Review: J Lynn – Wait For You

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Title: Wait for You
Author: J. Lynn (Jennifer L Armentrout)
Series: Wait For You #1
Avon
Rating: 3 / 5

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… (goodreads.com)

I’ve heard such good things about this book. A lot. So I kind of went into it with high expectations. Okay, that’s a minor lie–I went into it with way high expectations.

So here’s the thing–I don’t believe in keeping a secret from someone who so obviously cares about you (potentially loves you), just because. And that’s what Avery does–she hides her past from Cam, so much so that he actually tells her the relationship won’t work if she doesn’t get her crap together (he does this twice, which makes him a saint because most guys wouldn’t have the patience to do it more than once). Yes, her past was horrible. Instead of working to let it go, she uses it and holds onto it, and that drove me crazy.

I also can’t stand this trend in books, regardless of intended audience, to have a character who has a tragic past, then make vague references to said past until towards the end of the book, when the truth all comes spilling out. Can’t. Stand. This. It was a cute trope the first couple of times, now it’s just annoying. As a reader, I don’t want to know what the other characters know, I want to know what the narrator knows. In the case of Wait for You, Avery is the narrator. Shouldn’t we, as readers, know what she, as narrator, already knows?

As a quick note on tropes used too often in books, J Lynn has her own version of, “I let out the breath I didn’t realize I was holding”:

“I didn’t realize I’d been holding my breath until I was behind the wheel of my car and had the engine humming.” (p. 18, Nook e-book)

I’m still trying to decide whether Jacob, the “token” gay guy, was intended to be so flamboyant as a stereotype or not.

So, those two issues aside, I actually found Wait for You to be kind of funny, in places where humor is intended, and probably some places where it wasn’t intended. Avery is a decent narrator, vague background references aside, and she keeps up a constant running commentary that floats between the current happenings and reflections of the past.

Cam is such a cute character. I actually really liked that he had a violent side, not because I appreciate violence (although I do), but because he was just a little too perfect. He was funny. And sweet. And totally hot (according to Avery). So to see him not only have flaws, but to have the flaws that went in the direction of “good intentions” was nice. It played on his nice characteristics while giving him flaws.

Cam and Avery have a lot of cute exchanges while getting to know either other, ranging from Cam’s tortoise, Raphael, and “turtle pee”, to cookies and the fact that Cam bakes.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that Cam had a tortoise named “Raphael”. I’m a huge TMNT fan, so any references to the franchise automatically gain a star. (As an aside, a tortoise is not interchangeable with a turtle, but it was a nice reference nonetheless.)

Overall, Wait for You is a cute, funny-at-times New Adult novel with some serious overtones, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read.

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