Review: When We Met by A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee

My Thoughts

A lovely balance between sexy and sweet, lighthearted and emotional.

4stars

Synopsis

when we metToday’s premiere New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house.  When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.

BEHIND HER EYES by A.L. Jackson  Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.

SAVING ME by Molly McAdams  On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?

FOULING OUT by Tiffany King  Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.

BENEATH YOUR LAYERS by Christina Lee  In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some “hands-on” experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans…

My Review

These four talented authors came together to write a book about the collision between past and present, the trepidation of moving past a deeply felt hurt that wouldn’t let go. It’s a foursome of stories about that magical moment when we meet that special person… a moment rife with hope and confusion and fear and chemistry and so many other things. This novel is the union of four distinct stories, of four different girls that live together while in college during those tremulous, uncertain years where a boy’s actions… his gaze… his sincerity or deceit, has the power to shake or shatter the earth as we know it. It was a lovely combination of irresistible sexiness and endearing sweetness as we followed the characters through those moments when they met the boy that would turn it all around. In Behind Her Eyes, Misha is a a girl who’s been wronged in the worst possible way. She’s scared and vulnerable, her heart still in pieces after she once trusted someone in the ultimate way, someone who turned around and deceived her. Coming back to college after some time at home, she meets a new gorgeous neighbor whose gaze unsettles her in a way that should send her running… because one look at Darryn, and all she can think of is trouble. Her story is about getting past something horrible and not letting her fear hold her back. It’s about finding the courage to move on and be herself, and finally finding someone that loves her for who she is. But the moment she finds herself falling for Darryn, another hurtful truth stands to shatter everything she’d been brave enough to build once again.

“He filled my thoughts with need and want. Made me feel beautiful and good and not like a stupid little girl. But the fear was so much greater than all of that, molding the idea of Darryn Wild into nothing but a threat.”

Saving Me tells the story of a girl whose heartache consumes her life, particularly as grief collides with a deception impossible to forget. Indy parties her pain away and one boy is there… always… as her safe haven. The problem is, all those nights of escape are locked away in her thoughts in a way she can’t remember the following day… and that includes Kier, the quiet boy that saves her week after week. The boy that cares for her in a way that no one had in a very long time. Their story felt sad and raw, as both had truths that defined them, but it was also very hopeful as we saw two people work to get past their profound pain, saving each other in the process.

“… this whole semester all I wanted to do was take care of you, help you, save you… be with you. Even before you finally started noticing me… I was already falling for you so hard.”

Second chances never come so easy, as Courtney and Dalton learn in Fouling Out. Fate brings two best friends together again, friends who were once inseparable and then drifted apart suddenly. Courtney had never forgotten the way Dalton had dropped her as he became more entrenched in basketball. Soon enough he’d become a star on the courts and she’d become a long-forgotten memory. So when she saw him again, all that hurt morphed into animosity. For Dalton, however, seeing Courtney brought to life cherished memories and she quickly dominated his thoughts. He couldn’t understand her anger, but the more times they spent together, the more misunderstandings came to light. Their story is about second chances and new beginnings.

“Understanding our different destinies didn’t make me pull away though. Maybe it was the familiarity of being childhood friends… but being with him felt comfortable—natural. Whatever the reason, I’d decided he was worth the risk.”

In Beneath Your Layers, Chloe and Blake also work through their fair share of misunderstandings, as well as erroneous preconceptions. Two people from two different worlds come together unexpectedly to work on a project, which forces them to get past the layers on the surface to see who they really are. Chemistry sizzles between them and soon, they both realize there is so much more to the other person than originally thought. Their story was full of both angst and humor, sexy and emotion, as these two people fall for each other, making new plans for their futures along the way.

“I quieted down and listened–and admitted some things to myself—I would find my own truth. That beneath all of that panicky anticipation—it absolutely did feel magical, to embrace the unexpected.”

In all four of these stories, each of the girls has been wronged in a way that has the power to shape their future, but as we glimpse into these significant moments in their lives, we see that the power of love can sometimes be exactly what is needed to turn things around in the right direction. addtogoodreads

About the Authors

A.L. Jackson

amy jacksonA.L. Jackson is the NYT bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me QuietlyPulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes. She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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Molly McAdams

molly-mcadamsMolly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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Tiffany King

tiffany kingUSA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

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Christina Lee

christina leeMother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys.  She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin/InterMix. ALL OF YOU and BEFORE YOU BREAK available now, WHISPER TO ME on May 20th, 2014. Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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WHEN WE MET

When four fabulous authors get together to write an anthology, I get really excited… especially when it comes to this talented foursome. When We Met is a series of interconnected short stories about four girls experiencing college, each trying to let go of a part of their past that has caused them hurt in some way. Each facing those experiences as they fall in love. I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee all about their newest project, which will release tomorrow, November 4th.

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Synopsis

Today’s premier New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house. 

When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.

Behind Her Eyes

by A.L. Jackson

Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.

Saving Me

by Molly McAdams

On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?

Fouling Out

by Tiffany King

Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.

Beneath Your Layers

by Christina Lee

In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some “hands-on” experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans…

Interview

About the Authors

A.L. Jackson

amy jacksonA.L. Jackson is the NYT bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me QuietlyPulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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Molly McAdams

molly-mcadamsMolly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

Facebook | Twitter

Tiffany King

tiffany kingUSA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Christina Lee

christina leeMother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys.  She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin/InterMix. ALL OF YOU and BEFORE YOU BREAK available now, WHISPER TO ME on May 20th, 2014. Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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Review: All of You (Between Breaths) by Christina Lee

My Thoughts

Sexy, angsty and so fun to read.
An instantly absorbing story from beginning to end.

4stars

Synopsis

all of you coverAvery 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

This was such an enjoyable read to me. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the synopsis grabbed me upon first read. I sensed there would be a ton of angst and I loved that. It was sexy and sweet and I really liked both of our protagonists. It had just the right amount of feeling that I believed  the story, envisioning it like a film that  developed before me. I couldn’t sleep one night and picked this up at 2:00 a.m. and quickly devoured half of the book in one sitting, making myself put it down to get some sleep only to finish it in the morning. It was fast-paced and fluid, a great book to pick up in between series or when looking for a fun, sexy story with a swoon-worthy protagonist like Bennett.

“If you remained in charge of your life, they couldn’t mess with your head or put their hands on you without your permission… Love was only a ridiculous fairy tale that was never satisfying, warm or safe.”

Avery Michaels hasn’t had the easiest life, raised by a self-centered mother who binged on alcohol, drugs and men. She grew up with a warped sense of love… the kind of “love” that was threatening and illicit, harsh and deeply disappointing. With only her brother to show her any kind of real affection, she bolted from that life as soon as she could, when things happened that couldn’t be forgotten. It was then that Avery decided she would be forever in control of all aspects of her life, making herself impervious to the kind of experiences that were hurtful, that caused her to lose pieces of herself over time.

“I told myself that no one would have that kind of control over me again… I’d be in charge of my own life — including my sex live. And no guy was worth losing myself again.”

The story begins with Avery at the party, looking for the next guy to bed, to merely satisfy a physical need. She was good at this. It was never a problem and she always got what she wanted. She was in control. But when she spots a gorgeous guy from afar and their eyes meet, she feels as if she’ll combust. She’s flooded with desire and then just as quickly left reeling with the sharp sting of rejection as he simply looks away. No interest there.

But as fate would have it,  she bumps into him again as he moves into her apartment building. I just loved Bennett right away. I could picture him easily in my head. Avery can hardly believe her luck knowing that this man still had the power to unsettle her so completely. When an unforeseen situation arises and Bennett saves the day, an easy friendship forms. Being around him feels so good and right, but as she battles with herself at seizing the opportunity to seduce this man that seems to also be affected by her, she learns the truth. He’s a virgin. A beautiful, gorgeous, inked tattoo artist… and a virgin.

Whereas Avery doesn’t believe that real love exists, Bennett insists on it. He awaits a girl that he can share real feelings with, a girl with whom he can build a forever. Interestingly enough they both share similar backgrounds, but traveled down different paths coming to completely contradicting convictions. Avery doesn’t want anything serious and Bennett doesn’t want anything unless it is.

The sexual tension between our two protagonists was intense and undeniable. And slowly but surely Avery finds herself falling for him despite her best attempts to squash those unexpected feelings.

“I played by my own rules. I was in control. Simple as that. I didn’t need anything more complicated.”

There’s that push and pull in the story as insecurities threaten what they have together, despite its undefined nature. I absolutely loved how honest and caring Bennett was… how steadfast he was in his convictions. It’s evident that he’s fallen for Avery too, but it’s continuously frustrating to him that she won’t let him in fully. It also didn’t help that one of Avery’s friends pushed her to use him to get what she needed and then move on. The only thing that I struggled with is the way the friends talked to each other, it was constantly b*tch this and b*itch that when they conversed with each other and I felt that interrupted the flow somewhat and made me doubt how much the friends truly cared for her. Nonetheless, this is a perfect New Adult story. In the end, it’s the insecurities within that she must overcome in order to let go of her past, relinquishing control in order to find that elusive love and happiness she though didn’t really exist.

“I felt my heart unfurling, smoothing out, blossoming — into an unblemished kind of love.”

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It’s light and angsty and sexy with a touch of suspense. It kept me captivated and curious to how the end would unfold. If you’re looking for a book that will keep your attention and have you grinning with all its sexy, swoony moments, definitely check this one out! Before You Break, the second, standalone book in the series is coming February 14th!

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Reading Order and Purchase Links

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