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Be With Me Review

27 Mar


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…

I read the book because I wanted some more Cam and Avery.

Come on! Don’t tell me I’m the only one! Those two are just so… AMAZING! At least I’m able to admit it… even though I do feel slightly guilty for it. Just slightly. 😀 It’s okay, though, because J. Lynn knows exactly why we read these books. She included a few very cute Cam and Avery moments in here that just melted my heart and one of them just about gave me a heart attack – in a good way. You will never ever ever guess what it was!

But that’s not why we’ve all gathered here today. Nope, we are here to discuss Be With Me, which is Jase and Tess. If I recall correctly, I think Jennifer L. Armentrout actually said that Jase superseded Cam’s spot as her favorite book boyfriend she has ever written about. I was so excited! I couldn’t fathom that there was someone out there that could be HOTTER than Cam. I mean – what?! Impossible right? RIGHT?


I’m sorry, J. Lynn, I’m calling this one. Jase was hot and absolutely mouth watering and all that stuff, but he doesn’t have a turtle, and he doesn’t bake cookies. Plus, Cam is a bigger alpha male than Jase is, which totally wins brownie points from me.

That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book! Nope! I absolutely devoured it!

There is just so much that happens in this book, it’s really hard to tell you why I loved it plot-wise. We really see a growth in Tess’ character, as well as Jase’s. There are a lot of issues they both have to deal with and grow through, and these issues are keeping them both apart. How can you be with someone when, on some days, you can’t even stand being with yourself? This was definitely a deeper book than Wait for You was, but for the purpose of how this book was written, it worked very well! This made both of the books distinct, which I like! Because, guys, there’s nothing worse than reading a book that has a sequel, expecting the sequel to be amazing, and then realizing that it’s basically the same story rewritten. It’s true. I know a few books like that. I’m sure you do, too.

The personality of this book and both of the characters is also very different. This is what makes it very hard to compare this book to Wait for You – because you can’t! It’s like comparing Christmas with your birthday. You get presents on both, but you can’t call one better than the other. They are just too different! But you CAN pick favorites. Just saying.

But I will say this – Jennifer, if you could PLEASE open up a school to teach boys to be as mouth-watering as your characters, I will highly support, stand-by and FUND the project! Because not only do I have Cam in my boy-dreams, now I also have Jase?! This does not bode well for me! I will have a heart attack in my sleep!

Jase is for all you girls who are into country-men. He lives on a farm, which means he rides horses and lifts heavy objects and rides in trucks and all that manly-man stuff that makes him built and tanned. Mmm. Yummy tan. And he’s also very alpha. I said Cam was more alpha, but that doesn’t stop Jase from being completely overbearing and in charge and just… so hot! And when him and Cam face off against each other… I think I swooned a few times. Way too much testosterone in the air! I would have fainted if I were there for real.

He’s the type to see a girl in trouble, swoop her up over his shoulder and take her to his man cave to protect her. He will stand outside your window with a stereo over his head playing your favorite song until you come out. He will go out of his way to get you your favorite cupcakes every day, just to see a smile on your face. He’s basically the kind of guy that makes the real guys in life seem very disappointing, because no matter what they do, they cannot possibly be perfect like Jase is. Buuut – he’s got a secret! And boy, that WAS a secret! I mean, I was so not expecting Jase to… and then he was, so I was like WHAT?! But it’s okay cuz he’s just very *sigh*! Yes, that is me censoring myself. It’s hard! You read the book and try to work around it!

Tess is just infuriatingly awesome! She’s completely bull-headed and clever and just as manipulative as Cam can be. She’s dealing with her own issues, and sometimes makes some stupid choices that provide a lot of entertainment for those of us who enjoy the embarrassment of others. But she’s also very likeable and fun and someone who you would love to hang out with. She is constantly thinking of others, and even though she’s not the strong heroin you want her to be in the beginning, she does get there eventually.

The ending caught me completely off guard! I think that Jennifer Armentrout lulls you into this false sense of security in the book, where you’re seeing a sort of pattern form so you know what to expect next. And then BAM! A whole lot of stuff happens at once, starting with the stuff that goes down with her roommate and then going onwards to the end. The last half of the book was just chaos and beating hearts and me possibly being scared off of living on residence at a college/university EVER. The book took a completely surprising turn and played off it so well! It completely set the first book apart!

This is what redeemed this book for me.

Because, now that I have told you about how much I loved this book, there is a small confession here. I actually did not like it as much as I liked the first book. It was amazing! Totally worth reading and awesome in its own right! But I think I was reading this with the expectation of it being completely like Wait for You, but it wasn’t! It was a different feel and situation and had its own crazy bouts of awesomeness! You cannot possibly compare these two books because they re so distinct, so the only thing to do is to treat them as completely different books that have nothing to do with each other. And Cam – the reason I fell in love with Wait for You – is not Jase!

I think that now that I realized this, if I reread it I would enjoy this book a lot more. Because, honestly, it is one of the better books I have ever read. If I hadn’t read Wait for You first, I would probably think that this book is my favorite EVER! But I did read Wait for You first, and so I’m sorry but… Cam wins.

4.8 Stars! So close to being as awesome as Cam, but not quite there.

Now if you excuse me… I’m gonna reread it. 😀 Cuz even though it’s not as awesome as Cam is… it’s still pretty darn awesome!


Trust In Me (Wait for You #1.5) Review

23 Nov

Trust in Me

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life – literally – he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam’s not ready to give up. He can’t get the feisty and intriguing girl out of his head.

Avery has secrets, secrets that keep her from admitting the feelings Cam knows she has for him. Will persistence (and some delicious homemade cookies) help him break down her barriers and gain her trust? Or will he be shut out of Avery’s life, losing his first real shot at the kind of love that lasts forever?

What can I say about this book?

I love it.

I REALLY love it.

I love Cam and want his cookies-  I mean, what? No. I didn’t just say that. Pshhtt get your hearing checked.

Kay, seriously though, this is a really cute novella. We saw what went on with Avery and Cam through Avery’s POV, but now we’re seeing it through Cam’s. And the fact that we get to see a lot of Cam and what he thinks just made it so much better!

The one thing I feel I made a mistake on is rereading Wait for You and then reading Trust in Me a week later, when it was released. Because this is a novella, it wasn’t really all too descriptive and intense like Wait for You was. We all basically know what happens and what both of them have gone through. The point of this book was just to let us get a more intimate glimpse at what Cam is like. Because I reread Wait for You, it felt kind of repetitive and as if the book was mostly copy-and-pasted. So I waited a little while and reread Trust in Me again so I could give an honest review (hence, this review is coming a few weeks after it was released in ebook format). I think that this book is supposed to be an alternative Wait for You, not to be read back-to-back. If it’s been a while and you want a reread, you could alternate between getting to see Cam’s POV or Avery’s. If you want to read both right off, I aint stopping you because there really were a few new scenes and the new perspective was unique from Wait for You. But really, you don’t have to reread the first book in order to understand this one.

“You’ve been checking me out, haven’t you? In between your flaming insults? I feel like man candy.”

The top thing that shocked me was Cam’s personality itself. I mean, we all knew he was a player, but through Avery’s POV we see this sweet, romantic, thoughtful, patient guy. In Trust in Me we realize his  mind is always in the gutter(ALWAYS), he’s a lot more of a player than we’ve been  given the impression of, and he REALLY, REALLY wants Avery. But he’s still very adorable and romantic and thoughtful. It’s just… now that we see all his dirty thoughts and platonic moves, we realize that he’s got a whole different agenda that he hides very well. Caution: Cam’s virtues in the first book are more non-existent than they appear. But that’s what we wanted, right? 😉

“I want you, Cam.”
“You have me. You so fucking have me.”

Another thing I realized while reading this book was that Avery is awkward. I mean, we knew that, but we didn’t realize just how awkward because her train of thought was there to explain her behavior, and what she’s said. Because it isn’t there anymore, we see just how awkward she is through Cam (and just how cute). It was really nice to see how a different perspective can completely change how a person is perceived.

“I’m confident enough in my masculinity and sexuality that I can say that Ryan Gosling is just dreamy in this movie.”

I said before that there were a few new scenes. So. Worth. It. I mean, they’re just so… hot! You’ve got to read it yourself, I don’t want to spoil it. Every time there was a new scene, it felt like I popped a sweet and spicy candy on my tongue (maybe not the best simile, if you aren’t into that stuff). As for the old scenes, it felt like the entire room just shifted and we saw a replay of the exact same scene from a different angle. Do you remember reading Wait for You and asking ‘Who are those girls following Cam? What is he doing with his friends at the pool table at the Halloween party? How did he take care of Avery when she fell sick? How long was he there? What was he thinking? What was he thinking when he asked her out the first time? The fifth time? The umpteenth time?’  Well, guess what? You get to find out!

As for Cam’s friends, we see a lot more of them, too. I mean, my favorite of his friends is still Señor Fucktard – I mean, Olly – and I was really happy to see a lot more of this goof.

I also felt like Jennifer L. Armentrout used this book to set up her next book in the series, Be With Me (Wait for You #2). Here we are kind of starting to see a transition from Cam and Avery to Cam’s little sister Teresa and his best friend Jase. But not to worry, most of the book is all Cam. The Teresa-Jase thing is there, too, as a bit of a hint to get the fans excited (got me excited!).

Overall, a very good novella and rendition in Cam’s POV. I look forward to reading her next book in the series, as well! And also, I just preordered Trust in Me in paperback! Whoo!

5 stars, as you’ve all expected.

Trust In Me Teaser 2

5 Oct


Trust in Me (Wait for You 1.5) will be out October 22nd, 2013.  Right now the price is at $1.99! Preorder yours today and get at exclusive 5 chapter sneak peek of Be With Me on October 30th! Pre-order Form fill out here to qualify!




“Tomorrow night? Oh! The astronomy assignment. Yeah, it works for me.”

“Good.” I backed away, knowing I needed to get my ass to class. “See you then.”

Shortcake turned and then pivoted back to me. “Cam?”

The knot pulsed in my chest. “Yeah?”

She fiddled with her bracelet as her gaze flicked away before settling back on me. “What were you doing in the Den? Don’t you normally have class, like right now?”

I smiled as I held her gaze. “Yeah, I normally have class right now, but I wanted to see you.”

Shock splashed over her face, and then I saw the smile light up her eyes before it even hit her lips. Feeling that knot do a funny, twisting thing, I pivoted around before I grabbed her and kissed her.

Because I was really close to doing that.

I made it across the street before a low whistle caught my attention. Looking toward the left, I saw Jase standing under a tree, cell phone in hand. Damn. He must’ve hightailed his ass from West Campus.

“Skipping class without me?” he asked as I made my way over to him, his eyes obscured by the aviator shades he was wearing. Very few people could pull off those sunglasses without looking like a douche. I was not one of them.

I shrugged as my attention drifted beyond Jase’s shoulder, across the street, catching one last glimpse of Shortcake disappearing through the doors of Knutti Hall.

Jase sighed. “You’re obsessed.”


He nodded toward Knutti. “I don’t think you’ve ever skipped a class to hang out with a girl before.”

I frowned. “How do you know I skipped a class to hang out with Avery?”

His brows rose above the sunglasses. “I’m not stupid.”

“That’s up for debate.”

Jase flipped me off. “Well, let’s see. Class let out early, so I came over here just in time to see you walking along like a good little boy. I called your name. You waved at me and kept going—or staring at her.”

My brows lifted as I wheeled around, heading for the doors. “That was you yelling my name?”

“Exactly,” he said, sighing. He looked at me, and all I saw was my face in his sunglasses. “Has she agreed to go out with you yet?”


Jase shook his head. “Man, you are so fucked when it comes to this girl.

17 days till its release!!! Pre-order yours now!

Trust In Me Teaser 1!

29 Sep

Trust in Me (Wait for You 1.5) will be out October 22nd, 2013. Meantime, Jennifer L. Armentrout has released a teaser to tie us over! Anybody remember this scene? *swoon*




Sharp need punched right through me as her body slid down my front. My hands tightened on her hips and she tipped her head back. Her eyes darkened to a deep chocolate brown, and my brain clicked off as I somehow tugged her closer. I knew she had to feel my arousal, and considering we hadn’t even kissed, something about that seemed wrong, but I couldn’t let her go.

Her hands pressed against my chest, and I thought she was going to push me away, and swore to God right then and there, no matter how hard it would be, I would let her go if she did.

But she didn’t.

Avery’s hands flattened against my chest, above my pounding heart, and she had to have felt it.

My hand moved on its own accord, curving up her waist and then over her arm, to her throat and then her cheek. She gasped when my fingertips grazed her cheeks, catching the hair stuck to her temples. I tucked the strands back behind her ears, my hand lingering.

“You’re soaked.”

“So are you.”

I smoothed my thumb over the slant of her cheek. “I guess we’re going to have to try this another night.”

“Yeah,” she whispered as her eyes flickered shut and then swept back open.

“Maybe we should’ve checked the weather first.” When she smiled, I shifted my hips in response. Her body shuddered in such a mind-blowing way and her lashes lowered. Her lips parted even further, and I didn’t want to let her go. She felt too good this close.

Her chest rose in short, deep breaths as I lowered my head, wanting and needing to kiss her. Just once. That’s all I wanted. My eyes started to drift closed.

Avery suddenly jerked back, pressing a hand between her breasts. “I think we … we should call it a night.”

For a moment I couldn’t move and then leaned back, tipping my head against the wall. It took a couple of moments before I could speak. “Yeah, we should.”

The trip out of the building and back to the apartment wasn’t easy. I was still strung tight as a bow. Nothing seemed to make the raw edge go away. I tried reciting the alphabet backwards, tried thinking about the old lady who lived in the building nearby, who sometimes walked her dog in a white nightgown. The sight was not pretty, but it still didn’t work.

The rain was still coming down as we dashed across the parking lot and under the awning. I shook my head, spraying water everywhere. Avery stopped at the base of the stairwell leading up to our apartments, and I thought it was all the rain I’d just pelted her with. I opened my mouth to apologize, but she turned sideways, her face pale as she peered up at me.

A very different kind of ache sliced through my chest, stirring up that knot in there, at the stark confusion and fear in her eyes. Fear. I didn’t get it. Had I done that to her? No. I couldn’t believe that. Not the way she had reacted to me. I saw it in her eyes. She had wanted me to kiss her, probably even as badly as I wanted to kiss her, but she had pulled away because … I honestly didn’t know.

I thrust my hand through my hair, pulling it off my forehead. “Go out with me.”

“No,” she whispered.

I grinned slightly, and her chest fell, her shoulders relaxed, as if she needed to hear this. “There’s always tomorrow.”

She followed me up the stairs. “Tomorrow’s not going to change anything.”

“We’ll see.”

“There’s nothing to see. You’re wasting your time.”

“When it concerns you, it’s never a waste of my time.”

And that was the damn truth.

There will be a new teaser every week until the release date. Eeeppp!!

Wait for You Review

13 Aug

Wait for You (Wait for You #1)

Nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten wants to get as far away from her old life as she can. As far away from the people she knows, from the harassment, from the memories of what happened at that Halloween party five years ago – an event that forever changed her life. All she has to do is 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. Cameron Hamilton makes her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere. Soon, it starts to get harder and harder to shut him out. 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?

**This book is YA/NA and may be inappropriate for some readers due to mature subject and sexual situations.

Oh. My. God. This has to be one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I don’t remember the last time I’ve read something this good. Seriously.

First of all, the writing style. I loved J. Lynn’s tone in this book. I have read her other series, Lux (the first two books) a while ago, and so when I saw that she had written this book, I wasn’t that excited. Lux is an amazing series, but to me I felt that the author wasn’t able to write romance based on the judgement I made off of those books. Boooyy was I wrong. She can write the sweetest, steamiest, truest romance I’ve read in a long time.

Confession time. I have sort of been avoiding this book. But I was bored one day and found myself picking it up.

I was hooked. It was the best decision, book wise, I have made in a long time.

If you follow my tweets, you’d know how much I loved this book. As soon as I started reading, I couldn’t stop. The protagonist was immediately likeable, the tone was friendly, the hook got me hooked. Basically, the first page was gold. And the second. And the third. Etc. I stayed up until 4:00 reading this book before I passed out, and then I finished it off the next day.

What I absolutely reveled at was that it was so relate-able. A lot of the time I watch movies or read books, I get the impression that the people in the books act much older than they should. The references are weird and old-school, or the person is a lot more mature-sounding.

This book hit the mark. I was absolutely thrilled! It talked about all the shops I’d shop at, made all the right references, the characters acted just like they should, and I didn’t feel like I was reading a bunch of angsty “teenage” BS. Being about the same age as the characters of these books, I feel that it’s important to be able to connect to them. And I did. I absolutely did.

These characters are amazing! They aren’t too serious, they act like big children, and they have some very creative ways of stringing their words together. Everything about them relates to the people in my age group and that alone brings me closer to the book.

The protagonist is immediately likeable. She isn’t stupid and she doesn’t do stupid things. She doesn’t complain excessively, or make horrible, dramatic choices, and she reacts like a real person should react. There’s no stereotypical teenage drama in her life (even though there were so many doors that could have opened into that direction in the book). Let me tell you why that’s important: it’s because with stereotypes, I’m able to nitpick exactly what will happen next. That, of course, takes the surprise out of the story and allows me to put the book down. If I can guess what happens next, why would I be excited to read it? But I was so surprised when things were completely from what I expected. It threw me for a loop and that made me even more curious. I couldn’t put the book down, couldn’t stop reading. For once in a very long time, I couldn’t guess what would happen next. I was just obsessed. There was no face-palm reaction on my part as I went through the story (which is a miracle in on itself). The protagonist was so real and amazing and wonderful!

And the story is just so beautiful, too. Through Avery, the story came to life and I felt everything that I should in a good book – happiness, sadness, remorse, anger, shock, excitement, giddiness. And the fact that Armentrout stays true to the characters she’s created is just the best part. (Obviously, I’m a big fan of books that have good character development. I always talk about character in my reviews, because I feel like it’s one of the most fundamental aspects of creating a good book). There were some situations where the character could have completely transformed into someone else, but that didn’t happen (thank the gods!) and I feel like Armentrout deserves a big pat on the back for that. It’s so, so hard to write an entire book that stays true to itself throughout, and I’ve had issues with books, even the ones that I loved, that couldn’t pull this off.

Her friends were also remarkably normal. I LOVE that. They were funny and charming and I had fun reading about them. I almost felt like they were my friends by the end of the book, because they reminded me of people I know.

And the love interest. Don’t even get me started again. I’ve mentioned on this blog already how much in love I am with Cam. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can go HERE and read about why I think he was the perfect addition to this book.

Over all, I love the fact that the author was able to play off this world so well. I was also a little shocked that she would discuss some of the topics that she did. Obviously, it is a part of every teen/new adult’s life to go through these stages that the author discussed, but there was just no holding back on her part. It was delightfully awkward. Awkward enough to make it real. The fumbling and nervousness and laughing – I just thought that it was a breath of fresh air.

I mean, most of the time when I read books or watch movies, the sex scenes in them are perfect. Like in The Notebook. The clothes just magically slide away and everything transitions smoothly. But that’s just not the case in real life. There’s going to be awkwardness and issues, especially with how young this couple is. The author does a wonderful job at creating something so beautiful out of something that could easily have become something crude and unbelievable.

I did find a few issues with the edits, but they weren’t a big deal at all. The entire book was amazing and light hearted, and I really can’t complain about a misspelled word or an odd phrase, even if I am a Grammar Natzi. In this case, it’s completely forgivable and forgettable. I almost forgot to mention it.

Because Armentrout was able to pull this off, she deserves a whooping 5 stars. This is easily one of my favorite books (probably second after The Darkest Powers series, but it’s still fresh in my mind so maybe that will change). I not only recommend you read it, I recommend you buy your own copy. It’s completely worth it’s money, and I am SO glad I bought a soft cover instead of just having it on my kobo. My kobo is great for books I want to read leisurely, but the serious stuff (my favorite books) has to be experienced by actually flipping pages and smelling that book smell. This book deserves that. So now all I have to do is wait for the book to come to me!

I’m also excited to announce that Wait for You 1.5, Trust in Me, will be out October 22nd, 2013. It is basically Wait for You  in Cam’s POV, including a lot of new scenes and a closer look at Cam’s life. Oh. My. God. I almost died when I found it, I was THAT excited.

So, basically, go out and buy it. Go. Now. Support this piece of amazing literature. Off with you!

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