04 November 2014

Title: When We Met
Author: A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King, Christina Lee
Publisher: NAL Trade, 400 Pages (November 4th, 2014)
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Format: eARC
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+

Synopsis: 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.

BEHIND HER EYES by A.L. JacksonUnable 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 KingWorking 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.

BENEATH YOUR LAYERS by Christina LeeIn 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…

Review: 4.5 Stars - When We Met, by authors – A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee, tells four separate stories featuring female college roommates and their intertwining lives.

Behind Her Eyes – A.L. Jackson is the first of the four and we have a chance to spend some time with Misha and Darryn. Misha is trying to be brave in returning to college after a horrible, sickening experience with an Ex drove her back to the comfort of home.

Misha has had a sheltered life and with her trust broken and damaged so deeply she’s not about to let anyone hurt her again. Not even when she meets her new neighbor Darryn who she can’t seem to take her eyes off of.

The story and the characters were pretty wonderful to read. I loved watching the two try to find footing in their fledgling relationship and to see Darryn treat Misha as she should have been. There’s a lot to overcome and the two have a bumpy road ahead of them.

Two words for Behind Her Eyes = Loved It!

Saving Me – Molly McAdams, the second of the novellas in this title is about the second roommate – Indy and the quiet boy who keeps her safe time and time again – neighbor Kier.

Indy is cracking and breaking slowly, then all at once from tragic events that have forever changed her life. She drinks to escape and Kier saves her from everyone including herself each week yet she doesn’t remember. It’s through time and events that these two start to come together as their lives and pasts

I loved these two characters’ and how broken they are. How they found each other and stumbled brokenly together. I loved how there was a twist that I didn’t’ see coming! I loved how quiet Kier is and I loved… let’s just say I loved it all, a lot.

Fouling Out – Tiffany King, introduces readers to Courtney and a friend from her past, collegiate basketball star Dalton.

These two have a history and as you read you wonder if they’ll have a future. Courtney is stubborn and hurt and trying to make a better life for herself and Dalton has her in his sights.

They have so many pressures they are facing and it’s only a matter of time before one or both of them blow.

They have some extremely playful moments, along with some seriousness with things they have to face and as always choices to make for their present and futures. I loved how fun these two are, you can tell they have chemistry that goes beyond physical attraction.

This was one of the stories from the four that I found myself laughing out loud because they seriously had some great lines throwing back and forth at each other.

Beneath Your Layers – Christina Lee features the forth roommate Chloe. She’s extremely driven; detail orientated and loves her lists and plans. And when a chance of a lifetime comes up, it puts her in a head-on collision with Blake, college dropout, elusive bad boy.

The two have their work cut out if they are to succeed, for Chloe’s internship to work and for her to be successful, but that’s a hard task at hand when the two are so very different from one another.

As the two get to know each other, they find out they have more in common than they expected and that the other might just have something good to contribute to each other’s lives, if they’d just look past what they’ve assumed and beyond their own careful plans.

I loved how these two opened up to each other and readers have a chance to see a much broader picture and what’s the driving force behind these two – where they are now, and where they want to be. They have choices to make, responsibilities holding them down and questions that they need to answer that are holding them back.

In the end, loved these two characters and their stories…. Tons.

The four stories blend together well as do these amazing authors and their writing. I loved having a chance to read these novellas and being introduced to four characters who I immediately was drawn to and soon after cared about.

I just wish that there was more to read from EACH of these characters’ and these stories. They were just so short, yet perfect to read in one sitting. If these authors were to write longer stories on these four… well really eight amazing characters I’d be more than excited to read them!

Anyone who loves “New Adult” titles will love these. They are the perfect contemporary novella to give you a taste of everything you love in a good book and then some. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from each and every one of these amazing authors. Happy Reading!

About the Author:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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About the Author:

Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

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About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

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About the Author:

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys.

She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014.

Also Adult contemporary romance TWO OF HEARTS coming from Peguin/NAL on May 5th 2015.

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