Thursday, 5 December 2013
Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: August 15th, 2013
And some things are worth fighting for… Avery knows she should stay away from Cam Hamilton: he might be the hottest guy on campus but she really doesn’t need that sort of drama right now. Love is best left in the past – along with her troubles. But sometimes, the last thing that you want is just the thing you need…
I'd had this book sat on my Kindle for a while before I read it. I was a bit apprehensive to get stuck in because of a couple of well-reviewed NA novels that I hadn't enjoyed as much as everyone else seemed to. I like my NA to be intelligent and compelling, not just as shocking as possible, which I'm glad to say perfectly describes Wait for You. I was hooked right from the start and was really rather annoyed that I had to put it down to go to work!
If you're a reader familiar with other New Adult books, you'll know that they do tend to be quite similar. There are certain tropes that appear in almost every title: usually characters have a hidden past or secrets they can't reveal, deceased parents, a broken family or other such flaws. Wait for You has a couple of these, but I didn't mind at all. I loved Avery and Cam so much that I would have read and accepted anything that happened to them, although I should mention that Avery's past is of a mature variety. So, not for younger readers.
Avery is a great main protagonist, likeable and easy to relate to even though she's harbouring secrets and struggling to overcome certain things that have happened in her life. She moved away to escape all that and attend a college far away, which is where she first meets Cam. Cam is, of course, unbelievably beautiful and gorgeous and EVERY girl wants to jump his bones because he's utter perfection. I glossed over this because, really, how many guys do you actually meet like this in real life? The answer is not many. I was more concerned with his sparkling personality than his looks, which J. Lynn luckily did focus on more after the initial meeting. Cam is cocky and sure of himself, but he too is keeping secrets. Ultimately he's caring, kind and the sort of guy your mum would approve of. He treats Avery with the utmost respect and helps her come to terms with her past, which is always a plus point when it comes to NA.
J. Lynn's writing also surprised me, and I was addicted within a couple of chapters. I've never read any of her books written as Jennifer L. Armentrout, but now I think I probably should. Her dialogue is realistic for the most part, and her characters don't get into many unbelievable situations. Also, she's basically created a near-perfect man in Cam, which I'm sure has led many a reader to swoon uncontrollably.
I know there's another novel in this series, Trust in Me, that tells the events of Wait for You from Cam's POV. I may read it one day, just to see his side of things, though I don't know whether I want to leave this book and their story as it is. Wait for You is a strong NA novel on par with the high standards of Cora Carmack and Tammara Webber. It's an addictive read with flawed, down to earth characters and a plot that is all too real. I look forward to reading more by this author, and I hope any NA readers out there will give this one a try if you haven't done so already.