Becoming Better Because of Books


The thing I love most about the Wait for You series by J. Lynn are the male main characters. These guys are gorgeous, a little cocky, but kind and loving. They would be too good to be true if they didn’t have their own flaws and a few secrets, which is likely why the author ensured the men weren’t perfect. However that is not the most important thing, but rather how these guys treat the women in the books:

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Review: Fire In You by J. Lynn

fire-in-you-2Plot: Jillian and Brock are thrown back together after their friendship had imploded. The story occasionally goes back to the past with Jillian’s memories so we slowly discover exactly what went wrong to have caused her to cut him completely from her life. Normally flashbacks annoy me, but in this I looked forward to them as my curiosity was killing me.

Setting: This novel takes place six years after the last book and we are back in Shepherdstown. Lima Academy built a satellite training centre near to where the owner’s daughter had been attending school and much of the novel takes place at that centre.

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Review: Forever With You by J. Lynn

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Author: This amazing author writes adult and new-adult novels under the pen name of J.Lynn and young adult novels under Jennifer L Armentrout. She lives in the States with her husband and adorable dog, Loki. When she isn’t writing, she is generally reading, working out, or watching bad zombie movies.

Plot: This novel is truly heart-wrenching, far more so than the previous books. I won’t get into that because of spoilers, but I may have shed a tear…

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Review: Dream of You by J. Lynn

dream of youPlot: Unlike the other novels, this novella cannot pass as new adult. Both characters are in their late twenties to early thirties, fully enmeshed in their careers, and have the adulating thing down. This storyline is a common one with the whole witnessing a murder and falling in love with your protector bit.

Cover: Given that this novella is found in an anthology, the cover doesn’t really fit the series. If there is a cover for this story that better fits I sadly did not come across it, as I don’t particularly care for the 1001 Dark Nights. Even though I adore pink, the overall aesthetic of this one is dark. I understand the look needed to be generalized enough for all the stories within, but this does not even catch the eye.

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Review: Fall With Me by J. Lynn

fall with mePlot: I was glad to have a book about Roxy, the supershort and bespectacled bartender who befriended Calla in the previous novel. This story was a little predictable, or perhaps the clues were just very clear as to what would happen next. However this novel makes you think about not just hate crimes, but that we should all pause before doing or saying something in anger as it may have an unexpected result we never anticipated or wanted.

Cover: I adore all of the covers for this companion series, but none more than this one. How often do you see books where either character has glasses? As someone who wears them myself, I love it!

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Review: Stay With Me by J. Lynn

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Plot: Calla has to deal with the fallout of her mother’s substance abuse and that alone would be difficult, but this novel takes the story to action-movie levels rather than being entirely believable. However, taking this story to the extremes makes it a bit more palatable as it is hard to face the reality that people like these characters do exist outside the pages of a book.

Setting: This novel moves the series away from the college campus in West Virginia to Calla’s hometown. It works wonderfully for the story, but after a quick peak it seems the next few books take place in this town near Philadelphia rather than returning to the school.

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Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn

be with mePlot: This novel deals with teenage parenthood, abuse, and death. I never realized how serious JLA’s books can be until I started this series. These are things that young readers deal with in reality, and it is important for that to be reflected in literature in a way that is sympathetic rather than filled with unrealistic dramatic angst.

Setting: This novel also takes place in Shepherdstown where the main characters attend university. I have no notion if this is a real place, but it is apparently in West Virginia.

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