Monday, January 6, 2014

Be With Me by J. Lynn


Be With Me by J. Lynn
eARC received from Harper
Release Date:  2-4-2014
Reviewed by:  Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say:  Crazy, Sexy, Heartbreaking Love
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…

I just love how JLA is always able to scoop me out of this world and catapult me straight into hers.  I’ve always heard people say to “write what you know.”  Jennifer knows hotties-- her world is always overrun with them.  She must doing something right.  J  Be With Me was fantastic—with a poignant look at broken, beautiful love.  And Jase?  Hold on to your pants girls, because….wow.

After seeing the trauma of Tess’s past in Wait For Me, I didn’t know how this story was going to unfold.  She had been through an abusive relationship, and that kind of thing stays with you.  I didn’t know how she was going to be able to open herself up to someone else without there being crazy, female drama.  However, Tess was so strong, reminding herself that she was no longer a victim, but a strong, independent female.  I loved seeing her break apart and then rebuild—watching the insecurities and pain flake away was heart-breaking and cathartic. 

However, Tess was actually the one with the least amount of tragic history.  Jase, oh Jase, just broke my freaking heart.  He was so strong and so protective, and you just knew by the silver in his eyes that he was aching for love, acceptance, passion.  I was a little disappointed that I was able to predict his secrets very early in the book, it didn’t stop me from loving him.  JLA just knows how to write the great, passionate, protective guys that I love.  Jase is on the same level as Cam and Aiden—you know, the level that pretty much makes him beyond amazing (despite the llama drama).

I read the entire book in less than a day, and that is something I haven’t done in a while.  It just pulled me right in, and I couldn’t stop until I knew everything that was going to happen.  There really wasn’t a dull moment, even when the romance wasn’t the focus.  I love that JLA can interweave a great story with her yummy guys.

My only complaints were the predictability of some parts of the book (but most books are predictable to an extent these days), and there were parts that felt just a bit to corny.  But maybe that’s the mood that I am in?  I’m not sure, because I usually swoon over guys being so perfectly sweet and masculine at the same time.  But there were a few instances where I wanted to look at Jase and say, “Hokey much?”  But then he’d do something manly and possessive and I’d say, “You’re forgiven!”

Fans of NA and contemporary romance must not push this book to the side.  It’s classic JLA, and believe me, once you’re finished, you will find yourself so sad that the next book is so far away!!!  Especially because she has so many great characters to focus on—Ollie, Britt, Steph—I can’t wait to see whose story comes next.