At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.
But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.
Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.
So, I’m quickly starting to realize that all of the books in the Wait for Me series feature a female character that has some sort of issue. Rape, abusive relationship, third degree burns, etc. And while I really enjoyed this book, Calla’s issue really bothered me. She is described as having awful scars all over her back, chest, and half of her face. Really, it’s not that big of a deal. However, the author focused so heavily on describing her scars that I was a little revolted reading about them. I know, I know, that sounds horrible. I’m just being honest, though. It was especially difficult reading the sexy-time scenes when all that Calla focused on were her scars. The shape of the scars, how bumpy they were, how ugly they were, etc, etc, etc. It was really annoying.
The bright side of this book was Jax. OMG he was like a walking sex magnet. Jax is probably one of my favorite all time book boyfriends. Yes, I loved him THAT much. If for nothing else, I would recommend this book just for Jax [;
Calla and Jax had a rockin chemistry and a toe curling romance/relationship. I was all over them. Sometimes it was a little awkward with everything that was going on. For a big chunk of the book, Calla really just focused on her scars and it was drama worthy. For the rest of the book, it was all about Calla’s mom and drugs/gangsters/guns/etc. It was a little bit too much. I just wish that J Lynn would tone it down a little bit regarding how much is going on in a book.
I know that this seems like a pretty negative review, but I actually really enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend it! Go read it now!
Publication Date: 9/23/14
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Rating: [rating: 4]