Release Day Launch & Giveaway: Be with Me by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout

Be With Me (With You #2)
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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…

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“You got a visitor, Tess.” He rested his chin atop my head, which caused my pulse to try
to outrun my heart. “Two of them to be exact.”
There was a pause. “Are your eyes closed?”
His chin slid off my head and then his chest rumbled as he laughed. “Your eyes are closed.” He laughed again. “Open them up.”  
Cursing under my breath, I pried one eye open and then jerked against him. His arm tightened. “Oh wow …”
The black-and-white horse was the closest, standing mere feet away from me. The brown one wasn’t too far, shaking its head and making soft snorts. My eyes were wide as they bounced between the two creatures. “They’re not carnivorous, right? Because at their size, they could eat me.”
Jase laughed deeply as his hand shifted up, resting in the center of my stomach, just below my breasts. “Horses do not eat people, you little idiot.”
I started, eyes narrowing. “There’s always a first.”
The lips pulled back on the black-and-white horse as if it was smirking at me. 
“This one right here? Mr. Friendly? Jack calls him Bubba One,” he said in a quiet, calming voice. But air hitched in my throat when his thumb moved in a slow circle over the thin material of my tank top, hitting against the wire in my bra. “And the brown one is Bubba Two.”
Mouth dry, I wetted my lips. “That’s good for remembering names.”
He chuckled as his pinkie and forefinger started to move up and down, reaching my belly button and then sliding back up. It was almost as if he was unaware of what he was doing, or the electrifying response the tiny motions were dragging out of me. “I think so too, but his real name is Lightning.”
Said horse shook his head, tossing the shaggy mane.
“Lightning seems to be a more suitable name,” I admitted, relaxing as the seconds passed. Maybe that was his intention. Distract me with the soft, almost innocent touches. It was working. “What about Bubba Two?  
“Ah, the one who is staring at the pail like it’s the holy mecca of grain?” His cheek grazed mine as I laughed. “That’s Thunder. And we’re going to feed them. Together.”
The friction his fingers created with my shirt sent tiny shivers up and down my back.
“With our hands?”
His answering laugh tipped the corners of my lips up. “Yes. With our hands.”
“After checking out the choppers on them, I’m not so sure about that.”
“You’ll be okay.” He slid his hand off my stomach and wrapped it around my wrist.
Slowly, he lifted my hand out in front of me. “Hold still.”
My heart lurched. “Jase—”
Lightning trotted forward and pressed his wet nose against my hand. I cringed, waiting for him to eat my poor fingers. The horse didn’t. Nope. It nudged my hand as it whinnied softly. 
He guided my hand up over Lightning’s jaw, all the way to the pointy, twitchy ears.
“See?” he murmured. “That’s not too bad, is it?”
I shook my head as my fingers curled along the soft coat. Lightning seemed to anticipate the direction of the petting, pressing his long head against my hand as my fingers tangled in his mane. It wasn’t bad at all. 
Jase shifted behind me, and in an instant all thoughts of the horses evaporated. His hips lined up against my backside, and I bit down on my lower lip as I focused on the white splotch covering Lightning’s muzzle. 
I could feel him—feel Jase. And there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that he was affected by how close we were standing. That knowledge and the hard length of him left me dizzy, just like it had done that Saturday night. An all too warm flush spread down my neck. In the back of my head, I was rationalizing his physical reaction. He was a guy. Our bodies were pressed together. If a wind blew on a guy’s private area, they got hard. So I should just ignore it, but my body was so not on board with my head. My body was operating on a different playing field. An ache centered low in my stomach. A sharp and sweet yearning raced through my veins. 
“Not so scary, right?” His voice was deeper, richer. “They’re like dogs. Well, like a dog that can carry around two hundred pounds, if not more.” Hand sliding off mine, he stepped back, and the sudden emptiness of his body was like a cold shock. “Trust me.”
Then he smacked my ass.

I would love to formal introduce you to one hell of a stubborn and pig headed man, everyone meet Jase!

Where oh where do I start… this boy was a train wreck waiting to happen. He seriously had some hair brained moments that annoyed the living daylights out of me, but I couldn't help but fall head over heels for him. Girls (and guys) prepare yourselves because this boy is a RUNNER. Talk about denial, he was the KING! Jase denied his feelings so damn hard that you would have thought his life depended on it. Now don’t get me wrong, in between those hot and cold moments he was an absolute sweetheart. He often melted my heart when he wasn't listening to those all consuming fight and flight instincts. I think the reason I was able to look past all that though was because our main man carried around some serious demons. Demons I wasn't anywhere close to guessing. Was it a good excuse for his ass hat behavior at times, no it wasn't, but it did make things a bit more understandable. This is a man who does not commit to more than a fun time or two and Tess, well, Tess twisted him up something bad. She had him so totally out of his element. 

To all you Cam lovers out there, don’t’ fret, you’ll get your fix! If you've read my reviews or even chatted with me on my page then you know I am a Cam girl. My heart belongs to Cam 100%. So, I can say without a doubt that you’ll be completely sated. Jenn lets us see the big brother side of Cam and let me just tell ya, it is HOT ladies and gents! Big brother Cam is protective. Oh, and let me not forget those stolen and not so stolen moments with Avery… sigh!!

As I just said, Cam totally owns my heart, but Jase held his own-even with his d*ck moves. And despite all those moments of ups and downs I felt he was perfect for Tess. It just took him some time to figure it out.

One of my favorite parts about this book was Tess. She was an amazing better half for Jase, and yes, she was most often the better half of this couple. As we know from Wait for Me, Tess has suffered abuse at the hands of her ex. She has her struggles and her own baggage, but the one thing about Tess was she stayed true to herself. She wasn't a weak heroine in the least bit. And while she has been in love with Jase for a long time, she doesn't allow him to use and abuse her. She is strong minded, she went after what she wanted, and she was wicked wicked sweet. I am very, very hard on my female leads, but thinking back, I can’t remember anything about her that I didn't really love. 

Be with Me was a quick, easy read that will not only frustrate you, but will also leave you smiling, giggling,and sighing from the chemistry between Tess and Jase. Their relationship was a struggle, there was nothing instant about it, and in the end it was one I found myself wholeheartedly cheering for.

There truly is nothings better than finding an awesome read, although if I’m being honest, I never doubted I would love Be With Me. I can't think of a book I haven't absolutely adored from Jennifer; this author's writing never fails to evoke a myriad of emotions within me, between her delicious heroes to her sassy heroines she always finds a way to entice us with her complex characters. Whether she writes as Jennifer Armentrout or J. Lynn, she is an author who always manages to sit high on my recommend list. I am like a giddy little school girl when I find out she has a new book to be read. Jennifer is an automatic go to author for me, I’ll never hesitate to buy as I know she won't disappoint.

Thank you, edelweiss, Avon (William Morrow)/Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Be With Me in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jase is Cam's best friend and Teresa(Tess) is Cam's little sister (Wait For You and Trust In Me). She has had a crush on Jase for years. They were friends themselves until a year ago when they shared a kiss that sent Jase into full avoidance mode.  But now Tess is recovering from a dance injury, a bad relationship, and is at the same University as her brother and Jase. So avoiding the situation just got a lot harder.

Jase is the king of Mixed signals. He obviously wants her and pulls her in just enough to give her hope. Then pushes her away again. It is a battle of what he wants vs. his conscience. He knows lusting after his best friend's little sister is wrong, but he can't help himself. He already knows she likes him. And his life has other complications that also hold him back. Jase has a big secret that affects how he lives his life. He does not think she should have to with with it and makes assumptions about what she can handle. He is all mixed up with guilt, need, want, and fear. He knows he is not going anywhere, and she has dreams and big plans that may take her away. He exhibits classic fight or flight syndrome.

It is back and forth with these two, taking one step forward and two steps back. It is obvious they both want to be with each other, but Jase has so much baggage that keeps holding him back and has him running scared. But when we get to peel back the layers and see the vulnerable man underneath, he broke my heart at times and I adored him. And she has a lot going on in her own life causing drama, insecurities, uncertainty, and pain. Her entire future hangs in the balance of her recovery and there are other issues occurring around her.  But despite the fact that she is younger, she has some experience that no one should have to go through. Therefore, she is a little more mature than some girls her age. Together they can be really good one minute and totally broken the next. It is a whirlwind of angst, drama, advance and retreat. The push and pull goes on and on and I found myself just as frustrated with him as poor Tess was. 

The couple not only has a good basis in friendship, but also shares relationships that keep them involved in each other's lives. They have good chemistry and rapport. But in order for them to even have a chance they not only have to face her brother, but their own pasts, insecurities and doubts. They have to develop trust and the strength to want to move on.
I struggled a bit with the length and pacing of the book. I found myself wanting to to move faster at times. And I got so annoyed with Jase at times that I wanted to scream! He could be so sweet and loving, but damn that boy was an avoider and runner. And that got a bit tedious at times. 

But Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn has a way of drawing you in and making you feel for her characters. They had depth, complicated back stories, and many challenges. Her story lines are unique and complex. There were some definite surprises, secrets, and plot twists that added interest. The story was taken in directions I did not expect at all. It was told in Tess' point of view. Although I would loved to have Jase's point of view, it was necessary to keep the reader guessing about Jase's intentions just as Tess was. I loved getting to catch up Cam and Avery (I still totally adore them). They have come such a long way since Wait for You and it was fun to see their progression.  And also to see Cam more in big brother mode. Some other interesting characters, Tess' friend Calla and the guys' friend Brandon were introduced and it sounds like they have interesting pasts and issues that already have me intrigued. And there was a little tease alluded to about Cam's old room mate, Ollie and their friend, Brit. I hope they will all be in future installments in this series. There was a villain that was easy to hate and only added to the drama. And there was a sweet little boy named Jack that stole every scene he was in. 

I really do like this series and the characters. This story was emotional and dramatic. It was frustrating, heartbreaking, uplifting, sexy, and sweet. These characters have burrowed into my heart and I was glad to spend more time with them. 

Thank you, edelweiss, Avon (William Morrow)/HarperCollins, for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Be With Me in exchange for my honest opinion.

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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  1. Cam, because he is so sweet and patient!

  2. I would have to say Cameron Hamilton because he is the type of man I like! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)


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