Series: Wait for You #2
Publisher: Harper Collins
Date Published: February 4th 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Description: From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wait for You. 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. . . .
If it says anything about this series, I don’t actually remember much from the plot or characters of the first book in this series, Wait for You. I just finished Be with Me, and kind of feel the same way. It’s a pretty typical NA Contemporary Romance. Predictable characters. Predictable plot. Predictable scenes.
Teresa Hamilton is a dancer with damaged knee. She has started at the same college as her brother Cam, while waiting for her knee to heal to follow her dream to dance. And she’s has a crush on the brother’s best friend Jase for three years. Jase is one-night standing his way through college, trying to get out his one serious girlfriend. And avoiding Tess after one kiss that brought up emotions that he’s reluctant to deal with.
Let’s start with the characters. Tess is your basic NA lead female character. She’s trying to figure out her life, lamenting the fact that she’s at college, and not dance school. She’s going through the motions of college life, biding her time until she can get back to dancing. Most of her time is spent hoping her knee will get better. She had a disastrous relationship in high school, and hasn’t really dated anyone since then. She’s also super dull in my opinion. Nothing about her stood out in the see of other college-set romance books. Jase is the typical college male man-whole student. He’s hiding from emotions and relationships with one-night stands. His only real relationship is with his brother and parents. He wants Tess. But doesn’t want to became emotionally attached. So he avoids her. Til they have a class together. And start seeing each other every day. Again, predictable college male character who is emotionally closed off, but who fins himself involved with a girl. Even though he doesn’t want to be.
I would say let’s talk about the plot, but I’m sure you could guess the plot without my help. So I’ll just skip that.
As for the writing, I really do like Jennifer Armentrout’s writing style. There are many clever scenes. The banter and tension between Tess and Jase is enjoyable. There is the obligatory sex in the car scene. Tess gives herself a pet talk, mentioning her lady balls in the process. She curses every romance book she’s ever read for raising her hopes about sex. Here are some quotes I enjoyed:
Fuck beer and the keg it rode in on.
That made me chuckle.
I wanted to be that little girl again, the one who didn’t have to pull up her big girl panties and deal with the shit sandwich that was life.
I feel the same way sometimes!
I would say that this book was just ok for me. Nothing spectacular. But also not that bad. You can read it as a stand alone or in the series. Just maybe read it by skimming the plot and skipping to the sexy times and clever banter.