Fall with Me (Wait for You #4) by J. Lynn
Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.
Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.
But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.
Publishes in US: March 31st 2015 by Avon
Genre: NA contemp
Series? Wait for You #4
My series reviews:
#1 Wait for You
#1.5 Trust in Me
#2 Be with Me
#3 Stay with Me
Forever with You (Wait for You, #5) Expected publication: September 29th 2015
Fire in You (Wait for You, #6) Expected publication: 2016
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I wanted to read Fall With me because I have enjoyed the Wait for You series as well as the other JLA books that I have read. I love her characters, the romance, the fast paced plot, and surprises she throws in.
I liked Roxy in this one and she is a strong girl, but she is hiding a lot from the guy she is crushing on. The longer stuff like what she has goes unsaid, the harder it is to say it. So of course, I knew there would be room for character growth because Lynn / Armentrout writes characters that are realistically and beautifully flawed in some ways and strong and fierce in others. I love seeing how it comes out in different ways in the female main characters she crafts, because they, like in real life, are all different in some ways, and also have similarities to others.
Roxy's mom especially is present in this one. Her parents are the type that are involved in the good way, but not to the point of suffocating or over-bearing. They support her but they also let her know that she has some place to fall back on always. She is an artist and loves to paint, but she is bar tending and taking computer classes to make a living, but her mom offers occasionally that if she wants to try to make it as an artist, she is welcome to live with them if she wants.
The plot line with Charlie, her best friend who has been in a long term care facility and is just a shell of his former self is another unique aspect to the plot line. Roxy is faithful to visit him, talk about life outside the walls, read to him, and bring him paintings. She does feel a guilt for what happened to him but that is hazy at the beginning because it is also clear that there was another party involved, someone that just got out of prison and is apparently wanting to make amends. Its unclear besides the synopsis telling us it was a hate crime for a bit, but the plot reveals details in own time.
Okay, so the chemistry between Reese and Roxy is undeniable. There are some smoking hot scenes, and I love how attentive he is and also honest. He has a thing about lies, and while I can see Roxy lying by omission because of hurt feelings for a week or two, it was a little ridiculous to me how long she kept the truth from him. But it certainly adds tension within her and causes some growth for her. And makes her realistic-- I mean we all do things for no reason, and I know that I have been caught in a series of lies, all to maintain that first lie.
There is also the weird things going on in her apartment as well as the missing girls that adds layers to the plot. I have a few ideas of who it was but I am usually wrong about these types of things. One of my four suspects actually did turn out to be the culprit, but he was last on my list.
I enjoyed the character growth in Roxy, and how open Reece was about what he was struggling with. He challenges Roxy and I love that about their relationship.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you have any since birth friends? Are they still in your life regularly?