Review: Fall with Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn (Wait for You #4)

Oh my. I do believe I've just found myself my favorite book in the Wait for You series! Fall with Me, the fourth full-length novel in the on-going series, was offbeat in terms of the reason main characters Roxanne Ark and Reece Anders had remained distant from one another for nearly a year. Then there was the Roxy's friendship with her best friend Charlie Clark and his circumstances and how it got to the point just broke my heart. This had both a lightheartedness and heaviness to it, but always, there was this poignancy lingering within the story, and that's what made it feel different from the books that came before. Maybe it also had to do with this being the first novel to veer away from Shepherd, which was a prominent backdrop in the first books even as the shift began in the book previous to this one but then Calla Fritz was still a Shepherd student. Here, neither Roxy nor Reece have any ties to Shepherd or West Virginia, and while I think this keeps things fresh, I was till holding out hope that a story focused on Brandon Shriver (who I thought would be paired with Calla) and maybe one more just on Jacob Massey. Of course, this could be wishful thinking on my part, but there's no harm in keeping all my fingers crossed, right?

Twenty-two-year-old Mona's bartender and graphic design student Roxy Ark's life changed when her best friend was the victim of a homophobic attack that left him with life-altering injuries. She spends time with him in the facility that houses him, the best that his parents could afford, but in the six years since that time, she's never gotten a glimpse of the Charlie he once was. When she receives word from twenty-five-year-old Deputy Reece Anders that the individual who was sent to prison for what happened to Charlie was being released on parole, she's shaken by the news and by having to speak with Reece. It's been more than eleven months since they last spoke to one another and it was a night that Roxy wishes she could just forget. After all, no one wants to remember the night the guy they've loved for years tells them they regret sleeping with them. Not that they actually slept together, but that tidbit is a secret that Roxy has kept to herself since that night. With the lines of communication open, Roxy and Reece become closer. She may not be able to protect her heart from falling for him once again, but can Reece protect Roxy from the stalker who could be more dangerous than anyone ever realized.

Okay, I admit that the reason behind Roxy not speaking to Reece for nearly a year was really rather...erm...dumb, but I also get that she was hurt by the rejection, which was what led her to keeping from him that they didn't really sleep together. But had she just spoken up then they could have both spared themselves all the damn miscommunication that was going on. You know what they say about people who assume, and Roxy was doing a lot of assuming when it came to Reece and his feelings for her. But how could I not like this girl? Seriously, Roxy was the kind of female main character that made resistance futile. She was quirky and me being the statement shirt-wearing fangirl that I am, adored that she had an affinity for statement shirts as well. Her love for Charlie won me over, and there was a point in the story that I couldn't help but shed a few tears for both of them. Now, that's not to say that Reece wasn't a book boyfriend kind of guy because he was. I liked how his reaction to learning the truth was more realistic than I was expecting it to be and how protective he was of Roxy, even when she wasn't speaking to him. I definitely fell for Roxy and Reece and for their story in Fall with Me. I'm giving this one five stars. ♥

Date Read: 01 December 2016

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