J Lynn, $2.99
Contemporary Romance, 2013
Now, I get the appeal of a bad boy hero. I’m a card carrying member of that fan club, trust me. I have to wonder, though – do we need yet another story of the new girl in school being stalked by, er, falling in love with the bad boy of the University of Drama Llamas? No, don’t answer me. It’s early in the morning when I am writing this review, and I generally prefer to feel blue by the end of the day instead.
So, we have a new girl in town, Avery Morgansten, and it isn’t long before she bumps into Cameron Hamilton and generally goes all, “Uh… oh… (Oh god, he’s so hot, but I can’t act too excited or readers would think I’m slutty and sex-starved!)… uh….” Cam is what I’d get if I paste Robert Pattinson’s head on Taylor Lautner’s body, because he is nearly always shirtless during those “Uh… oh…” moments. Of course, it’s love at first sight on his part, as heroines in new adult romance stories apparently all ooze some kind of special musk that turns teenage male sluts into devoted looming stalkers. Meanwhile, Avery has her gay handbag buddy and said gay handbag buddy’s female friend to cheer her on, because girl, a romance heroine is always better than those other female sluts that give out, mm-hmm, and don’t you all forget it.
Someone has to be full of angst in these stories, and in the case of Wait for You, Avery is the graduate of the drama llamasery as she came all the way to this small university to escape her past. Her past, however, eventually catches up with her. Let’s all sigh in rapture as Cam assure her that she’s still lovable and special and awesome and amazing and all.
The best thing I can say about this story is that it’s easy to read. I’ve stumbled upon many indie new adult romance authors that spend more time on the obligatory “playlist of songs I listened to while writing my awesome stories (and there’s always at least one freaking Adele song in there I DON’T KNOW WHY)” thing than on refining their actual writing skills, and compared to those authors, J Lynn writes like a virtuoso of words. I actually don’t mind Avery and Cam, although I do wish they aren’t so much straight out of central casting. It’s as if they took a wrong turn while trying to go to an audition for guest spots on Gossip Girl or 90210 and ended up in this story.
Come to think of it, I don’t mind this book. It’s just that the author doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It’s just another story of the new girl in town and the bad boy. Boredom seeps in far too quickly and easily while I’m reading this thing.