Title: Wait for You
Series: Wait for You, Book 1
Author: J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: February 26, 2013
Publisher: originally self-published
Goodreads Summary: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 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…
I was so excited to read this book when I saw the author post teasers about it on her blog. I mean, sheesh, who can turn down a book with a dark haired, blue eyed, chiseled, swoony guy who wants to sweep the girl off her feet, even when she continues to shoot him down? J. Lynn teased us for weeks with snippets of the book as well as pictures on her Facebook page and blog. It was actually kind of mean of her.
I am a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout. This was her first foray into the New Adult/Contemporary Adult category, writing under her pseudonym, J. Lynn.
Wait for You is written in the PoV of Avery Morgansten. In an attempt to get a fresh start on life Avery is attending a college in West Virginia, thousands of miles away from her Texas home. After a tragic event in her early teens, she finally has the means to escape her past, as well as her judgmental, unsupportive and unloving parents. In the process of running away from her past, she runs right into Cameron Hamilton. I mean, she literally runs right into Cam on her way to Astronomy. Avery is awed by Cameron’s deep blue eyes, raven lashes and hard body. But she’s never been held by a guy before and she scrambles away from his grip after getting her equilibrium. She fights an internal battle over her memories of the past, and the way her body is reacting to this gorgeous boy who is keeping her from taking a header down the stairs.
“He was gorgeous in all the ways that made girls do stupid things.”
Enter Cameron Hamilton, aka “Cam”. Avery and Cam can’t seem to stop running into each other. First it’s outside of Astronomy. Next it’s on the street when Avery almost gets hit by
Cam’s truck when she’s crossing the road. Then it’s in the apartment building where they live across the hall from each other. Cam is a gorgeous, smart and sensitive guy who loves to bake, and has a tortoise named Raphael. Cam is a man on a mission though and pursues Avery for several months. In the meantime, Cam and Avery have lots of time to get to know each other as they partner up for Astronomy (Cam’s doing of course).
While Cam is an open book, Avery is hiding a lot of secrets from her new friends, as well as Cam. She is socially immature and hasn’t had a close friend and has never been on a date.
She’s dealing with harassing texts and emails from an unknown person, and then there’s the mystery behind the silver bracelet.
No one suspected anything. And no one knew what the bracelet hid on summer days when a long sleeve shirt wouldn’t work.
Cam is one patient guy though. He finds reasons to spend time with Avery outside of Astronomy. Slowly Avery finds herself drawn to Cam, and wanting and needing him in her life,
even if she keeps him at arm’s reach. Cam knows he has to take it slow with Avery and he knows she’s nervous.
“I want to be here with you Avery. You don’t have to worry about impressing me or wowing me. You’ve already done that.”
After an evening out, and the promise of second date (without having to wait another two months), Avery gets the best first kiss a girl could ask for. Let me just saw this boy can kiss.
I fell into the kiss, my fingers clenching and my neck arching. He tasted of chocolate and man and I was coming out of my skin as lust stirred in the pit of my stomach, followed by a burst of fluttery panic that was smoothed away as his tongue flicked along the roof of my mouth. When he lifted his head again, he caught my lower lip between his teeth and a pleased whimper escaped me. Both of us were breathing heavy.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the “supporting cast” in this book. Avery’s friends Jacob and Brittany add a lot of much needed comic relief to the story, especially Jacob.
“I am so incredibly envious of you right now. I would give my left testicle to run into Cameron Hamilton.”
Without giving away all the secrets, suffice it to say that they fall into the “one step forward, two steps back” routine. Cam shares 100% of himself with Avery while she always stays a little bit hidden in her shell. You know I didn’t even see the connection between the tortoise and Avery until writing this review (and it may not even be intended on the author’s part). But there is some irony in the fact that Avery is like a scared little tortoise who retreats into her shell when she’s scared or feeling insecure.
Regardless of the struggles that these two lovebirds have, they have some amazing chemistry. Cam himself is a walking Bunsen burner of hotness.
“F*ck, Avery. You think I don’t want you?” his voice came out low, almost a growl. “There’s not a single part of you I don’t want, you understand? I want to be on you and inside of you. I want you against the wall, on the couch, in your bed, in my bed, and every f*cking place I can possibly think of, and trust me, I have a vast imagination when it comes to these kinds of things. Don’t ever doubt that I want you.”
I enjoyed the pace of the story and how J. Lynn developed the intimacy between Cam and Avery. While Cam and Avery have their ups and downs, the author doesn’t drag it out for too
long. It was very believable in my eyes. I fell in love with Cam right away and he made my heart melt several times throughout the book. He was gorgeous, sweet, devoted, patient and slightly cocky, which can be a negative, but it fit him so well.
Sadly, this book was chock full of editing issues including wrong tenses, wrong forms of the words and spelling mistakes. Some mistakes were really distracting to the context or dialogue. I have no idea how a well-known author can release a book with so many glaring errors and I kind of want to shake my finger and say “shame on you.” While I feel this book is Top Shelf
worthy, with all the editing issues, I have to put in on my Second Shelf. But seeing as she released this novel ahead of schedule, one can only hope that she’ll release another version minus all the mistakes because that’s the only thing holding this book back in my eyes.
♥♥♥ Wow, Jen, thanks for stopping by TBH and leaving us such an amazing review!