Friday, March 22, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

WAIT FOR YOU (Wait for You, #1)
by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Ebook published February 26, 2013 by J. Lynn
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GENRE: New Adult (NA), Adult, Abuse Issues, Urban Fiction, College Life, Coming of Age, Sexual/Romance,
Modern Day Drama  

Technically 4.3, rounded to 4

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…
This book is NOT your average Jennifer L. Armentrout... (cough) I mean... J. Lynn novel! She really amped up certain aspects of her writing and created a vastly different reading experience from her other series. You all know how much I love J.Lynn aka Armentrout, and she doesn't disappoint.... for the most part.

She has been a little aggravated on her own blog about the comments regarding the level of sexual content in this new book compared to her others. I understand she is writing about a different stage in a person's life. J feels the level is not up there with erotica. Here's what she had to say:
     "Is there sex in New Adult? There can be. There’s also sex in my young adult. *Gasp* Can the sex be on the naughty, naughty side in New Adult? Sure. Does that make it erotica? Nope. Is there anything wrong with erotica? Absolutely not. Is 50 Shades of Grey New Adult? Technically it is if you look at the main protagonists age. Does it matter that 50 Shades is New Adult and erotica? Not to me.

My book isn’t an erotica novel. If it were, I’d wave my erotica flag proudly.  But its simply not. And a lot of New Adult books aren’t either. And if there are New Adult books out there that walk a fine line between romance and erotica? So what. Good for them." 
     - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am not sure I would classify it as erotica either. But readers should be warned it does have sexual mature content and it deals with abuse of the worst kind. Even though it tackles some dark life issues that many have covered (THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN for one), it still exuded innovation and energetic. You may have read other books that have a similar plot, but this was very well executed.

One of J's strengths in her ability to create captivating and witty dialogue. Another is the ability to create in-depth, tangible, palpable, multidimensional relationships. I always get completely immersed in them.  In WAIT FOR YOU, the romance is slow and evolving. Friends first... how refreshing. It stumbled, bumped and got thrown off course, but that's what we really deal with in life. Never sugar coated, watered down or glossed over, they dealt with issues in a gritty, aching and genuine way.

The main reason I didn't give it a five was due to a great deal of spelling and grammar errors. I'm talking incomplete sentences, wrong words and worse. A minor issue was the tendency for over dramatization. Wrecking the apartment... oops.. don't want to put spoilers out there but I'll just say some scenes were a little over the top. If people really do act that way I don't want to know.

Cam bakes and has a pet turtle. Do I need to say anything else? Oh yeah, great home, loving family and VERY patient. Yeah...sigh. He has skeletons in his closet he's dealing with, demons of his own making that takes the friendship and love from Avery to heal from. 

Avery deals with harassment, and a deep dark secret that haunts her. She can't get past the pain and shame, though she did nothing to deserve it. Her inability to get past it even though she constantly keeps trying to is something so many different people can relate to. However determined, she stumbles. She then picks herself up and starts again. Her emotions were so connectible and tangible. You may not always agree with what she does, but you get it. The way J wrote her you can't help but be submerged into her head.

The beginning took a while to gain momentum, but the plot was engaging and kept my attention. The characters sucked me in completely. There were some really hard moments to read through but that's just like life. You get through it and keep going.

Book two will be out in 2013 so keep posted for info on it. This book is definitely not for teens under 16. Enjoy!