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Wait For You (Wait For You #1), by J. Lynn

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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…

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I had such a good time reading this book!

I’ve been in one of those phase when every time I pick a book, my mind won’t focus on the book. Before starting Wait For You, I started two other books, but just couldn’t get into the story even if I really tried.

This book had been on my TBR list for almost a year now, and once again, I just can’t understand why it took me so long to pick it up and read it when it’s received so many good reviews. But I’m really glad I finally read it. It was exactly the kind of book I was looking for and needed.

“I’m beginning to think cookies is a code word for something else.”
“Maybe it is.” He tugged on my bag again as he took a confident step back, forcing me down another step. “And just think about it. If cookie was a code word, whatever it symbolizes, it’s been in your mouth, sweetheart.” 

Wait For You is a sweet, funny and very beautiful story. It made me laugh so hard at times I woke up my housemates. Why did I wake them up? Because I was so into this book that I couldn’t put it down to sleep and ended up reading until 6:30 am. It’s that good.

“People got out of the way for Cam. He was like a hot Moses, parting a sea of drunk college students.” 

I fell in love with the characters! Cam and Avery are amazing characters and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with them right away. Cam made it pretty high on my book-boyfriend list and that was after chapter two only. Cam was pretty amazing. He waited for Avery to be ready throughout every step of their relationship. He’s character is beautiful. He’s all confidence, charm and quick wit but also very gentle and loyal, protective too and I loved him sooo much! And ladies, he has a dimple. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

“You’ve been checking me out, haven’t you? In between your flaming insults? I feel like man candy.” 

Avery was great. She’s all kind of messed up but I thought she was very strong and brave and she was so likable. She’s not the whiny kind (most of the time anyway) but at the beginning of the book she’s pretty much afraid of her own shadow, which is kind of understandable when you know what’s she’s been through in high school. She has a lot of unresolved issues, is consumed by guilt, maybe even a little bit of anger and she pretty much has had to fend for herself.

“Within a few short hours, he nearly had me agreeing to try deer jerky for the first time. Almost. If it weren’t for Cam continuously whispering “Bambi” in my ear every couple of minutes, I would’ve caved.” 

The secondary characters cracked me up. Jacob, Brit and Ollie where so funny! Their antics where a delight to read and the reason I laughed so hard.

“The moment we stepped out into the hall, Cam’s apartment door flung open. Ollie appeared, a cellphone in one hand and Raphael wiggling in the other. “Smile!” he shouted as he snapped a picture on his phone. “It’s like my two kids are going to prom.” 

Cam and Avery’s relationship was great. It takes a little time for them to get together – not for lack of trying on Cam’s part. The man is relentless….and quite irresistible too – but I loved seeing it happen. It was sweet and touching and progressed very naturally.

“I want to be here with you, Avery. You don’t have to worry about impressing me or wowing me. You’ve already done that.” 

There were also some serious sexual tension and steam going on in this book. It’s not necessarily explicit in the description but you clearly understand what’s going on and well, it makes the temperature in the room go up significantly.

“Fuck, Avery. You think I don’t want you? There’s not a single part of you that I don’t want, you understand? I want to be on you and inside of you. I want you against the wall, on the couch, in your bed, in my bed, and every fucking place I can possibly think of, and trust me, I have a vast imagination when it comes to these kinds of things. Don’t ever doubt that I want you.”

But if you think this book is all fluff, well you’re mistaken. It it a light read, but the subjects it talks about are quite serious and pretty much the opposite of light. I don’t know how J. Lynn managed it but she wrote a deeply emotional book with very dark subjects and yet, made it light and funny.

Both Cam and Avery have secrets, big, dark ones, and they both need to trust each other with those. Which is not easy for either of them, but Avery is the one who struggles the most. We find out about their stories late in the book, but in Avery’s case, we suspect (and can pretty much guess) what happened to her. This story is about them facing their fears, forgiving themselves, accepting what happened to them and moving on with each other.

“Whoever came up with the saying you can’t escape your past really knew what they were talking about.”

It was a beautifully written story and I feel like hitting myself upside the head for waiting this long to read it. I can’t tell you enough to read this book.

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