Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn

Posted March 11, 2014 in Review / 9 Comments

Be with meBe With Me (Wait for You #2)
By J. Lynn (pseud. Jennifer Armentrout)
Published February 4th, 2014
William Morrow Paperbacks
387 pages
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from William Morrow Paperbacks (via Edelweiss) in exchange for an unbiased review (THANK YOU!)
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About the book:

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…

[note note_color=”#D3BDAF”]Okay, so this is the review that got away from me. I was setting it up, zonked out, and *twitch*, out the blog post went! I apologize if you got my bizarre emailed review. I always put a blurb in for when I go back and actually type the review in. My blurb even went so far as to have a typo… Eh, I’m a blogger, never said I was perfect!! [/note]

For some odd reason I have the hardest time with this series’ name.  I keep calling it either “Wait for Me” or “Trust in You“.  Either way, Be With Me is simply the best title for this story.  It sums up both character’s position towards the other and how it isn’t so easy to just be with each other.  This little thing called life seems to get in the way.

We met Teresa (Tess) in the first two books because she’s Cam’s little sister and her story is wrapped up in Cam’s story.  Do you need to read the first two books to enjoy this one?  Not at all.

The story is narrated by Tess.  Tess has a very promising dancing career but she injured her knee and is recovering from surgery.  Before she goes back to her dancing school in New York, she is taking college courses at the same college as her brother Cam until her knee his healed and she’s cleared for dancing again.  To her, this is her back up plan.

Not part of the plan was dealing with the frustration that is Jace.  I almost hate to say this because it sounds like a negative, and it really isn’t, but Jace is one of Ms. Armentrout’s classic leading men.  She writes charismatic, adorable, swoon-worthy guys that I can easily picture in my head… or was that bed?  Actually in Jace’s case, as a character, he frustrated me.  On one hand he demonstrated great maturity in a lot of his decisions.   And then sometimes he would do shortsighted, immature things that silly college boys do.  And that was so exactly PERFECT for the character.  Without getting too much into it, Jace had issues.  I couldn’t fault him a single one of them.

And holy freakin’ hysterical Tess.  Besides the fact that I need to find me some better adjectives, Ms. Armentrout had me spitting out in laughter while I was reading some of Tess’s inner commentary.  At one point I pictured Tess’s brain frolicking in a drain gutter on the side of the road, there’s a random Seuss-ical rhyme at one point during a kiss, and the soon to be classic, “Ovaries go boom.”  She has her own baggage but despite all the crap she’s been through, Tess is strong and mature. 

As I alluded to before, you really don’t need to have read the previous two books in the series.  Cam, Avery, Ollie, Brit, and Jacob make small appearances but nothing earth shattering.  New characters are introduced that fit into the story and push it along. 

The thing I enjoyed most about this story was that I never had a clue how it was going to end; how we were going to get to the HEA.  Yes, some things I figured out early.  But similar to Avery’s story in Wait for You, Ms. Armentrout doesn’t leave us with a wimpy love story.  I’ll leave it at that…

Honestly, J. Lynn / Jennifer Armentrout could write puns on the back of a cereal box and I’d read them and most likely love them.  But the reason why I like her writing so much is because it’s grammatically easy to read (as in the conversation flows), her stories are inventive and not simple, and she’s dependable for a good book.  If you haven’t tried her yet, you really should.  Her puns could end up being Seuss-ical.  

 

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Jennifer ArmentroutAbout the author:

# 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.

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Other books in the series:

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Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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9 responses to “Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn

    • K

      I own that one but I haven’t read it yet… I’m going to have to dig it out and read it and compare. Can I use the word “Lamewad” b/c that’s a pretty cool word! It’ll have sooooo many uses 😉

    • K

      This one has humor with the melodramatic so it’s balanced. And compared to some books, it’s like 4 on the scale of drama and angst 🙂 This one is a giggler b/c Tess has her brother’s humor!