Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

wait for youWait for You
Author: J. Lynn
Publisher: self-published
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Purchased
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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…

My Thoughts

So you all know that I am a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka J. Lynn) fan.  I even listed her in my Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors list.  So when I found out about her new book, Wait for You, well, I knew I would be buying it right when it was released.  And that is exactly what I did.  I gobbled it up in a day, staying up way too late to finish it.  I’ve been having a difficult time putting into writing how I feel about Wait for You.  So I am going to say straight up that I definitely liked.  It’s a bit intense at times, but I enjoyed it immensely, and JLA is still one of my auto-buy authors.

As always, let’s talk characters first.  Avery, the main character, has been through some pretty awful experiences, and she is desperately trying to start a new life at a college in West Virginia.  She’s sometimes very naive, and other times, she’s kind of fiesty, and has some great comebacks.  I liked her character, and I thought she was well-developed.  Of course, sometimes I wanted to shake her, but only because I cared so much about her and wanted her to be happy.

Cam, the hero, is pretty awesome.  I’ve heard some people saying that Cam is their favorite boy from JLA’s books, but I’m still firmly team Daemon.  But, I did really like Cam.  He’s definitely on the swoony side (what JLA hero isn’t?).  I could also see why Cam and Avery would be perfect for each other.  I hate when I read books, and I can’t see how the two main characters should be together.  Does that make sense?  The author is all, yes they love each other,  but I can’t see it.  I need to see what about their personalities makes these characters perfect for each other.  And I can see it here, which isn’t surprising because it’s JLA.  She excels at that.

Okay, so now on to the story.  Wait for You is a romance, so basically it’s about how Cam and Avery get together.  There’s lots of struggles, as they both have some emotional baggage they’re working through (particularly Avery).  Okay, so there’s this one thing that I have very little patience with.  I have a hard time when the hero and heroine aren’t together, get together, aren’t together again, get together again, aren’t together one more time, and then finally get together.  I think it’s just that as the reader, I KNOW that if they just talked things out it would be fine.  But of course, people (even characters in books) aren’t like that.  They aren’t reading their story, they’re living it.  But I get all stressed out for them because I think they must be hurting when they keep breaking up – which I know sounds ridiculous because THEY AREN’T REAL!  But shouldn’t we as readers feel connected to the characters – shouldn’t the characters be so well-developed that they feel as if they’re real?  So you see my dilemma.

And let me tell you that I have NO problem with romance.  In fact, I LIKE romance.  And I understand that part of a romance is about the characters’ struggles to find a way to be together.  But, I hate the constant back and forth  – and there was definite back and forth in this book.  I mean, it isn’t terrible, and I can understand why it had to be that way.  But at the same time, I just wanted them to talk to each other.  Because I totally needed them to resolve their issues so I could relax.  🙂

Okay, so since this is a New Adult romance there is definite sexy times.  That probably doesn’t surprise you, but just in case I wanted to let you know.  There’s actually quite a lot of sexy times and sometimes I was all “they’re going at it again?” kind of thing.  It’s not a bad thing, really, but I kept thinking of this 14 year old girl I knew was reading Wait for You.  And, I would like to point out that I am not really embarrassed or squeemish about that kind of stuff.  But if you are, you might want to avoid this one.

One more quick note.  This book was self-published.  Not a bad thing at all.  But I did notice a few typos, extra words, that kind of thing.  They are few and far between, and I am much more tolerable of that kind of thing in a self published book.  I mean, I know I have typos all over my blog posts, and I always proof them. Yet I still make mistakes.

Anyway, I’m super glad that I read this.  I love JLA, and she is still on my auto-buy list.  I think the Lux series is still my favorite from JLA, but I really enjoyed Wait for You.  I like that she writes in different genres.  Well, I guess they are all romancey, but there’s paranormal, and contemporary.  It’s nice to change things up.  If you like New Adult, or romance (okay, I think they are kind of the same thing) then you should look into Wait for You.  JLA knows how to do it right!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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11 Responses to Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

  1. Merin says:

    I keep looking at this one, but so far haven’t bought it. I’ve never actually read a book by JLA, and know I really need to. What would you recommend I start with?

    • Quinn says:

      I’d start with the Lux series. Obsidian is the first one. Beware that Daemon is an ASS – but he redeems himself, I promise. Also read the scenes available on JLA’s website from Daemon’s POV. It helps to understand him a bit more.

  2. I dislike back and forth in books as well it frustrates me 🙂

  3. Candice says:

    Haven’t read anything by JLA, but I totally trust you when you say she’s great and on your auto-buy list! I think I saw this one somewhere else and it sounded really, really good! I’ll definitely have to add this to my TBR list and pull it out when I need some sexy times in my reading! 😉

  4. Lauren says:

    Glad to hear that you are sticking with Daemon! I’ve heard many people convert to Cam as their favorite JLA guy. I really need to read this, I bought it last night and just haven’t started it yet. Thanks for the heads up about the typos. I didn’t know this was self-pubbed! Good for her! 🙂 Great review!

  5. I am a huge Jennifer Armentrout fan too! 🙂 Love, Love, Loved this book.

  6. Amy Gamache says:

    Will there be another book maybe about Jace?

    • Quinn says:

      I think I read that JLA has some ideas, but it’s not at the top of her to-do list. I heard she might right a story focusing on Cam’s sister.

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