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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.
A nice twist on the whole one virgin in the couple. I liked that this time the hero was a virgin and the heroine was more experienced.
Avery isn’t looking for anything other than someone to scratch an itch and she is enthralled by a man she sees at a party. The only issue is he doesn’t seem to be interested in her but his friend is and she is a bit stunned to find that even though the friend would scratch her itch she doesn’t really want him. Instead she heads home alone to think about this stunning man only to find her mystery guy lives upstairs from her. She’s startled awake later by strange noises and a man attempting to break in but of course our lovely mystery man comes to save the day. As she spends more and more time around him she finds herself wanting more than to just scratch an itch which terrifies her due to her past. I liked how she handled his announcement and even though I did find myself frustrated at times with her pushing this amazing man away I was happy when she finally let him in. She’s been burned so many times and to see her finally let her walls down for him was nice to see. I liked her strength and her own acknowledgement that what she’s been doing maybe isn’t what she wants but fear held her back for so long.
Bennett is one sexy man. I loved his reasoning behind being a virgin still and appreciated that while he was one he didn’t look down on others who chose to have sex. I understood why he felt the way he did and adored how persistent he was with Avery. He showed an amazing amount of patience every time she pushed him away but when he first saw her he knew there was something special there and didn’t want to risk letting it go. I liked that he didn’t accept her reasoning during the last conflict but he’s such a great guy he is willing to wait everything out because in his heart he knows they have something rare. He’s sexy, protective without being smothering and tattooed… who could resist??? I would love to have met someone like him when I was younger to build a relationship with.
Overall this was a nice read and I would gladly read more about them or more about their friends…
Thanks to NetGalley.com and Intermix for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. I’m also quite happy to be a review stop on the blog tour for this release. Thanks SubClub Book Blog for inviting me.
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About Christina Lee
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives near Cleveland with her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything.
New Adult/Young Adult author. NA Contemporary Romance, ALL OF YOU, releases September with Penguin. BEFORE YOU BREAK in 2014. Repped by Sara Megibow.
Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.