Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sometimes Never by Cheryl McIntyre / Wait For You by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

Sometimes Never #1
Book summary:
       "Hope didn't have the best role model when it came to relationships. She’s content with her current no-strings-attached extracurricular activity with the lead singer of her band. She’s never believed in love and commitment.
       Mason starts his eighth school in five years anticipating nothing more than the usual—boring classes, fighting more than making friends, and girls happily willing to succumb to his easy smile. He’s never put much stock into love at first sight—until he sees her.
       Regardless of their painful pasts, Hope and Mason discover that sometimes never can become forever."

I really loved this book. It was a great story, Hope and Mason were fantastic characters. Both dealing with issues. Mason dealing with anger at the death of this Father from years previous, and Hope dealing with cutting from years of emotional abuse from her mother and sexual abuse from her mothers countless "boyfriends", as well as her mothers death.

People tend to keep a wide berth around Hope, save for a few close friends, all male and members of the band she's apart of as their drummer. While people tend to flock to Mason and his easy charm and smile. At first Hope is mildly annoyed at Masons easy smile, but after quickly finding they have so much in common and how safe and normal he makes her feel she can't help to fall for him.

They go through a few rough patches, but Mason helps her through them and tries to keep her from hurting herself in the process of coping through all the pain. This story was very sweet and I more once I was laughing and smiling. Though there are some dark moments, it just makes the happy and sweet moments even more so. I really want to read the rest of the companion stories.


Wait for You #1
Book summary:
"Some things are worth waiting for…
       Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Some things are worth experiencing…
       Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
Some things should never be kept quiet…
       But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for… "

Possibly one of the darker books I have ever read. I don't normally read contemporary romance novels that deal with abuse. I'm not really sure why I don't, or why this time I decided to.

 At first I didn't really care for Avery, the main character. I found her to be overly dramatic and slightly neurotic, but then when we find out why exactly she is the way she is and then it all makes sense. She was deeply hurt when she was 14 not only physically but emotionally.

Cam (Cameron) lives down the hall from Avery and used to be some-what of a player. But he is smitten with Avery and takes it upon himself to ask her out every chance he gets to the point where it becomes kind of a game to them. Avery finds amusement in it, but is only reluctant because of the trauma she went through.

After she finally admits that she likes Cam, which takes half the semester at College, he really starts to help her move on and face what happened to her. While I did like this book, there was just something that kept me from loving it. It could have been the lack of believability of how much a former player would want to take the time to stop sleeping around only to go on a date with a girl who keeps turning him down, or it could have been something else. It was good enough that I'd recommend it though. Armentrout is a good author.

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