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.
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
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.
I read Wait For You and Trust In Me a few years ago and really enjoyed Avery and Cam's story. J. Lynn is really good at writing about heartbreaking people without making the story cheesy or overdone. I knew there was a book about Cam's sister Teresa and his best friend Jase, but I thought I knew everything I needed to know about those two and decided to read Stay With Me instead. I'm glad I did. Having said that though, I will be going back to read Teresa and Jase's story because I love J. Lynn's writing so much.
This book had me laughing out loud, crying, and wiggling in my seat. All three make this a good book. The characters were just as good as in her other books. Calla had a terrible childhood that left her with scars that she cannot hide. Jax is the gorgeous bartender at her mother's bar. He also happens to be really interested in Calla and she is not used to the attention. They were endearing to read about. They had their problems and Calla had her insecurities (don't blame her one bit), but they were so adorable that I didn't mind the drama.
I think that if you already know that you like Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing style than you will love this book, but be sure to start with Wait for You.