Synopsis: 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 she’d 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 the 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.
Trigger Warning: This book deals with the many impacts that drug use can have on both the user and those who are around them. There is also violence.
Stay With Me (Wait for You #3) by Jennifer L.Armentrout
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Chick Lit
Each time I read another book in a series (Lux series and Wait for You series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, they just get better and better.
I honestly don’t need to spend more time telling you how much I love Jennifer’s witty and beautiful writing, just look at my other reviews of her books.
“He read? Oh my God, guys that read were like unicorns. They only existed in fairy tales.”
This book of course had many elements that were the same as the other two books in the Wait for You series, such as the male and female characters’ meeting, and how events from the character’s past impact their present. One difference between Stay with Me and the other two books was that this was much more suspenseful. In this novel, Calla ends up going back to her hometown and spending much of her time looking for her drug-addicted mother whom no one has seen or heard from. There were many shady characters throughout this book (very mafia-like) and seemed a little too unbelievable. The storyline in the other two books seemed much more realistic.
I still did love the storyline in this book in how elements of both Jax and Calla’s past were similar, so you knew that there was a connection between the two even if they didn’t know it.
I automatically loved Calla’s character when she made a cameo in the second book being Teresa’s eventual best friend from music. I loved the fact that she was a protective friend to Teresa and I loved her bluntness and her honesty.
“I love your sense of humor and the fact you never ate grits before. There’s so much I love about you that I know I’m in love with you. So, honey, you can have all my shirts you want.”
I definitely found this book more meaningful because I was able to relate to aspects of Calla’s character very easily. She is a blunt, honest, and caring character and she never felt as though guys looked at her as more than a friend. This was due to her quietness, which in turn caused the guys to think she wasn’t interested (her conversation with Teresa about Brandon from the second book). I feel as though there are a lot of girls that could relate to her character as well because of this.
“When I want something, I go for it. Life is way too damn short to live any other way. And I want to get to know you better.” Those lashes lowered one more time, his gaze tracking to my lips like they were some kind of Mecca. “Yeah, I definitely want to get to know you better.”
Jax was absolutely a strong, caring, and passionate character. At times I thought he was so obnoxious and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I felt that he was perfect for Calla because she had never known anyone necessarily taking care of her, so it makes sense that she didn’t know exactly how to handle things with Jax. The way in which their relationship developed was fantastic and very natural. He was very understanding and patient with Calla knowing that she may not have the same experiences as most people their age. Their relationship was more intimate than the other books because it took a while for them to get to know one another and establish something. In the first book in the series, Cam and Avery meet and seem to fall for one another right away. In the second book, Jase and Teresa had an established relationship because of his friendship with Cam and Teresa being Cam’s younger sister.
This book was absolutely heartbreaking, suspenseful, and romantic and I highly recommend everyone reading this book. Annnddd there may or may not be some characters from the previous books that you get to see again in this book.