Too Much Drama and Angst: Stay With Me by J. Lynn Review

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STAY WITH ME (WAIT FOR YOU #3) BY J. LYNN (also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Published: September 23rd, 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Genre: New Adult | Romance | Contemporary



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.

Note: Although this is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

RATING: ★★★☆☆

I like JLA as an author and even more as a person so it pains me to say that I didn’t like this. I really wasn’t planning on reading it but when Jen posted that this was on sale on Kindle for only $1.99, I bought it without thinking or even reading the reviews.

When I first started this, I was lowkey annoyed that Jax and everyone in the Hot Guy Brigade was described as insanely hot. I already know to expect this from a JLA book but somehow, I was able to look past that when I read Lux and Origin series. There’s something slightly annoying about describing another character’s hotness every few pages or so. I want to be able to decide it for myself, thank you.

As much as there are things that annoyed me, it’s not really bad considering that I didn’t drop this like a hot potato. There was even a point where I thought I would be able to get past all the things I didn’t like because I was beginning to enjoy it. I have to give it to Jen for keeping me intrigued. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough.

What I really didn’t like about this aside from the ridiculous hotness all around is the drama and angst. I’m not saying I don’t like drama and angst. It’s just that there’s only a certain amount I can tolerate. I was really surprised that at about more than 90% in this book, a new drama ensued. I mean, after all the suffering, I believe we deserve a break.

One of the things that also annoyed me is how Calla always calls herself dumb. Yes, she does stupid things sometimes but does she really have to keep referring to herself that all the time? I swear the word dumb appeared in this book more times than I would have liked. There were also way too many sex scenes which, in my opinion, didn’t have a point. I get that this is really common for New Adult but it felt too repetitive that I skimmed over some parts.

I think this book appeals to certain types of readers. If you like drama and angst with hot and overprotective male protagonists that almost seem too perfect to be real, this one might be for you.

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