Thursday, November 6, 2014

ARC Review: When We Met by A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King, & Christina Lee

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
400 Pages

Today’s premiere New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house.

When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.

Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.

SAVING ME by Molly McAdams
On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?

FOULING OUT by Tiffany King
Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.

In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some "hands-on" experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans…

A collection of four short stories based around a group of friends living in the same house. 

Behind Her Eyes by A.L. Jackson: 3 stars. I just want to start off by saying that you should not refer to one of your main characters as ‘boy-man-god’ every time you want to describe him. It was funny the first time but then it just got to be too much. 

Misha was burned by her first love. Her trust shattered in an instant. Then she meets Darryn, literally the boy next door. Soon Misha finds herself trusting someone again, feeling safe. But like most stories, Darryn is keeping a secret from Misha, one that shows her that you can’t trust anyone. It was a cute story about learning to trust yourself and others. 

Saving Me by Molly McAdams: 4 stars. Adams was the only author in this bunch that I hadn’t read before and I had heard mixed reviews of her writing. But in all honestly, her story was my favorite. 

Indy likes to spend her nights partying at the frat house next door, just getting lost in everything. More often than not, those nights end up with her safe in her bed with no memory of how she got there. Kier is the boy who puts her there. Every party he is there making sure she’s safe. I adored Kier and how patient he was with Indy. The little things he did, without her ever knowing, were so adorable. And the fact that he wasn’t doing any of it for credit. Indy never remembered him in the morning. Oh, how many times he wanted to tell her, but was afraid she wasn’t ready for that. So he took it slow, bidding his time and a friendship grew. The writing style and pacing really made me interested in reading more of McAdams work.

Fouling Out by Tiffany King: 4 stars. King was the reason I was so excited when I received this in the mail. She tells a story of old friends, first loves, and chances missed. Courtney and Dalton have a past, one that Courtney wants to forget. He was the one that got away and it kills her to admit it. Now he’s the star of their college’s basketball team and she’s working at the local sports bar. 

Dalton wants to get to know the girl who slipped away from him when he was younger. It was his fault that things got as strained as they did between the two of them. Pressure from his father to focus on his game left little time for anything else. But first, he has to figure out how to prove to Courtney that he’s not just the spoiled jock everyone thinks he is. I loved Courtney and Daltons relationship. His blatant flirting and her feisty comebacks made for a fun exchange to read. 

Beneath Your Layers by Christina Lee: 3 stars. Lee tells a story about two opposites coming together. The classic opposites attract. Chloe has her life perfectly planned out and getting glowing marks on her internship project is where everything starts. She comes up with this brilliant idea but just needs a little extra help getting there. Enter Blake, the complete opposite of Chloe. College drop-out, messy, nothing planned in life. 

When Blake offers to help Chloe, she’s hesitant at first. Nothing about him seems trustworthy and her future depends on this project. They fight, they don’t see eye to eye, and they’re extremely attracted to each other. Chloe was a little too uppity for me, I understood why, but it still kept me from bonding with her. However, I loved Blake’s brashness. He had a hard edge to him and he wasn’t just this perfect boy who did sweet things. He was vulgar and rough but he tried and in the end, that’s what is important.

Overall, this was a nice collection of stories and I enjoyed every one. They all flowed nicely and worked well together. It was believable that this was the story of a group of friends and a glimpse into their lives. 

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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