My Review of Be With Me by J. Lynn
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, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe 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 kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.
As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess 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…
As usual, JLA delivers with this touching story filled with sexy scenes, hilarious moments, and witty dialogue. I loved it! Here you have two characters with some pretty troubling pasts who learn to open up, trust someone else, and fall in love. What I enjoyed most was that fact that JLA tackles yet another difficult subject, and does it so well. Teresa had one of the worst experiences with a previous boyfriend, and the memories of that part of her life come back to her in a startling way that really adds drama to this story of romance and friendship. As far as Jase goes, he surprised me a bit with his past (although I may be the only one who didn’t see it coming), and he’s a tough one to crack, but when you do, it’s well worth it. The guy is definitely swoonworthy!
Oh, and remember Cam and his cookies? Well, JLA throws Jase and cupcakes together into a sweet and sexy package you’d find hard to resist. I swear, keep mixing hot guys and sweet treats, and you can’t go wrong. And, Cam and Avery fans rejoice! You will see plenty of these two, especially Cam, throughout Be With Me. There’s one scene in particular involving Cam, Jase, & Teresa that was so hilariously entertaining I loved it.
I think the one thing that bothered me the most, however, was how back and forth Jase was about his relationship with Teresa. You know how I get when there are too many hot and cold moments and even though Jase continued to be a good friend to Teresa despite him giving her the cold shoulder romance-wise, it still didn’t sit well with me. I definitely couldn’t get on board with that one scene that basically changed their relationship. Regardless of that issue, I get why it developed that way and I respected that. It worked for these characters.
Jase and Teresa’s relationship is a slower build, but well worth it in the end. Jen also doesn’t disappoint with a few panty-melting scenes, I might add. If you want a romantic story that is so much more than just romance, then this is the book for you. Jen will have glued to the pages until the very end.