Spin-off Saturdays: On Saturdays, I will review a series that is a spin-off series. It is recommended that you read the original series first in order to get the most out of the spin-off series. Here is this week’s offering:
Everything Between Us is a spin-off of the Only Between Us
SERIESous’ Top Picks: Must Read Author, 2013 Fav
This is a spinoff of the Only Between Us.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Dark, Mental Health
Heat Rating: Toasty
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Source & Format: Own–eBook
You can’t deny that the premise of this book is interesting–the guy sleeping with the heroine’s mom falls in love with the daughter. It just promises to have a ton of sexual tension and drama. I came across this book while reading a blog about New Adult reads and I just had to get my hands on it.
What I Liked:
I really enjoyed reading this book for multiple reasons. One was that is was completely addicting. I just had to know what was going to happen next and I couldn’t put it down. Second is that I absolutely loved Stella and Daniel. I found that they complimented each other so well and I see why they felt the connection between each other.
I also loved how Stella’s mental illness was handled–it was really well done. Normally, I would find Stella to be annoyingly wish-washy in her attitude and actions but because I had good understanding of her condition, I understood her behaviour and could accept it for what it is.
Anything I Didn’t Like?
But, it was hard for me to get past the fact that Daniel had slept with Stella’s mom and how that doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue as you think it would be. I know from reading other reviews that a lot of people found that part hard to swallow and I would agree. But I really liked the two of them together so I was able to look past it in the end.
How it Compares to Only Between Us:
I actually read this book first and read Only Between Us years later. They are very similar in their tone and presentation but I find the leads in each novel are so unique that these books just compliment each other so well while being their own entities.
Simply put: I loved this book. It seemed to cumulate everything I love in a good New Adult read: a good plot, great sexual tension and interesting characters. Fans who like darker New Adult reads with a larger focus on mental illness will enjoy this read.
Read if You Like:
Avoid if You:
- Strangely Normal by Tess Oliver
- Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines (Perfection Duology #1)
Synopsis for Everything Between Us (from Goodreads):
Daniel’s got everything figured out. He makes a good living as an artist … mostly through offering “private shows” to the wives of local wealthy businessmen. He never stops playing the game and never lets anyone touch his heart. But when his current fling offers him a few hundred an hour for art lessons for her reclusive, college-dropout daughter, Daniel finds himself forgetting his own rules. The girl is rude. Insulting. Incredible.
And she sees straight through him.
Stella is hiding from the world, not because she wants to, but because crippling panic attacks await her every time she tries to live a normal life. She’s determined to push everyone–including her handsome new art teacher—away. But Daniel makes it utterly impossible. The guy is irritating. Mocking. Magnetic.
And makes her want things she knows she can never have.
What starts as a battle of wills turns into passion, where giving in means facing the things that scare them most.
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