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: http://thebookavid.blogspot.de/p/series-reviews.html#sthash.hoQX1lWH.dpuf