Sunday, 19 May 2013

Wait for You by J. Lynn

Title: Wait for You
Author: J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Publisher: Harper Fiction
Released: February 25th 2013
Pages: 332 (eBook)
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Some things are worth waiting for…

Travelling 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.

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.

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?

As soon as I found out J.Lynn was Jennifer L. Armentrout's pseudonym, I knew I had to read Wait for You. I adored Armentrout's Lux series, and I know from reading countless reviews that her ability to develop intricate plots is consistent. I went into Wait for You with high expectations, and although it had its cheesy and very cliché moments, it was a good read.

Avery Morganstern is your average nineteen-year-old girl - well, apart from the events that happened to her five years ago on the night of Halloween. Desperate to get away from the menacing threats and the constant glares, Avery moves far away for college with the hope that she can restart her life afresh. Things are looking positive for our heroine, especially with the gorgeous Cam living in the flat across the hall - but as the familiar messages and calls start to flood her inbox, Avery begins to wonder if she'll ever have a normal life again.

Although the reader doesn't find out exactly what happened on Halloween for the majority of the book, you get the vague idea. I've read several books dealing with issues like rape, and I have to say that this was possibly one of the most realistic I've read. You could tell that Avery was terrified of letting anyone close - particularly men - and I think it brought her character to life; I could see her edginess and fear in my minds eye, and at certain parts in the book, I felt the horror she felt transfer to me. Wait for You dealt with some brutal truths.

I think the characterisation was the most cliché part of the entire book. The plot held elements of realism, but both Avery and Cam were just so typically fictional. Avery was obviously drop dead gorgeous, but wasn't aware of it (eye roll alert!) and Cam was, if you can't tell from the synopsis, just a dreamboat. Though I shouldn't really be complaining, because come on - he is the typical buff, going-to-swoon-dramatically-over love interest. However, I did enjoy reading about their relationship - there was something so playful and feisty about the duo that I couldn't help but adore.

Altogether, I did really enjoy this read. It wasn't as good as Obsidian, and held some very typical new-adult themes, but I think it dealt with such a difficult subject really well, and proved that there is a light at the end of a tunnel for everyone.
Rating: 3/5

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