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I Belong

Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

Title: Wait for You

AuthorJ. Lynn

Genre: NA Contemporary

SeriesWait for You (Book 1)

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Format: eBook, 332 Pages

ISBN-13: 2940016231921 (J. Lynn)

Reviewed by:  Bridget


Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

Quick & Dirty: Very steamy contemporary with fun characters and a cute sad story of love and growth.

Opening Sentence: There were two things in life that scared the ever-loving crap out of me.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Avery Morgansten can’t wait to get away from home and start college.  She was raised in Texas by a very wealthy family.  When she was 14 something terrible happened and high school was a nightmare for her because of it.  She has picked a college that is 3000 miles away so she can start over and no one knows who she is or what happened to her in the past.  She has pretty much lived in a shell for the last four years and getting away from her old life is very liberating, but very scary at the same time.  She has a lot to adjust to like having new friends and the possibility dating.

On Avery’s first day of school she literally runs into the hottest guy on campus, Cameron Hamilton.  Cam is the epitome of your hot jock/party boy.  He has the reputation of a being quite a player around campus and that is not someone Avery wants to associate with, but unfortunately for Avery she keeps seeing Cam everywhere.  She has astronomy with him and he happens to live across the hall from him.  He has seemed to take an interest in her, but Avery isn’t sure she is ready for any kind of romantic relationship.  She has such a horrible past that she doesn’t feel comfortable sharing with anyone, and how can you be in a relationship if you can’t be honest.  But Cam is very persistent, and Avery can’t help but find him very attractive.  She feels some of her walls coming down and she knows that she won’t be able to resistant him forever, but she also knows that any relationship she starts is doomed to fail.

Avery is a cute girl that really has a lot to learn about life and love.  She has never really been shown much love in her life, her parents pretty much ignored her and she hasn’t had any friends for a long time.  She has let her past affect her life so much that she is missing her future.  She has lived in a shell for so long that she really doesn’t know how to break down the wall she has built.  Fortunately for her she meets some people who care and are interested enough to try and get to know her.  As she starts to open up she becomes a person again.  She is stubbornly independent and she has a fun personality.  There were times when I felt Avery took steps back throughout the book which was frustrating to me, but overall I really liked her as a character.

Cam is a very swoon worthy male.  He is the brooding dark haired blue eyed hottie that you dream you could meet someday.  He is totally over confident, but he really is a nice person.  He knows he is good looking and he’s not afraid to go after what he wants.  He has a little bit of a temper and is very protective of people he cares about.  He is immediately intrigued by Avery and he can’t help but pursue her.  He knows that she has a past he just hopes she can open up to him.  He has a past as well and he would never judge her.  I loved Cam, he really was perfect almost too perfect at times.

This story was so much fun to read.  In true Jennifer Armentrout fashion this book has some very steamy scenes, but a fair warning — this books sexual scenes are a lot more descriptive than any of her young adult books.  There is also a lot more vulgarity.  I love Jennifer’s writing, it is so character driven and her stories are so interesting.  I do have to admit that the plot wasn’t the most original, but it was still a great read.  I honestly had a hard time putting it down, but I did feel that the ending dragged on just a little bit.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone that likes a good steamy contemporary read.

Notable Scene:

Racing up the wide staircase, I barreled through the double doors and smacked right into a brick wall.

Stumbling backward, my arms flailed like a cracked-out crossing guard. My overpacked messenger bag slipped, pulling me to one side. My hair flew it front of my face, a sheet of auburn that obscured everything as I teetered dangerously.

Oh dear God, I was going down. There was no stopping it. Visions of broken necks danced in my head. This was going to suck so—

Something strong and hard went around my waist, stopping my free fall. My bag hit the floor, spilling overpriced books and pens across the shiny floor. My pens! My glorious pens rolled everywhere. A second later I was pressed against the wall. The wall was strangely warm. The wall chuckled. “Whoa,” a deep voice said. “You okay, sweetheart?” The wall was so not a wall. It was a guy. My heart stopped and for a frightening second, pressure clamped down on my chest and I couldn’t move or think. I was thrown back five years. Stuck. Couldn’t move. Air punched from my lungs in a painful rush as tingles spread up the back of my neck. Every muscle locked up. “Hey,” the voice softened, edged with concern. “Are you okay?” I forced myself to take a deep breath—to just breathe. I needed to breathe. Air in. Air out. I had practiced this over and over again for five years. I wasn’t fourteen anymore. I wasn’t there. I was here, halfway across the country.

Two fingers pressed under my chin, forcing my head up. Startling, deep blue eyes framed with thick, black lashes fixed on mine. A blue so vibrant and electric, and such a stark contrast against the black pupils, I wondered if they were real. And then it hit me.

A guy was holding me. A guy had never held me. I didn’t count that one time, because that time didn’t count for shit, and I was pressed against him, thigh to thigh, my chest to his. Like we were dancing. My senses fried as I inhaled the light scent of cologne. Wow. It smelled good and expensive, like his

Anger suddenly rushed through me, a sweet and familiar thing, pushing away the old panic and confusion. I latched onto it desperately and found my voice. “Let. Go. Of. Me.”

Blue eyes immediately dropped his arm. Unprepared for the sudden loss of support, I swayed to the side, catching myself before I tripped over my bag. Breathing like I’d just ran a mile, I pushed the thick strands of hair out of my face and finally got a good look at Blue eyes.

Sweet baby Jesus, Blue Eyes was… He was gorgeous in all the ways that made girls do stupid things. He was tall, a good head or two taller than me and broad at the shoulders, but tapered at the waist. An athlete’s body—like a swimmer’s. Wavy black hair toppled over his forehead, brushing matching eyebrows. Broad cheekbones and wide, expressive lips completed the package created for girls to drool over. And with those sapphire-colored eyes, holy moley… Who thought a place named Shepherdstown would be hiding someone who looked like this?

And I ran into him. Literally. Nice. “I’m sorry. I was in a hurry to get to class. I’m late and…”

Wait for You Series:

1. Wait for You

2. Be With Me (2013)

FTC Advisory: J. Lynn provided me with a copy of Wait for You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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