For What It's Worth

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn


17314430-1Some 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’s 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… ~ Goodreads

Review:
I picked up this book because of Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog – excellent review. I was in the mood for a sexy read and J. Lynn (aka: Jennifer L. Armentrout) usually delivers on that front.

I wasn't really expecting how serious this book gets though. When we first meet Cam, the smoking hot, arrogant college student that Avery literally smacks into before her first day of class I was like oh man….I can't like this guy. Maybe I should stop reading now before this story becomes one of those hot asshole guys providing sexual healing to the repressed/damaged girl. But this story and Cam are so much more.

Avery and to some extent Cam have things that they're keeping secret from each other but Cam insists on beginning a relationship with her no matter how many times she turns him down. Like I said this boy is arrogant. He KNOWS he's hot. He KNOWS he can hook with any girl around and he KNOWS Avery can't stop looking at him with hungry eyes but instead of being bossy and overly sexual like I expected, he's patient and woos her by baking cookies and bread for her, showing up at her place every Sunday to make her breakfast and asking her out every single day. He's actually absolutely freaking adorable. He even has a pet turtle named Raphael. I just really fell in love with this guy. Avery and Cam form a nice friendship first while still managing to stir up quite a bit of sexual tension.

However sexy this book is there is a dark undercurrent as an incident from Avery's past threatens to ruin her budding relationship with Cam. This was handled really well and not glossed over which I appreciated even though Wait for You was heavy on the romance/sexy times.

As much as I enjoyed Wait for You I did feel like I've read similar themes before in books like Easy by Tammara Webber, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay & Pushing the Limits by Katy McGarry and I think they all did it slightly better but Lynn's characters are very different and kept the story fresh along with a great supporting cast of friends and Cam's family.

This is a minor complaint and it didn't ruin the reading experience for me but I did notice several spelling and grammatical errors.

Final thoughts: This book was far more more serious than I was expecting and I was very happy about that. While being very sexy at times it doesn't shy away from the tough subjects that threaten to derail Avery and Cam's fragile new relationship. There is kind of a glut in the angst filled New Adult genre right now and Wait for You It's not the best book I've read on that front but it’s still very good and a stand out because of the characters.

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16 comments:

  1. "one of those hot asshole guys providing sexual healing to the repressed/damaged girl."

    LOL. Yeah, I hear you...

    I got a card for a free download at BEA and I'm excited to try it!

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. He is stereotypically hot and cocky but then it takes a turn for the better and I really liked Cam.

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  2. Hmm, I don't know how many more of these bad boys in NA I can take right now, but JLA is an awesome author and I was hoping that she'd bring a new twist, if nothing else to her NA stuff. The darker touch may be it? That interests me and that you liked the characters is an extra too. Great review, Karen!!

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    1. He's not a NA bad boy - just appears to be one at first. I really liked him a lot. Like I said - I've read better but it was very good.

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  3. Pfft, I read this review before anyone else! ;) I feel special lol

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  4. I completely agree w/you on Cam. His sweetness, and patience, while still being fun, is what made this book for me. So glad you enjoyed!

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    1. Yeah - it was different than what I was expecting. Thankfully!

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  5. I have this one and I can't wait to read it. You really amped up my curiosity with comparing it to Sea of Tranquility! I love her characters and that is usually why I read Jennifer Armetrout. I've also heard about the errors. Surprised they haven't been fixed yet.

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    1. The characters are great despite some of the flaws.

      I would think after publishing so many books that would be a priority at this stage but I guess not. They sell anyway so why bother?? I find it irritating though.

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  6. I do not know about this one. Not a yes and not a no either..Tricky

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    1. This one doesn't seem like one you would enjoy but what the heck do I know! You may love it lol

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  7. INTRIGUING! Jennifer's books are usually pretty fun for me to read but nothing mind blowing. I'm interested that this is more serious. I was kind of bleh towards Cam reading the beginning of your review but I'm glad he's actually sweet! I'll try this soon.

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    1. This one was darker than the books by her I've read in the past. They still don't reach the level of similar stories from other authors but I really liked it.

      Cam is great.

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  8. Slightly put off by the 'romance/sexy times', this sounds just like my sister's kind of read though.

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    1. Not for you....I agree but good for people who like a little darkness mixed with sexy times.

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