Published by Berkley Trade, NAL Trade on November 4, 2014
Genres: contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher
Today’s premiere New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house.
When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.
BEHIND HER EYES by A.L. Jackson
Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.
SAVING ME by Molly McAdams
On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?
FOULING OUT by Tiffany King
Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.
BENEATH YOUR LAYERS by Christina Lee
In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some "hands-on" experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans…
Yes! Thank you New Adult gods for more anthology books like When We Met! This is my very favorite kind of anthology. When we met is an anthology that follows 4 college roommates. Each of the stories is the story of how one of the ladies met their great guy. And the stories happen sequentially. So, for example, the third story is Courtney’s tale, and in it you will find reference to Misha and her guy, Darren as well as Indy and her beau Kier. Each of the roommates kind of dance around in the background of their friends stories and I love watching different authors simultaneously create their own story and characters, while working flawlessly with other authors stories and weaving them into the background of their story. It makes reading anthologies so much more fun, in my opinion. Instead of a collection of sometimes disjointed feeling stories, the common household creates a bond and theme for the book.
I don’t even know that I can pick a favorite story. It is one of those books where you are like,” oh I love Misha and Darren…they are my favorite. Oh! But wait, remember how sweet Kier was with Indy? Yea, I love them too. Oh and what about Courtney? She is so spunky!…” See what I mean? Each of these four college roommates was great in her own way, and each of their stories was perfectly suited for them. I really enjoyed reading about how they met their current awesome guy, and I also really enjoyed getting to dig around in each of the girl’s pasts. Some of the stories were a little darker than others, but they all worked so well together. It was so nice to see 4 close friends like these. I think any of these girls would have had the others backs at a moments notice.
This book was not a super tiny book either. I loved that it was about 400 pages, which gave each of the girls about 100 or so to tell their story. And the best part was that none of the stories felt rushed. I thought each author contributed a really strong novella and a really strong romance. Which speaks volumes about the quality of this anthology. When you can’t pick a favorite story out of 4, you know you have something great on your hands. I loved getting to know the girls and about when they met the special guys in their lives. This is a great representation of New Adult. If you are not sure if anthologies are for you, When we Met is the perfect book for you to try. It will convert you, I’m sure of it.
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I really want to read this one even more now that I know you loved it so much. Anthologies can be so hit and miss.
Michelle @ Book Briefs
yep, I agree they totally can be. I have noticed that when the same characters overlap in stories, it makes me feel like I am reading a novel rather than an anthology and I enjoy it more.
I love anthologies. I take them to the waiting room so I can have something shorter to read. I’ll have to look for this one.