Title: Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: New Adult Romance
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…
Be With Me is Book 2 in the Wait For You series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn), if you are interested in reading my review for book 1 then you can find that here: Wait For You
If you are also a fan of Wait For You but haven’t moved on yet then I’ll just let you know that this book is about Theresa, Cam’s sister and yes – him and Avery both feature quite a lot!
Like my review for Wait For You, I am going to start this off just by letting you know that this book could hold Triggers for some people as it features story-lines of Domestic Abuse both past experiences and present through 2 characters and there is also some violent moments towards the end.
Firstly, I really enjoyed Be With Me however slightly less than Wait For You, Be With Me features around Theresa and Jase who have known each other for years therefore there is already some history there, so were practically going in mid way through in a sense whereas I’m a sucker for boy meets girl. I like being able to read the moments two people meet for the first time. However it is also good to know that this is a slow burning romance for the two of them which carries on as the book progresses, something that actually gets rather frustrating because there is a lot of on and off. Too much for me, at the end you do realise why there was alot of this on and off in their relationship as there are some plot twists you really don’t see coming but still for me it was like ‘how many times can you seriously knock a girl back until she realistically goes that’s enough’.
Similarly to Wait For You, Be With Me features serious subject matter such as Domestic Abuse in two ways; one being Theresa who is a survivor so we see how her past experiences are still effecting her and how she is trying to move from them and also Debbie who is trying to hide it and live with it. So you get the during and after elements associated with a Domestic Abuse victim through this book. This is something I liked as we were able to see an insight into how Theresa would have behaved when she was in Debbie’s situation.
Be With Me as a whole is a book which is quite mysterious, there is a death in this book which we don’t know until the end if its suicide or murder and it comes out of nowhere. You really don’t expect it to happen so this book truly holds the ability to shock you, alongside this the plot twist we experience earlier on also comes out of nowhere so this book really isn’t predictable which yaaay *claps* I hate predictability.
In terms of characters, I really loved Jase and Theresa as much as Cam and Avery. There was a lot of tension between them, I just wanted to bang their heads together sometimes and be like ‘GUYS YOU LOVE EACH OTHER STOP’. As a reader I think we feel so much sympathy for Theresa because not only is she battling her past and her experiences of Domestic Abuse as well as everything else that comes her way, but she is also injured and can no longer dance which is her dream. Therefore she has a battle to find out a new dream and come to terms that her life is different now.
Overall I would give Be With Me 4 Stars, the pace of the book was steady and perfect for me but all the on and off was just too much and it was becoming frustrating. I also loved how the book deals with serious subject matter and shows the lasting effects domestic abuse can have therefore it’s realistic in that sense.