All or Nothing: An Abbott Springs Romance

All or Nothing: An Abbott Springs Romance

**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...

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Title:All or Nothing: An Abbott Springs Romance
Author:Lexi Ryan
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All or Nothing: An Abbott Springs Romance Reviews

  • Sue Quin

    Lexi Ryan has an amazing ability in writing romance that draws you in and keeps you hoping for a happily ever after. Kennedy and Aubree were fantastic characters that had layers that after peeling away, the only thing that makes sense is that they belong together.

  • Kim

    3.5 to 4 stars

    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

    3.5 to 4 stars

    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

    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.

  • Cocktails and Books

    Lexi Ryan knows how to develop characters quickly and she does a fantastic job in this novella and is part of the All I Ever Wanted Anthology. The story is set in Abbott Springs during Winterfest with a group of friends that grew up together and even after graduating keep up the same traditions. Aubree moved away from Abbott Springs right after graduation and can't seem to find a permanent home. She is carefree sometimes reckless in her decision making. Kennedy is the polar opposite. He is the

    Lexi Ryan knows how to develop characters quickly and she does a fantastic job in this novella and is part of the All I Ever Wanted Anthology. The story is set in Abbott Springs during Winterfest with a group of friends that grew up together and even after graduating keep up the same traditions. Aubree moved away from Abbott Springs right after graduation and can't seem to find a permanent home. She is carefree sometimes reckless in her decision making. Kennedy is the polar opposite. He is the town golden boy (future mayor) who only left Abbott Springs for college but is expected to return to take over for his father. He always does the right thing and overthinks all decisions about his future. The two have been best friends there entire lives but something has happened between them that has caused a pretty large rift. Will they make amends? The two clearly care for each other but can they figure out a way to have what they both want?

    There was a ton of character development packed in these few pages and I wished it could have been drawn out longer. I guess by now I shouldn't be surprised that I would love even a novella from Lexi Ryan. She is always a one-click for me!

    Reviewed by Candace for Cocktails and Books

  • Mihaela

    Aubree and Kennedy have always been friends. They grew up together and he’s been there for her. In his arms she found solace when her mother abandoned Aubree and her father and when the nightmares kept her awake at night.

    But their relationship changed one night when she found the courage to act upon her wishes at the bottom of a glass and he had been unable to say no.

    Now, Aubree and Kennedy are stuck together during her visit home and they have to figure out how to behave and make decisions that

    Aubree and Kennedy have always been friends. They grew up together and he’s been there for her. In his arms she found solace when her mother abandoned Aubree and her father and when the nightmares kept her awake at night.

    But their relationship changed one night when she found the courage to act upon her wishes at the bottom of a glass and he had been unable to say no.

    Now, Aubree and Kennedy are stuck together during her visit home and they have to figure out how to behave and make decisions that will probably change the course of their lives.

    If you have read any of Lexi’s books you know she has a talent for creating original characters and captivating stories that capture the reader’s attention from the beginning and hold it throughout the entire book.

    It is the same with All Or Nothing and, even if it’s just a novella, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

    4*

    Happy Reading!

  • Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession)

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    ARC Review: All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan

    Publisher: Lexi Ryan

    Publication Date: November 3, 2014

    Genre: New Adult

    Source: eARC via Author

    ~Synopsis~

    **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

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    ARC Review: All or Nothing by Lexi Ryan

    Publisher: Lexi Ryan

    Publication Date: November 3, 2014

    Genre: New Adult

    Source: eARC via Author

    ~Synopsis~

    **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.

    ~Review~

    I'm a huge fan of Lexi so I was super excited to read her novella, All or Nothing, when presented with the opportunity. All or Nothing is an Abbot Springs Romance that was previously part of the All I Ever Wanted anthology.

    Lexi's story is about Kennedy and Aubree. They have been best friends since childhood but Bree has always been in love with Kennedy and when she takes a chance and her feelings aren't returned, she is heartbroken. She decides to still come home for the Winter Festival, with the hope that her mom will make an appearance this year. She comes face to face with Kennedy and they are forced to work out their feelings for each other.

    Bree is a wild card; always running to the next town or next adventure. She doesn't hold down a job or a boyfriend easily. I think she gets restless because she has a mother who make absent promises and a father who wasn't around much. On top of that, she's always loved Kennedy so no other man can capture her heart.

    Kennedy is the golden boy of Abbott Springs, expected to be the Mayor like his father and take over his father's business. However, he wants to be his own man and pursue his own dreams but can't seem to find the courage to tell his father how he feels. I feel like he is a bit clueless because it seems so obvious that Bree loves him but he can't see it himself.

    I liked that Bree and Kennedy are so different that it make them perfect for each other. Bree needs Kennedy to ground her and Kennedy needs Bree to free him. When he finally opens his eyes and discovers his real feelings for her, I think that it really opened Bree up a bit. I feel like she never really felt loved because of the way her parents are so having someone who she loves genuinely love her back really opened her eyes. She could finally stop running because she was back where she always belonged.

  • Crystal ♥ RBtWBC

    If you love a short and sweet friends to lovers story with a small town feel, then you won't want to miss All or Nothing.

    Aubree Baxter is back in her hometown of Abbott Springs for the town's annual Winterfest before she leaves for good. After years of disappointment, Bree's mom is finally going to come through for her and they're going to be moving to Paris. But first she must get through the embarrassment of seeing her best friend, Kennedy. A man she has secretly been in love with and who she

    If you love a short and sweet friends to lovers story with a small town feel, then you won't want to miss All or Nothing.

    Aubree Baxter is back in her hometown of Abbott Springs for the town's annual Winterfest before she leaves for good. After years of disappointment, Bree's mom is finally going to come through for her and they're going to be moving to Paris. But first she must get through the embarrassment of seeing her best friend, Kennedy. A man she has secretly been in love with and who she threw herself at just a few short months ago to only be humiliatingly rejected by.

    Kennedy Hale is the town's golden boy, but not by choice. As the Mayor's son he has a lot of expectation placed on his shoulders and sometimes the load is more then he can bare. His best friend, Bree, is the only one that seems to understand him and what he truly wants in life. Not what everyone expects him to want. And he can't risk loosing that friendship, no matter how much he may be attracted to Bree and her free spirit. But when that camaraderie is threatened for good, can Bree and Kennedy set aside their insecurities and risk it all, or will the end up loosing everything in the end?

    All or Nothing is a short story that is featured in the ALL I EVER WANTED anthology, a book of four stories centered around a group of friends in the quaint little town of Abbot Springs.

    All or Nothing is a story about two best friends, Bree and Kennedy, who fight an attraction for one another to keep their friendship strong. Due to a not-so-stellar set of parents, Bree has abandonment issues and leads a bit of a roving lifestyle because of it. Kennedy is the complete opposite and has always played it safe in life. Bree's free spirited ways and Kennedy's steadfastness balanced each other out well. The progression from friends to lovers wasn't as fleshed out as it could have been due to the short length. But there was no denying the bond these two had from the beginning.

    Bottom line; While not as emotionally intriguing as I have come to expect from this author, All or Nothing was a nice, quick story that I enjoyed.

  • CeCe

    Kennedy and Aubree have been friends for a long time. Aubree surprised Kennedy by showing up at his house ready to give herself to him. After Kennedy “rejects” Aubree she has tried to stay away. Aubree has had a crush on Kennedy for a long time and his rejection had hurt her. Now Aubree is back and has no choice but to run into Kennedy. Kennedy has his own reasons for rejecting Aubree that day.

    Kennedy is the golden boy now expected to be the future mayor of their hometown in Abbott Springs.

    Kennedy and Aubree have been friends for a long time. Aubree surprised Kennedy by showing up at his house ready to give herself to him. After Kennedy “rejects” Aubree she has tried to stay away. Aubree has had a crush on Kennedy for a long time and his rejection had hurt her. Now Aubree is back and has no choice but to run into Kennedy. Kennedy has his own reasons for rejecting Aubree that day.

    Kennedy is the golden boy now expected to be the future mayor of their hometown in Abbott Springs. Aubree has been carefree with life and men. I love stories about friends who take a risk and try to find love with each other. I understand that Aubree’s issues come from abandonment from her mother and father. It was very hard for me to connect with her or initially understand why Kennedy would want to be with her, but she was a good friend to him.

    Lexi Ryan did an amazing job explaining the characters’ situations in this short novella. I did not have any issues with the writing. I will continue to read more by Lexi Ryan.

    This is just a start of the series where it will tell the story of the three other friends in their group.

    A copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
  • Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

    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

    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.

    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.

  • Rejane

    First of all I am going to quote my friend Dilek here:

    “That's just horrible...

    The writing, the characters and the plot line... Just horrible.

    Everything about this book is unbearable!

    The heroine has an awful family and they treat her like crap and because she is a doormat, she lets them treat her so badly. “

    The books are not the same but the outcome was the same.

    It’s been a long while since I picked up a book because unfortunately there’s nothing out there worthy reading lately. With every

    First of all I am going to quote my friend Dilek here:

    👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇

    “That's just horrible...

    The writing, the characters and the plot line... Just horrible.

    Everything about this book is unbearable!

    The heroine has an awful family and they treat her like crap and because she is a doormat, she lets them treat her so badly. “

    The books are not the same but the outcome was the same.

    It’s been a long while since I picked up a book because unfortunately there’s nothing out there worthy reading lately. With every review I read the will to read vanishes a little more. I picked this one up while waiting to board my plane thinking as if it was a novella and by the blurb it seemed to be a light romantic friends to lovers romance.

    Misleading burb much??

    I felt so much disdain for both MCs.

    I feel zero empathy for people with “poor me attitude thinking the world owes them something”. Female mc was just like that with mom/dad issues who used daddy’s money ( conveniently rich girl) to jump from place to place and never staying anywhere since she graduated high school and left her small hometown ( always a small town 🙄🙄🙄) and never went to college. A real gem of a person. Her next stop would be Paris so she could be close to mom dearest. 🙄🙄🙄

    Hero was no better living a life dictate by his father. Weak is not a strong enough word to describe this boy.

    Anyway, they were college age kids ( yes, Kids) who acted like 14 years old with dad/mom issues. They liked each other but none of them confess their feelings. Heroine because “nobody never stays and afraid of rejection, and hero because his father planned his life ahead for him and he couldn’t trust heroine to stay because she was a coward and never faced her problems (I agree with him here).

    Heroine is a “rebel” doing tattoos and a bed hopper. I don’t like double standards but as much as I don’t like manwhores, I also don’t like heroines whoring around. This has nothing to do with having a good sex life. Hero slept with heroine best friend a year before they get together.

    Heroine uses booze strength and goes to hero’s college to confess her love for him but she couldn’t do it sober ( she lost 90% of my respect here). She went to his apartment and jumped into his bed naked to wait for him, keeping in mind he had a girlfriend then. Because nothing says “I love you” more than offering your body in a platter. “Unfortunately” hero and girlfriend caught her in his bedroom and she flew the scene.

    Their path to get together was an immature unpleasant one.

    I have to agree with another GR friend who says some authors need to find a new job. This book is a good example of it.

    I feel so cheated when I feel misled by the blurb.

    But the joke is on me for not reading reviews and thinking this would be a light romantic read because it’s a novella.

    Here I am for another long hiatus again.

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