Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout
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 she'd 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 the 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.
Publishes in US: September 23rd 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: NA contemp
Series? Wait for You #3
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I wanted to read this because I love JLA and have enjoyed what I have read of her writing as J Lynn. The first two were consuming and I loved the romance and characters.
I liked Calla and her voice right away. She was talking about being surrounded by the hot guy brigade: Cam, Jase, Brandon and Ollie. She is Theresa's friend and we got to see them all together for a bit before the bottom drops out of her life and she has to go back home to deal with her mom's mess and hope that she can get back to her life plan.
Her mom is long gone by the time she gets there, but she did meet sexy bartender Jax. He flirted with her right away and while she is self conscious because of the scar on her face, she soon realizes that he sees past that. I loved their chemistry and the banter between them. He is such a protector and he hires her because she needs to make some money back, and we see how he tries to shield her from her mom's mistakes.
I love seeing all of her firsts fulfilled and the promise of more with her and Jax. Though some of their arguments I can see both sides, but was a bit frustrated at how he went off about trust when there were some things that any person would get irritated about not just someone who doesn't know a lot about relationships.
But overall, I really liked them together. There were surely some hot and sexy, steamy scenes in here, and it is so fun to get that perspective from a newbie to relationships much less kissing and more.
The situation with her mom added some serious tension and I was good with how they wrapped it all up. I also loved seeing some reappearances of Theresa and Avery with their respective boy toys, um eye candy, urm amazingly awesome other halves.
I also enjoyed the presence of Clyde, an older guy from the bar who is so kind to Calla, and has been in her life as a steady adult when not many others were found. He gave her good advice and took her under his wing.
This one wrapped up well and I hope to see more glimpses of them in future books!
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you have any scars?