Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Some things are worth experiencing…
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
Some things should never be kept quiet…
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for…
Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte
Jenny: One word to start Gitte and that is CAM! And I don’t mean the acronym…hmmm then again, maybe I do! I loved this book and I am in deep love with Cameron Hamilton! What a guy. He may just be my new book boyfriend. He had it all…….AND he baked! A man who can cook is like foreplay to us, so Cameron Hamilton is a guy who really had it all going on.
Tall, sexy, funny, warm, cocky, confident and hot as hell. Really, what is there not to love….oh and did I mention he bakes? Yup……. in love.
“You’ve been checking me out, haven’t you? In-between your flaming insults? I feel like man candy.”
Gitte, this book was just what I needed. I love a good friends to lovers story and this has to be up there as one of my favorites. I loved how it wasn’t an insta love, how it had a build up which you really felt and it afforded you the time to get to know and connect with the characters. I loved connecting with them individually and being with them as their relationship grew. You really believed it.
Gitte: Absolutely loved this book and Cam….just wow, he absolutely makes the book boyfriend list for sure! Not only is he tall, gorgeous, cocky, funny and so very patient…he bakes! He had me at cookies!
This story was fabulously written, I connected with the characters immediately, it had a great build-up, it was full of emotion and it was believable, this story pretty much had it all, including a turtle on a leash which had me in stitches! The banter was spot on and the heart-ache had me tearing up several times.
I loved the secondary characters, especially Ollie and thought they brought so much to the story through empathy, friendship, love and great humour.
To be consistent in my reviews I have to just mention that it would have been a 5 star for me had it not been for my pet peeve of editing issues; there were numerous spelling errors and missing words which was a real shame.
Jenny: Avery, 19 has moved away from her hometown after a tragic past experience at a Halloween party left her traumatised and the centre of some pretty cruel behaviour at High School. It changed her life, and not in a good way, so she is starting afresh, albeit lugging some emotional baggage which she finds hard to let go of.
“Everything was okay. Maybe not perfect, but life wasn’t meant to be perfect. It was messy and sometimes it was a disaster, but there was beauty in the messiness and there could be peace in the disaster.”
She runs into Cameron Hamilton, literally..he of the 6ft 3′ of complete hotness with the most gorgeous blue eyes, a dimple made for licking, hair you just want to run your fingers through and he’s a witty and nice guy to boot.
“People got out of the way for Cam. He was like a hot Moses, parting a sea of drunk college students.”
Avery has shut herself off emotionally and from life, but at the same time wants to be a normal teenager who wants to feel free and enjoy college life including parties, which she steers clear of.
Cam slowly brings her out of herself offering her friendship but it’s obvious there is a connection and chemistry between these two that everyone sees except Avery. Little by little Avery awakens to the feelings she has for Cam and the two start developing a beautiful, though at times, difficult relationship.
“You’re a good guy, Cam.”
“No, I’m not.” He exhaled deeply and his breath was warm against my cheek. “I’m only good with you.”
I can’t say enough how much I loved this book. I think I highlighted the whole thing; there were just so many beautiful moments between Cam and Avery. I think every time he called her sweetheart I died a little at how special he made that word sound.
“What are you up to?”
“Those are two opposite things.”
“I know. Kiss me?”
Gitte: I loved Avery, she was adorable, and she had such vulnerability from being emotionally scarred; the extent to which came as a bit of a shocker for me and broke my heart. Also I thought her naivety was endearing rather than annoying. She doesn’t see herself as a survivor, but she really is. Lesser people would have crumbled and not fought on. Yes she did waver once, which has left both a physical and emotional scar but she fought on and took herself away to attempt a rebuilding of her life. The scars remain and she has real trust issues, however she acknowledges this. Whether her actions and reasoning were right in achieving this is neither here nor there, I didn’t always agree, at times I did shout at her, but I kind of understood. I generally thought she had survivor stamped all over her for having been through such a traumatic experience at such a young age without the comfort, love and understanding of the two people she needed it most from. No wonder this girl is messed up, you couldn’t really blame her.
As for Cam…sigh. This man could do no wrong in my eyes – lush perfection. He is gorgeous and he knows it but is in no way vain or arrogant about it, rather he is cheekily cocky, so very funny and wow he could charm the pants of anyone with his eyes, the dimple, his words and his hands…umm the baking ones *cough*…..
Cam is also carrying emotional baggage from his past. However, in my eyes he did no wrong really. He had the absolute patience of a saint. He is up against the huge barrier Avery has surrounded herself with and the fact that Avery has a hard time trusting anyone or anything.
Cam was the perfect hero really; he was a friend first and foremost which I loved. He was fiercely protective, he loved with passion and ultimately he cares about Avery. He has the romance part sussed and I was just a puddle on the floor through most of this story.
“No that wasn’t a kiss….that was a goodnight” – Cam
I did feel so sorry for Cam several times because of Avery’s actions. His patience and persistence was thrown back at him every time she refused to place her trust in him. Trust; which he more than proved he deserved. However, because of what happened to Avery and her lack of experience she has no clue how to open up, how to confess to something that can ultimately make Cam see her in a different light.
“I’m begging you, Avery. You’ve got to be up front and honest with me. You sad that you trusted me. You’ve got to prove it…If you trust me you will finally tell me what the hell is going on….You keep everything from me. You don’t trust me….I don’t know what else to do and I know I don’t know everything in the world, but I do know that relationships don’t work this way. If you can’t really trust that how I feel about you is strong enough, then we have nothing” – Cam
Jenny: Trust was always going to be a big issue for Avery. Cam had his own demons, but Avery trusting Cam with her demons was always going to be difficult for her. I loved Avery, I thought she was a wonderful character but there were times I did want to plead with her to trust Cam. He was such a beautiful, sensitive, kind and giving man she could have trusted him with her life and it took her a long time to get there.
“Fuck, Avery. You think I don’t want you?
There’s not a single part of you that I don’t want, you understand?
I want to be on you and inside of you.
I want you against the wall, on the couch, in your bed, in my bed, and every fucking place I can possibly think of, and trust me, I have a vast imagination when it comes to these kinds of things. Don’t ever doubt that I want you. That is not what this is about.”
I adored the secondary characters. Avery’s friends Brit and Jacob. Jacob floored me with his lusting after Cam.
“Cameron Hamilton? I would give my left testicle to run into Cameron Hamilton” Jacob
Yes, this book was an absolute winner for me, loved every moment. This author sure had me mesmerized from the first word to the very last. She created a beautiful story of heartache, trust, love; compassion and finding that one person who can make even the darkest days seem so much brighter. Loved it!
THE WAIT FOR YOU SERIES by JENNIFER L ARMENTROUT