Series: Between Breaths,
Also in this series: Before You Break, Whisper to Me, Promise Me This, There You Stand
Published by Intermix on 17 September 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Also by this author: Before You Break, Whisper to Me, Promise Me This, There You Stand
Place(s) traveled to: Unknown, Tennessee
First Line(s): Love was like a loaded gun. You slid your bullet inside the cold metal chamber as a safeguard for the inevitable day that everything went to shit.
All of You by Christina Lee is your typical New Adult novel about a girl who meets a boy. Both are wounded in various ways and one has way more experience to the others none. The big difference in All of You is that its not the girl who is the virgin. Avery is afraid of getting her heart broken so she surrounds herself with meaningless hook ups and a hard exterior. And its not until she meets Bennett, her gorgeous tattooed upstairs neighbor that things start to change. Because he doesn’t want to be just another one night stand with Avery and so he pursues her with old fashioned wooing and sheer determination.
All of You is a quick story and I liked how Bennett wasn’t your typical virginal character that is dying to get rid of the V-Card as if its a shameful thing. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you feel a real and lasting connection with someone and I think that Christina Lee does a good job in showing that in this book. I loved Bennett’s character and I thought that there was lots of chemistry between him and Avery. My problem with this story often came from Avery as she is a pretty unlikable heroine sometimes. And I didn’t always understand her actions even though this story was told from her POV.
The plot was nothing spectacular and does follow a lot of the tropes one would expect in a contemporary romance but it wasn’t so cliched that I was rolling my eyes every few minutes as I’ve done with other books. But there was something missing from the story and I can’t quite put my finger on what. I just remember that at the end I just felt like something was lacking and I wanted a little more from the story. There were also moments that felt a bit rushed and others that dragged out so, for me, the pacing was a little inconsistent.
I did read this book in two short sittings though so it does make for a quick read and a nice escapist book. There are no deep hidden meanings or crazy suspenseful subplots. There’s just two people struggling to find their way towards each other. And sometimes that is all you need in a story. I enjoyed All of You for what it was and am looking forward to its companion story, Before You Break, which is scheduled to be released in February 2014. With luck there will be cameos of Avery and Bennett and we can see just how they are managing now that their story is done.