Series: With You #1
Published by Self-Published on August 27, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Allison Hagan has not lived the life of a normal teenager. Her parents died in a car crash when she was ten and she has been living with her elderly grandmother who happens to be her only living relative ever since. Allison became best friends with the boy next door Aiden. Aiden’s family has taken her in as part of their own, which is why when her gran insists that she live in the dorms at college so Allison chooses to attend the same school as Aiden. Liam MacCoy is a college senior and quarterback of his college football team. Liam is rumored to be first round draft pick for the NFL following graduation as is his best friend Aiden. Liam has one focus and that’s football that is until his little sister introduces him to her roommate Allison. Since he met her he hasn't been able to think of anything else. Liam is not a relationship kind of guy and Allison wants it all. She wants the romance and the family that she grew up without. Will Liam overcome his fear of relationships as well as the tangle of friendships to give Allison everything she wants?
I adored this book. It is about a young and innocent woman – Allison finally agreeing to move away to college and start living her life. Orphaned at ten, she lived a quiet life, skipped all the normal teenage experiences such as hanging with friends, dating and even prom just to keep her only living relative company. Allison never wanted to leave her grandmothers side but grandma was adamant that it was time to move into the dorms to get the full college experience.
Immediately I took a liking to Allison’s character. She is this very sweet and innocent girl who is very caring and loving with those closest to her. I loved her humility and selflessness and how she was more than willing to make even more sacrifices to keep her grandmother company. For someone who lived such a sheltered life I thought she had a very good head on her shoulders. Despite her intense attraction to Liam, she never let her hormones rule her. Even if Liam was a force to be reckoned with she knew what she wanted and wouldn’t settle for anything less.
“Life is a giant canvas, Allie, and you should throw as much paint on it as you can.”
I loved Liam too! He is this very motivated and driven young man who always knew what he wanted in life. At first I thought it was a little strange and awkward reading how he felt about Allison. For a manly man I thought he was too in touch with his feelings which I wasn’t used to but after reading more of his POV I found it charming and endearing. I did appreciate how patient and respectful he was with Allison. He never took advantage of her innocence. The best part I loved about him was how he went about meeting and talking with the most important person in Allison’s life. I thought their pairing was perfect.
I also enjoyed every single supporting character in this story. Liam’s family was great. It was amazing to see how they accepted Allison immediately into the fold. What I enjoyed most was seeing Ace and Hailey getting thrown together and I’m hoping that something more goes on between them. I would love to witness how both these relationships develop as they get older.
I thought this was a very heart-warming and delightful story, one that I would recommend for those that are looking for an HEA in the New Adult category.
Aiden gives me a warning look before nodding his head and backing out of the room. I know that he’s worried that I’ll hurt her but what he doesn’t realize is that I could never, would never. I will protect her with everything in me. I stand there staring into her green eyes and I am overcome with emotion. I’m going to do it. I am going all in with this girl and I’m excited at the concept. There are no doubts floating through my mind. I crave her like anything I have never known. Suddenly, I need to make it real. I need her to tell me that it’s me. That no other man will ever touch her again, because the next time I’m not so sure that I will be able to stop until I kill the fucker! I drop to my knees in front of her so that we are eye level. She raises her eyebrow at me in question. I place my hands on both of her cheeks before leaning in and placing a kiss on her forehead. “Allison, I know that you said you want more, that you want it all.” I swallow back the lump in my throat. Just because I am positive this is what I want doesn’t mean that I am not scared as hell that I still won’t be enough for her, be what she wants. I take a deep breath and continue. “I want you, all of you. I never want to go through what I went through tonight ever again. When I saw his hands on you…” I shake my head to attempt to erase the memory. I gently pick up her hand and cradled it against my chest right above my heart. Her eyes soften and I know she can feel the thunderous rhythm that is playing inside me. Gently I kiss her hand. “I want to be with you, only you. I want to be the one who holds you at night, the one who gets your kisses and your smiles.” I brush my fingers across her cheek. I feel her hand tremble against my chest. She is just as affected by me as I am by her. “Liam, you know I don’t want casual. I don’t expect you to propose but you told me yourself you don’t want a serious relationship. How can I be sure that you have really changed your mind?” She places her soft hand against my cheek. “I feel such a connection with you that it would only be a matter of time before I fall head over heels. You have the power to break me, break my heart. I’m not sure that I can take that chance.” “Baby, I’m taking a chance too. I have never felt this way about anyone. Never has my entire world been turned upside down because of a beautiful girl consuming my every thought, every emotion.” I take a deep breath, this is it, I am going to let this girl in. I am giving her the power to destroy me. “I’m taking a chance too, beautiful girl, but you have to take one on me as well. We’ll be in this together you and me. You’re all that matters,” I whisper as I crush my mouth to hers. I need to taste her. I need her to understand that this isn’t a game, not just a hook up. She is mine… I want her to be mine, need her to be mine.