Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Be With Me since I finished reading Wait For You. Be with Me is Teresa and Jase's story, and after getting to see glimpses of them in Wait For You I have been looking forward to reading their story. This duo have some history that is a secret from her brother Cam, and isn't elaborated on, all we really know is that she still likes him years later and the feelings may or may not be reciprocated. Forced to rest after a dance injury Teresa finds herself attending the same college as Cam, and Jase.
To be honest this is going to be another vague review, once again as I don't want to spoil Be With Me for those who have yet to read this book, but also as I did not stop reading to make review notes I am basing this review more on what I remember and my feelings about it.
I devoured every single page of Be With Me and what I thought was going to be relatively smooth sailing and less angst filled as Wait For You, turned out to be so wrong. Be With Me takes you on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride, but it was one I did not even hesitate to jump on and grab hold with both hands. J. Lynn lulls you into a false sense of security, letting you think that everything was going to be OK, then she pulls the rug out from under your feet and throws a whole new twist or situation into the mix.
I was shocked over a revelation off Jase that I never guessed, and I honestly thought this secret was going to be something different. I really admire Teresa for taking the time to think it over but also not letting it stop her or affect her feelings. As more of Jase's past is revealed I wanted to hug him, yes he acted like an ass towards Teresa, but he had some valid reasons that looking back on I can understand why he does what he does.
Teresa has so much happening to her in Be With Me, not only does she have to struggle with the possibility of never being able to dance again, she also has to contend with an over protective brother, a roommate that needs help, and the constant push and pull from Jase. Her feelings and emotions are all over the place, yet she somehow manages to keep on going, never knowing what the future holds for her.
One thing I really liked about Be With Me was also being able to see Cam and Avery again and catch up with how they are doing. They play a small, but important role in Be With Me and I like how Teresa is able to see Avery for who she is, and not be so afraid and overwhelmed by her.
The last few chapters of Be With Me had me in tears, not only for Teresa and how she finally gets the closure she desperately needed, but also for the last chapter itself and how fitting it was for all involved.
Be With Me was emotional and hard hitting, and while it had some violent things going on it was never too over powering to 'too much'. Things happen that aren't nice to read about, but it's done in a tasteful way and makes you aware of what is happening and how it affects others, but also could help people in similar situations.