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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Exclusive Interview + Signed Giveaway: A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee on WHEN WE MET

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…

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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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Review: Misunderstandings (#2, Woodfalls Girls) by Tiffany King

My Thoughts

An emotional, new adult romance full of sweet and sexy, wit and heart.

4stars

Synopsis

misunderstandingsJust when she thought things were going up…

Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last person she wants to face, and forced to recount the past she desperately wants to forget.

he’s going to have to look back…

When Brittni left her podunk hometown for a big city college experience at the University of Washington, hooking up with a guy like Justin Avery was not part of her plan. Between Justin’s attention-grabbing tattoos, cigarette smoking, and bad boy attitude Brittni quickly chalked him up as Mr. Wrong.” But his charm was unrelenting, and Brittni’s decision to give Justin a chance quickly turned into the worst choice she ever made.

So that she might be able to move forward.

Now she’s stuck with Justin—literally—and the complicated web of misunderstandings that tied up the truth for two years is about to unravel.

My Review

I love that every Tiffany King book I read is filled with all kinds of goodness. Romance and sexiness and humor all rolled up into one enjoyable book. I love how the cast of characters intertwine and how they seem so very real. This novel centers around the coupling (and uncoupling) of two people, both headstrong in their own right, that had been in a passionate relationship laced with insecurities and fears. It was that trepidation and lack of complete trust that led to misunderstandings that would unravel everything that felt so right. When Brittni Mitchell returns to Seattle for her friend’s engagement party, she’s full of anxiety over seeing her ex Justin again. It’s clear something big happened… something that made her uproot her life and move back to Woodfalls, the small town she thought she’d never return to. Brittni is a bit of a complicated character. She was conservative… she didn’t do spontaneous, but she also didn’t do long-term relationships. She always found a fault that made her run… until Justin that is.

“Only once had I thrown caution to the wind, and it had bitten me in the ass. That one mistake was never far from my mind. How could it be? I left town and ran back home because of it.”

The story alternates between past and present tense as we move closer to figuring out what the misunderstanding was that broke them apart. When Brittni first meets Justin, he’s everything she avoids… a flirtatious bad boy with girls hanging from each arm. But he’s persistent and when fate thrusts them together once more, she realizes there could be more to him than she first thought. He’s a talented artist and his art hints at a deeper side. So despite her best judgment, she agrees to go on a date with him.

“He used to say we worked because I was immune to his powers of flirtation and he was the looseness to my uptightness. He claimed we brought out the best in each other. He was right until he was wrong.”

The past comes crashing into the present when she finds herself stuck in an elevator with Justin. Suddenly, Brittani is forced to face him, face her still-too-painful past. Both of them are angry and clearly have yet to let go of what happened. The limited air was certainly charged and fraught with a mix of tumultous emotions.

“We were never going to get past this. He thought I was emotionless, but he hadn’t been there to see what had really happened.”

Clues begin to take shape as we learn about the dynamic between them and the events that transpired that have led them to the present day. I absolutely felt the hurt and betrayal between them, the unresolved feelings that lingered and festered over the years. When the truth was revealed, I felt pretty angry myself… so broken up over what happened. It was major and significant and I totally understood why Brittni was acting so upset.

“You betrayed my heart. You left me broken and alone in front of everyone… You left me holding all the shattered pieces.”

The only thing I would say is that I wanted to see more take place in the present. The switching off felt a little rushed and once the truth was revealed, I wanted to spend more time exploring the impact of those decisions since the outcome was so life-changing. It was the sort of thing that you couldn’t get over so quickly, even when the misunderstandings were cleared up. This was obviously a result of me feeling so invested in the characters, which is always a good thing! The characters just felt so real in all their stubbornness and fiestiness and in their heartache too. This is a really great series thus far and I can’t wait to see what happens next with Tressa’s story!

“I wanted to hate you, and at times I did, but there was always something inside me fighting for you.”

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Review: Cross Country Christmas (#1.5, Woodfalls Girls) by Tiffany King

My Thoughts

Sweet and sexy, heart-warming and touching, angsty and funny.
It was so many wonderful things wrapped up into a great novella
perfect for the holidays!

4halfstars

Synopsis

cross country christmasWith the holiday season upon her, Jamie Foster is once again stressed about making her yearly visit back home to Woodfalls, still single. Fate intervenes in the form of Grant Johnson, a boy she grew up with, who catches the same flight while returning home from a business trip.

When a malfunction sends their plane crashing down on the runway upon takeoff, Jamie and Grant decide to rent a car and make the nine-hundred-mile drive home together. Ironically for them, anything that can go wrong does as they face one hysterical hurdle after another.

Christmas may finally bring Jamie the gift of love she has always wanted if she and Grant can manage to overcome a few obstacles along the way. Ho-ho-ho!

This novella is part of the Woodfalls Girls series and each book can be read as a standalone. It is also part of the compilation, The 12 NA’s of Christmas – a series of twelve novellas written by a slew of bestselling authors.

My Review

I loved this novella. Loved how it made me feel. Loved reading about a romance long desired and finally realized. I felt happy and I reveled in the holiday magic the story embraced. Tiffany King’s writing is laced with truth and heart, making this novella sweet and moving, stirring up feelings that kept me captivated, devouring the story in a single sitting. The author managed to make me fall in love so completely with the main characters, their past, and now, their very witty and heartfelt present. This is a story about first crushes and dreams coming true.  A story of faith in love and happily ever afters. A story about how fate finally brought together two people that were meant to be.  So thus it begins with Jamie and Grant one wintry day aboard a plane …

“We were going to die. It was my worst fear. I was stuck in this metal death trap, about to meet death and I was still single.”

When Jamie finally relents to her mother’s requests to come home for Christmas, she boards the plane to fly back to Woodfalls but never in a million years did she expect to be (a) almost die and (b) run into her high-school crush. I’m talking THE guy. The guy that was her first love, the guy that she never did forget, and unfortunately the guy that didn’t like her back… an obvious conclusion derived from years of relentless teasing in school.

“My throat closed in one me the moment our eyes met, making the end of my statement come out as more of a gasp. Cute wasn’t the issue. In fact, he was downright handsome. The problem was the familiarity of the face staring back at me. Of all the craptastic luck.”

You see, Jamie had left Woodfalls long ago in search of love. When Grant broke her heart, she wanted to get away and find someone she could call her own. She’s a great character. Real, funny and relatable.  She’s got sass, but she also has a big heart and one thing is for sure, the moment destiny thrusts these two back together, the feelings she buried deep within come bursting out in a torrent of confusion and desire.

“When I left Woodfalls four years ago, I thought it was only a matter of time until I found Mr. Right. I wanted a relationship like my parents had, one that stood the test of time and was an equal amount of give and take. Now, five years later, I had dated enough guys to realize that Mr. Right was tougher to find that I thought.”

And Grant… sigh…. loved him hard. He’s kind and thoughtful, but can easily hold his own in the verbal warfare exchanges between them. I loved their banter and there were so many moments that had me giggling and grinning. What ensues is series of humorous events that brings them closer together, learning truths long misunderstood. I devoured every page and wanted more by the time I was done. This is simply the perfect standalone book to pick up when you need something romantic and funny and quick. Highly recommend you download this now and that you revel in the magic of a love come true during Christmas.

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