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. Jackson
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.
BENEATH YOUR LAYERS by Christina Lee
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…
Complimentary copy provided by the authors through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I have to say that while I have read a few of AL Jackson’s novels, I have never read anything by the other authors – Molly McAdams, Tiffany King & Christina Lee. Well, that ends today! Because I am completely in love with these authors after having read each of their story in “When We Met”. Experiencing how these four college girls – Misha, Indy, Courtney and Chloe – find love has been very emotional, romantic, and fun at the same time.
Seeing as this is meant to be a review, I feel that it is unnecessary to go into too many details about each of the story – it would also feel more like a novella instead, if I were to do this, and that really defies the purpose of a review, in my opinion. Also, you should know by now that I do not want to give you any spoilers, because I really loathe them myself. However, I hope that I will be able to convey how incredibly special this book is to me, thus making you, my readers, wanting to read it yourselves.
But before I begin, I would like to add that each novella is told from dual POVs, and that is truly one of the major reasons as to why my rating of the book as a whole is so high.
The first novella is about Misha & Darryn. Then follows Indy & Kier, Courtney & Dalton, and ending with Chloe & Blake. While each character’s voice is distinctly their own, I am in complete awe over the fact that these four authors have managed to make the overall story blend together so well. I mean to say that although you are able to distinguish each author’s storytelling, thus each novella, from each other, the flow of the story works well, and the setting and the time period as a whole is spot-on.
Furthermore, I am of the belief that these girls, and their subsequent boyfriends, are very realistic and believable characters. Each of them are battling their own fears, perhaps even demons, and each will have to find the courage and open up their hearts to another – and, in doing so, letting go of their pasts and believing in a bright and hopeful future.
These novellas are, after all, love stories, and while they all happen to give you those warm and fuzzy feelings you hope to experience as a reader of this particular genre, there are also some very serious issues being dealt with at the same time. I love how the authors also manage to incorporate some great banter, wit, and, let me not forget to add, steaminess in their stories.
The reason “When We Met” does not get a full 5 star rating from me may seem inconsequential to some readers, but I feel that it would be a disservice if I do not voice my thoughts on this. Or, rather, one thought only: because although this book is near perfect to me, I feel that each character – all of them, yes – contain so many layers and hidden depths, and that I, in some cases, did not get to the bottom of the characters I was reading about at the time. So, to me, each story could very easily be turned into full-length novels – and make no mistake, dear Miss Jackson, Miss McAdams, Miss King & Miss Lee: I would LOVE to see this happen in the future! *hint-hint* That is why I choose to give the book 4.5 stars instead, which still makes it a favourite book in 2014 to me.
In my opinion, these novellas have a very strong message to give: to never give up hope even when you feel that all is lost; to believe in yourself, even when others try to put you down; and, above all, to never let go of love once you have found your soul mate. As long as you have this special person as your love, everything will be alright: because you are not alone. Someone is there to hold, comfort, and love you no matter what life deals you with.
Enjoy the excerpt!
SAVING ME – MOLLY McADAMS
“I’m about to embarrass the hell out of myself, but I don’t care anymore. I feel like when I’m near you, I’m safe, and it makes no sense to me. It is the weirdest feeling to have with someone I only know three things about.”
My eyebrows rose at that and I turned to fully face her. “Three?”
“Yes. Three things. Your name is Kier, you’re extremely quiet, and you are the biggest puzzle I’ve ever tried to figure out.”
“I’m the puzzle?”
“Yes!” she said in exasperation.
That had to have been the most backward statement I’d ever heard. “And why am I a puzzle?”
“Because of what I just told you. I don’t know you, you don’t even talk to anyone, and I feel safe when you’re near me! Why is that? I feel like I’m going crazy because all I’ve been able to think about for these past two weeks is you, and how every time you open your mouth it’s like déjà vu, and I just—I don’t know what’s happening.” Her green eyes were massive and she looked like she was on the edge of losing her shit.
I took a few steps toward her and lowered my voice. “Calm down, Indy. You’re fine.”
“I just don’t understand,” she said loudly, the pitch of her voice rising. “Do you believe in past lives?” she asked suddenly.
I paused, a laugh slipping past my lips. “I’m sorry, what?”
“Past lives? Like that whole stupid YOLO saying is really just bullshit, because we’re about to get another shot down the road?”
I tried to contain my smile, but she was really fucking adorable when she was like this. “What does that have to do with what you’re freaking out over?”
“In stories with soul mates they find each other no matter what in every life. And it’s like they have a weird connection they can’t explain.”
I closed the distance between us and dropped my head so I was looking directly into her eyes. “Are you saying we’re soul mates?”
“No!” she said, horror lacing her voice, her cheeks filling with heat.
“I think you were,” I teased.
“I wasn’t, I was just saying that in stories . . . I don’t know what I’m saying, okay? But I don’t get what’s going on with us!”
“So now there’s an us?”
“Oh my God,” she whispered. “I need to stop talking.”
I laughed and took a step back. “I’m teasing you, Indy. And no, I don’t believe in past lives. I think we have this one, and that’s it.”
She sighed, and her body visibly relaxed. When she spoke again, she sounded exhausted—and in a way, defeated. “I don’t, either, but I can’t figure out how to explain this feeling like I know you.”
I ground my jaw for a few seconds as her green eyes held mine. “Because maybe you do know me. You’re just not ready to remember why.”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
A. L. JACKSON
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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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 and 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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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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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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