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I don’t really know what made me pick-up wait for you by Jennifer L. Armentrout (writing as J. Lynn). To be honest, I received four of the books in this series a couple of years ago but since this wasn’t a genre that interested me, I didn’t bother reading it.
Let’s just say that I am kicking myself because I didn’t read these books. I don’t even KNOW WHY I picked it up and whatever fairy impelled me to pick it up, THANK YOU SO MUCH BECAUSE THIS BOOK BROKE ME! In a good way, of course!
I was bawling my eyes out the couple nights I listened to the audio and if I didn’t have work the next day, I would have finished listening to it all night!
This Slow-Burn Romance Worked!
I am not a fan of slow-burn romance but Wait for You was PERFECT as a slow-burn romance. I immediately knew something was wrong with Avery, the heroine and I liked that the full story wasn’t immediately revealed in the first few chapters. In fact, we find out about the full story when she confesses to Cam what really happened to her. And it tore at my heartstrings even more.
Angsty romance is something that I don’t usually like but I could not help but fall in love with Avery. Wait for You is told in Avery’s POV and I immediately connected with her. Her inner monologues and off-putting attitude again tugged at my heartstrings (which explains all the tears I shed for her).
Angsty romance just reminds me of myself in college so this book also felt very nostalgic.
Cam is the MAN!
Cameron Hamilton is another type of hero. He is the typical popular, hot guy who always got the girl, until Avery. His persistence was pretty damn amazing because it took him MONTHS to get Avery to go out with him on a real date. Plus, Avery’s emotional baggage was just too over the top that I didn’t think Cam would keep coming back. Not that I blame Avery because she DOES have a LEGIT reason to be wary.
Also, this quote!
“This is the shit that ends relationships. Not the past, Avery, but the present.”
– Cameron Hamilton
There are three trigger warnings here and Jennifer Armentrout doesn’t shy away from reality. I love how she handed Avery’s situation and I love how she handled Cam’s.
But as a warning, there is rape, attempted suicide, and physical abuse mentioned here, but not in graphic detail.
This book made me wish for the dual POV
Wait for You is told in Avery’s POV only, I kept wishing that I could read Cam’s POV because I wanted to know what he was thinking! I wanted to know why he kept coming back and asking Avery out!
Then Trust in Me came along and I was SOLD.
Sophie Eastlake narrates Wait for You and she is amazing! I love the vulnerability in her voice when she is speaking as Avery and I also like her male voices. They are deep but do not sound weird to my ears.
It is masterfully narrated and I am happy that Sophie Eastlake is narrating the other books in the series.
I immediately found out that CAM’S POV DOES EXIST! Trust in Me is written as a companion book and is solely Cam’s POV and mirrors events in Wait for You and OMG it is as heart-wrenching. The only reason why I didn’t necessarily enjoy it as much is that I already KNEW what would happen.
This would have been better if Cam’s POV was IN THE BOOK, or after Avery’s chapter because I feel that the impact would have been even more emotional.
Not that I didn’t shed a tear when I was reading Trust in Me.
Also, I LOVE pet names! (Pierre and I have our own pet name for each other that isn’t typically something couples use) Cam calls Avery SHORTCAKE in his mind and it is ADORABLE!
Cam is the brother I ALWAYS wished I had
I fell in love with Cam the moment Avery bumped into him before Astronomy class and Trust in Me made me fall in love with him all over again.
Cam really IS the perfect guy for Avery and I ultimately enjoyed reading both books.
The Proposal is a short story written in Cam’s POV when he proposes to Avery! This was such a perfect addendum to Cam and Avery’s romance because I wanted more. I wanted to know how they got their HEA!
This book is best read after you read the second book in the series, Be with Me, which is Cam’s sister’s book.
If you don’t love angsty, slow-burn romance, I CAN GUARANTEE that you will LOVE Wait for You and Trust in Me. This is one of my favorite reads this year and I have been recommending this book like crazy to anyone that would listen!
How do you feel about angsty romances? WHat about slow-burn romances?
Do you have any New Adult book recs? I NEED them in my life NOW!