Stay with Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait for You #3
Published by William Morrow on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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.
Calla is friends with Teresa and is currently working on getting her bachelor’s degree in nursing. But the worst thing that could happen to a college student happened. All of her money for school has been taken out by someone she never thought she would have to deal with again…. her mom. Calla doesn’t know if she can finish school now because she doesn’t have the money for it. She goes back to her home town to talk to her mom, but of course she isn’t there. She runs into a bartender named Jax. Calla doesn’t have much of any experience with relationships mostly because of what happened. She has the scars to prove it. So why is Jax still flirting with her? Can she finish the last of what she has left in school?
“my goals- the three F’s
Find a career in the nursing field.
Finally reap the benefits of following through on something.” — page 5
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! UGH. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE MY LOVE FOR THIS! I absolutely adored Calla as soon as she started talking about nursing (which is something I’m wanting to pursue). Shes definitely my favorite of the 3 girls so far in this series! Although Jase is still probably my favorite. I do love all 3… I loved all the side characters as well! Katie was HILARIOUS and probably my favorite, Roxy being a very close second.
As I mentioned in my review for Be With Me, the books are getting more suspenseful, the danger involved, and more dramatic. Oh man, was this ever! This had even MORE drama and I had a VERY difficult time putting down! The romance was amazing! Jax and Calla’s relationship is BEAUTIFUL! I love how easy it is to fall for JLA’s characters, there isn’t one character that I haven’t fallen for and connected with! They are so easy to relate to!
Thinking about Jax makes my heart melt. The things he said to Calla literally made my heart melt. I kept catching myself literally smiling at the book.
[spoiler]”You know what else I see? A physical reminder of how fucking strong you are, Calla, how fucking brave you are. That’s what I see when I look at your back. A map of how brave you are, your strength and your courage.” — page 344-45[/spoiler]
I loved how the other 2 couples (Cam & Avery, Jase & Teresa) made an appearance! We also got to see a couple from another book of hers! I didn’t notice it while reading, but a friend pointed it out and I immediately went back to find it! If you guys haven’t started this series yet (or read this one) I HIGHLY recommend it!
“God Almighty, I might’ve just committed a cardinal sin just by thinking it, but he was like Cam 2.0.” — page 102
“Oh, it’s just not that. I’ve slept with you. That makes you my problem.”
“Whoa,” murmured Reece.
My mouth dropped open. “You have not slept with me!”
“Oh, we did sleep together.” His lips kicked up on one side. “And I know damn well you haven’t forgotten that.”
Oh my god.
“Or waking up with me,” he added, his eyes warming. “Yeah, that.” — page 189
“The best things in life are rarely good ideas.”– page 192
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