Updated: Jan 22
Be With Me
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Book 2 in the Wait for You series
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year
—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.
Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.
As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy New Adult Happy Ending
Trigger Warning: This book deals with domestic violence. It may be disturbing for some readers, so please be advised.
Be With Me by Jennifer Armentrout is the second book in her Wait for You series, and follows Teresa Hamilton, Cam's sister (from Wait for You and Trust in Me), who is struggling with a possible career ending knee injury, taking her from the dance stage, to college. Here, she comes face to face with her long time crush, Jase Winstead, her brothers best friend, and the man who gave her one amazing kiss a year before dropping out of her life. With Jase and Tess see more and more of each other, they can't deny their feelings for one another for long.
I loved this book, just as much, if not a little more, than the first book in the series. The story didn't lean on Wait for You, and was unique in it's story, and story building. Just like with the first book, Be With Me deals with some heavy material. Domestic Violence happens more often than you think, and Jennifer does a great job showing the reality of abuse, and the effects of it. A sad fact is, victims are in danger even when they are able to walk away from the situation. Be With Me shows both sides of the coin. This book isn't all about that though. Be With Me's central romance is intense, beautiful, and sexy as hell.
I really loved Tess's character. She is young, but has really grown from her past. Her struggles with her injury, and the possible loss of her dream career in dance, don't stop her from at least preparing for a plan B (college), and doesn't hold her back from Jase. And what can I say about Jase? I liked him as Cam's best friend in the first book, but I kinda fell for him in this book. Did he make me want to shake him sometimes? Sure. But much like Avery frustrated me in the first book sometimes, I understood why. Jase is intense. He is passionate, loving, protective. He is also smart, and strong. I think the only thing I didn't like about him was his love of country music. His story is a bittersweet one. In a lot of ways, these two books are the Hamilton siblings, while dealing with their own issues, saving Avery and Jase.
And can I just say, how freaking adorable is Jack?
Be With Me is a great sequel to Wait for You. We get to focus on a new couple, new, very complicated, issues, while still getting to see our first couple of the series, Cam and Avery, and get little updates on them (spoiler alert, they are very happy together). We get some new side character introductions, and as I know there are more books in the series, I suspect some of them will be upcoming features. I totally recommend Be With Me ... the whole series.
Tess meeting Jack
Jase going to Tess's dorm when he was drunk
Jase picking up and throwing Tess over his shoulder when she was arguing against getting a ride with him when her knee was bothering her
All the cupcakes
Tess meeting Jase's dad, and them feeding the horses
What happened in the Jeep after Tess left the party
Jase bringing soup to Tess when he thought she was sick, and being there for her when she went to the doctor about her knee
Jase introducing Tess as his girlfriend
Cam finding out about Jase and Tess
The first time they make love
Jase saving Tess
Jase showing up at the hospital with a cupcake
Tess going with Jase to the graveyard
Tess spending Christmas Eve with Jase and his family
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Sinewy muscles in his arms flexed as he lifted Jack out of the driver's seat, holding him into the air above his head. He spun around in a circle, laughing deeply as Jack shrieked and flailed.
Ovaries go boom.
A small hand tugged on the hem of my shirt and I looked down, into gray eyes that were both young and soulful.
Tess: "Hi to you."
Jack: "You're pretty."
Tess: "Thank you."
A little laugh escaped me. It was official. I liked this kid.
Tess: "You're very handsome."
Jack: "I know."
I laughed again.
Jase: "All right, that's enough, Casanova. Stop hitting on the girl."
Jase: "You have no idea what you make me want. You have no fucking clue."
Tess: "You're basically saying you wouldn't have kissed me if you hadn't been drinking?"
I slid off the fence and faced him, resisting the urge to plant my fist in his stomach.
He opened his mouth, but I rushed on.
Tess: "Was it really that disgusting to you?"
His head swung toward me and something flared in his gray eyes
Jase: "That's not what I'm saying. It wasn't gross. It was -"
Tess: "Damn straight it wasn't gross! You kissed me. You touched me. You said I had no idea what I made you -"
Jase: "I know what I said."
His eyes flashed an angry quicksilver now. He looked me dead on as he hopped off the fence with the kind of grace that was almost predatory.
Jase: "I just don't know why I said those things. It had to have been the beer, because there is no other reason why I would've done or said those things!"
A red-hot burn replaced the hurt. My hands closed into fists. No - no way did two beers make him do those things.
Tess: "You're not a lightweight. You'd been in full control of yourself. And you had to have felt something when you kissed me, because you couldn't kiss me like that and not feel anything."
Jase: "You've had a crush on me for how long? Of course you'd think it meant something amazing. Jesus Christ, Tess, why do you think I haven't talked to you this entire time? I knew you would think there was more behind it."
Heat poured across my cheeks
Jase: "It was a mistake. I'm not attracted to you, not like that."
I jerked back as if I'd been slapped.
Jase: "Shit. I didn't mean it like that. I -"
Tess: "I think you did. You couldn't be more clear."
He cursed again as he crossed the distance between us, dipping his chin and causing several locks of waves to tumble forward.
Jase: "Tess, you don't understand 0-"
I barked out a short laugh as mortification burst through me like a dam breaking.
Tess: "Oh, I'm sure I understand completely. You regret it. Got it. It was a mistake. You probably don't want to be reminded of it. My bad. And it doesn't matter. Whatever."
Tess: "It's not like you're the only guys thats -"
Jase: "Kissed you?"
At the sharpness of his tone, I looked up. His eyes were narrowed until only thing, silvery slits were visible.
Jase: "How many guys have you kissed, Teresa?"
Not many. I could count on one hand and only needed two fingers to count how many went beyond that, but pride sunk its claws in me.
Tess: "Enough. More than enough."
Something flashed across his face
Jase: "Really? does your brother know this?"
Tess: "As if I would talk to my brother about that. Or like he actually has a say on whom or where I put my lips."
His head cocked to the side as if he had to work that single word through his mind. The moment he decided on what that could possibly mean, his broad shoulders stiffened.
Jase: "Where are you putting your lips?"
Tess: "Uh, like that's any of your business."
His stare sharpened
Jase: "It's totally my business."
Tess: "I don't think so."
Tess: "Is that yours?"
He followed my gaze and then grinned
Jase: "Shit. I forgot about it. Brought you a present."
Tess: "What is it?"
Jase: "Something as yummy as me."
Jase: "This .... this is unexpected. Tess, I ..."
His eyes closed, and he let out a deep breath
Jase: "You feel good under me, too good. Good isn't the right word. Maybe perfect?"
He sounded almost like he was talking to himself.
Then his hips rolled in a slow thrust, pressing against the part where I ached the most. My toes curled and I gasped. A trembled coursed through his large body.
Jase: "Do you believe in fate?"
Tess: "I don't know. Do you?"
Jase: "I mean, do you believe that some things are just meant to happen?"
He dropped his head and his lips brushed his neck. Another strangled gasp parted my lips
Jase: "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."
Jase: "You never knew."
Tess: "Never knew what?"
Jase: "I didn't always ... come up to see Cam. He wasn't the only reason why I made that trip every weekend."
Tess: "I always limp. And I need the exercise."
Calla: "What the hell ever, my thighs need the exercise. You need a hamburger."
Tess: "Have you seen my ass? It's known a lot of hamburgers up close and personal. And it's on speaking terms with french fries."
Calla: "That's okay. My thighs make out with milkshakes."
Calla: "This class is really boring. I'm Calla, by the way."
Jase: "I'm -"
Calla: "Jase Winstead. I know you. Well, I don't know you. I've heard of you."
A faint pink stained the tops of his broad cheeks.
Jase: "You have?"
She nodded and a private, almost knowing smile formed on her lips
Calla: "I think every female on this campus has heard of you."
I rolled my eyes
Jase: "Ah, I see ..."
Tess: "You do?"
I arched a brow
Jase: "Some would say I'm quite popular ..."
Tess: "With the ladies?"
Thick lashes lowered as he sent me a sideways look
I grinned as Jase shifted in his seat. He was uncomfortable addressed his oh-so-stellar reputation?
Tess: "So. Would these ladies have good or bad things to say about you?"
Jase: "Depends on who you ask."
Tess: "What would it depend on?"
His grin spread on one side again.
Jase: "Several factors, but I can assure you that most of them would have many good things to say."
His light gray eyes sought mine out again as he bowed his head until his warm breath danced along my cheek.
Jase: "Actually, great things."
My heart stumbled. Was he flirting with me? I swallowed.
Tess: "Like what kind of things?"
Jase shifted in his seat, and I stiffened as I felt his breath on my neck, just below my ear, teasing that sensitive spot that made me want to wiggle around - the same spot he'd nipped, licked, and then kissed.
Jase: "I think you know exactly what kind of things they'd say good things about."
Jase: "I'll drive you. I'm parked over here anyway, in the back lot."
Tess: "But -"
Jase: "It's not a big deal. I'm heading over there anyway."
Calla: "That's really nice of you. Her knee is really bothering her."
I flushed out of embarrassment.
Tess: "My leg isn't bothering me that much. And i need the exercise. Walking is good -"
I squealed as Jase hooked an arm around my waist and bent, lifting me over his shoulder like I weighed nothing more than a sack of sugar.
Tess: "What are you doing?"
Jase: "Standing here discussing your ability to walk over to east campus in this heat makes me really impatient."
I gripped the back of his shirt, unable to see though my hair.
Tess: "Then leave! What the hell does that have to do with picking me up like a caveman?"
Jase: "Because you're not walking over there."
He clamped his arm over the back of my thighs, dangerously closed to getting hands-on with my ass.
Jase: "That's why."
Calla: "Well, that's on way to settle the issue."
Jase: "How you doing up there?"
Tess: "How do you think?"
As we passed a group of student, they burst into laughter.
Guy: "So that's how Jase gets his girls!"
My entire body went rigid.
He turned suddenly, causing me to squeal. Walking backward, he chuckled.
Jase: "Some require a more hands-on approach."
Girl: "I'd be done for a hands-on approach. When you're not so busy."
Jase tsked when he spun
Jase: "Language, Tess, language."
Holding on with one hand, I jabbed him in the kidney with my other.
My lips split in a wide smile.
Jase: "If my other hand was free ..."
Tess: "If you even consider for one second you think you can -ompf!"
I gasped at the sudden extra hop in his step
Tess: ; "You asshole."
Jase: "I think you do need a spanking."