Series: Between Breaths #1
Published by Penguin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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 don’t think I have ever read a book where the girl wasn’t a virgin and the guy is, I mean plenty where they both are, but never this scenario. This was a big plus to me, because with the amount of books I read it’s rare that I get to read something that is out of the so-called norm.
Avery and Bennett both come from bad family lives, some really bad family lives. Bennett and Avery’s respective mothers both have some serious parenting issues. Both moms have a tendency to, let’s say, play the field, in a manner that does not do well for their parenting abilities. This whole dynamic has led to Bennett deciding not to have sex with anyone until he knows for sure he is in love with them. Avery has kind of the opposite reaction, she decides that she can sleep with me and use them just for physical reasons, just like all the men who passed through her family’s front door, were just using her mother. That being said Avery also has some had things in her past in addition to her mother, and I don’t want to give it away, but let’s say it’s completely understandable why Avery is a bit damaged. What I took away most from both of these characters family lives is that the two of them are there for their siblings whenever they are needed, and that they are more like parents to their younger siblings, which just shows that they both have good character.
I liked Avery, I liked that she wore her past experiences like an armor, that she was all about protecting herself and the people she cares about. I like that she is compassionate, and had a great bond with one of the women in the nursing home where she works. I like women characters who are strong enough to overcome the damage of their pasts, and Avery is a great example of this.
Bennett is also a pretty good character. He steps in a saves Avery from an intruder in their apartment building, and then he is there for her from then after. He’s just a really good guy from beginning to end. I like that he knows who he is and what he stands for and believes in and he sticks too it. I also like that he is kind of like a contradiction in stereotypes, he has kind of a bad boy vibe to him, but yet he still has elements to him that are innocent.
I really liked the book, the chemistry between the two of them, the underlying plot points, and well just the whole thing. It was an easy read and it was enjoyable from pretty much beginning to end. I think if you are looking for a new adult romance then this is definitely a book that I would consider adding to your to be read pile.