September 20, 2013

Review: All of You by Christina Lee

All of You by Christina Lee
Published September 17th, 2013 by Intermix

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Avery 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.

All of You is definitely one of the best NA contemporaries that I have read so far. I liked Avery and Bennett. I enjoyed watching Avery come to terms with the way she has lived her life, and I loved that Bennett wasn’t your typical bad boy, dropping innuendos every time he opened his mouth. He was nice, wholesome, and still hot. As sad as it may be, that’s a rarity in books these days. PLUS he’s a tattoo artist. Most people love that he has tattoos, but I was more interested in the fact that he’s an artist. The only thing as mesmerizing as a great tattoo is the fact that another human being put it there.

I have to say, the sex left me questioning what being a virgin really means. There is the literal definition of the word, of course, but I don't think it's that simple. At least not in situations like this, where his virgin status is supposed to help define the character. In my opinion, there’s only one way you get good at things like oral sex, and that’s having experience doing it. So I kind of got the impression that the only reason Bennett’s labeled a virgin is because he hasn't had actual intercourse, but he seems to have done everything else. If we’re supposed to believe it just came naturally, I find that a bit unrealistic. I don't think that's what was implied, which leads me back to the question--what does "virgin" really mean? If he's done everything else enough to do it so well, does his being a virgin matter at all? To the characters? Maybe.... To me, as a reader? I don't think it does.

Nevertheless, All of You is an easy and fun read, with just enough depth to keep it from falling into the “fluff” category. But, aside from the fact that the roles were reversed, everything else followed the typical NA formula. Which is exactly what I was in the mood for so that worked for me. If you’re looking for a good new adult contemporary novel, this is probably a good pick for you. If you’re looking for something unique to the genre, I’d have to say this isn’t it. Either way, I’d recommend everyone give it a shot.


  1. Ah he's an "anything but!" type of virgin...I have to agree I don't get what the fuss is then, if he was a virgin to all sexual activity then it might be an interesting characteristic but that's just a bit lame. Glad the book was enjoyable tho!

    1. See, that was one of the things I loved most about him. LOL! It didn't bother one bit. I think it would have bothered me if he was a pure virgin in all things. LOL!

  2. This looks so good...the whole tattoo artist virgin who is maybe or maybe not a virgin vibe with a cute background. Yup. I need this. Great review girl!!
    Happy reading

  3. Great review. I don't read much NA or romances, but I enjoyed this.

  4. Virgin definitely pertains to actual intercourse, in my opinion. You definitely can do other things, lol. I really enjoyed this book and loved Bennett! Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  5. This sounds interesting, I'm just not sure if I would find it believable while reading. I've never met a virgin, innocent tattoo artist, but I'm sure they are out there somewhere. Good review though, I may still give this a try.

  6. Hmm, I'm disappointed at his description of "virgin" but I like that every word out of his mouth isn't an innuendo. That gets so old!


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