Be with Me

Be with Me

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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. . . .show more

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
  • William Morrow & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062294784
  • 9780062294784
  • 112,409

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. . . Be with Me is delicious, unabashed melodrama. And it works. --New York Journal of Books"show more

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Teresa Hamilton has only ever surmounted to one thing in her life: dancing. A recent knee injury risks not only her dance scholarship, but also the only passion she's ever known, the only future she's ever planned. But Tess, whom we first were introduced to as Cam Hamilton's resilient little sister in J. Lynn's Wait for You, is a big girl, which means she's going to do what she's always done: pick up the pieces of her life and carry on. This doesn't only mean, college; it also means taking the leap of faith by being honest with her feelings for Jase, who swears the two of them would never work. The problem isn't that Jase is her brother's best friend�?�¢??after all, it's Tess Jase is afraid of, not Cam; it's that Jase, despite his clear attraction to her, is unwilling to drag her down into anything serious. He has a dark past that never surfaces in his cool, calm nature, but Tess can just tell he has a story to tell, but reluctantly won't. And she'll be damned if he keeps leading her on, but avoiding confrontation. When an impending problem, outside of Tess's control and radar, grows bigger and eventually implodes in a devastating turn of events, Tess learns that the things holding her back�?�¢??pride, schoolwork, fear of rejection, fear of never dancing again�?�¢??are the last things in the world that she should be worrying about, and that Jase, regardless of his quiet torment, is a good man who just needs to sort himself out. The physicality of Tess and Jase's relationship is scorching hot, and their explosive encounters are interspersed with frustrating periods where Jase completely cuts off contact, or attempts to collect himself. His suave exterior shatters to pieces in her presence, but he can't afford to fall for her because he has too much baggage, too much going on in his life that she wouldn't understand. I absolutely hated how bipolar Jase was with his mixed signals; it really made me feel bad for Teresa. She is a bit of an emotional and hypersensitive character, but I totally understand why: Jase is infuriating! Teresa had every right to be naggy and needy when Jase treated her that way. I still fell in love with Jase, though, which is a complex feeling in itself. He's such a well-developed character, who isn't composed solely of a few cardinal personality traits like Cam was in Wait for You; he actually has depth to him, intrigue. He's a stoic hero�?�¢??the charmingly self-possessed mature type�?�¢??who's only uncharacteristically affectionate with Tess. I actually liked him much better than Cam; he's less two-dimensional and has more to him than just good looks. Tess is much more likable than Avery too, although in this book's perspective, Avery is viewed as the gorgeous, altruistic good girl�?�¢??the one who was able to tame Cam. It's not that I don't like this slant on her, but I just wish it would have been better portrayed in Wait for You. At times, Tess is annoyingly na�??�?�¯ve, but that has a lot to do with her young age and inexperience, as well as the tough times she's been through, namely her abusive boyfriend from high school. I love how this pivot point of Wait for You is explored much more in Be With Me. The recurring characters, including Cam, Avery, Brittany, plus a few new likable secondary characters, were a pleasant surprise, as well. The quality of the writing and the procession of the story are both noticeably better and much more compelling in Be With Me than in Wait for You, a tribute to the fact that this book was written under a Harper Collins contract (whereas the first book was initially self-published, then picked up to be reprinted due to its popularity). I'm not saying Armentrout couldn't have written this alone (obviously, she started out self-publishing and was wildly successful with that), but a good editor really does make a difference. There still are some unbelievable cheesy moments in this book, but not as much as in Wait for You, so overall I enjoyed it much more. Not as many clich�??�?�©s and "coincidences", that's for sure; Be With Me actually had good plot elements, a level of unpredictability and uncertainty, and characters that I actually loved getting to know. Pros: Liked this sequel much better than the first book // Teresa is a humble, relatable, cute character�?�¢??love her personality! // Jase will make your knees go weak // Chemistry is super hot! // Tess and Jase are a perfect couple // The roadblock of emotional unavailability is really well portrayed // Quirky, upbeat tone of voice that I love // Deals with grave issues maturely Cons: Relationship seems very cheesy and a bit abrupt at times // Jase's mixed signals made me want to slap him in the face! // Story is great, but writing style is a bit amateur... however, it's still a huge improvement from Wait for You Verdict: "It's complicated." In an emotionally turbulent and heart-wrenching sequel to the ever-popular Wait for You, Teresa and Jase muster up the mutual courage to love, and learn to find a home in each other along the way. Fans of the first book will go wild with Jase, the seemingly smooth-sailing, unreservedly charming new bad boy on the block�?�¢??one with distress seared into his soul, but wouldn't ever dare to show it�?�¢??except to the one girl who brings him to his knees. J. Lynn brings us a novel about baggage, the uncertainty of the future, and the inescapability of the past, that I personally liked much better than the first book in the series. Be With Me is a captivating sequel about strength, resilience, and belonging to and giving yourself to someone wholly. Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read that will be worth your while; highly recommended. Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and TLC!).show more
by Karielle
Oh, how I love Jennifer/J. Lynn. She makes me smile and swoon and I love everything she's written that I've read. So of course, when I saw Be With Me available to request, I didn't hesitate because I knew I would love it. My JLA sensor wasn't wrong either, I fell in love with Tess right away. Her and Jase had a history and now they are in the awkward after phase, Jace afraid of what he feels and of Cam, because after all, Teresa is his little sister. Who is not so little anymore. She is beautiful, and right in front of him. I admired her strength and resolution to heal and not to let him jerk her around. I connected with her because of her emotions, and I related with her because I too have been in a rough relationship like she was with Jeremy. And it forever messes with how you see the world. But I loved her strength to heal and move forward with her life. I love the sibling relationship between her and Cam. Teasing, protective, but still banter which makes it realistic. I love the bond and the shared history, the love they feel for each other and how much they want the other to be happy and have the best, even if Cam's idea of happy doesn't include Jase because even though Jase is his best friend, he knows he has baggage, and he can't stop viewing Teresa as his little sister, who needs protecting, and is well, little. I loved every second of the chemistry, passion and tension between Tess and Jase, and how they keep coming face to face, even when Jase is trying to hide. He is a tad arrogant, but funny, caring, compassionate, and his obvious soft spot for Tessa and his history with Cam makes me crazy about him. Oh and his hot body and tats don't hurt. Be With Me had its fair share of surprises and plot twists, and always kept me on my toes. Some things worked out how I wanted, some did not, other things happened that I expected or guessed, and then others smacked me upside the head with wow, did that just happen. There are a lot of issues here that were deep, but I think that Jennifer did a great job taking her time with them and showing that be it abuse, or be it bad or uninformed decisions, they all have consequences and it takes time to deal with them properly, and some things will be on your mind, heart or deal with for the rest of your life. I love how Jase told Tessa that sometimes bad things can turn out for the good, and that the unexpected can completely change your life. That is the message of this one, and we see Tess and Jase dealing with this throughout the whole book. It is how you respond, react, and what you decide to do with life when it dumps everything on your face and knocks you on your ass. So the last few paragraphs makes Be With Me sound really deep. And it is. But never fear, there is still the snark, humor and steam that we've come to expect from Jennifer. And the steam is ramped up writing as J. Lynn, and there were times when I blushed but my toes wanted to curl. Yeah. So. This is amazing, and I would love to see more from this circle of friends. I could see Ollie, Britt, Calla all having their own stories, and of course, I wouldn't mind being back in Tess' story to find out exactly what happens although J. gives us a good picture and a satisfying ending. Bottom Line: Hot, funny and deep companion novel from one of my fave authors.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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