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October 30, 2014

***BLOG TOUR & REVIEW***When We Met by A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Christina Lee & Tiffany King


 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20893538-when-we-met
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. 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…

 
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EXCERPTS:
Behind Her Eyes by A.L. Jackson

Now I could feel him, his eyes all over me, caressing me slowly, up and down.

I let all my insecurities drift away as I swayed in time to the music, in sync with the throb of the crowd and the intermittent lights that glowed against my lids.

A charged moment passed, before strong hands found my hips and gripped them from behind. For a beat, I stiffened, before I again gave in to this sublime release. And again, he felt good. Right. All this intense energy that ricocheted between us wrapped me up in a frenzy of nerves, alight and alive. The smell of him took me whole, all soap and man and sex.

Oh God.

My heart beat frantically, racing to keep up with my thoughts that were spiraling out of control. A shimmer of fear slithered through me, before he pulled my back into the safety of his firm chest.

And that was what I felt.

Safe.

With him, and I didn’t know why, and I was searching inside myself for resolve, for the commitment I’d made to never allow myself to be so easily played again.

But it was just out of my reach.

Darryn held me close, our bodies moving in time, like we shared the same breath, the same space. I leaned back, my head on his shoulder as his face found the curve of my neck. Chills sped, spinning my body into a violent cataclysm of need. He let his hands roam, palms pressing hard as he ran them down the front of my legs, spanning them wide as he trailed them back up to my hips and over my stomach.

Fingertips dipped into my ribs as he slid them up the curve of my sides, and he lifted my arms as he went, in the same fluid motion fastening my hands around the back of his neck.

All those butterflies scattered, a clash of discordant wings that fluttered haphazardly through my insides, leaving my stomach in a coiled mess of confusion and need.

Why him? Why now?

Holding me close, he brushed his mouth over the shell of my ear, his whispered words injected directly to my manic heart. “Goddamn, Misha. What are you trying to do to me?”

I suddenly found it impossible to breathe, because it was him who was slowly undoing all the fibers of reservation woven through my weakened spirit.

“Can’t get you off my mind.” He leaned in closer, his hand sweeping up my stomach. Fingers brushed between my breasts, and I released a sharp gasp.

“Been dying to touch you,” he murmured low.
 
 
My Review

I haven’t read an anthology where the separate characters are interconnected.  I was unsure of what to expect, and I had only read two of the contributing authors before.  This anthology was done beautifully.  I have always been a fan of AL Jackson, and Molly McAdams, and now I have two more amazing authors, Tiffany King and Christina Lee, to add to my list to read more from.  Each writing style different, and unique from the others these amazing ladies did an amazing job with this book.

The first novella by Al Jackson, is Behind Her Eyes.  Behind Her Eyes is Micha’s story.  Micha is very untrusting after a horrible incident occurred while at college.  She meets her hot neighbor and he is unrelenting in his pursuit to get Micha to let him in.  This story was, as usual, amazing.  AL Jackson’s writing style pulls you in, traps your heart, and squeezes in the most beautiful way.

The second novella is from Molly McAdams, Saving Me.  Indy has not seen some very good past couple of years.  A traumatic accident that claimed the life of someone she loved dearly, and a boyfriend that cares very little for her.  She finds herself drowning out everything with drunkin nights.  She does have someone on her side though, she just couldn’t figure out who.  This was an angsty feel good story, and in Molly McAdams fashion pulls you in from the get go.

The third novella is by Tiffany King, called Fouling Out is about Courtney.  She works in a sports bar and she has become great at dodging all of the come ons from arrogant guys.  Dalton, is determined to get her.  When he catches feelings though he has to figure out how to get her to relent, and let him in.

The fourth novella is Beneath Your Layers, by Christina Lee, and is about Chloe a future fashion designer.  She works in a boutique, where her boss offers her a chance to design a show for her final in college.  Only one catch, she has to do it with the boss’s nephew Blake.  He will do the manual labor for her.  They don’t get along.  In fact, Blake thinks she is stuck up and Chloe looks down on him.  These two belong together, their banter back and forth is so funny, and the chemistry is hot.

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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TIFFANY KING: 
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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 Molly McAdams:

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. Come be my friend! 

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   CHRISTINA LEE:

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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