“Be With Me” by J. Lynn

Be With MeTitle: Be With Me
Series: Wait for You, #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn)
ISBN: 9780062294784
Pages: 376
Release date: February 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: New Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy (TLC Book Tours)
Rating: 4 out of 5

The past few months haven’t been easy for Teresa Hamilton. After she tore her ACL, she had to put her ballet career on hold. She enrolls in the same college where her older brother and his girlfriend attend. But Cam and Avery are not the only ones she knows on campus; there’s also Jase, Cam’s best friend. She hasn’t talked to Jase since last year–when she finally summoned up the courage to kiss him. And he seemed very, very into that.

But now Jase doesn’t seem to want anything to do with her. Whenever they’re alone, their attraction to each other is undeniable, yet he seems bent on ignoring it. Can Jase put the past behind him and trust Teresa with his heart?

Meanwhile, personal tragedies rock Teresa’s life. But sometimes even the worst situations can change your life for the better.

I really enjoyed Wait for You, the first book in this series. It was incredibly sexy, and it explored serious issues relating to sexual assault and identity. While this book didn’t quite have the same effect on me, I still enjoyed it.

I wasn’t quite as pulled in by the relationship between Teresa and Jase. I loved the constant tension between Avery and Cam in the first book, but the volume seemed turned way down in the second installment.

However, Teresa is a very compelling character–a real fighter. When Jase seems unwilling to risk a relationship with her, she calls him out on it. When her roommate shows signs of partner abuse, she helps her confront him. Teresa is not one to let a man walk all over her–not after her first boyfriend turned violent and threatened to ruin her life a few years ago.

Domestic violence is a recurring issue throughout this book. I applaud Armentrout for addressing an issue that is prevalent, even among young couples, but so often overlooked. Armentrout finds an excellent balance between telling a fun, sexy story and addressing important issues in this series.

Her writing isn’t exactly literary (at one point, she describes Jase as appearing to be “drowning while being nom nom’d on by cookie cutter sharks”), which often held me back from truly getting into the story.

But I loved Teresa’s pugnacious spirit, and her humor–as with the first time she tells Jase she loves him:

“Please God, let him think I said something else–anything else. Like maybe I dove you. That was better.”

Despite my qualms about Armentrout’s writing style, I appreciate how well she tells stories about serious issues without coming across as preachy. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Quote of Note:

“I stroked the flame until it turned into an orb of anger–anger was better than hurt.”

TLC Book ToursDon’t just take my word for it! Check out what other people on the tour have to say:

Tuesday, February 4th: In Bed with Books
Wednesday, February 5th: Nightly Reading
Thursday, February 6th: Ladybug Literature
Monday, February 10th: Oh! Paper Pages
Tuesday, February 11th: Books à la Mode
Wednesday, February 12th: Snowdrop Dreams of Books
Monday, February 17th: Why Girls Are Weird
Tuesday, February 18th: Mom in Love With Fiction
Thursday, February 20th: Luxury Reading
Monday, February 24th: cupcake’s book cupboard
Tuesday, February 25th: Curling Up With a Good Book
Wednesday, February 26th: Dear Brighton
Thursday, February 27th: Book Marks the Spot
TBD: Schmexy Girl Book Blog
TBD: Tina’s Book Reviews

Or buy Be With Me for yourself from an independent bookstore or Amazon (Kindle and Audible versions are also available). Each sale from these links helps support Melody & Words.

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