Even though All of You is the first book in the Between Breaths series by Christina Lee, I read this book second since I read the third book, Whisper to Me, first when I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy through NetGalley. I fell in love with Whisper to Me and Christina Lee is quickly becoming a must-read author.
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.
This New Adult novel gave me everything I wanted and more. The story of Avery and Bennett was beautiful. Avery was an especially great female protagonist. Her issues with the opposite sex and the subsequent sleeping around made her a broken kind of girl. All the better for Bennett to help fix her. This story was unique because unlike the usual timid girl falls for the super experienced guy, it was quite the opposite. It’s even refreshing to note that none of Christina Lee’s female protagonist are inexperienced virgins. Now I’m a wait til marriage kind of girl, but I think Lee’s characters are realistic for this day and age, and it allows her to stay away from the “virgin girl” plot device, where the whole purpose of the novel is the girl losing her virginity to the “love of her life.”
Avery and Bennett shared a dynamic relationship, where the secrets of the past caused tension and bumps in the road, but their feelings for each other brought them back together again. I loved how Bennett took care of Avery and broke down her walls since she was so independent. His sensitivity and integrity made for a great male lead character.
I devoured this book in less than a day; it was that good. I thoroughly enjoyed Lee’s unique story and characters. If you’re in the mood for a good New Adult, check out Christina Lee. She reminds me of K.A. Tucker and that is a huge compliment.
STARS: 5 out of 5