an incredible role model and inspiration to Avery. They say some people come into your life at the exact moment you need them, and I feel Mrs. Jackson was that person for Avery. Mrs. Jackson is a patient at the nursing home Avery works at. She sees past Avery's fa├žade and encourages her and believes in her- something she hasn't had since she lost her own grandmother. It is through Mrs. Jackson that Avery really sees the purity and beauty of true love. Mr. Jackson comes to visit his wife every day and the two are absolutely precious together. Where Avery didn't have that example of love in her life from her own mother, she saw it at work through the Jacksons.

I also liked Ella, Avery's best friend. She knows all of Avery's past- even the messy parts and is a true friend to her- telling her she should confide in Bennett and take a chance with him. Unfortunately I wasn't a very big fan of her other friend Rachel. Rachel is also a big player and doesn't treat guys with much respect. She really sticks her foot in her mouth concerning Bennett and I was irritated Avery didn't stand up for him to her friend.

Good guys like Bennett are rare finds- he is a guy who wants to worship, cherish, and love his woman. I love that he didn't give up on Avery- there were so many times where I wondered when he would say enough is enough and just walk away, but he didn't. He saw something in her and I'm glad he decided to take a chance on her. She needed someone to prove that she was worth loving and that her heart was capable of love.

This was such a great NA read and I loved every minute of this book!
 
Excerpt:
 
But I chose to disappear behind the trunk of the tree instead. I caught my breath and had a good talk with myself about burying my feelings for Bennett once and for all. Focusing on school, and Adam, and my career. It was quiet and dark, like I was in my own little secluded world. Until the rain came down in hard sheets and drenched me. I pushed away from the tree to make a run for the tent.

All at once I saw a blur of red as I was forced against the tree trunk, the bark digging into my sweater. Bennett’s soaked hair swung against my forehead, his hands gripped my face, and his mouth sealed over mine, fusing our wet lips and tongues together.
I scraped my fingertips up his chest to his hairline and felt him tremble against me. My heart thudded against my rib cage as Bennett’s mouth devoured me—like he was pouring all of his frustration into me.

We were sopping wet, our clothes clinging to us, and the rain wasn’t letting up anytime soon.

I swept my tongue across his lips and the hottest fucking growl erupted from his mouth. He flattened his body against mine, crushing me with the weight of his passion.

“Is this how you like it?” he mumbled, but my mind couldn’t register what he was asking. It had turned into a foggy haze and I couldn’t even remember the letters of the alphabet at that point.  
Bennett was entirely lips and fingers and raw passion and I felt his arousal pulsing against my stomach. His hands were rough and they rushed down my body to palm my ass. He lifted me off the ground, and my legs gripped his waist.
“Tell me you want this.” He slid down to the grass with me straddling him, and all I could do was moan into his lips. It was as if all the pleasure receptors in my brain had expanded and then shot rapidly into my core, setting me on fire.

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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12 comments

  1. I seriously love how we both love the same things about books! I adore Mrs Jackson and Ella (could have done without the other slutty friend lol)! Bennett was so lovely and swoony and such a rare kind of NA guy! And the tattooing scene! Holy hell! Swoonage! Amazing review so glad you loved this one too!

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    1. :D RIGHT?! My bookish soulmate!!! <3 Haha! Yeah, I did NOT like Rachel. She really pissed me off. And I am totally in love with Bennett! Yes, that tattooing scene! Sigh... there were SO MANY swoony scenes! And good Lord, all the kissing!!!!!

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  2. Whew, that excerpt was hot hahaha

    This one sounds so sweet! I am glad you enjoyed it Jess!

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    1. This book is freaking hot! LOL. And sweet at the same time! I really loved it.

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  3. I really liked this one too! Hallelujah for no virgin girl! I've reached my limit for them...

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    1. RIGHT?! I loved that he was the virgin! It made everything so much more intense and sweet for them! I loved it! And yes- I'm over the virgin girls too.

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  4. Eeee! Everyone seems to be loving All of You. I cannot wait to read my copy.
    Great review, hon!

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    1. I can't wait for you to get it either! LOL. I know you'll love this Andrea! :D

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  5. Great review! I grabbed this one yesterday since you loved it so much. Can't wait to start reading :-)

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    1. YAY! I can't wait for you to read this either!!!

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  6. So glad I picked up a copy of this last week, great review hon, looking forward to reading it now! :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it!!!! *fingers crossed*

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