by Lexi Ryan (Goodreads Author)
**ALL OR NOTHING is a short, sexy, new adult romance and is also available as part of the ALL I EVER WANTED anthology.**
After years of placing the wrong bets, all Aubree Baxter ever wanted was someone to take a chance on her. More specifically, she wants golden boy Kennedy Hale, her good friend and unrequited crush. After a seduction attempt gone terribly wrong, she knows pursuing anything more than friendship with Kennedy means sure heartbreak. If they're going to make this work, it has to be ALL OR NOTHING.
Source; eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Novella part of an anthology or stand alone
My All or Nothing Review ...
This novella can be read separately or as part of the anthology All I Ever Wanted. It was a sweet novella but I think it would have been better read as a whole with the anthology. The book is based in a small town called Abbott Springs and I think with each story you would get more immersed into this town and the people in it. Since I didn't read the book as part of a whole it felt random and quick which lost some of its pizazz for me.
In this novella we have Kennedy who is the town prince with large familial expectations on him and the town. Kennedy wants different things but is scared to rock the boat so it's easier to give up his dreams and play the safe card.
Aubree is the gypsy of the town with big abandonment issues. Her mom left her for bigger and better things and her dad is never around with both breaking promises. Continuously she starts to make poor decisions and runs away constantly. The one constant in her life is her best friend Kennedy whom she has loved since she was a kid.
Kennedy has always noticed Bree but she's not the safe bet and it's too much of a risk to lose their friendship. However, now that they're forced to be back in their small town, Bree is just about to run again which forces Kennedy to act upon his wants and desires.
"Does she love you too?" I shrugged. "I don't know, Mom. But I'd rather take the risk and fall than never have a chance with her."
The road is not smooth sailing for these two but since it is a novella it was too quick to really get the feel of growth between the two. I'm always a big fan of friends to lovers. That part was sweet but once they found each other it all ended too fast in the conclusion of how they dealt with their families while their HEA left me wanting more from them.
3 Sweet but too quick thumbs up!