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.
I picked this book up in the morning because today is a Lazy Sunday and I wanted a cute, simple love story to read. A few hours later, I am sitting at my dining room table (hey, a girl's gotta eat) crying and unable to put this book down. This book floored me! It was so much more than I thought it would be. Specifically, it wasn't just about the love story. I mean, it was, of course. But not just the romantic love. It was also about friend love, family love, and most importantly, self love. Avery and Bennett both grew up in similar situations, and they took the exact opposite extremes in their lives as a way to deal with the traumas of their youth. At the beginning of the book, I didn't think I would like Avery. But she surprised me with a greater depth and greater strength that I imagined. I am proud of her 16-year-old self for doing what she did and the choices she made after. But I love that her 21-year-old self was able to realize that she needed to grow and evolve if she was going to come out better and not just go through the motions of life. Ella was great, and I can't wait to read her story next.
Thank you to Berkeley/NAL for the providing me with this book.