Friday, March 28, 2014

Wait for You - Review

Wait for You (Wait for You, # 1)

By: J. Lynn

Published: February 26th 2013 by J. Lynn

332 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from my SNL, Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

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Goodreads description--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…

Wait for You started out a little on the frustrating side for me. I get tired of seeing the same characters, stories, plot, conflict, etc. repeated over and over again in the books that I read. And Wait for You started it out with me sighing heavily, rolling my eyes, and just generally not being all that excited to keep pressing forward. But this is J. Lynn aka Jennifer L Armentrout. I've really enjoyed most of her other work that I've read, so I kept hoping it would get better. And it did.

The two things that I was getting hung up on was whether Cam would turn out to be the typical male lead from so many other New Adult books and if Avery's back story would be the same as we've seen in so many other books. While Cam may have been the typical New Adult lead at some point in his life, he's not anymore, and it was really refreshing to read about a different kind of leading male from this genre. Avery's back story was fairly predictable but with a slight difference that made me a bit queasy.

I didn't find Wait for You to be life changing or earth shattering, but Wait for You was definitely an enjoyable read. It's the perfect pick for a quick and fun read. J. Lynn threw in some mystery that, though predictable, did add to the story.

Avery frustrated me at times, but not to the point of wanting to shake her or anything like that. She's been through a lot and without any support from friends or family until moving out on her own. She experiences real fear that prompts so many of her actions which felt legit to me considering her past. Cam was just generally a good guy. He has some things in his past that he's not proud of, but I was impressed with how he responds to Avery. I love his persistence. And I really enjoyed how their relationship built slowly over time--even after they were officially together.

I do have to mention that while the grammatical, spelling, etc. errors weren't overwhelming, I did come across "several." I noticed more toward the end where the action was picking up and I felt like maybe J. Lynn was typing her sentences out as fast as they could come to her. That may be an assumption on my part, but I would have liked another editing pass to go over Wait for You with particular focus toward the last portion of the book.

Wait for You gets 3.5 Stars from me. Fans on the New Adult genre will probably enjoy it if they're not sick of the repeating patterns of this genre. However, I do suggest pushing through the beginning because things aren't as typical as they may seem. Have you read Wait for You? What did you think? Let me know!


  1. YES! Same ol same ol! I actully gave this one 4 stars because I love Jennifer's writing. Even though there was a lot of similar THINGS we see in NA, I thought her characters were more real.

    Anyway. Great review!

  2. Sounds like we definitely felt pretty similarly with this one. Thanks so much for commenting!

  3. I liked this story, but I liked it from Cam's perspective better (Trust in Me). And I liked the second book in the series better, b/c I think I preferred Jace's character.

  4. I haven't gotten a chance to get my hands on the others in the series. Maybe soon. Jace was definitely a favorite character of mine in Wait for You! Thanks for stopping by!