Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn

Title: Be With Me
Author: J. Lynn
Genre: New Adult
Series: Wait For You #2
Source: Edelweiss
Publication Date: 4th February 2014

Tell Me About It
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn't spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…
My Thoughts
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.

About J. Lynn
A pseudonym for Jennifer L. Armentrout.

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

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