Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. Lynn), New York Times bestselling author of the Wait for You saga, delivers a new novel of first love, second chances, and scorching chemistry.
Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She's been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She's sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.
Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She's not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.
But Reece isn't convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn't believe him, he's not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He's already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he's not going to let history repeat itself.
Bestseller Armentrout shines with this tight, suspenseful new adult tale, the fourth in her Wait for You saga (after Stay with Me). Bartender Roxy Ark's best friend, Charlie, is tragically injured in a hate-crime incident that Roxy feels is her fault. Years later, she still carries the guilt. Former Marine Reece Anders wants desperately to provide the hope and love Roxy needs if she'll only let him. While Roxy's been in love with Reece since she was a teenager, she's convinced that she doesn't have the right to be happy when her best friend is irreparably damaged. When a predator targeting local young women appears to set his sights on Roxy, it's up to Reece to rescue her, with help from an unexpected source. Readers will speed-read to find out what happens next to the powerfully appealing characters.
Captivating, Misunderstandings & Young Love
This was my first Jennifer L. Armentrout book and I am captivated by her writing style. Roxy is a dynamic woman who lost her best friend in an accident and visits the shell he has become for 6 years every Friday. She is a budding artist who goes to night school and bartends. She is tackling a college as that is what Charlie wanted to be, or it implies, when she is more interested in being an artis,t if she is true to herself.
The story starts with a misunderstanding between Roxy and Reese, which is comical in itself as it has been going on for 11 months. Reese is a cop and good friends with the owner of Mona's, which is the bar that Roxy works at, and Reese also grew up next door to Roxy. Roxy has been in love with him for a long time.
Add a stalkier and serial killer to spice up the story and you will be wondering to the end how it is going to end.
I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
4.5 stars; Roxy rules!
I always thought being in Roxy's head would be a hoot, partially because of the awesome printed t-shirts she was always wore and the fact avoiding Reece or cursing at him is how she dealt with him. There was something there between them and I picked up on it in Stay With Me. I had no idea they'd had a moment in her seeming unrequited six year crush on him. I also had no idea her quips and smiles at the bar were hiding something so painful.
Roxy was easy to like. She's feisty, smart, and talented. She loves deeply as is seen by her devotion and dedication to visit Charlie, her childhood best friend. The circumstances behind Charlie's current state were heartbreaking for everyone involved and painful to contemplate. I loved how the matter was treated and portrayed. The message that a simple act can have lasting consequences is one lesson that can be learned from this story, while another is how anger and hate never lead to peace and resolution. I understood Roxy's anger at what happened to Charlie and the fact Henry was out and free.
Reece was easy to like too. He cared for Roxy, and her putting him off or cursing at him bothered him, especially since he didn't know why she was behaving in the manner she was. I liked how Reece forced her to deal with it head on once he'd had enough of waiting for her to tell him. Besides Reece, it was great to meet his family members and then some of Roxy's too. If I thought Roxy was a hoot, her mama was that times 10. I was also pleasantly surprised by the change in Nate in this book. He's really coming out of his shell. I also liked seeing characters from previous books doing well in this book.
I dearly love the friends to lovers trope, but it wasn't able to make up for the romantic suspense aspect. It's not that it wasn't written well, it was, but I felt it was a little too predictable and I do love my plot twists. Over all the book was very enjoyable. The connection Roxy and Reece had was easy to pick up on and it was hot! I'm looking forward to reading more in this series and having my socks blown off. Another great story told and another hot guy from the group has been netted!