February 3, 2014

Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn

Be With Me by J. Lynn
Series: Wait For You #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss
ISBN: 9780062294791
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Pages: 299

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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…

J. Lynn is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I just love her writing style in general. She knows how to write quirky, but relatable characters. Be With Me follows the events of Wait For Me, and concerns Jase and Cam’s sister Teresa.

Neither main character was perfect in this book, but somehow that is what made them work. Both have dark pasts that have made them what they are today. Teresa’s high school boyfriend hurt her physically and emotionally, and she is still dealing with being a victim years after the relationship ended. I won’t get into Jase’s past as it is a pretty big event that happens in the novel and shaped him into the person he was in the book. Throughout the book you could see that they had chemistry even when you wanted to slap the characters.

Teresa could be na├»ve at times, which some might say is because she was only eighteen. When she sees Jase’s scrapped knuckles she just believes his lame excuse without question even though the real answer was obvious. I did find that Jase was fickle at times and that was frustrating to read. One moment he was hot for Teresa and the next he was pushing her away. The book only covers a short time period and it did seem like they got serious pretty quickly even though they did know each other for years previous to the opening of the book.

The moment when Cam finally finds out about his best friend and little sister was absolutely perfect. I couldn’t stop laughing. It was exactly how I imagined it going down and J. Lynn did not disappoint with that scene.

Overall, this book deals with some heavy issues like domestic violence and other issues, but it is also light hearted and a fun read.

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