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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Be with Me by J. Lynn - 4.5 Wine Glasses

18090161Title: Be with Me 
Series: Wait for You #2
Author: J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published: February 4th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062294784
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4.5/5

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…



Thoughts:

J. Lynn has done it again by pushing readers to their limits with this emotion packed story! I loved Cameron and Avery from Wait For You, and I can honestly say that I loved Jace and Tess in Be With Me just as much. This author has delivered two powerful stories with this series and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us! 

Teresa Hamilton has had a thing for her older brother's best friend, Jace Winstead, since she was a teenager. But it wasn't until he stole a scorching kiss from her a year ago that she even considered him returning her attraction. Too bad he has avoided her ever since! But when Tess's dancing dreams are put on hold due to a heart-breaking injury and she enrolls in the same college as Jace and her brother, it's not long before they're forced into each others company and Tess forces Jace to see more then just his best friends little sister when he looks at her. 

Jace knows that he shouldn't feel anything but friendship for Cam's little sister, but can't seem to get her out of his head. Especially after the searing kiss they shared. He should regret it, but he doesn't. Luckily, he knows that she's too good for him and they could never have a future together. Especially if she were to ever find out his secret. When one circumstance after another keeps putting them in each others paths, Jace can't deny his feelings any longer. But when catastrophes happen, truths are revealed and responsibilities loom ahead, can Tess show Jace that she can handle anything he throws her way, and stick by him through it all? 

J. Lynn has an incredible writing style that draws you right into the story and you never want to leave it. Though Be With Me had a common NA/Romance trope, it felt like I was reading about a best friend's sibling romance for the first time. The characters in the story aren't perfect, but they are perfectly flawed, and very relateable. The author has mastered the skill of character development and that, along with a witty dialogue and swoon worthy romance, pushed the plot forward at an ideal pace. The story line was fluid, ebbing and flowing seamlessly between the struggles of both Jace and Tess, while twining together as their relationship grew. And the relationship between Jace and Tess felt real and genuine with lots of sexual tension and sweet romance sprinkled liberally throughout. It was really a joy to read their journey. Being a NA novel, there was the expected drama and angst as well, but it didn't overshadow the actual plot which I appreciated. I would recommend the Wait for You series to romance lovers everywhere, you will not be disappointed. And I for one, cannot wait for the next book!

1 comment:

Red Iza said...

I am no fan of YA, but J. Lynn/J. Armentrout has a way of grabbing your with her writing and never letting you go !