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All or Nothing: Lexi Ryan

All or Nothing
Lexi Ryan

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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.

**ALL OR NOTHING is a short, sexy, new adult romance and is also available as part of the ALL I EVER WANTED anthology.**

Kennedy Hale and Aubree Baxter have been best friends since childhood. But their personalities are complete opposites. Bree is impulsive and a bit of a free spirit. Moving from city to city, she hasn’t settled since leaving Abbott Springs and moves where the next adventure leads her. Kennedy stayed nearby, attending a small, private business college rather than attending a larger school with a better recognized football team, where his passion lies. He is a planner, needing to think out even small decisions before he can act on them. 

Their families couldn’t have been more different either. While her father was never there and her mother continually choosing other people over her daughter, Kennedy’s father had his whole life plotted out. 

This was a fast, sweet story. I love friends to lovers stories, and this one had a perfect amount of miscommunications and missed opportunities while still keeping the best friend feelings. Each has to jump out of their comfort zones in order to persue anything beyond friendship, but they also aren’t quite sure how to do it in such a way as to not lose the friendship if the other isn’t interested in more. 

As one of an anthology of short stories, the other characters are introduced and referenced without being fleshed out completely. The small town setting fits well with this type of collection, and I am curious to see the other stories in the anthology, particularly All I Need by Casey Quinn.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Kennedy Hale's life is planned out and he usually does what he is supposed to do. He is the popular jock, town golden boy and destined to follow in his father's footsteps in town politics and business. His best friend, Aubree Baxter is free-spirited, impulsive and unpredictable, she changes plans often but also a bit lost.

One incident put a strain on their easy going friendship. But now at Winterfest in their hometown of Abbott Springs, they have a chance to reconnect and deal with the fall out. 
Both are afraid of rejection and ruining their long time friendship, but at the same time want more. But they walk a fine line between need and fear both in relationships and what they want to do with their future.

I really liked them together. I could tell they had such a bond, but their fear and confusion was chipping away at it causing hurt and miscommunication. But they were struggling not only with what they wanted with each other,but also what their next step was in their own lives. She often put her faith in the wrong people and took chances, while he made safe choices. But despite their issues getting on the same page regarding their romantic relationship, they know each other so well that they each can see the other's flaws and strengths that could change their future path and are really the only ones that can encourage the other to branch out. It is a journey of self discovery for them both in various ways.

This a sweet novella about friendship, love, your true home, and finding your own way. It was originally part of the All I Ever Wanted anthology and there are three other three companion novellas about their friends Maya, Sami, and Everly  around the town of Abbott Springs. But this story works fine as a stand alone, while making you more interested in the others..

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

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