I’m doing the happy dance here! I LOVED it. I wanted Tess and Jase’s story ever since Wait for You and let me tell you J. Lynn delivered in a big way!
Jase and Tess are fully developed hero and heroine whose lives take us on two separate journeys, yet intertwine into one wonderful HEA. The writing is wonderfully descriptive and emotive.
A hummingbird took flight in my chest, bouncing around like it was going to peck it’s way out of me as a warm breeze picked up, stirring the hairs that had escaped my ponytail.
This is what I look for in a book and this author provides it every time. I didn’t feel like I was being told a story (which is a turn off for me). I felt the characters joy, pain, anguish, and happiness. I laughed (a lot) and cried with them.
Tess is Cam’s, 19-year-old sister, who is wildly attracted to his best friend Jase. She has been crushing on him for the last three years. A dancing accident brings her to the same college as Jase, Cam and Avery. She is freaking hilarious. I love her sass, strength and fiery spirit.
Jase watched Cam and Jack jog over the patchy green grass like a man watching the last life preserver being taken as the Titanic started to sink. Well, that was sort of offensive, as if being alone with me was equivalent to drowning while being nom nom’d by cookie cutter sharks.
Jase is the physical embodiment of every girlie girl fantasy. He is ripped, strong, naturally tanned, protective, and sweet.
Jase is also guarded and struggles with acting on his attraction to Tess. Not only because of the age difference and the fact that she is the sister of his best friend, but also because of things he did in his past, causing him to pull away as soon as he gets close, and say things he doesn’t mean hurting Tess in the process. But he does care about her and he doesn’t know what to do about it or how to stop it.
“Do you believe in fate?”
“I don’t know,” I whispered. “Do you?”
“I mean, do you believe that some things are just meant to happen?” He murmured as he dropped his head and his lips brushed my neck. Another strangled gasp parted my lips. “Like no matter what you do, what you tell yourself, things are just going to happen? Some things I don’t think you can stop.”
Yet, Tess does let her fire and strength show when she needs to:
“Yesterday was yesterday.” He leaned back, rubbing a hand along his jaw. “Things got out of hand. It happens.”
My brows flew up. “It happens? Often? Do you just walk around and HAPPEN to end up kissing girls? Do you slip and fall on girls’ mouths? If so, that’s got to be an awkward life to live.”
“Be quiet. Seriously. This isn’t cool. You don’t kiss me and then apologize. Twice now. That’s insulting.”
Their relationship pushes and pulls. He fights it, let’s go and reigns it in. It is a slow progression as other things happen within the story. Jase is so swoon-worthy, and romantic
“You got under my skin and dug your way into my heart.”
and when the two are together, wow …
“I’m sorry,” he growled against my mouth. “If this is too rough, if it hurts, you’ve -“
“It doesn’t,” I assure him, digging my fingers into his shoulders. My body was sore, but the needful ache to be with him was far stronger. “I won’t break.”
“Damn good thing to hear.” His hands trembled as they circled my waist, betraying how tightly wound he was. “Because you’re the kind of toy I plan to play with for a very, very long time.”
I want more of their story. I didn’t want it to end. I would love to read more about their life together in the future.
On a side note: I appreciate the author bringing up the subject of domestic abuse again as it relates to teenagers and college students, as well as the stigma related to the girls involved.
This is a wonderfully written book that will make you feel and give you an HEA!