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BOOK REVIEW: Wait For You (Wait For You #1) by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Title: Wait For You (Wait For You #1)
Author: J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Genre: NA
Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling 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.

Some things are worth experiencing…

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.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

Cookies, cookies, cookies. I'll never be able to look at them the same way again:
"I'm beginning to think cookies is a code word for something else."

"Maybe it is." He tugged on my bag again as he took a confident step back, forcing me down another step. "And just think about it. If cookie was a code word, whatever it symbolizes, it's been in your mouth, sweetheart." 
Are you both giggling and swooning, or was it just me? Either way, trust me when I say that Wait For You is a heart-melting romance. Within the first few pages, we meet both Avery Morganstern and Cameron Hamilton—and find out that while Cam is totally into her, something from Avery's past holds her back from dating him.

Not that that stops Cam. He knows she's into him, and he's wayyyyyyy into her. So no matter how many times Avery refuses to go out with him, Cam just keeps smiling; determined that one day she'll give him a chance. Although, I have to admit: at times I wanted to shake Avery and scream at her to give into Cam already.
"I don't want to go out on a date with you." 

Cam didn't look surprised by my response or daunted. "I figured you'd say that." 

"Then why'd you ask?" 

"Because I wanted to." 

"Oh. Well. Okay. Glad you got it out of your system." 

His brows knitted. "I haven't gotten it out of my system." 

Oh no. "You haven't?" 

"Nope." He flashed a charming grin. "There's always tomorrow." 
While the romance between Avery and Cam is sugar-sweet and oh-so romantic, I loved the pacing of their relationship. Before they were lovers—or even officially friends—they had ample amount of time to get to know each other. This isn't an insta-love romance; this is a beautiful journey between two people, slowly falling in love with one another.
But don't let the slower-paced relationship fool you; there are never any dull moments in this book. You're either going to be laughing at the characters' silly banter, swooning at Cam and his aw-worthy lines, or straight-up grinning three-fourths of the time.

The other one-fourth of the book you'll spend scratching your head, trying to connect the puzzle pieces that is Avery's past. Because throughout the book, hints are dropped ... so you might think that you have it all figured out—but then, BAM! Your jaw drops and you're left shocked from Avery's 'big reveal'

At least—that was my experience, anyway.
Everything was okay. Maybe not perfect, but life wasn't meant to be perfect. It was messy and sometimes it was a disaster, but there was beauty in the messiness and there could be peace in the disaster.
Avery is one of those heroines you can't help but feel for. She's so shy it's awkward, and has zero-social skills—but I can totally relate to her because of those flaws. The book is told from her POV, and Avery has a lighthearted, refreshing voice (even when she's hinting at her traumatic past) that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The strength she has to rise up from the weight of her past and no longer call herself a victim is as admirable as it is inspiring, and this book is as much about her healing as it is about the romance between her and Cam.

Speaking of Cam ...
"I’m a shallow, shallow boy. Hey, it helps that you’re pretty. It brings out the nice guy in me. Makes me what to share my cookies with you." 
Curse you, Jennifer L. Armentrout, for creating the perfection that is Cameron Hamilton! How is my future boyfriend going to live up to my newly risen standards? And all because of the "six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness" you created. 

Cam is perfection, and one of my toptoptop book boyfriends of all time—especially of the NA genre. He was both caring and confident; both flirty and thoughtful. But my favorite trait of his (and the thing that set him apart from the other book boys out there) was his patience. I swear, the dude must've been a saint in his past life. It was touching how much he cared for Avery, and how long he'd wait for her. Cam had an undeniable charm and personality that had me both cracking up and biting my lips from a blush. He, too, had a dark past I didn't expect—but made me love him all the more for.

There are some hot, smexy scenes in this book. They weren't overly explicit, but gave just enough description that had me fanning my cheeks—and my stomach rumbling with butterflies. 
"Fuck, Avery. You think I don't want you? There's not a single part of you that I don't want, you understand? I want to be on you and inside of you. I want you against the wall, on the couch, in your bed, in my bed, and every fucking place I can possibly think of, and trust me, I have a vast imagination when it comes to these kinds of things. Don't ever doubt that I want you. That is not what this is about."
Overall, I'd say that Wait For You by J. Lynn (aka Jennifer L. Armentrout) is the perfect book if you're looking to read a feel-good, stand alone romance that has brilliant dialogue, a tad bit of mystery, and belly-laugh inducing characters. 


P.S. Although Avery and Cameron's story wraps up in Wait For You (Wait For You #1), there are other books in this series that deal with the other characters. Here is the series—in order—so far:

[The links above are to Goodreads.]

P.S.S. There is also promise of more to come in the Wait For You series. Can I get a whoop-whoop?!