About the Book- Stay with Me
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.
Our Review of Stay with Me
It is your usual contemporary romance but set in a different environment and place but the basics all remain the same. Characters with troubled pasts and wanting to do nothing with romance but of course nothing wrong with getting carried off with occasional lusts and giving into temptations. so yeah Stay with Me has all your required and unrequired ingredients with spices too.
As I said, the settings are what is different but otherwise, the book follows the usual line of girl meets bad boy, damsel in distress, fiery sexual tensions, sizzling chemistry (ok… I am just throwing in words.. don’t be so super excited ). The thrills of hidden dangers and saviour complexes. Feel I am trashing the book more than praising it? oops, my bad.
Technically my issues with the book are all about how the characters behave and act in situations thrown at them. And that shouldn’t be used to judge the book because every book can’t have idealistic characters and all of them can’t be saints. What is the fun in that …right? So yes the book is filled with questionable characters and actions but it is purely individualistic take. My problem with the book is just that it uses the same plot elements and arcs that I have read in many books including Jennifer’s own works. So I kind of saw where the book was heading and that kind of didn’t give me much exhilaration but yes otherwise for this genre it’s a decent book and promises everything akin to this genre. It has relevant plot turns and twists to keep it from falling off track.
Also, I did like the guys from previous books paying a surprise visit and their backstories playing a pivotal role in the book and I loved that the author merged it seamlessly into this book. So in case you are wondering.. you don’t need to read the previous books to enjoy this one. This is a completely standalone romance. Even if the characters from previous books enter, you will know everything there is to know.
In conclusion, I would say that if you are expecting something out of the box, then don’t come looking that in this book as the book provides everything that is expected and required of a typical Jennifer L. Armentrout book. That was my only trouble with the book that it went in the typical route and was predictable too. The same reason is also why you can pick this book because you will get everything you would expect from this genre.