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Stay With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout Book Review

Updated: Jan 22, 2021


Stay With Me

by Jennifer L Armentrout

Published by William Morrow Paperbacks

Book 3 in the Wait For You Series


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.


RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:

Steamy New Adult Happy Ending

Trigger* Romance

Trigger Warning: This book deals with the many impacts that drug use can have on both the user, and those who are around them. There is also violence.


Stay With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout is the third book in her Wait For You series, that follows a group of young adults, all with their own personal struggles, falling in love. Stay With Me centers around Calla, a twenty-one year old nursing student who finds herself suddenly broke and unable to cover tuition for her next semester of school, when her mother, Mona, drains her bank account, and ruining her credit by taking out credit cards in her name. Wanting to confront her mother, and get her money back, and no where else to go, Calla heads to her small home town. She doesn't find her mother, who she finds out is in hiding from some dangerous men, but she finds Jackson (Jax), the new to her bartender at her mothers bar. Jax quickly makes his intentions clear with Calla, but she tries to keep him at a distance, while dealing with the physical and emotional scars from a tragic past that she keeps hidden from everyone, and trying to find her mom, before those dangerous men go after her.


I was a little worried starting Stay With Me. All of a sudden, we were leaving the college that we have been with the last two book (three if you have read Trust in Me, the first book in Cam's perspective), and leaving behind characters we have read about for a whole new town and cast. The idea of not having those moments with Cam and Avery, and Jase and Tess, bummed me out. As per usual when it comes to worrying about anything Jennifer Armentrout writes, I was wrong to doubt. Stay With Me breathes life into a series that would have gotten quickly dull if it had stayed on campus, and introduces us to some quirky new characters, as well as sexy new potential in future books. Calla's story is just as raw and difficult as the past two books protagonists, and gives us an idea of what drugs can do to not just the user, but to the users family and friends. How they can destroy your life. Calla's personal struggles make Stay With Me a very unique experience, that will keep you hooked to the very end.


I wasn't sure if I was going to like Calla. We don't get a WHOLE lot of her in Tess's story, and it turns out, the little we do learn about her, is a lie. Calla's whole life is built on lies, right down to the thick make-up that hides the worst of the scar on her face. As we learn more about her, you can't help but like her. The fact that she grew up how she did, going through what she went