Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review and Giveaway: When We Met

When We Met by A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee

Publication Date: 11/04/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: New American Library
Genre: New Adult
Pages: 400
ISBN-10: 045147192X
ISBN-13: 978-0451471925

(Received for an honest review from New American Library)

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Indiebound

A.L. Jackson on the WEB: website, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads

Molly McAdams on the WEB: website, blog, twitter, facebook, goodreads

Tiffany King on the WEB: websitetwitter, facebook, goodreads

Christina Lee on the WEB: website, twitter, facebook, goodreads

Excerpt from, When We Met, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.

Synopsis:

Today’s premier 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…


Thoughts:

When We Met is tells the story of four college roommates as they navigate college, romance, trauma from the past and discovering who they really are. Four short stories, written by four new adult authors, with a smooth flow that will make the reader think it is one complete novel. It's hard to tell where one author ends and another begins. The action and romance is seamless and readers won't be able to put it down. This is a great sample of the new adult genre that will have readers talking!

Behind Her Eyes by A.L. Jackson

A.L. Jackson starts the book off with a story about a girl who has had her sexual life broadcast all over school by a cruel boyfriend. Misha is a courageous young woman who comes back to face the music and with the help of the new roommate next door, Darryn, finds peace and acceptance within herself. A great story of self-discovery that was romantic and emotional.

Saving Me by Molly McAdams

McAdams brings readers the story of a young woman who hides her pain by drinking, sleeping around and other self-destructive behavior. Indy has a lot of pain in her heart and Kier only wants to protect and keep her safe. He is constantly taking her home and putting her to bed, though she doesn't remember his care and sweetness. I loved these two characters, both with tragic histories, yet finding something in each other that they both needed.

Fouling Out by Tiffany King

King's addition to the book is a story about two friends who have a sorted past. Courtney doesn't like sports anymore, not since her best friend Dalton dumped her for his basketball team. This is a great friends to lovers story that has that second chance at love feel to it. King did a great job with the characters and provided a very realistic new adult story.

Beneath Her Layers by Christina Lee

Christina Lee gives the reader a story about two people who couldn't be more different. Chloe and Blake come from two different places in their lives. At first they can't stand each other, but when work puts them together along with a good game of Truth or Dare, the flirting and banter is irresistible. Loved the dialogue and general happy feeling of this story.

Bottom Line:

If you are a fan of New Adult writing you can't go wrong with this book. Four great authors. Four great stories. A.L. Jackson's story was my favorite. I really felt for Misha and what she experienced but each and every story was well written and fit so well together. I can't imagine how all four authors were able to write with the same tone. An amazing book!

When We Met is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!




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 Pulled and When We Collide. She lives in Southern Arizona with her husband and three beautiful children.



Molly McAdams lives in Texas with her husband. She is the author of four titles, including New York Times bestsellers Forgiving LiesFrom Ashes, and Stealing Harper.






USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King has written a number of young adult titles and is also the author of the New Adult series The Woodfalls Girls, including No Attachments andMisunderstandings. She lives in Deltona, Florida.



Christina Lee lives outside of Cleveland with her husband and son. She is the author of All of You and Before You Break. Reading has always been her favorite pastime, so creating imaginary worlds has become a dream job. She also owns her own jewelry business, where she hand-stamps meaningful words or letters onto silver for her customers. She loves to hear from her readers.


Giveaway Details:

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10 comments:

Danielle Meek said...

I love them because it's a great way to sample different authors.

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Collections are interesting and allow me to experience new writing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

lag123 said...

I don't normally prefer collections but I am interested in this one.

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Sue Farrell said...

I like collections because I get to try new authors---and usually the books are a little shorter.

Linda Kish said...

I like them because I then get to read different authors' styles of writing.

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Rachael B said...

I've never read a collection before, but I think it would be a good way to find new authors that I haven't discovered yet. Thanks for the chance!

Marcy x said...

yes i do, especially with themes, love the christmas ones that come out every year

Jeanette G. said...

Sometimes I like collections. I've read a few anthologies that were like teasers more than books. I know.. I know. Its kinda the point. But if that teaser isn't taken and turned into a bigger book you are left with only a piece of the puzzle. I need a definite ending to really enjoy it.. even if it is a short story. :)

Texas Book Lover said...

I don't mind collections. I get to read new authors and the stories are usually shorter so i can get a feel for them...win, win!

bn100 said...

not really; don't like all the stories