Thursday, November 20, 2014

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

When We Met
By: A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King, and Christina Lee
Published: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Source: Publisher
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GR's Summary:

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. 


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… 

My Thoughts:

When I saw that an anthology was coming out with so many amazing New Adult Romance Authors, I had to read it!  I love these authors and have read many of their books!   So, I was pretty much guaranteed an amazing anthology!  I'm happy to say that they delivered an entertaining, fun, and swoon-worthy anthology!

In When We Met, we meet Misha, Indy, Courtney and Chloe, four college roommates and close friends.  They are all attending the same college in Michigan.  Misha and Indy are both dealing with broken hearts, humiliation, and angst over two guys that they though cared about them.  Misha though Hunter had strong feelings for her, but he took her virginity, and used her in the worst way possible.  He recorded them having sex, and showed it off to all of his friends.  So when Misha meets Darryn, a gorgeous and arrogant neighbor of hers, she doesn't know if she can trust him.  Darryn feels protective of Mish and is determined to prove that he is nothing like Hunter.

Indy was with her boyfriend for two years, until the day she came home early from a visit with her family, and caught him in bed with someone else.  To top it off he is now engaged to the other girl, who is pregnant with his child.  Indy decides to party her troubles away by drinking herself in to oblivion.  Kier, takes care of her and puts her to bed after each drunken episode, but she never remembers him the next day.  He's harbored feelings for Indy for a year and a half, but will she ever get over her ex-boyfriend?  

Courtney and Chloe work crazy hours at their jobs.  Courtney is surprised when she runs in to Dalton, her childhood best friend and crush. He is the head star of their school's basketball team, and will most likely go pro.  Courtney thinks he abandoned their friendship many years ago, and that he's arrogant and a womanizer.  Dalton doesn't understand Courtney's animosity towards him, and has nothing but great memories of their friendship.  He plans on proving to Courtney that he is not what she thinks he is, but will she gave him a chance?  

Chloe works hard at her job/internship in a clothing store, and loves her boss Jaclyn.  However, she can't say the same for the bosses gorgeous, yet frustrating and rude nephew, Blake.  Then Jaclyn pairs Chloe and Blake together for a project.  Blake thinks Chloe is uptight, and pretentious, but as these two get to know each other they realize that their perceptions of one another were wrong.  Both Chloe and Blake are bogged down with responsibilities.  Will their new found understanding of one another lead to something more?

Each of these stories was written with each authors unique writing style, and yet they all blended well to make a great anthology.  The first two stories had more angst, and were about healing, finding strength, and new beginnings.  The second two stories were lighter, had to do with misunderstanding, and making false judgements and assumptions.  All four stories were about coming of age, growing up, learning from mistakes, and becoming your own person.  They all had romance, steamy love scenes, and made me swoon!    

My Rating:

When We Met was fast-paced and an addicting read.  I thoroughly enjoyed all four stories in this romance anthology and would highly recommend it.  I give, When We Met, by A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King, and Christina Lee, 4.5  Healing from Heartbreak, Strength, Growing Up, and Finding Love Filled Stars!!! 

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About the Authors:

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 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. 

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, 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. 

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.

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip gloss, salted caramel everything, and believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. 

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