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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: All Over You by Beverly Kendall

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: All Over You by Beverly KendallAll Over You by Beverly Kendall
Series: Unforgetable You,
Also in this series: Only For You
Published by Self-Published on 06 May 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 138
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: Only For You

Place(s) Traveled To: Warwick, New York // Montreal, Quebec, Canada

First Line(s): When I’m getting dressed to go out, let me tell you what I don’t need.

All Over You by Beverly Kendall is a short novella that follows a minor character that you meet in Only For You and takes place a few months after that story ends. Rebecca and Scott used to date and then something happened and they broke up. This wasn’t a minor thing either and I get Rebecca’s reasons for ending the relationship. There was no cheating as I initially feared (that is not a favorite of mine in stories) and the thing that happened felt very real. Overall, I liked All Over You better than Only For You. I liked Rebecca and Scott better and felt that they had a better romantic connection.

Both of their backstories were also more realistic, even if I could have done without all the crazy random over the top allusions to Scott’s past. I am not a fan of books that keep hinting at something in a not so subtle way when they could just tell it and be done. Its a ploy that I see a lot of in these New Adult books that I am not a fan of. And its not just in New Adult I’ve seen it in other categories as well but it just seems to crop up more in NA. I love the idea of NA but there is lots of telling and not showing in many of the stories. All Over You is no exception to this. While the whole “I’ve got a secret mysterious past” inner monologue doesn’t really tell the reader what it is it does tell the reader they should be on edge. And for me it never does what its intend to do. I simply get annoyed.

Its this cryptically of the story that kept me from falling head over heels for All Over You. I felt that the story was better and there were real sparks between them. As a reader I was cheering them on throughout the story and really wanted them to find their happily ever after. Rebecca and Scott where just more likable characters for me and I hope that we get to see more of them in the next book in the series, Always Been You, which is April and Trey’s story. I do like this series and think that those who are looking for a brief escape may enjoy it as well. The plots are nothing complicated and I do have my issues with them but they are stories I can get lost in for a couple hours. And sometimes that is all you need.



One Response to “Review: All Over You by Beverly Kendall”

  1. Vivien

    You know, cheating is one of my most hated things as well! UGH, it really puts me in a mood. Glad to hear this wasn’t the case here. I love novellas that follow characters we’ve met before!