Sweet by Erin McCarthy
Release Date: October 15, 2013 / Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
After reading True, I could not wait to read Sweet. I think I enjoyed this book a bit more because there was even less drama. Some situations could have led to some serious, eyeroll-worthy moments, but thankfully it never went that route, which was nice!
While Jessica and Riley were both minor characters in True, it was quite clear they were going to have an interesting relationship in Sweet. Jessica was as outgoing and straight-up as she was in the previous book; however she showed her vulnerabilities this time and opened up a lot. Riley, like his brother Tyler, really surprised me. My first impression of him was that he was going to be a bad boy, but in reality he was a hardworking guy who cared deeply about his brothers. Their banter and interactions were great to read. They were hilarious and fantastic together, and I thought they were wonderful people and a perfect match. I didn't want their story to end.
Sweet was just hard to put down. I stayed up late into the night reading it, and as soon as I woke up I had to finish the rest before I could do anything else. It was a fun and adorable new adult book that made me wish I had the next novel in the series ready to read.
All of You by Christina Lee
Release Date: September 17, 2013 / Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
I've been so eager to read All of You ever since I heard about it months ago. A new adult novel where the guy is the virgin? Heck yeah! I needed to read this! As soon as I was able to get my hands on it, I started reading it, and I was intrigued from the very beginning. However, I must admit I wasn't as connected as I had hoped as the story progressed.
All of You revolved around Avery and her trying hard not to fall for her gorgeous neighbor Bennett, since she doesn't do relationships. I understood Avery's attraction to Bennett. He was really sweet, nice, protective, and..HOT. But for some reason, I couldn't find Bennett's attraction to Avery quite as believable. Maybe it's because we're only able to be inside Avery's head or maybe I felt him wanting to be with her happened a bit too quickly. While I had fun reading about their relationship and all the very steamy moments between them throughout the book, I didn't feel entirely connected. Also, I thought lots of different things happened near the end that made the pace seem rushed, but I am glad there was closure for Avery and Bennett's story.
Although I may not have clicked with All of You as much as I wanted, I still liked the characters and am happy I was finally able to read it. And I will definitely check out the companion novel to this book Before You Break!