Stay With Me (Wait for You #3)
by J. Lynn
Publisher - Harper
Release Date - September 25th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . .
At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.
But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought shed left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.
Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from they moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.
Stay With Me proved to be my least favourite book in the series. I felt quite flat with this book, and JLA hasn't until now disappointed me, which makes me feel a little deflated that I have to admit it.
Calla Fritz had three F's to follow to get her through college and to get her through life; "Finish College, Find a career in the nursing field and Finally reap the benefits of following through on something." But when her life suddenly turns upside down as all her funds for her tuition's is wiped including maximum amount on credit cards all in her name, it means she has to go back to a place she has never called home. Life is on hold for her at moment. Calla isn't particularly confident in who she is or her own future for that matter. But that isn't her fault either. Being brought up by a mom who was regularly high or absent from her life, it left her scarred both mentally and physically. A scar like an any other is a part of you, a constant reminder of what she has been through. Without giving away too much of the plotline, Calla has suffered greatly, her family remind her of the pain she has gone through, and now it's time to go back, only to be thrown into the deep end of drugs, love and family.
Calla had potential in her character, but sadly her constant attitude of life and of people around her somewhat deterred from her personality and really annoyed me at times too. I also thought that when she lied and withheld the truth of her life from her friends, that was actually rather shocking and actually made me dislike her slightly. However, when I was in about a half way through the book, I felt that she really started to connect with me a little and I felt that sometimes I could relate to her at times too. I know she wanted to bury that life behind. But sometimes you have to let it out or let someone in to fully appreciate some of the good times as well as acknowledging the bad... that particular person happens to be Jax!
Jax or Jackson James, was introduced to us as flirtatious bartender, who had the uncanny ability to make people spill there feeling. He was also the man running Mona's bar, originally named and owned by her mom. Jax has his own issues too, fighting in the causes of war in Afghanistan, it has certainly left his own scar, mentally. Jax was sort of an complex character to really get to know. But I also tended to compare him to Rome (the Marked Men series) as they have similar past and also present life, with the restoration of the bar. He also tended to overuse the words 'baby', 'honey', 'babe' and sweetheart to the extreme. I love a bit of endearment, but sometimes I just felt it seemed false to his character and to the plotline. Whilst he does have redeeming qualities that's for sure. So it's not all bad.
Whilst, I loved J.Lynn's previous two books in the series, I felt that this one was a carbon copy of other NA books I've read previously, especially the likes of Jay Crownover's the Marked Men series. What I found difficult was the written style and also the dialect of most characters, phrases that was used to the extreme and spoiled the flow of the novel. This book alone will not stop me from continuing to read her books as she has already proved that in other genres of her writing. Stay With Me, has it's great moments, but also balanced itself with some equally annoying moments.
Rating - 3
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