Book Review: Wait for You (Wait for You #1)

wait for youTitle: Wait for You

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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…

This will be a spoiler free review.

I read this book when it came out in 2013 and I loved it – which really shouldn’t shock any of you, since you know I’m a pretty big JLA fan. Her New Adult Contemporary books always make for a really good, and often quick read. The guys in them are always swoon worthy – as Jen is the Queen of creating drool worthy guys who often have their own baggage but care so deeply and usually bow before the girl they love.

I mean, if I had to choose an author to write me the perfect guy…I’d probably choose Jen.

Since it had been so long since I’d read this book, I kind of forgot what happened in it. Obviously, a few moments stood out, and I remembered those, but I really forgot the trauma plot and the threats that follow in the aftermath.

While this book still reads very much like a rom com, it has some heavier emotional weights that I often love in books like this. Nothing is every easy and love often isn’t either. If you’re a fan of Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporaries, or Katie McGarry’s, then you’re probably going to enjoy these books – this series.

Cam and Avery are perfect together. I love how their relationship evolves, changes and grows into what it is at the end of the book. I love how everything seems to be going perfectly, then shit hits the fan – because let’s be real, it always does in a contemporary – before they realize that they’ve made a terrible mistake. I mean, the drama. Jen keeps you flipping the pages, inhaling the book. I read it in one sitting, and I’m already planning on reading book 2.

I forgot how much I love Avery as a character, same with Cam. Jen always makes her guy characters so emotionally available and I love it. I love how she tends to almost role reverse the guy and the girl. Like, it’s always the guy looking for his forever someone, and the girl isn’t.

I also know that the sentiment now is, if a person tells you ’no’ to give up, they’re not interested, but I don’t think some persistence is bad. And Cam is persistent in this book, but he’s never insistent. Everything is on Avery’s terms; her time and he never forces her or pushes her into doing something she doesn’t want. I love that it becomes their thing, for him to ask her out, and she say no. Like, it’s a little game between them that they both enjoy.

Also, their meet cute is freaking adorable, and be honest, how many of us have wished to have that kind of meet cute? To be honest, I wouldn’t have been mad at all if that’s how my college experience went.

If you’re looking for a steamy, NA, quick read, with adorable characters, a bit of mystery, then I’d definitely recommend this book. Hell, I recommend all the books in this series. Jen does shy away from some heavier topics, but the romances are always swoon and drool worthy, sweet and wholly addicting.

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