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Showing posts with label j. lynn. Show all posts

Saturday, March 14, 2015

[Review] Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) - J. Lynn

In STAY WITH ME, Calla tries to track her mother down that owes her money and ends up staying in her hometown. There she meets Jax, the new manager of her mother's bar Mona's and hopelessly falls for him.

The Success Formula Strikes Again

J. Lynn seems to have a very clear success formula: Shy Girl + Dramatic Backstory + Hot Guy with Helper Syndrome. STAY WITH ME reminds me a lot of the first novel WAIT FOR YOU, even though it stars different protagonists and features a completely different story:

Calla is a rather introverted 21-year-old virgin who hasn't had any significant experience with men. She's supposed to have no idea about relationships and no experience, but in the novel all she does is think about Jax in a not so subtle way. It's hard to believe that this girl who's constantly making sexual comments in her head, is actually a inexperienced virgin. The authenticity of her as a character is just completely off, I didn't believe her anything for a second. 

Jax is a super attractive bartender that makes all girls' jaws drop. Of course he's interested in her immediately, despite her alcoholic mother and despite that gigantic scar she has on her left cheek. He's not an original character. He's a stock Gary Stu, the dream of every girl's fantasy: The insane attractive, well-built, smart and caring guy that is not just interested in you because you're pretty. 

Wait, Haven't I Seen This Before?

You can read this novel without knowing anything about the series. It can be seen as a standalone. Characters from previous novels make quick cameos, but you don't necessarily have to have read them and know the characters to understand their significance for the plot. Hint: There is none.

They don't know anything about each other, yet they are instantly smitten. Lynn rambles a lot in this novel. There is so much that could have bit omitted, so many little everyday things that the reader doesn't necessarily have to know. I found myself skimming page after page, because I just didn't care and wanted something actually interesting to happen. It feels like the novel only revolves around the relationship of Calla and Jax and everything that doesn't involve these two is just random filler material. 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

No. In fact, I won't be continuing the series. Her New Adult novels don't seem like my cup of tea.

Both novels felt to me like the plot was going nowhere and were way too long. I had to force myself to push forward and finish this, hoping that it would get better. I was disappointed.

"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.

Have you read a book from the series?

Did you like it?

Wait for You (#1)
Trust In Me (#1.5)
Be With Me (#2)
The Proposal (#2.5)
Stay With Me (#3)
Fall With Me (#4)
Dream Of You (#4.5)
Forever With You (#5)
Fire In You (#6) - See more at:
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Monday, February 16, 2015

[Review] Wait For You (#1) - J. Lynn

In WAIT FOR YOU, Avery Morgansten moves to a new town for college and literally walks right into the most eligible bachelor there- Cameron Hamilton, a reformed bad boy who instantly has an eye on her and won't take no for an answer.
Unlikable Characters and an Abusive Love Interest

I feel like there are a million reasons why I shouldn't like this book. It's filled with cliché characters, starting from the flamboyant gay best friend, to the super-shy yet super attractive heroine who doesn't realize it, to the mean, mean girls who are doing everything to make her life hell for minor reasons.

Cam is really an extremely unlikeable love interest. Lynn did her very best to give him some cutesy little twists, like having a pet tortoise and really loving to bake, but seriously, this guy is just not my cup of tea.
Throughout the book he keeps pushing and pushing himself onto poor Avery who basically has to tell him that she won't date him no matter what he's going to do twice a week. That's not fun, that's not flattering; It's a real problem that women nowadays have to deal with a lot, pushy guys aren't romantic or cute in being like this. The fact that our protagonist Avery thinks Cameron is oh-so-attractive doesn't make this okay. 

Promoting Rape Culture?

While having some problematic characters, Lynn does a good job at capturing the reader. I neither liked Avery nor Cameron particularly, but still wanted to know what had happened in their past. I've noticed already when reading the Lux Series that Lynn is really good at making you not quit her books halfway, no matter how much you dislike them/the characters. The novel is solely centered around exploring Avery and Cameron which leads to a rather nonexistent plot and your average high school setting without much of a story. 

Avery's backstory can be pretty much figured out after chapter three and honestly, the way J. Lynn tackles the topic just left me baffled. Instead of doing extensive research or giving us a strong heroine that doesn't let her past get in the way of her future, especially because of things that weren't her fault, we get whiny, whiny Avery who has a problem with physical affection- but only until a hot dude comes around the corner. 

The way she deals with rape just promotes rape culture. It flat out makes me uncomfortable and if you take a look at other reviews, I am not the only one. You can either regard this as a simple plot device and overlook it for entertainment's sake or just squint your eyes and stop right there with the series like I'm probably going to do. 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

I'm not going to lie, I had a hard time finishing this. Just exactly because Cam and Avery don't necessarily have a healthy relationship from the start, I didn't really connect to either of them or root for them to become a couple.

" 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…"
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