August 24, 2013

Title: Waiting for You
Author: Shey Stahl
Series: Waiting for You
Publisher: self-published
Published: February 21, 2013
Pages: 292
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

From the Publisher: Bailey Gray is tired of her perfectly planned life. Everything about her life has been organized and lived out to the expectations set of her parents. She is the class valedictorian, has perfect grades, the perfect friends, a perfect boyfriend, basically perfect life…or so everyone thought. That’s when she realizes the path planned isn’t always the path chosen.

On graduation day she makes a decision. One that changes everything she thought she knew about her intended future.

On a whim, she runs away with the town rebel, Dylan Wade, in search of the unknown.

Dylan Wade isn’t looking to run away from anything.

He knows what he wants as he’s been waiting on it for years.

On a journey to find the unknown, they discover a friendship they once knew along the open highway and have not a care in the world. Between the yellow and white lines of the heated summer asphalt, a spark draws them together as Dylan’s past and Bailey future try to ripe them apart.

Could it be that Dylan and his GTO are exactly what her perfectly planned life needs?

First Thoughts: 4 stars I’ll admit it straight away: I bought this book because I loved The Edge of Never and was totally sold on the idea of a road trip. I loved Dylan and Bailey together, and I was rooting for them the whole time. There were some parts that didn’t work 100% for me, but the ending left me wanting more…so that means it was a great read.

Plot, Pacing and Style: Bailey has it all: looks, friends, a boyfriend, money, grades, college…but she doesn’t want it. She feels like her life was chosen for her and she never got a say on anything. On graduation day she throws it all away to run off with her childhood friend, who is now bad boy Dylan Wade. It was a little dramatic, but oh well, this is fiction so I got on board and kept reading. On the road they rekindle a friendship and find some pretty serious chemistry between them (more on that in a minute ).

The pacing was OK. At times it was so philosophical that I found myself a tad bored. Yes, it kept moving ahead, but I could have done without a lot of that inner dialogue.

The style was my fave! It was first person POV of Bailey and sometimes Dylan.

The MCs: I adored them both. I didn’t always connect with Bailey, but I still always loved her. She never played games and was always honest with her feelings. I loved that she was so upfront.

Dylan: he was unrefined, yet so smooth. I don’t know what it was about him, but he was one hot mofo. I love how he wore his heart on his sleeve. I also loved how controlled he was. Towards the ending he was definitely losing it a little, but everyone is entitled to that when the sh*t hits the fan, so I never held it against him. I was a little freaked out when he told Bailey to “show him” she loved him, but I’m thinking she was pretty willing so nothing bad going on there (I hope).

Romance /Chemistry: RAWR level = high! Holy UST for a while. It was full of desire!!!!

Title/Cover: Both are PERFECT. Dylan has waited his whole life (well, since he was 3) for Bailey. When she came back into his life she needed time to figure things out…he was still waiting for her. Loved it.

The cover is also gorgeous and totally fitting. I love them sitting on the car, they seem carefree with the world ahead of them…just like the story.  I get so excited when both the cover and title fit so well!!

Twists and Turns: Um, YES. Didn’t see that coming at all.

Ending: Fate, what can I say? I loved it. Not a cliff hanger, but I can’t imagine it’s going to be a smooth ride quite yet for Bailey and Dylan.

Gripes/suggestions: Like I said in the pacing and style section, some of Bailey’s really philosophical thoughts dragged on for me. I get it though, she needed to figure things out, but I guess I wish those parts were shorter. The CB radio stuff was also just too much. It could have been left out – it was kind of over the top and gave no added value to the story….I don’t know, maybe I’m just picky tonight.  I’m also not sure how believable parts of the story were (like covering up the scandal), but what the heck, it’s fiction so I got over it.

Final Thoughts/Rec It? YES! I can’t wait for book 2, Wrapped In You, is due out this fall ~ can’t wait!!!!

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