Tessa Kelly is a man-eater.
When she sets her sights on you, she doesn’t just consume your heart, she goes for your soul. What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want. But she destroyed it. She destroyed us. I try to hate her. I try to forget her. But it’s not that easy. Love is for people who have hope, and I have none.
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Release Date: November 20, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
All I Want is another breathtaking romance in the Alabama Summer series. While this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a complete standalone. If you are new to the series, the author just released a novella about these two that you can read after this one (find it here on amazon. I will def. be reading it next because I fell hard for Luke and Tessa!
With that, this book contains quite a few romance tropes that will easily satisfy any reader of the genre. It's got Southern Charm (southern romance), an enemies-to-lovers things going on (they fight like crazy), and a second chance/friends to lovers romance. If you have read the first book in the series, Where I Belong you will remember having met them already. Tessa is Ben's sister (he's the hero from WIB) and Luke is Ben's partner on the police force. The two had a brief sexual relationship in that book, but they broke up and now we get to see the aftermath in this one.
Overall, I adored their story! There were moments when I wanted to reach into the book and shake them while yelling to open their eyes and stop being so stupid, but the angst worked for the couple and I quickly forgave them once they opened their eyes. It was rough going for a bit, but again, their story was worth the wait. I can't wait to see where they are now!
If you enjoy books with charming heroes, sassy heroines, and the various tropes I mentioned above then this is a good fit. It's a nice story, quick to read, and fun. I was invested in the characters, and really loved seeing my favorites from book 1 who played a fabulous secondary role in this one
Recommended Reading Order
This is a series of standalones but a few of the books have companion novellas. Here is how they are put together.
➜ Where I Belong and Where We Belong are Ben and Mia's stories. The first one is the first book in the series and CAN standalone. The second one is a novella that catches readers up with where their lives are now.
➜ All I Want and All We Want are Luke and Tessa's story (this is the one I am reviewing here)
➜ When I Fall is a standalone in the series and features Reed and Beth (Reed is best friends with Tessa, Ben, and the crew. He doesn't have a novella yet but I'll update if another book is released for them
➜ What I Need is another standalone in the series and features CJ and Riley!
You can find all the latest book reviews I have posted on the blog! I read various genres depending on my mood so there is a little something for any reader. xox Elle xox