Stay with Me by J. Lynn aka Jennifer L Armentrout Review

stay with meStay with Me by J.Lynn aka Jennifer L Armentrout

Third Book in the Wait for You series

Genre: New Adult Romance

Summery from Goodreads:

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.

My Review

Calla hasn’t done many things in her life. At 21 she hasn’t seen the ocean,never been kissed,never dated. She has a plan and with a semester of college left to complete her degree in nursing her plan is right on track. Until the financial aid department calls and says her check bounced. She then finds out her drug addict mother has stolen all her money and run up credit cards in her name. Broke, she goes home to confront her mom. When she walks into her mom’s bar she comes face to face with the bartender Jackson James aka Jax who tells her that her mom skipped town and hasn’t been seen in two weeks. Calla doesn’t have any money and nowhere to go. She takes a job at the bar as a bartender/waitress and stays at her old house. As things heat up between her and Jax she finds out her mom is in deep with a major drug dealer. Who isn’t above using her to get to her mother. Can Jax protect and help Calla find her mom before Calla pays for her mother’s mistakes?

I really enjoyed Calla’s character. How she was native yet not. It was an intersecting line the author was treading and she did it well. Hotness Alert Jax is a hot as hell ex-marine nice guy/bad boy. My most favorite combo. Jax is my new book boyfriend. I love how Calla learns she is stronger then she knows throughout the book. Calla has major trust problems. Jax and Calla’s relationship is all about trust and Calla experiencing things she never thought she would. I love how Jax always saw the real Calla even when she tried to hide her. Calla and Jax both carry a lot of baggage,guilt,and pain from their pasts. They are the perfect people to help each other though their problems. This book has quite a few sexy times between Calla and Jax and dang are they steamy and HOT. Jax’s speech at the end was perfect and if I already wasn’t in love with him that speech would have done it.

I loved the secondary characters and can’t wait for them to get their own books. Katie,Roxy,Nick and Reese were all wonderful unique characters. Katie’s character puts the fruit in fruitcake. I enjoyed meeting Cam,Avery,Jase,and Teresa and can’t wait to read the first two books in this series. I recommend you read this series in order because book 3 has some major spoilers from books 1,1.5,and 2. JLA writing is always outstanding and I loved the suspense element to this book with drug dealers out to get Calla and her mom. Can’t wait for Roxy’s book coming out in March.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Content rating; Mature(17+)

Heat Rating: Hot

Keeper: Yes

Happy Reading Y’All,

The Reading Rebel

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