Title: Stay with Me
Author: J. Lynn
Series: Wait for You #3
Publication: September 23rd 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: New Adult ~ Contemporary Romance
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Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . .
At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.
But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought shed left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.
Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from they moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.
Although I didn’t completely love it, Stay With Me was a good book. Calla has a great story to tell and Jax was a fantastic character.
I’m not sure in which book Calla got introduced originally but I never really paid any attention to her. So I’m glad she got her own book, so we all could get to know her better. She turned out to be a likable character in the end but initially, I wasn’t impressed because of her low self-imagine and constantly asking Jax why he could like her. I do get it why she was portayed that way but after the first few times of doubting herself it got a little old.
Which brings us to Jax. Holy bartender hotness! That man was sexy. After Jase and Ollie, he’s probably my favorite guy of the bunch. He’s different because he’s the bartender (among other things) at the bar where Calla grew up. He’s older and more mature yet very naughty and I love him to death! I loved his “when I want something, I go for it” attitude.
The romantic scenes in one word were simply wicked. There’s a lot more to this story than just the romance of course but damn, they were so hot. Jax has got some skills! But like I said there’s a lot more to the story, there’s some themes involved like drug abuse and how it can really screw people (like Calla’s mom) up. At times it was a little hard to read everything Calla went through when she was younger but I thought it made the story a little deeper.
As usually with a book by J. Lynn (otherwise known as Jennifer L. Armentrout), there were a bunch of great secondary characters that I couldn’t help but adore. I loved everyone working at Mona’s (the bar). They were all awesome to read about. I also really liked Katie who works across the street at a strip bar. She was a hoot! Of course the familiar bunch of characters made appearances too. We get to see Cam, Avery, Teresa, Jase, Ollie, etc… And even Raphael or was it Michelangelo? Anyway, it was fantastic seeing everyone again.
So overall, Stay with Me was another great addition to the Wait for You series. J. Lynn always manages to capture my attention with her books, making me laugh one moment and wanting to cry the next. Yet I love her books and this one was an almost perfect one once again!
# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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