Monday, September 15, 2014

Be With Me by J Lynn

Be With Me

By J Lynn

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Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 4, 2014
Genres: NA Romance
Rating: 4 Stars

Do Teresa and Jase have a real shot at getting together or will life get in the way?
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she's in love with her big brother's best friend, but he hasn't spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, life-changing kiss. Then she got out of a terrible relationship. Now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It's time for plan B: college. And maybe she'll have a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he's not telling anyone—especially not his best friend's incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn't have time for a relationship. But it doesn't help that all he can think about is kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they're thrown together more and more, Jase and Teresa can't keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they're willing to risk to be together and what they're willing to lose if they're not. . . .

Although I didn't read the first book in this series, Wait For You, I fell in love with this book and the characters. I didn't feel like I needed to read the prior book to enjoy this one.

It's complicated. That's the best way to explain the scorching chemistry between Jase and Tess.

Tess is still smarting after the injury that is threatening to keep her from her dreams of attending dance school. In the meantime, she's attending college, trying to make the best of things. When she runs into Jase, her brother's friend, her heart is turned inside out. She and Jase shared a searing kiss together once, but Jase has been avoiding her ever since. Now that they're thrown together at school, things are about to get interesting.

Jase is a great guy, driving Tess to and from her classes due to her leg injury, but he's also the kind of mixed signals. Back and forth back and forth he goes when it comes to just being with Tess. It gets annoying at times, but when they ultimately connect, the wait was worth it.

The secondary story is also very real. Domestic violence was portrayed in a true fashion, and the aftermath was dealt with with integrity by the author. If that's a trigger for you, you may not want to read this.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed this story. Although there are others in the series, this one was so near perfect that I don't want to ruin it by reading another one that may disappoint me or may me dislike one of the characters' portrayal in another book.

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