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September 25, 2014

Blog Tour: Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn – Review

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Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn!

 

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.

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MaryAnn-2013Author Jennifer L. Armentrout, writing as J. Lynn, has done it again with this next installment in the Wait for You series. And let me tell you, I have not been disappointed in any of these stories. Each one holds a little place in my heart for the characters, and I especially love that characters from the other books make appearances, and play important roles, in the books. It’s almost like reliving the reason I fell in love with each of their stories.

I will admit, this book in this series really stuck with me. It was heartbreaking to read about the struggles that main character, Calla, has had to go through from such a young age, to present day. What really pissed me off was just how terrible her life turned out. What kind of father walks out on his family after a tragic fire that leaves two of his children dead, and one horrifically burned. And not to mention the mental toll it took on the mother, Mona.

But Mona is not off the hook either. Her downward decline was heartbreaking. I can sympathize with her pain and her loss, and I can’t even begin to imagine the difficult time she has had to go through to come to grips with all the loss she had, but to spiral so out of control that she basically abandons Calla for a life of drugs and stupidity? Come. On.

And poor Calla! Having to lie to her friends in college, telling them that her mother is dead because of the shame of the truth. But as we all know, lies tend to surface, and it sure did, in a big way, for Calla. But what a way to have your mother back in your life! To find out that she basically swindled her out of all her college savings, applied for loans under Calla’s name, and not paying anything, thereby putting Calla into a whole ton of debt, that she did not even know she had! And because of all this, her college plans may fall through, and now she has to go back “home” to fix her moms mess. Geeze, thanks a lot mom…

But sometimes, coming home to your roots may not all be for the worse. Enter Jackson(Jax) James. A man who has a smirk that can challenge all smirks out there. A former soldier with secrets of his own, Jax is a sexy bartender who seems to say and do all the right things. But because of Calla’s very limited experience with the opposite sex, are things that she feels as inappropriate really inappropriate? Or is Jax just the kind of man who can school her in all the right ways…including accepting who she is, scars and all.

Not only is this a sexy romantic story for everyone to enjoy, there’s also a little suspense due to the fact that the “mob” is now basically in search of Mona for a deal gone wrong (or something like that). But because Calla has returned home, she now seems to have acquired Mona’s target, and nowhere seems safe…except with Jax…

I will admit, it did take me a little bit longer to warm up to Jax’s character. I found him arrogant, at first, and wasn’t feeling him. But that did change, and once I was hooked, I didn’t want to let go. He ended up being one of the sexiest, hottest, most lusted after male character that I’ve come across. *fans self*

And don’t get me started on Calla. How much did my heart break that she felt so unattractive and had come to accept that boys would not look her way. I adored the fact that Jax saw beyond her physical features and found her so beautiful. It was endearing. I enjoyed watching Calla’s transformation as she slowly accepted how she looked, and it’s all thanks to Jax. *swoon*

I would recommend this read to fans of the Wait For You books, those who are looking for a new book boyfriend to swoon over, and to read a story that will keep you glued to the pages until the very end.

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, 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.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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