“… left me eager to read the next story in this series…”
Review by Alex C.
All of You, the first book in Christina Lee’s New Adult Series Between Breaths, can be summed up in the same nature as the ultimate word game of five fingers (check it out in this book and Before You Break and you’ll understand) confusing, sweet, powerful, sexy, captivating. All words that describe the relationship that develops between Avery Michaels and Bennett Reynolds.
I believe you’ll love this book for Bennett alone. He’s sweet and sexy. But you might also give Avery a chance to redeem herself from being a total user if you hold out until the end. Because she’s confusing. The catch here is that Avery had a horrible childhood. Crazy, man-dependent mother who allowed one of her lovers to do unspeakable things to her daughter and then didn’t believe Avery when she tried to tell her mom what happened.
So…Avery certainly has some issues with men in general, with becoming dependent on any man, and with finding herself in the midst of the sexual needs she feels at her age. The problem with Avery (as far as I’m concerned) comes from her attitude about those she’s slept with. While there are some guys with the same attitude that I’ve adored in other books because they changed once they found the right woman and felt guilty for their past behavior, I will say I didn’t care for this same situation with the Avery.
I think it boils down to Bennett. The hot, ‘virgin’ (this term should be applied loosely cause while he’s never stuck it in…he’s done enough that he knows what he’s doing!) who Avery seems to see as a conquest. And yet, she expects him to do all the chasing…even if they are only friends. Of course, they aren’t ‘only’ anything. Their chemistry is front and center—powerful—, his need to take care of everyone around he cares about (including Avery) is just one of the endearing qualities about him, but Avery doesn’t always appreciate that until she thinks she’s lost him.
I enjoyed the book. Not as much as I did the second in the series, Before You Break (see my review), but still it was captivating enough that I read it all the way to the end just to see if Bennett got tired of Avery’s shit. She doesn’t deserve him. But by the end I had hope that she might come around and see that he’s worth fighting for and not give in to the silly notions that she’s always had…and she did. Ultimately, she realized her stupidity…and being the most awesome man every Bennett immediately forgives her. Which was sad in a way because I wanted her to really grovel and realize what a jerk she’d been to him through most of the book.
But overall All of You was a nice read. One that left me eager to read the next story in this series, Book #3 Whisper to Me, Rachel’s story. I just hope if you read this one first, you’ll give the second book a chance. It’s so AWESOME you can’t miss it.
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