Friday, May 17, 2013

review - Wait for You

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Four Stars
Wait for You
by: J. Lynn | Website | Twitter

Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Series: Wait for You #1
Format: eBook
Page Count: 332
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Summary: 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’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…

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My Review
I meant for this to be a mini-review, but I starting writing and couldn't stop! So prepare yourself, this review might contain a lot of gushing over this amazing, hot, and slightly angsty story. It starts by introducing Avery, who is more or less running away from her hometown and all the bad memories and relationships (or really the lack of any true friendships). On her first day of class, she literally runs into the rock-hard body of Cameron Hamilton. Already late, she refuses to walk into class and once again runs away, leaving Cam alone in the hallway and beginning their habit of running into each other.

Avery is very skittish and closed-off; we know something awful has happened in her past. Her past is slowly revealed in reverse, in that we see all the consequences of this awful event. That her parents have basically abandoned her, simply to keep up social appearances. These revelations build throughout the story, which in the world of NA stories/tropes that can be overused added a great twist.

Back to Cam, BMOC; he stole the show being the ever-swoonworthy gentleman. It was the little details that made me love him; like his always present cap, worn backwards if he's really listening to Avery. Cam's story is not free from some angst. I loved his protective big brother side and his family in general. I totally see why Avery felt comfortable when she visited. Emotions were running high in a certain scene with Cam's mom and Avery, ohh feelings!

Due to Avery's refusal to go on a date with him, Cam approaches her with the "let's be friends," while I make plans to become more. I was a sucker for this method. This actually reminded me of Beautiful Disaster, but much more believable and sweeter. My one concern with the romance was WHY was Cam so infatuated with Avery in the first place? Was it the challenge? A one-chapter POV from Cam could shed some much needed light on his reasoning. Its just that their first interaction was so short, and while it grows into something beautiful, I wouldn't want this rooted in some insta-love moment. [Just saw on goodreads that Trust in Me (#1.5 novella) will be release in Oct 2013 and is in Cam's POV. Wish granted!]

After that initial attraction, the romance is fairly gradual; the way lasting relationships truly are. The kind where things always remind you of the other person and you miss their general presence in your life. Cue the cliched fall-break scene where this realization hits Avery. Did I see this coming from a mile away? Yeah, but I loved reading it. Avery finally sees the potential of a relationship with Cam.

There was one small issue that the pragmatic me couldn't let go. There was no way an incoming freshman is allowed to live off campus. I understand its need for the story to work, but most universities require that all first-year freshmen live in the dorms on campus.

Sidekick-wise, Brittany was a grounding force for the story. When Avery is about to lose it or needs a friend, Brit is always there. Her straight-forward, tell/ask it like it is attitude made me very happy. I loved that she kicked fellow side-kick, Jacob, out of the room, when there was real issued to discuss. She wasn't just an outgoing (read: partying co-ed) friend, meant only to bring Avery out of her shell. No, Brit actually cared about Avery's well-being.

The pacing was perfect and realistic, allowing Avery to grow and adapt to her and Cam's relationship. The ending provided poignant closure for Avery and leaves readers with a giddy sense of hope for her and her future with Cam. So much to fan-girl over, but I'll stop and let you discover how awesome Wait for You is. Extremely excited to continue this series with Cam's sister, Teresa, coming Feb 2014.


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