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I Belong


Early Review: Be with Me by J. Lynn

Be with MeTitle: Be with Me

AuthorJ. Lynn

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Wait for You (Book 2)

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-100062294784 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062294784 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed byBridget

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty: Sexy new adult book that is full of hope, heartache, and tough decisions. Another fantastic book by J. Lynn and it is sure to please all of her fans.

Opening Sentence: Sweet tea was apparently going to be the death of me.

Excerpt: No

The Review

Life for Teresa Hamilton hasn’t been exactly as planned. Her whole life she has planned on being a professional dancer but a bad fall a few months back tore her ACL and now it looks as if regular college is her future for the moment. She also happens to be madly in love with her big brothers best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a mind blowing kiss last year. Now she will be going to the same school as him, and she is hoping that their friendship can blossom into something more.

Jase Winstead is your classic gorgeous frat boy that likes to have fun, but he also has a past full of secrets and heartache. He doesn’t do relationships because there are other priorities in his life that will always come first, but the more time he spends around Teresa the more he is tempted to let her in. She is beautiful and he can’t stop thinking about the way it felt to kiss her. She stirs up feelings inside him that he hasn’t felt in a really long time and it scares him to death.

I adored Teresa, she is witty and smart, but also very vulnerable. It’s no secret that she had a rough and abusive relationship in high school. While it did leave its mark, it has also made her a stronger person. She’s not shy when it comes to speaking up for herself, and she tries to help others by sharing her experiences. I think that she is someone you can look up to and admire because she has succeeded in turning her past into a learning experience vs. letting it destroy her. She is always full of optimism and she tries to see the best in every situation, but she’s not naïve about things either. I really felt connected with Teresa and I loved reading her story.

Jase is a very sexy man that gives me goose bumps thinking about him. He is such a great well rounded guy. Not only is he HOT, he is also sweet, respectful, and very thoughtful.  He is always putting others before himself, which is why he feels that a relationship with anyone would be a distraction. I instantly fell for Jase and think he is a very swoon worthy man. Lynn actually stated that Jase is her favorite book boy she has ever written, which is saying something because she has created some admiring male specimens.

Be with Me is a phenomenal new adult book that really pulls at your heart strings. It covers some very serious subjects with the respect and emotional care that they deserve.   The characters are developed perfectly and you get an instant connection with them that endures through the whole book. The romance is steamy and full of tender vulnerable moments between Teresa and Jase. You also get to see more of Cam and Avery, so fans of the first book will be very pleased. I personally liked this story even better than its predecessor, and it can be a stand alone as well. You get to meet the characters from book three, and I am very eager to get my hands on their story. I have loved everything that Lynn has written and Be with Me was no exception. If you are a fan of sexy new adult romance novels, you should give this series a try.

Notable Scene:

My heart stumbled. Was he flirting with me? I swallowed. “Like what kind of things?”

He didn’t answer then, so I forced myself to focus on the lecture. I could feel Calla staring at me. She had no idea how I knew Jase and probably thought I was one of the girls who had many, many good things to say about him.

I wanted to say his comment was made out of arrogance and nothing else, but knowing how damn well he kissed, I was sure he was just as skilled at everything else. The girls were probably boasting about his prowess Internet message boards.

Jase shifted in the seat, and I stiffened as I felt his breath on my neck, just below my ear, teasing that sensitive spot that made me want to wiggle around–the same spot he’d nipped, licked, and then kissed. In a low whisper, he said, “I think you know exactly what kind of things they’d say good things about.”

Wait for You Series:

1. Wait for You

1.5 Trust in Me

2. Be with Me (February 4, 2014)

3. Stay With Me (September 2, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: William Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Be with Me. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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