Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review: Be with Me by J. Lynn

Be with Me (Wait for You, #2)
Be with Me (Wait for You #2) by J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.
Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.
As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…


Publishes in US: February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins
Genre: NA contemp
Source: Edelweiss via Harper
Series? Yes Wait for You #2

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    Oh, how I love Jennifer/J. Lynn. She makes me smile and swoon and I love everything she's written that I've read. So of course, when I saw Be With Me available to request, I didn't hesitate because I knew I would love it. 
    My JLA sensor wasn't wrong either, I fell in love with Tess right away. Her and Jase had a history and now they are in the awkward after phase, Jace afraid of what he feels and of Cam, because after all, Teresa is his little sister. Who is not so little anymore. She is beautiful, and right in front of him. I admired her strength and resolution to heal and not to let him jerk her around. I connected with her because of her emotions, and I related with her because I too have been in a rough relationship like she was with Jeremy. And it forever messes with how you see the world. But I loved her strength to heal and move forward with her life. 
   I love the sibling relationship between her and Cam. Teasing, protective, but still banter which makes it realistic. I love the bond and the shared history, the love they feel for each other and how much they want the other to be happy and have the best, even if Cam's idea of happy doesn't include Jase because even though Jase is his best friend, he knows he has baggage, and he can't stop viewing Teresa as his little sister, who needs protecting, and is well, little. 
    I loved every second of the chemistry, passion and tension between Tess and Jase, and how they keep coming face to face, even when Jase is trying to hide. He is a tad arrogant, but funny, caring, compassionate, and his obvious soft spot for Tessa and his history with Cam makes me crazy about him. Oh and his hot body and tats don't hurt. 
    Be With Me had its fair share of surprises and plot twists, and always kept me on my toes. Some things worked out how I wanted, some did not, other things happened that I expected or guessed, and then others smacked me upside the head with wow, did that just happen. There are a lot of issues here that were deep, but I think that Jennifer did a great job taking her time with them and showing that be it abuse, or be it bad or uninformed decisions, they all have consequences and it takes time to deal with them properly, and some things will be on your mind, heart or deal with for the rest of your life. 
    I love how Jase told Tessa that sometimes bad things can turn out for the good, and that the unexpected can completely change your life. That is the message of this one, and we see Tess and Jase dealing with this throughout the whole book. It is how you respond, react, and what you decide to do with life when it dumps everything on your face and knocks you on your ass. 
    So the last few paragraphs makes Be With Me sound really deep. And it is. But never fear, there is still the snark, humor and steam that we've come to expect from Jennifer. And the steam is ramped up writing as J. Lynn, and there were times when I blushed but my toes wanted to curl. Yeah. So. 
    This is amazing, and I would love to see more from this circle of friends. I could see Ollie, Britt, Calla all having their own stories, and of course, I wouldn't mind being back in Tess' story to find out exactly what happens although J. gives us a good picture and a satisfying ending. 

Bottom Line: Hot, funny and deep companion novel from one of my fave authors.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Did you make any naive/bad/uninformed choices as a teen that impacted your life?
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  1. At first I was all JLA? And then duh! Haha, yes I just woke up

  2. I have read the first book in this series and honestly didn't enjoy it that much, but mostly because NA is not for me. I do agree that JLA knows how to make swoon guys :D

  3. I love JLA too, Brandi. I haven't read these particular books yet but I'm loving the sound of the sibling relationship between Cam and Tess. And I can't wait to see for myself the chemistry between Tess and Jase! :)

  4. Wait for Me was one of the few NA titles that I really loved. I'm looking forward to this one.

  5. I have book one and your review has me so excited to start..I adore JLA.

  6. I really need to read something by this author!

  7. I have yet to try a contemp from Jennifer, this sounds like one I would enjoy!

  8. Sounds like a great heartwarming story, another winning book by Armentrout!

  9. Oh, yay! I love this series and cannot wait to read it!

  10. have not tried this series yet, gosh now i feel bad for passing up on it. next time, Ill pick it up. Hopefully start with book 1

  11. I really really need to go back to this author!

  12. Ahhhh I cannot wait to read this book. JLA is the best. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  13. Haha JLA is the queen of swoon:) I had a very big smile on my face as soon as you mentioned chemistry because I can see these two having tons of it and I can't WAIT to read this baby. So happy that this was a hit for you, hon!


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