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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 cocooAt 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....

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Stay with Me Reviews

  • Christy
    2018-12-11 17:53

    4.5 Stars!!JLA is a master at writing New Adult. She does it so well. Stay with Me is the fourth book in her series and it’s actually one of my favorites. No one can top Cam and his cookies, but Jax was pretty damn close. Holy hot alpha male! This was not only sweet, steamy and funny, but it had some drama, grit and angst, too. Calla is friends with Teresa who is Cam’s little sister. She’s the quiet one. She has a past that she doesn’t like to talk about. It’s not been an easy life for her and she’s got the scars to prove it. Calla is on the right track with her life. She’s put her past behind her and is looking forward to her future. She’s determined to achieve her goals. my goals- the three F’sFinish college. Find a career in the nursing field.Finally reap the benefits of following through on something. Calla has to focus on the future. Her past is ugly. She doesn't’ want to be anything like the woman who raised her. Things are going right along until Calla’s past comes back to bite her in a big way. After her mom royally screws her by stealing all her college money then doing a disappearing act, she’s stuck going back to the one place she thought she’d never go. Home. When she gets to her family’s bar, the last thing she expects to see is a handsome bartender. She hasn’t been here in a while, but still. Guys like that do not work at places like this. Jax and Calla are drawn to each other immediately. Jax knows all the bad things Calla’s mother is into, and is determined to get her out of that town, or at the very least keep her safe while she’s here.“I want to make sure you’re safe since you’re staying for... however long. And being here by yourself isn’t safe, so I’m going to make it safe for you.”What can I even say about Jax? Jax felt like a mini-new adult KA alpha. Which is a compliment in the highest regards. As much as I did like Calla, Jax completely made this book!“I like you, Calla. Yeah, I’ve only known you a couple of days. But you’ve made me laugh. I can also tell you’re nice and sweet when you wanna be. I think you’re cute as hell and you make me hard. You’ve made me hard a couple of times in the last seventy-some-odd hours and I gotta say that’s not a bad thing. I want to fuck you, and all I need to want to do that with you is to like you. It’s really not that hard to get from point A to point C on that, honey.”Jax is sexy, he is sweet and the way he treats Calla made me melt. When he looks at her, he doesn’t see the scarred girl that she sees. He sees beauty. “I used to be really pretty. See? I used-”
“There is no ‘used’ to be. You’re really fucking pretty now.”I found Calla to be a very likable character. She’s had an extremely hard life, and she’s chosen a better path. I love the way Jax was able to get her to open up, to try new things. It was also fantastic to catch up with the rest of the crew. There were quite a few Cam, Avery, Jase and Teresa scenes! Stay with Me is not only a beautiful romance between two scarred people, it’s a tale of accepting yourself. There was steam, emotional parts, sweet parts, drama, and lots of action! It was one heck of a ride. So why not 5? There really is just one main reason it didn’t hit the 5 star mark for me. It was a little on the longish side, and although most of the story was fast paced, there were a few parts that lagged. Overall- I found this to be an endearing story and it’s one I would recommend to new adult fans!

  • xrysa
    2018-11-27 19:51

    Brittany's story!!!!

  • KAS
    2018-12-09 20:48

    Once I start a series I love, I am like a dog with a bone. I can't let it go until I've read them all. Calla was introduced in book two, "Be With Me." She is Teresa's college roommate and friend. 'Friend' being the operative word, as in high school she was never referred to as anyone's 'girlfriend,' because no guy would ever ask her out. She is twenty-one years old, and has yet to experience her first kiss.Right out of the gate, Calla had my heart. She was the girl in high school whom classmates enjoyed teasing. You see, there is a very noticeable scar that runs the length of her left cheek. It has been there since age ten after a horrific event which changes her and her families life forever. Needing to get away from it all, she enters a college nursing program hours away from home.Only one year left until graduating from college, Calla learns her savings account has been drained, and she knows just who the culprit is. Mona. Her drugged out, drunken excuse of a mother. Calla packs up and heads back home hoping she can at least recover some of the money stolen from her. She walks into the bar her mother owns only to learn she left two weeks ago, crazed out of her mind, and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Standing behind the bar to greet her is the hottest, sexiest man she has ever met. The way he grins and laughs totally does her in. Surprisingly, shocking her actually, he asks her out. She can hardly believe this eye-candy hunk genuinely seems attracted to her. Jax is one smooth, p.u.r.e. to the core male. Confidence runs through his veins and he has the art of flirting down pat. 'Bossy' could also be his middle name. He has been working behind the bar of Mona's for two years, when one night, in walks a very pretty woman and sits down at as his bar. Yeah, he sees the scar running down her cheek, but all he really sees is how hot she is. Only problem is her mother is Mona. Mona is trouble, and since trouble follows trouble, he knows Calla is in danger if word gets out she is back home.Jax warns Calla to leave town! She doesn't listen to him! Unfortunately, she should have!If anyone ever needed a knight in shining armor, it is Calla, and Jax makes it his mission in life to be that knight and a whole lot more.While this book is much longer in length than the others so far in this series, I was never bored. I was frustrated at times, but was also invested in both Calla and Jax's relationship to keep me turning the pages.

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    2018-12-03 18:55

    +5 JAX STARS"I like you.""What?""I like you,""You don't know me.""What I know of you I like."Wow what an amazing book!!!I can't even express how much I loved it!!!It was definitely one of the best book I have read for this year!! This series just gets better and better!!I didn't want this book to end!! I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite books from this series!!! In the beginning I thought Avery and Cam were my favorite couple, but I was wrong!!This book was so emotional and powerful...and the plot was much better!!!I think Jax's and Calla's story touched me more!!Also what made me love it more is that Jax reminds me a little heroes from Kristen Ashley's books!!He was so alpha male and the way he cares and want to protect Calla....*sigh*Please guys don't shoot me....So far I had in my top book boyfriends Cam!But after reading this book....my heart melted for Jax!!So now he is on top :))) He is irresistable!!!I fell in love with him from the begining!!"When I want something,I go for it.Life is way too damn short to live any other way.And I want to get to know you better."Calla has been through a lot in her past life and she is scarred emotionally and physically.She chose to be close to herself!She is in college now and her goals are to finish nursing school and find a decent job!When something bad happened(her mother took from her account the money she has for the college) she must go back in her town to find her mother but instead of finding her mother she will find Jax a hot barman who works in her mother's bar!OMG I need to say more about Jax????????He is amazing!!!!He is so alpha male!!He is hot,protective and so sweet!! I like the way he treats Calla!!!He tries to show her that her scars is nothing and she mustn't feel ashamed of her scars!."It's my problem, because it's your problem."And Calla is sweet,funny.The chemistry between them was so good!!!I wanted them together from the beginning!!They were so adorable and sweet!I loved the meaning of this story!!!I liked see Calla finally accept herself how she is with her scars!And this happened with Jax help!Of course there were many hot moments to keep more my interest!!I love so much J.Lynn's writing!!!She is amazing!!!Each book is so beautiful written!!! I'm sure all J Lynn's fans will enjoy this book as much as I did !!!It was emotional,sexy,sweet,fun, and simply beautiful!I'm so in love with this series!!I can't wait for the next book!! <3

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2018-12-11 12:46

    5 Staying Stars! I love J. Lynn. I love Jennifer L. Armentrout. Doesn't matter what name she's writing under, I almost always love her books. Stay With Me is no exception.Calla has a problem. She needs to finish her final year of college to obtain her nursing degree, and everything was going along fine. Until her mom cleaned out her college fund. And then took out over $100,000 worth of credit card debt in her name. Yikes!Calla returns home to the town and bar she thought she'd never see again, and there she meets Jax. Jax is the sexy bartender working at her mother's bar, Mona's, and he's interested in Calla. Way interested. Together, the two of them search for Calla's mom who has gone missing, and along the way, find a connection in each other.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I did a giant happy dance when I got home from work and the Amazon package was sitting there with this puppy inside. I started reading immediately and didn't put this one down for the next 24 hours or so. Why 24 hours? Well I have to work some time people! That and this book was surprisingly long. Almost 450 pages of awesomeness!Calla is a heroine that I adore. Everything she's been through has caused her to cut herself off from life and people, in an effort to protect herself. I found her to be so brave with all of the trials and tribulations she went up against in this book, and holy shit did she have more than a plateful in this book. It was almost disturbing how much the author liked to kick Calla when she was down. Enough already! We get it, shitty things happen to Calla. Back off JLA!Jax.... oh Jax. ***giant sigh***. This was a man to bring home to mom. (Well not Calla's mom, but you know). He reminded me a bit of Kristen Ashley's alpha males. He didn't let anyone push him around, and more importantly he didn't let anyone push Calla around and stood up for her time and time again. Yes, he messed up a little along the way, but those were understandable misunderstandings (does that even make sense?). The first book will probably always be my favorite, so that's still the best one in the series. But Stay With Me runs a close 2nd place, because I'm still recovering from the whiplash that was Be With Me.My only complaint was sometimes JLA got a little too hip with her descriptions, if that's possible. It no longer became cute to read things that didn't even make sense. Like "Holy granola bar". Um, what? Where the F*** did that come from? It's cute a couple of times, but it happened quite a bit. Too much, but that's just my opinion.Can we have a Reece and Roxy story please?

  • C.K.
    2018-12-11 15:49

    Here is the link to a Sneak Preview of Stay with Me (the first 7 chapters:https://www.facebook.com/NewAdultBook... Here is a link to chapter 1 and 2 of Stay with Me U.K. versionhttp://romancefestival.wordpress.com/...New Teaser with Jax/Calla!Jax caught my arm. “You’re forgetting something.”“What?”The half grin appeared as he turned his hand around my arm, tugging me toward him. I bit down on my lip as I stumbled forward, having no idea what he was about. I got close to him, close enough that when he reached down to a cubbyhole, his arm brushed my thigh.“Got to wear an apron when you’re out there.”My brows rose as I stared at the half apron. “Seriously?”He jerked his chin at Pearl.
I sighed when I saw she had one tied around her waist, and then snatched it from him.“Whatever.”“It goes great with your shirt.”I rolled my eyes.Jax laughed. “Let me help.”“The last time I checked, I can tie an apron without—” I gaped at him. Somehow theapron was back in his hand and his other hand landed on my hip, startling me. “What are you doing?”“Helping you out.” He bent his head toward my left ear, and I immediately turned my cheek. “Jumpy?” he asked.I shook my head, finding that I had no idea how to form syllables, and that was embarrassing.Without saying a word, he turned me around so my back was to his front, and then he slipped an arm between his waist and mine. I didn’t dare move.“You can breathe, you know.” His arm trailed across my lower stomach, setting off a chain of flutters, as he spread the apron.“I’m breathing,” I forced out.Amusement colored his tone. “You sure about that, honey?”“Yeah.”Pearl entered the bar just then, carrying a tray of clean glasses. She arched her brows inour direction. “Getting hands-on, Jackie boy?”“Jackie boy?” I mumbled.Jax chuckled not too far from my ear. “Tying knots is hard.”Here is a Teaser I saw for Stay with Me: “Already explained that, honey, but I’ll explain something else to you. When I want something, I go for it. Life is way too damn short to live any other way. And I want to get to know you better,” Those lashes lowered one more time, his gaze tracking to my lips like they were some kind of mecca. “Yeah, I want to definitely get to know you better.”~Jennifer Armentrout, Stay with Me TEASER 2Here is the Link to another teaser when Jax and Calla first meet and it is quite the introduction:http://avonromance.com/post/excerpt-r...This is the same excerpt at another site:http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyev...Teaserhttps://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArm...I thought Brandon and Calla were going to get a story but this Jax guy sounds interesting and the teasers have all been good.In case anyone doesn't know. Britt/Ollie have a short story called Believe in Me that is feature in the Anthology Fifty First Times. It came out on February 25th. Ollie and Britts story was really good and not filled with drama. There were some other good stories in the Anthology. I really liked Under the Seryn Moon and Daylight as well. Here is the link on Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...Here is the Link on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Fifty-First-Tim...

  • maggie
    2018-12-01 20:41

    “You with me?” Remembering him saying that before, our first time, I nodded and whispered, “Yes.” He kissed me again. “Then stay with me.”This wasn't better than Wait for You, but it was better than Be with Me. The problem I had with this book was Jax, but later on. I enjoyed his character in the beginning and was literally in love with him, wishing guys like him existed in my world, but then I didn't feel anything for him and he actually got to the point where he got on my nerves and all I wanted to do was punch him and yell "really Jax?" because honestly, he deserved a punch.Stay with Me is the third novel in J. Lynn's series, Wait for You. It can be read as a stand alone. As a matter of fact, all of them can, but I prefer to read them all in order to learn about each character and to see if they will make an appearance in the next book. Stay with Me is about Calla, who was mentioned quite a few times in Be with Me, the story about Jase and Teresa. This time, it's about Calla and Jax. Calla is a 21-year-old college student that literally has done nothing. She's never been to New York (oh who am I to judge, neither have I!), never been to an amusement park, never been to the beach, and never been kissed. She's in college, studying nursing, wanting to become a nurse in the future, but when she finds out her mom has stolen her college fund, she realizes she is in debt and doesn't know what to do. She's hoping to find a solution when she goes back to her mom's bar, Mona's, with the scars and the horrible memories of her past caused by her mother. When she gets to the bar, she doesn't spot the solution she was hoping to find, but she does spot a 6 foot tall and hot bartender, Jackson James, pouring drinks and running the bar.Knowing Calla needs to make up for her money being stolen by her own mom, she takes a job at her mother's bar, being given the job by Jax himself, even helping her find her mother. Jackson and Calla might be able to develop a sexy and intense relationship, but her past is stopping her at times from getting too close to him. As the two get to know each other more leading her and Jax from strangers to "friends with benefits," there are some bad guys looking for Calla and even daring to threaten her and mess up her life if she doesn't tell them where her mom is. The problem is, Calla doesn't know where her mom is and what happened.The reason I put friends with benefits in quotation marks is because that's what Calla's and Jax's relationship felt like. They didn't even know each other, and right off the bat, Jax was telling her he liked her and wanted to fuck her. Of course, Calla being the innocent girl she is having the hots for Jax, she didn't care and the three words would just repeat in her mind because wanted that as well, even without admitting it. They didn't even know each other, and Jax had told her everything he really wanted to do to and with her. The problem I had with this was the relationship between the two. The two characters were very different, and not in a good way. There were really no connections between the two and the chemistry was not there until later on, as the novel was finishing. There wasn't any chemistry when they first started dating and there wasn't a hint of cute romance anywhere to be seen. As I'm reading every book in this series, the books tend to get worse and worse or are just not my thing.Like I said, this wasn't better than Wait for You, but it was 1-star better than Be with You. Unlike Be with You, Jax didn't reject Calla, but he also didn't show his love for her either. He ran off at times, but not in the way Jase did with Tess. He would tell Calla she is beautiful and that he is in love with her in every way, but then he would be having one of the girl's he used to "hook up with" giving him a breast examination. The worst thing is that Calla's friends not only met but saw Jax for the first time when he was being given that breast examination. Calla didn't get over that and she brought it up once or twice, but I really didn't blame her. Calla having her friends there to surprise her and be there for her but meeting her "boyfriend" in the worst place possible would honestly be embarrassing! Think about it: You met up with your friends so they can meet your so-called boyfriend, but when you noticed them and they asked about him, you turn to his side and notice he's talking to a girl you really don't like and the other thing is, she is giving him a breast examination. The other thing is, he isn't fucking complaining! Jax sounded hot, to be honest, being the tall bartender with his perfectly shaped and sharp jaw and perfect brown eyes that would look like the dreamy chocolate (whatever the fuck that is) and would basically capture a girls heart in an instant, but in reality, he took everything way too quick, didn't show his love for Calla in the correct way, and was plain as gross at times admitting he wants to fuck Calla. I mean, I said this once and I'll say it again, but you can't disagree. I mean, c'mon. The guy should've met Calla first and really met her before shoving his peepee inside her. Oh boy. I know he has a past as well, but again, it's so different. (view spoiler)[His sister died in a car crash and when Calla was in the hospital because she was shot, it brought some memories to him, ending up blaming himself for it and for Calla getting hurt. (hide spoiler)] Sure, I felt bad, but other times, I wanted to punch him in the face because of the way he acted with Calla.Moving on, Calla, on the other hand, was a character I enjoyed without complaints. The girl has literally been through a lot thanks to her mom, and she really wasn't planning on changing that. Her mom is a bitch, it's all learned in later throughout the novel, but she is. She abandoned her child and left her and then decided to steal her college money with her name only to leave her in debt and having to work at her own bar with her so-called boyfriend. The problem is since everyone knows her mom in that town and that bar, then can go there an insult Calla right in her face, which is sad. It's so sad how her mom literally doesn't love her because she hasn't moved on from her past but the thing is, her past is gone. (view spoiler)[Calla's siblings died, and her mom won't get over it. She told Calla that she has been through a lot and that her babies have died, but then, Calla is there. Is she a dead baby to her mom? I guess so! Also, her father is gone too and her mom seems to give zero fucks about it and doesn't even care what her daughter has been through. (hide spoiler)] Her mom was just a bitch to her and is the reason Calla had to live the awful life she lived through. She saw things she didn't want to see as a child and now that she is old enough to live her life on her own and make a difference, but there were people and things in the way of her doing that thanks to her mom. Luckily, it's all over and the people going after her mom are done, not blaming, but giving Calla shit about it. Thanks to Jax (sort of), her life became a little easier and thanks to him, she's been able to move on a little from the past. He found her to be beautiful with her scars and didn't mind them but instead was proud of her for being brave and carrying scars with her. I mean, scars can mean something. They either mean something stupid, or they are there to represent something. Calla was ashamed to carry them, but then she found herself not bothering to hide them from Jax and that was something I liked from both. He didn't mind them and found her to be beautiful and strong with them while she wasn't ashamed anymore to carry them for reasons. I did say he told Calla he liked her straight off the bat, but I didn't mention what I actually liked about him. I was glad he was another one of those male leads that take their time with the girl and makes sure they get to know them. There was a time where Calla was drunk (view spoiler)[for the first time with Tequila (hide spoiler)] and she said and did stupid things. I mean, everyone who is drunk in NA novels do. In real life too, right? (I don't live with a drunk family so I wouldn't know). She tried doing things with Jax and she tried kissing him, but he backed away and pushed her away. I'm not the bad person here, but I'm glad he did. The reason I'm glad is because Calla was the one to always argue with Jax because they didn't know each other and he had asked her out (which is stupid because that's kind of the point of a date, right? Getting to know each other?) yet she was trying to be all up on him, trying to kiss him when he didn't want to because he wanted to be her first kiss in a better way, not when she was drunk. She was drunk, so she didn't know what she was doing, but Jax was patient enough to push her away and tell her what he really wanted to do--go out with her and get to know her. That was about it, actually. Other than that, there wasn't anything. There were times where he was there to save her and help her, but other than that, there wasn't anything else. He wasn't a swoon-worthy character in my opinion.Calla wasn't that different than the other females in the previous books. She also tries running from her past but not being able to until she meets a guy. I'm quite glad these novels have a connection with everything--the characters are friends, the plots are all similar in ways, and the every character has something similar to share. This wasn't my favorite, and I really hate how I enjoyed the beginning of it but then it got to the point where I was done with Jax and his bullshit. I wish Calla's character and personality were different. She actually didn't have a good one, in my opinion. It really wasn't there. Jax did a lot for her, and it was too much. She could've been the girl to step away for a while and figure out things on her own, but she relayed her nonexisting trust on him which wasn't the best choice for her. J. Lynn disappointed e with this one, once again, and I only hope this doesn't continue. I was really looking forward to this one, especially because of Calla. We're told she's someone who is 21 and has literally done nothing. I knew Jax would get involved in that, but I actually thought she would get those completed but instead, I got a lot of drama and overused sex scenes that weren't my favorite. I mean, sex in NA books isn't my favorite, which I've said over and over again, but these were the kind where all Jax really wanted to do was fuck Calla. She had just solved something, and he was like "okay, I want to be in you. Now." and I was like "boy she just got out of a problem let her breathe happiness for a minute." *Sigh.*

  • Beverly
    2018-12-06 17:43

    4 StarsCalla had the perfect life until a fire destroyed her and her family. While the physical scars are obvious, no one knows about the mental scars she keeps hidden. While she has met some great people she calls friends she has never opened up about her past, in fact she has been lying about it. Although, she feels guilty lying to her friends the most important thing is her three F’s:"Finish college.Find a career in the nursing field. Finally reap the benefits of following through on something.”No she hasn’t a boyfriend, a first kiss, or been drunk, but she is on track to complete the F’s. At the end of the Spring semester her world is blown apart again when she is asked to meet with Financial Aid, and learns all of her money is gone and her check bounced. Deciding she must go home to find what is going on with her strung out mother, she returns home after three years and meets Jax. Jax is working at Mona’s, the bar owned by Calla’s mother, when she meets him. He is the definition of hot, and doesn’t seem to be put off by the scars on her face. Not knowing how to treat a guy when is so blatantly pursing her, she ignores it. Calla is on a mission, she needs to find her mom and find out what to do for her senior year. I have loved this series and I was so excited for this installment. I loved Calla and her inner thoughts, I loved that she was real, and I really loved that she calmed herself down and thought things out rationally. Typically the female character will drive me crazy obsessing about things or running away, but Calla actually had moments she wanted to run but stayed because she knew it was the smart thing to do. I really liked Jax. I loved the way he made Calla feel, and I loved the sexy times they had - J. Lynn writes some pretty hot scenes. So why not 5 stars? Well, this one felt pretty long to me, it dragged in some places and some things didn’t feel necessary. I can’t go into too much detail on the scenes that didn’t feel necessary, without giving away spoilers, but I think after reading it most can guess. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this and recommend it and the series for others. And just because: "Oh my God, guys that read were like unicorns. They only existed in fairy tales”

  • Tami ReadingTeabag
    2018-11-28 17:39

    4,5 Sterne!Die Reihe wird mit jedem Buch besser. Ich hab Calla und Jax geliebt <3 ( das stellenweise intensive Rumgejammer hat dann doch einen halben Stern gekostet, aber wer kann sich über 4,5 beschweren?) Ich hätte nie erwartet, wie rau und düster die Atmosphäre in dem Buch ist. Ehrlich gesagt habe ich eine ganz gewöhnliche College-New Adult Geschichte erwartet aber HOLLA - das war es ganz und gar nicht!! Endlich mal etwas Anderes! Und unheimlich spannend und wunderschön.Riesige Empfehlung!

  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
    2018-11-29 14:43

    I so want to rant because i so need too... but first things first. I LOVE THIS SERIES. And I loved Calla & Jax's story. I couldn't wait to get Calla's story. And dang did I get one. Calla hasn't had many first times. Never had a kiss, never fell in love, and never went to an amusement park. Never saw a beach. Never had anyone 'touch' her. I could keep on going....To say she's had a rough past would actually be kind. She's had a tragic past, nothing pretty about it at all. She's ready to face the past when her mom does the ultimate unthinkable to her. When she gets back home to where she grew up, she realizes that things are worse than she anticipated. This is when she meets Jax, the guy running her moms bar. This guy instantly catches her attention, the man that makes her feel things for the very first time in her life. As things starts to grow between them, and when Jax makes it clear that he doesn’t only want her as a friend, things will get even more confusing for her. This story, gosh my heart broke for Calla. Like seriously the things that happened to her, good lord... how much can the poor girl take. And seriously that bi*ch Miss Poconos Aimee Grant, with an i and two e's. Seriously I can't begin to list the things that happen to Calla & Jax. But at the end of this roller coaster ride, I definitely can not wait to get more to this couple in the future books of this series. I enjoyed this book even though I shook my head and cringed for poor Calla and all the thrown stones and all the constant things she had to face. Love that this book gave us yet another amazing couple. looking forward to Roxy's book next!!!

  • Laura
    2018-11-18 18:59

    3.8Weeeeeell, The Hot Guy Brigade. I did like that and all the Cam/Avery scenes. I was giggling like a little girl. Can we talk about how Jennifer is so proud of them? I mean THEY ARE THE CUTEST COUPLE IN COUPLEDOM.Now, getting back to the actual review.I remembered little about Calla so this was my first time liking her or hating her or whatever. I just don't know how I feel about this book. I didn't hate it at all and there were really good parts.Calla was annoying at times. I do get her. I have scars of my own and sometimes I don't wear certain type of clothing because of them. I know it's stupid but yeah, so I could see myself in her like that. But she was absolutely dumb. Not all the time but a lot. I mean, even with my little experience I could tell what was going on. And don't make me start with the bar thing. It was obvious who owned the bar. For day one. How could she not see it it's beyond me. But I liked how she grew from the shy/afraid girl from chapter 1 to this normal and loving girl.I had never read anything that involved an ex-Marine but I was sure I was going to find an Alpha Man there. Ans I usually I'm okay with that but, I don't know, there were parts of Jax I didn't like. Sure, he was hot as hell and sweet but I don't know. I didn't click with him and that's okay. I can't love them all.CAN WE TALK ABOUT KATIE?Her character was really fun and witty, actually. I'd read a book about her. That's all I can say.Overall it was an okay book. My favorite parts were not about the main couple so that sucks.Jennifer, baby, give us another Cam & Avery's book. Pretty please?

  • Maida
    2018-11-14 14:42

    Full review to come when— or rather *if*— I ever recover from the atrocious writing.... Not since the 3rd grade have I read a novel which utilized such a limited vocabulary & word set. The word "holy" appears in this novel 43 times— possibly more times than it appears in a standard Presbyterian hymnal. The words "baby" and "ass" are each used 74 times. (I actually began highlighting these overly used & abused words & expressions after coming across the word "ass" 7 times on a single page & 3 times within the same short 4-sentence-long paragraph).... However, the real doozy is the following: The word "stomach" appears in this novel a WHOPPING 90 times!!! WHY? I'm really not quite sure, since the parts of the story that should repeatedly mention the word "stomach" occur only towards the novel's end. I do have my theories, however, & I'll expound on these theories *if* I can ever muster the will-power to write a full review. In short: This novel is written on a 3rd-grade reading level. For a novel that is supposed to cover some very serious themes, the writing is just way too immature. I was under the impression that I was picking up a novel about a 21-year old woman. Instead, the heroine's inner monologue resembled that of a prepubescent girl, & I found much of the hero's behavior towards the heroine troubling, cruel & unhealthy.*0.5/5 stars*Status Update from 9/23/14: Only 10% of the way through, & I'm already considering waving the white flag. Surrendering. DNF'ing. The opening chapters make me want to slam my head against the bedside table— let's call it "self-induced amnesia"— whatever it takes to black out everything that I've read up until this point.... I sympathize with the character Calla; I truly do. I admire her tenacity & her resolve. She's led a very difficult life, & in that sense, I honestly CAN empathize..... The entire novel is told solely from Calla's POV, & although I do respect this character, I'm doubtful that I can spend 450 pages inside her head, all the while keeping my own sanity intact in the process.The writing in the opening paragraphs leaves a lot to be desired. IMO, it's the weakest writing that I've seen thus far from JLA. There’s something that happens very early in the novel— something that the author uses as a vehicle to move the plot forward. I don't find these turn of events the least bit believable. It's over-the-top drama at best, & it just doesn’t make sense for this sort of thing to happen to Calla— a 21-year old woman who is estranged from her entire family & who is therefore self-sufficient, independent, intelligent, driven & highly responsible. (view spoiler)[If you were Calla— a legal adult who has been long-estranged from your family... and if you were completely self-sufficient & putting yourself through college via your waitressing job & a few student loans... and if you just happened to have an alcoholic & drug-addicted mother whom you haven't seen in years— a mother whom you repeatedly refer to as "dead" whenever anyone asks— would you allow this mother access to your checking & savings accounts? The same checking & savings accounts where you deposit your wages— the same checking account that pays your university tuition & your rent? Would you allow your mother (a woman whom you repeatedly refer to as "dead" & someone whom you have't seen in years) access to a bank account that you rely on for your livelihood, knowing fully well that this woman is alcohol & drug addicted & that she can wipe out your funds at any time, thereby leaving you with NOTHING. NO college tuition. NO money to pay the rent. NO money for your monthly car payments. NOTHING. NADA. (hide spoiler)] Would you do it? NO?!? I didn't think so... and herein lies my problem with this story. The plot device moving the storyline forward is illogical, nonsensical & asinine. A person has to be extremely daft to allow such a thing happen, & I certainly don't believe that Calla is daft. It's the unbelievability factor that's turning me off more than anything. SORRY, JLA, BUT I'M JUST NOT DRINKING THE KOOL AID. :(Clarification of the spoiler above:(view spoiler)[The heroine (Calla) doesn't come straight out & say that her mom has unfettered access to her bank account. Her exact words are as follows: "This might not be a giant fuckup by the bank and the college. This could very well be seriously happening. Oh my God. Because there was someone other than me who had the means to get access to that account—one person who was virtually dead to me, so virtually that I behaved as if she were dead.... I knew it had been my own flesh and blood that had cleared me out, my own mother—my hocked up on pills, and most likely drunk off her ass, mother who my closest friends believed was dead. In a way, that hadn’t been too far from the truth. A terrible lie, but I hadn’t talked to her in ages..." The story only gets worse from there. Calla then finds out that her mother has taken out $100,000 worth of loans & credit cards under Calla's name. Calla's mother couldn't have pulled this whole thing off overnight. It's something that must have happened gradually over time— another aspect of the storyline which I find improbable. Calla is financially independent & alone. She does everything for herself. She applies for her own apartments, she recently bought her own car, etc... which means that she's accessed her credit report on more than a few occasions over the past year or two. Calla is the kind of person who keeps a tight leash on things; she's the kind of person who knows how much money is in her checking & savings accounts to the decimal point. So how could she not have known that someone took out over $100,000 in credit cards & loans under her name? How is it even possible that Calla could be approved for such high credit limits? I know that identity theft is a common problem in our society & that it can happen to any of us. But it's the circumstances surrounding the identity theft in this novel that I take issue with. (hide spoiler)]

  • Anniebananie
    2018-11-15 16:52

    Das Buch war wie immer typisch J. Lynn! Super unterhaltsam, sowohl zum Lachen als auch zum weinen. Ich mochte unsere Charaktere, auch wenn ich kurz verwirrt war, wo der Zusammenhang zu unseren beiden vorherigen Pärchen ist, die übrigens auch beide in diesem Buch mehrmals auftreten 👍🏻 man merkt hier auch endgültig, dass J. Lynn auch schon bevor sie als Jennifer L. Armentrout "Deadly ever after" geschrieben hat, gerne in die Richtung "sexy Crime" ging. Das fand ich auch echt gut und spannend umgesetzt. Auch wenn es wirklich seeeeehr dramatisch war, so alles in allem. Hat mich aber trotzdem gut unterhalten. Das einzige was mich dann gestört hat war das Ende... irgendwie blieben bei mir noch ein zwei Fragen offen, was mich ja immer etwas nervt 🤷🏼‍♀️ aber dann kamen ja noch hintendrein die zwei Bonuskapitel von Cam und Avery aus Band 1 und ich sag nur "haaaach" so herrlich schön kitschig 😍 freu mich auch schon arg auf Band 4, weil wir unsere dortige Protagonistin auch schon in diesem Band kennengelernt haben und den Loveinterest ebenso und die zwei waren hier schon so niedlich im Umgang miteinander, das wird interessant 🙈

  • Jasmine
    2018-12-10 20:44

    Review on January 28th, 2017"There's something about that...it drew me in, Calla. Fuck. I fell for you before you even knew my name."Stay with Me is the love story of Jax and Calla; oddly, they haven't shown up in the previous instalments in the series. Calla is actually Avery and Cam's college friend while Jax is a total stranger in the beginning of the book. What makes this story different from other sequels in the saga is that Jax has the most unbelievable secret in his mind and when it's revealed, everything has changed."Like I said, you're safe with me. Whenever. Seriously. Whatever you want to explore, you'll always be safe with me."In order not to spoil you guys, I won't say much about their relationship because the entire plot is all about revealing the truth. The only thing I must remind you is that when you're at about CHAPTER 33, ((view spoiler)[when Jax rushes to the hotel room where Calla escapes to and pours his heart thoroughly in front of her friends (hide spoiler)]) PLEASE DO REMEMBER LISTENING TO Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera!!!!!! That's the first song coming to mind and the specific scene fits the lyrics flawlessly. It's probably the best portrait of the song I've ever seen. Last but not least, just because I skip many delicious details on Jalla's story doesn't mean it's not worth reading. So please, whether you like Cam&Avery, Jase&Tess, or other couples in this series, you don't want to miss this one!!! Jax and Calla's story touches my heart deeply and I'll never forget them.The circumstances sucked and were crazy, but I did have my mom to thank for this--for Jax. Our relationship turned out to be a very bright silver lining in a sad, dark cloud.What are you waiting for? Go pick it up right now! Instant review on December 9th, 2016Okay. This is official. IT'S THE BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES SO FAR AND I CAN'T EVEN.

  • Didi
    2018-11-20 20:34

    2 DISAPPOINTING STARSI'm the odd one out on this book. This is the least favorite of the series for me, it felt too long--I skimmed several times--too laced with slang and the heroine was annoying. The best thing about this book? Jackson James. He was a great hero and almost seemed too perfect but he made the book for me--aside from the fact he was a very KA hero, not a bad thing but not JLA.Calla was ok, if I looked past her tendency to say, "holy"**insert slang**. Holy shit on a cracker was a popular one for her and that's alright if it's sporadic but she said things like that too often making her look immature and silly. I completely empathized with her issues and her past, she wasn't always annoying. But she was a bit too much with her gasping over anything Jax said. Heroines that do stupid things when it's obvious to everyone and their dog it's stupid, really bother me. Coming home to deal with the huge debt her mom had left her was the beginning of her life changing. But refusing to see that she needed help at first considering her childhood home was essentially a drug house, was downright childish. She did improve mind you, so that's good. But the book was too long and the ending was resolved a little conveniently. After all the stuff that happened and all the drama, things tied up too perfectly. And it wasn't realistic at all. And although I really liked Jax, the way he dealt (view spoiler)[with Aimee, letting her touch him and then almost sitting back when she had it out with Calla at his place at freakin 3am dropped my respect for him a little (hide spoiler)]. He definitely made up for it, but give me a break, he could have handled that better.Anyways, I liked seeing Cam and Avery, Jace and Teresa...they're great friends. The ending was a little open and didn't answer some questions, like (view spoiler)[how will Jax and Calla work the long distance, and what will she do with her house? (hide spoiler)]. I'm sure we'll find out in the next book, but this was on a whole quite disappointing for me, So 2 stars.

  • Nikki
    2018-11-10 16:32

    2.5-3 No Totes Ma Goats StarsWell I think the moral of the story here chitlens isBecause the dead-beat mama story line just completely overwhelmed, consumed, and I felt took away from this book. Was this a drug story or a love story? But once again, I will digress lol. So this story focuses on Calla, who is Teresa Hamilton’s BFF. Calla has had one heck of a messed up past, and the devastating impact of these circumstances has not only affected her emotionally but physically. Calla’s craptastic mama drained her bank account forcing her to come home over the summer. When she is trying to sort shit out, she meets Jax at her mom’s bar. Jax is your hot, bad boy, alpha that is immediately taken with Calla.So that’s cool, I am thinking, broken heroine and broken alpha hero find each other, fix one another, HEA, bada boom bada bing. Umm..If that’s where the story stayed, I probably would have been ok, but shit just got like crazy weird. The over the top theatrics, in my opinion, took away from the core of a good story, ie, bad boy/good girl find love. All of this external shit that is introduced is like on steroids or something. So you got a crazy mama, sure ok? If you care for a preview of the drama, enter here (view spoiler)[1st you’re stupid enough to stay at your mom’s old crack house, you let a guy come in and steal a couple mill of smack..oh then you get attacked at knife-point, kidnapped, punched in the face, dead body thrown on your front porch and add a couple of bullet holes to your gut. (hide spoiler)] I found myself skimming through those parts over and over.Then you have friends right? Side characters. Even they were too much. Katie, her crazy ass stripper friend?? That’s where totes ma goats came from. Who says that? Don’t ever say that, like ever. That’s right up there with “moist”on shit you don’t say unless you want to get smacked or something.Entering ex-gf drama..ok the ex-gf or ex-hookup still wants your man? (view spoiler)[ Jax lets his ex continuously touch him, rub on him. He humors her way too much. Come over at 3am?? Sure why not, but you better call first. I am not kidding, he actually says that. The excuse was he is a nice guy? Really? Then he gets mad at Calla for being jealous, insinuating that her inexperience is to blame here. Sorry, if someone was touching my man, you better run bitch, no joke.(hide spoiler)]I felt, overall, this book had too much going on. And somehow, with an overload of crap, it felt very slow and long, dunno. No one will ever top Cam for me, ever, thus why if there is more to this series, maybe a book about Raphael and Michelangelo, I will not continue on. Unfortunately, this was not for me. I, ultimately, could not connect with either of the MC’s. The book did have some hot scenes but not enough to bring up the rating. I just thought it was meh, ok.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*
    2018-11-13 16:46

    4.5 "I'm With You" Stars!(BR with Sharon)Calla Fritz is a 21 yr. old college student living in Shepherdstown, West Virginia attending Shepherd University. She is working on getting her degree in nursing & is close to graduating. Calla has lived a sheltered life, and has no experience with guys. As a result she is a bit boy crazy. She's never had a boyfriend, been on dates, or been in a relationship. She's never even been kissed. She has a scar on her face, and doesn't think she's beautiful anymore. Guys are always her friend and nothing more.Calla is all about her goals. She wants to finish college & get a great job, & have the life she's always dreamed of. She's lived a hard life and has tried to get as far away from her past as possible. Unfortunately her past catches up with her when her tuition check bounces & all her money is gone. Her mom steals her money and she has to return to the small town she grew up in to try to fix the mess she's in. Her life severely veers off course when she arrives at her mom's bar Mona's, and her mom is MIA. She isn't sure what to do. She has no money, and all the sudden her perfectly planned future is up in the air.When Calla arrives at Mona's she meets a hot bartender named Jackson James aka Jax. He is stunningly beautiful, and is one of the sexiest guys she's ever seen, even if he is a little bossy. Calla is practically drooling all over this yummy man, & is shocked when he openly is checking her out & flirting with her. He makes it very clear how attracted he is to her, and Calla can't believe this gorgeous man wants her. Calla shares her first kiss with Jax, and he makes her feel beautiful!We get some drama when bad guys that are after her mom set their sights on Calla. Jax will do anything to protect her & falls hard for her. I really enjoyed this one & thought Jax was absolutely delicious!!! :D-"When I want something, I go for it. Life is way too damn short to live any other way. And I want to get to know you better."-"I think you like me, Jackson James."-"Wow. Are you finally getting it?"-"No. I think you really like me."-"Yeah, babe, I really like you."-The kiss...it was wet and deep and it wasn't good or nice. It was great and everything the romance books claimed kisses were. Jax tasted me. There were no other words to describe that kind of kiss.-The kiss was sweet, it was careful and gentle. The tender sweep of his lips reached right down into my chest and squeezed my heart.-I felt something else- something I hadn't felt in years. I felt cared for...cherished.-God, I was so gone for him.

  • Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
    2018-11-15 15:45

    I am a huge fan of J. Lynn. She does NA and she does it well. I initially had to ponder this as I sometimes base a whole book on my issue with one character...I just could not do this here because she created young adult characters with angsty drama and gave them romantic tales with the perfect blend of heat and sweet. Exactly what I wanted.So Cameron Hamilton started this series and held the bar so high. Well move over because Jackson James has arrived!HEY BARTENDER! Just once I would love to jump into a book and become fictional!Calla...you lucky gal, while I cant say you were "it" for me...or him, but I understood you!In case you forget, she is the quite, shy friend. The awkward roomie who was always on the outside looking in. She has a mysterious past...and has the physical scars to prove the harsh affects of it. She covers her scars and she blends into college life as easily as the lies she tells.When the ghosts of her past invade her present and halt her future she turns toward that past begrudgingly...she returns HOME. In the hunt to get her life back she is unprepared for the sexy, sweet talking Jax James to make her business his own! IF only she could let down her walls...So what we have here is a bit of a tragic tale...Calla's life is basically in the hole! From financial hardships, familial loss, potential death threats, and a whole lotta WTF is going on in my life. We also have an amazing man who is sexy on the outside and truly beautiful on the inside. Jax and Calla have a fun, flirty attraction that develops sweetly and quite emotionally. OH THOSE KISSES...I cannot say that Calla is the best heroine. I admit many will get irritated with her early and often...she is very naïve and she is a vortex of insecurity. I often lost my cool with her actions, but then Jax...oh Jax...melt the panties right off of ya! Dear lord...so sweet, so damn sexy...he made her feel safe, loved and beautiful with every word and touch! He alone is worth the time invested here!So I enjoyed this...a lot! Cam and Avery still hold my heart for fave couple, but this story of Jax and Calla is probably my favorite! Perhaps the tone was a bit harsher, the conflict more dire, and the overall relationship more realistic than the previous tales. The NA tone was set well and the intimacy was done very well!

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
    2018-11-21 16:41

    Stay With Me is Calla's story. She goes to college with the rest of the gang from the prior books, that is, until she finds out her tuition check bounced and all her funds are gone. Determined to find out what happened, she takes off to the place she thought she'd never return.Well, here I was thinking this was going to be another book like the rest but oh no, this book took a left turn down dark and dirty street. And get your mind out of the gutter, I'm not talking about sex (although that was quite yummy-licous), I'm talking drugs, violence and thugs. That's right, it was quite a wild ride. Calla returns to her hometown to find her mom only it turns out, her mom's on the run from some very bad people. Since she's low on funds, she heads to her mom's bar to see if she can find anything out. To her surprised, the bar is in good shape, physically and financially, and it appears to be due to a very handsome bartender named Jax. We find out that Jax is an ex marine who came to town at the advice of one of his friends, Reece, who just happens to be a police officer. Jax doesn't hesitate to let Calla know he's into her and into her in a big way. And that's really sexy! Poor Calla, because of a horrible event in her childhood, she's left with some physical scars that have done quite a job on her mentally as well. So she's never really had a boyfriend or been kissed and she's twenty-one. Jax makes no bones about it that he's all set to remedy that. Calla can't imagine why he would be the least bit interested so she pushes him away. It always made me laugh when she just blurted out thing. Intent on making her own way as much as possible, she goes to stay at her mom's house which unfortunately used to be the neighborhood drug house. Here's where I had the majority of my problems, not only is the house not safe but it's dirtier than hell and SHE NEVER CLEANS IT!! I digress, she does wash the sheets at least. I realize she doesn't have much money but she does have people willing to help her and that she can stay with. It just really creeped me out!Anyway, so not only does Calla have to deal with her mom being on the run but now that the thugs know she's in town, they want her to find her mom...and they're not too nice about it. Luckily, Jax is all too willing to help her out. And when she doesn't want to think about those things, he knows exactly what to do to get her mind off of it. ;)I really liked Jax...for the most part, however, there is one teeny, tiny bit that I didn't understand at. all. and it ends with a double E. Come on...how could he not know it wasn't okay? That was a real let down. I did love that Cam, Avery, Teresa and Jase were included in the story quite a bit. I loved when the girls all opened up to each other and I loved how the guys were so protective!Two shout-outs go to Calla's "Uncle" Clyde - who seemed like a big ol' teddy bear and I loved that he called her "Baby Girl" (I wanna go to taco night!) - and to Katie - OMG, she is sooo hilarious...the things that came out of her mouth! Gotta love it even if it did start to lose its charm towards the end. (BTW, what was going on with Nick? I'd like more of his story.) The story focuses A LOT on Calla's scars and while I know it's something terrible to deal with, in the beginning, it was just too much. It really began to turn me off until things started to get steamy and then it became quite sweet and helped to understand where Jax was coming from.Yes, this book is quite steamy. Calla can definitely check quite a few things off her list. Overall, I really like the story and this series is one I really enjoy. I do hate that there wasn't an epilogue. I really needed some more happy at the end. As far as who's story is next, I don't have a clue. All the friends at college are now paired up but we did get to meet a few new possible pairings in Calla's hometown...so who knows? I do know it will be good and I will definitely be reading it. Favorite quotes♥ “Well, my fantasies involving nurses in little white skirts just got a whole lot richer.”♥ "He read? Oh my God, guys that read were like unicorns. They only existed in fairy tales."♥ "great googley moogley"♥ “So you like me? You really do?" I groaned, cheeks heating. “Shut up.”♥ “You are one of those women just born with a nice ass. No amount of workouts can create this ass.” “That’s correct,” I said after a few seconds. “I think it was Big Macs and tacos that created that ass.”♥ “You know what else I see? A physical reminder of how fucking strong you are, Calla, how fucking brave you are. That’s what I see when I look at your back. A map of how brave you are, your strength and your courage.”♥ "I’m pretty sure your Long Island iced teas could kill people, but that’s okay.” His lips curved up on one side as his gaze held mine steadily. “I love your sense of humor and the fact you never ate grits before. There’s so much I love about you that I know I’m in love with you. So, honey, you can have all my shirts you want.”♥ "Jase turned his head to me, brows raised. “If I liked guys—you know, swung that way, I’d get naked after that.”♥ “You remembered my list of stupid things.” I sat up fully and he followed. I leaned in, pressing my forehead against him. “That makes you amazing.”♦ BR w/Melissa!(Prior to Review)Ollie and Brittany's story ...or Calla's and...Brandon?? both please!!

  • Angela
    2018-11-15 17:32

    Today marks a day that I thought would never come... Thought would never happen... Today is the day I read a Jla book and didn't love it.This book had me saying "What the F am I reading" at least once every chapter.We have my first issue and that's Calla,the tormented girl with the dark past. Then there's my second problem, Jax, the slore turned nice guy. And then there's my final issue, the whole plot line. Calla is boring, cliche, and uninteresting in every since of the word. She often describes herself as dumb, and I have to agree. I thought she was. Jax looks-wise is all you'll ever want in a man. He even comes with a sexy back story. But that's pretty much all I liked about him. That and he said "Honey" a lot, which I found oddly sexy. Besides that I didn't connect with either characters. Jennifer writes characters that time and time again I've fallen in love with, and if this was any other writer I would have given this book a lower ranting and thrown into my DNF file. Everything from the way they met, to the secrets that "build" their relationship was a big turn off for me. Found it all rather tacky.Jax from the start, though hot, is gross. He basically just short of pulls out his P on the girl and verbally assault her to get her into him. Yes he turns out to be more likeable by the end but not a whole like more. I think the whole "my face has a scar" thing with Calla was taken WAY to far! It was brought up, one too many times aka every two seconds. I also think I saw someone say that it was too highlighted that Calla must look like this blushing virgin, and I think that description hits the nail on the head. She is this super good girl whose never done anything with her life. Ya girls never even eaten pie... Like come on B they sell that at publix and I know you work near a Walmart and there's not a single one of those that isn't a super store now... Go to the Deli section and get yourself a pie and stop crying!Then there's the intro of these random characters that are even more pointless than this plot line. Aimee, Jax sorta Ex, only exists to make Calla jealous, me angry, and as a failed attempt at a plot twist. There are with that plot twist other failed plot twist, THAT YOU WILL SEE COMING FROM A MILE AWAY!!!! The whole story is a bunch of thrown together small stories, that try to build this bigger crazy story, but then falls flat on it's face. Also sidenote: there was no real point in her mom, you really could have completely erased any and everything about her and the story would have held up the same. Everything about this story to me just didn't play out well. Jla has finally let me down, and it freaking sucks! This is the book I'm just going to straight pretend Jla didn't write. If someone mentions it I'm going to play Calla and be super clueless and naive. I'm all up for girls relying somewhat on a man (IN STORIES!!!) but when all is said and done I like my leading ladies standing on their own two feet with no one holding them up. Calla could have been this character, but instead needed the semi stalker Jax to do her work for her. Sigh just Sigh. READ THIS REVIEW AND MORE OVER ON OUR BLOG!:http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...

  • Valerie
    2018-12-01 17:56

    I have LOVED this series, every book and guy in it. These books feature the "HOT GUY BRIGADE" (Calla's words not mine). Cam is the President (again according to Calla) because of his yummy looks and warm personality in Wait For Me. Jase is the lieutenant because of his "model good looks" and ability to make people feel "comfy" in Be With Me. Ollie gets a second to the lieutenant position for all his "antics", including leashing those adorable turtles, and his sexy ways! But just wait, because Jax has arrived and he has stolen the top position - at least he has for Calla and for me. Bet you'll agree.Why? Oh Jax, I so love you.A former Marine, Jax has a protective streak. And when Calla ends up in some serious trouble, he's all about keeping her safe. The boy can handle a gun and roll with the best of them. Speaking of safe, he's willing to be Call's safe place for all those things she's never tried. It takes her some time to trust him but he is so trustworthy. A nice guy with some bada$$ abilities, he's not perfect but he tries.Something that he is perfect with is the kissing. He loves doing it and has perfected the art. Oh and cuddling, the boy's a cuddler, a snuggler. He's not so much a morning person, that's sleepy time but once he's awake it must be lovin' time. Did I mention how deeply he cares for Calla. Yeah, he likes her...like a lot. She likes him too but is afraid.Calla has some things that she hasn't shared with her friends. There is more to the scar on her face than everyone knows. So getting naked with a guy is so not going to happen. But enter very patient Jax and things begin to be crossed off that never done before list, like her first kiss.Something that makes Jax so different is his sincere ability to help Calla feel comfortable with who she is. He loves her humor and he thinks she's cute, often. He tells her. I was very impressed with this part of him. Something usual book was the amount of snuggles and cuddles that went on BEFORE anything else happened. Jax has a connection with Calla that I knew meant more than we knew though I wasn't sure what it was till the end. It's sweet.I loved how Jax was trustworthy. Calla doubted him a few times, but I never did. That boy is real and part of that realness was communication. So many books have some silly misunderstanding that keeps the couple apart. Jax wants Calla to be on the same page with him all the time. He wants her right there with him. He wants her coming to HIM when something between them upsets her. I loved that. The characters from the previous books are part of this story but we meet some new characters that I love. I want to know what's up with Reese and Roxy. I love the brooding Nick. By far, the most amusing character was Katie. She bounced in every once in a while and certainly livened things up. I can hope that some of these characters will move on to other books in the series. Especially Reese and Roxy. WANTS!This is a long book, over 400 pages, but I was so into it that it never felt long. The story is full of so much more than a romance. There's a very present danger that Calla finds herself in. There's mystery as to what is really going on with her mom and the bar. There's people threatening her and a dead body showing up on her doorstep and even worry from loved ones. So much for poor Calla to have to deal with all the while falling for the sexy Jax. Loved it.My favorite of the series, Stay With Me brings the sexy and the emotional. It had me falling in love and worried about some very real feeling characters. It had me laughing out loud for reals. It had me wanting to trust Jax and wanting to slap Calla for doubting him. It had me questioning how things could ever work out but hoping with all my fingers and toes crossed that it would.Just as Jennifer got better and better with every paranormal book she has written, her NA books have done the same thing. Stay With Me rocks the sexy, humor, and drama into a satisfying read that just has you smiling as you close the book. Don't miss this one!

  • Catarina
    2018-11-23 14:34

    4,5 First Time Stars. Calla haven’t had many first times. Never had a kiss, never fell in love, and never went to an amusement park. She had a rough past and now she’s in college trying to find a future that doesn’t include any aspect of it. But as things doesn’t always go was we want them to go, her drug-addict mother steals her money and she has to go back to her hometown to solve that problem. When she gets there she realizes that things are bad and she finds a friend and a job with Jax, the manager of the bar who belongs to her mother. And Jax is making her feel very strange things for the first time. As things starts to grow between them, and when Jax makes clear that he doesn’t only want her as a friend, things will get even more confusing. Because Calla is outing herself on the position to understand that with first love… can always come the first heartbreak. Book Stats Codes Rating:4,5 Stars. Storyline:An amazing NA story, with heartwarming moments and some tears. These books started amazing and just keeping on getting better. The first one will always be my favorite but this was a pretty close shot. Writing Style:First person. Female POV. Jennifer always deliver a well written and amazing story. Character Development:Calla was a sweet and strong girl. I really liked her. Jax… what an sweet and sexy alpha-male in creation. He had some “I-just-want-to-beat-you” moments but overall he was great. I loved him. And it was great to see more of the previous couples. I will never get tired of reading about Cam ;) Steam:Meh. Some heated scenes. HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Lala
    2018-12-01 16:42

    9/23/14Calla's bookI read somewhere that it was with a guy we haven't read about yet, but I was hoping it was that hot mystery guy from Be With Me who seemed kinda into her.

  • S.M. West
    2018-11-13 18:58

    4.5 "FIRSTS" STARSTo quote Katie, this was "AWESOME SAUCE"I really love this series and while Cameron Hamilton is my all time favourite, Jackson "Jax" James just gave him a run for this money!I truly enjoyed this and while I had initially hoped that this would be about Calla and Brandon (I love going in blind on a book), I was not disappointed. Calla and Jax were just so perfect and I loved, loved, loved how mature they were even when shit got in their way. Yes, Calla is inexperienced and naive but her reactions were so real and so believable and when she knew she was out of her element, she just played it straight. I loved that!!Calla has A LOT of self-image/self esteem issues (understandably so) and I was just so swept up in how she fell for Jax and worked her way through all of it. Despite all of the real SHIT going on around her. I can hardly imagine what that would be like but she was fantastic! Gawd, I fell for Jax, he was the right mix of sweet, loving, all alpha and control. HOT!!"I don't kiss girls that I don't find hot as hell or beautiful. So, you get my point?""By the way...those shorts and those legs? Fucking perfection."I so can't wait for the next in this series! I was so intrigued by Nick and also by Reece and Roxy and Detective Anders...I have no clue who the next book is about but, I am hanging....

  • Kathleen
    2018-11-30 17:43

    Brittney's story! Hmmm with Ollie?! I hope so!

  • Fanny
    2018-11-14 12:38

    Soy una adicta a la saga Wait For You de Jennifer L. Armentrout desde que lei el primer libro Wait For You ( y conoci a mi amado Cam )y nunca pense que otro libro de la serie me gustara tanto, puesto que la historia de Teresa y Jase me gusto mucho pero no alcanzo a ser amor como lo habia echo el libro de Cam y Avery.Personalmente pienso que la historia de Calla y Jax es la mas hermosa de la serie hasta el momento o al menos a mi me transmitio muchisimo mas que los libros anteriores.Calla fue una protagonista que ame desde el primer capitulo, me parecio tan fuerte y valiente para seguir luchando a pesar del pasado tan tragico que tenia, senti muchisima afinidad con ella, ademas se me hizo muy graciosa en muchas ocasiones.Que puedo decir de mi amado Jax?? desde ya esta en mi lista de novios literarios, es dulce, guapo, gracioso y me encanto su lado mas persistente a la hora de conquistar a Calla.Me encanta la forma de escribir de Jennifer pero en este libro fue donde realmente senti lo maravilloso de su escritura. Me encanta como en cada libro la autora nos presenta a los personajes secundarios para que cuando leamos sus historias conocerlos al menos un poco.Recomiendo totalmente este libro, si la historia de Avery y Cam te gusto, no puedes dejar de leer Stay With Me.5 Estellas!!!

  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    2018-11-12 18:59

    Just by reading Stay With Me's summary. I knew I wouldn't like it but I still gave it a chance because I'm a badass bitch? Maybe.I triedfor Avery and Cam (my two guilty pleasure) and why not throw Jase and Teresa there as well, the more the merrier. My ratings for the first three installment of Wait for You series are ranging from 4 to 5 stars despite it's handful misgiving. I really enjoyed reading it but this, this book is not goodlikenopleaseItrulygaveup.I guess writing about drugs and bartending didn't worked out for J. Lynn. Stay With Me doesn't have any redeeming points besides the few selective moments the whole gang was there and aside from that? TA-DA. This book is a trainwreck.

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    2018-11-18 19:38

    3, I don’t know where to begin starsI usually love Jennifer’s books. I’m a major fan of this series, but something about Stay with Me just rubbed me the wrong way. It wasn’t a bad book, but maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood.First off, it’s VERY VERY VERY LONG…. It took me about 6 weeks to read it. I kept on taking breaks during the boring parts.Yes, it was kind of boring. There are some good moments, but there are a lot of dragging parts.I also had an issue with the storyline. I couldn’t get into it and I couldn’t sympathize with the Heroine.SummaryCalla’s mom basically used her savings for drugs. So, Calla doesn’t have money for college. Calla goes back home to track down her mom and get her money back.When she goes home, she realizes she’s mixed up with some bad people because of her mom.Jax works at the bar Calla’s mom owns and is helping Calla track down her mom.CallaI didn’t like Calla. First off, if you had a drug addicted mom who is no good for you, why would you give her access to your funds? You really did forget? This is your future and you are just careless like that? Second off, your mom pretends to be you and messes up your credit. Can’t you go to the police and get that fixed and try to get a student loan? I don’t know, just shooting out ideas.So Calla goes back to her old home and it’s really not safe. There’s druggies knocking at her door, but does she stay with Jax when he tries to help her out? No. She’s stubborn. Honestly, if some druggie showed up at my childhood home and a sexy bartender is willing to let me stay at his place, I would pick the sexy bartender, that’s just me. Pride or not.Then, Calla has image issues. She was in an accident and it left her with a scar on her face and body. I get it. I so get it. It makes her really really really self-conscious, but she whines about it the WHOLE book (oh and the cover doesn’t even match the description). Jax keeps on telling her how beautiful she is, but she’s like whine whine, no I am not. **eye roll** please.OverallI liked Jax and I didn’t see why he would be interested in Calla. Sure she’s different and smart, but other than that, I don’t see the appeal. Jax and Calla work together to track down Calla’s mom. I am indifferent with this storyline. I think it’s because I find this to be a romance novel, not some YA book where the good guys are trying to track down the villain. It just adds too much volume to the read and I seriously wanted it to end.I still love the author and the series is still a favorite of mine, I just hope this one was just a fluke and the next one is a lot shorter.Series Order REVIEW | AMAZON REVIEW | AMAZONREVIEW | AMAZONAMAZON

  • Ramona
    2018-12-04 20:46

    Once you get a bite of the forbidden fruit, you develop this addiction that makes you read Jennifer’s series in a flash!! This happened to me and I loved every minute of every story because they are nothing alike, except the awesomeness that binds them.“Stay with me” is the third installment and follows Calla, Teresa and Avery’s friend. Calla is very different from her friends and the situations she will be put in are different, making her a very fierce heroine, but also vulnerable and sweet.Calla always lived wearing a mask and she didn’t revel her true colors to anyone, not even to Teresa and Avery. She had an accident as a child that left her with a scar on her cheek and because of this, she is ashamed of her physical appearance. She wears make- up a lot, but she also hides her true self. She is very shy, never shared a kiss with a boy, never enjoyed herself in the true way of the word. Everything changes when she hears about her mom and she is forced to return to her home town, a place she wants to forget more than anything. Here she will meet Jax, who is running her mom’s local business, a diner. They hit it off immediately, but as I’ve mentioned before, Calla is very shy and Jax can be extremely intimidating when he want to. And guess what? He wants Calla 🙂Jax and Calla have an amazing chemistry and development in their relationship. Calla has been through a lot in her life and I felt extremely sorry for her about what happened to her. Jax was there for her and really made a mission in life to change her perspective upon life and priorities. He shows her how to accept herself and just let go everything clouding her future, and believe me, she faced some serious traumas. He made her believe in her beauty as well, embrace her physical imperfections and live proud with them, a mark of how brave she was and the amazing development she had. Fantastic right? Calla will bloom in Jax arms, but the road is very hard and with a lot of obstacles and secrets when places never thought about before.I have to admit that the plot was more alert and had a slightly dangerous vibe to it. There were particular moments when I was really scared and feared the worst for our characters. But after drawing the line, the story was very complex and had everything I needed to mark it with 5 stars.For more reviews please check https://readwithloveblog.wordpress.com

  • Alyssa
    2018-12-02 20:32

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Stay With Me by J. LynnBook Three of the Wait For You seriesPublisher: William MorrowPublication Date: September 23, 2014Rating: 4 starsSource: eARC from EdelweissOfficial Summary:From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You and Be with Me comes a daring tale that pushes boundaries . . .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.What I Liked:Okay by now, you all have to know how much I have struggled with New Adult contemporary romance. Ever since the dawn of New Adult, I have basically disliked the vast majority of the NA contemporary romance novels out there, because they are all extremely formulaic, generic, carbon copies of each others... yawn. I definitely thought that was the case with JLA's Wait For You, and Trust In Me, but Be With Me was different, which I liked. I had a good feeling about this book, to be honest.Calla is a friend of Teresa's, and she has a completely different life compared to Teresa and Avery's lives. Calla's mother drained Calla's bank account of all the money Calla had (which she needed to ay tuition) to buy drugs and whatnot. Calla goes home for the summer to clear things up, but only to find her bank account empty, her mother gone, the house (which Calla has not been to in years) a sanctuary for holding drugs... nothing in Calla's life is safe, or good. Jax, the guy who works at her mother's bar with Calla's uncle Clyde, looks out for Calla in so many ways. But drug kingpins are no joke, and Calla's mother is in deep, which is pretty problematic for Calla.I love that this book isn't focused solely on the romance, or the heroine's tragic past, or whatever. It bothers me a little, how each of JLA's heroines of this series (so far) are all *severely* damaged in some way (rape, domestic abuse, first-degree burns and scar down the face), because it makes it seem like the majority of the population of college girls go through something as SERIOUSLY damaging as these three girls did... which isn't necessarily the case. Don't trivialize horrific life events. Not that I think JLA is doing that. Anyway. Calla has a unique and tragic past, just like Avery and Teresa. Calla's house wasn't perfectly stable in its electric cables or something, so it basically blew up in Calla's face (literally), killing her two brothers and mangling her skin. Her father left her mother about a year later, and her mother turned to drugs. Years later, Calla's mother drained her bank account, and owes millions of dollars to the drug lord Isaiah. This is the central issue of the book. Calla needs to figure out how to pay for her tuition, and how to not get caught in Mona's crazy crap... although, she is already involved, just by coming home. Calla wouldn't have survived coming back if not for Uncle Clyde, Jax, Roxy, and Katie (all new characters). Uncle Clyde is the rock in Calla's life. Roxy and Katie are amazing friends, and support Calla always.Jax... Jax might be my favorite hero of this NA series. Jax doesn't necessarily have a troubled past himself, but he lives in this town - he knows too much about drugs and interactions and getting violent and getting information and all of that. He was never involved with drug dealers or drugs in general, but it's tough growing up in that atmosphere. He's a Marine (sexy man in a uniform), and he is quite the guy. I really like him. He's super honest, super blunt, super nice, gentle, affectionate... not entirely the macho alpha type, though he is. In a quieter sense.While I mentioned that the romance isn't the only thing going on, it's totally there, and it's important. Jax and Calla fall in love, but it's not easy for Calla. Being scarred... she doesn't see herself as "pretty", but Jax doesn't care about her scars. He appreciates them, and sees the beauty in them (honestly, that makes sense, especially for someone who was involved in the Marines Corp). I really like the romance, because it isn't about two people who are lost and find each other and themselves. Calla might seem a little lost, but the romance is more about two people that find each other and go from there. Instant connection, but slow growth of relationship.This book is seriously long, but the story is really great. JLA is a really good storyteller, I have to give her that. She's written so many books and even though a lot of her characters start to sound the same, the stories always vary. Which is fantastic! I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series, when it comes time.What I Did Not Like:I mentioned a few things above - I almost wish the heroines that JLA creates in this particular NA series weren't so far on the extremes of having tragic pasts or being damaged or whatever. Not every college girl has life-threatening or body-endangering experiences like Avery, Teresa, and Calla all have. Seriously, I promise.Also - JLA's heroines totally all sound the same, after a while. Katy = Avery = Teresa = Calla = Maddie = Sydney = Layla = Samantha = Serena. Not going to lie, it gets old really fast.Would I Recommend It:Sure, sure, if you like New Adult contemporary romance, if you like JLA, sure! If you're not a fan of NA contemporary romance, then ehhh, your life won't change if you read this one, your life won't change if you don't read it. If that makes sense!Rating:4 stars. This is definitely the best book of this series yet. There is so much more depth to the story, and the romance really isn't central (in my opinion). Love that direction that JLA is taking her New Adult contemporary romance novels!