Review: Wait For You by J. Lynn

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Title: Wait For You 
Author: J. Lynn / Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Wait For You #1
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: February 26, 2013 
Rating: ★★★★½ 

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…

As long as the sun’s shining, shit can’t be that bad.

This was my very first book by Jennifer L. Armentrout and man, have I missed out all this time. I looooved Wait For You, despite it being the contemporariest a book could possibly get and my (very imaginative) aversion to stories that are purely romance. Trust me, Wait For You is everything you are waiting for.

If there is one thing that struck me as remarkable it’s the way the author made the most terrible of cliches somehow work. God, everything started out with your typical girl-crashes-into-the-most-gorgeous-guy-in-school-and-makes-a-fool-of-herself scene. Complete with school materials all over the floor, flushed cheeks, stammering and lingering eyes. Usually this is my cue to sigh and roll my eyes and to give up on the book before it has even started. But – not this time. I recognized the extreme predictability and cheesiness and somehow I couldn’t help but get sucked in anyway. I'm such a hypocrite.

I suppose you could say the writing itself is rather average. There was a lot of repetition in the way she described the characters and the looks they gave each other. But she’s one hell of a story crafter. This is the kind of book that you can’t put down. I started it one evening and finished it early in the morning – deprived of precious sleep but not caring about that in the least.

There are many aspects to the story that make it rich and compelling, but it’s mainly the characters I fell in love with. Avery Morgansten is a girl with a heavy past that she is trying really hard to outrun. That’s why she starts going to college in a place hours away from her hometown, where she doesn’t know a soul and more importantly, no one knows about her. All she wants is to blend in and be nobody.

I liked her a lot. Her insecurities and worries were very relatable and I felt very sympathetic towards her. She had a nice sense of humour and I liked how she acted around her friends. She was very introvert and distrusting, but I got where that came from and I found it really admirable how she eventually learned to let go of all that. It’s an every day struggle and it proved her strength.

And yet the love I felt for Avery was nothing like what I felt for CAM HAMILTON. He is such a terrible cliche and I almost hate myself for being so weak and so predictable but I just couldn’t help it. I adored him. He was cocky and a bit arrogant, sure, but in that perfect way that made him mysterious and irresistible. Sweet, caring, funny, sexy… *sigh* I’m trash. Most of all I loved how well he treated Avery. She was not easy to be around with all her secrets and insecurities – but he gave her time and helped her find herself, no matter how frustrated he sometimes (understandably) got.

People got out of the way for Cam. He was like Moses, parting a sea of drunk college students.

Another part of what made this book so great are the side characters. Extremely lovable main characters are fantastic, but the importance of the side characters is often underrated. Here they were great! Their personalities were well crafted and they were just awesome, fun and loyal. Meeting the families and friends gave an extra dimension to the story that I really appreciated.

Everything was okay. Maybe not perfect, but life wasn't meant to be perfect. It was messy and sometimes it was a disaster, but there was beauty in the messiness and there could be peace in the disaster.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot and I’m really excited to start reading more from J. Lynn! Maybe I should finally open up the LUX books that have been gathering dust on my shelves.

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