Monday, September 9, 2013

Stay With Me-- Elyssa Patrick

Okay, so this one knocked me over with a feather- I so was not expecting it to be the way it was!! I loved it so much!! I thought that it was going to be a very YA/ Teen romance kinda thing, but it was so much more........
Hailey, a former teen starlet from Hollywood, decides that she is finally ready to escape her mother's overbearing shadow, and finally start to live her life the way that she wants to- and do the things that truly make her happy. So, to do this, she decides to leave the glitz and glamour of Hollywood behind and enroll in college in a small Vermont town, finally chasing her own dreams, and trying to find herself in the process. As part of the whole college experience, she decides to take in a typical house party one night, where she meets Caleb- the guy that instantly sets her skin on fire with just a touch. And even though she has decided that relationships are exactly what she needs to avoid, she cannot help but be drawn to him, no matter how hard she tries to resist the pull. And he is just as quickly drawn to her- and it has nothing to do with her former celebrity status. The awesome thing about Caleb is that he doesn't even seem to care about her life in the spotlight, only that she is here with him now, and that she is willing to explore whatever it is that they have between them. Love that about him, the fact that he just treats her like a normal person, not that she is widely known throughout the world- so sweet! And just what she wanted and needed from him as well. Now, his little sisters- they are quite another story, but freaking hilarious, and I loved them in the book. They definitely made the comic relief so much better, in addition to Caleb's roommates and best friends. I love that we got a glimpse into so many of the other characters and that we got a bit of a back story on some of them as well, as I can see so many books to come that can be about each of the different couples! I really want to see Nick and Daphne's story play out!! That one is just dying to be told!!
This one has a bit of everything, but it also has quite a bit of heat and sizzle too- which, I think is key for any good romance story!! It isn't too risqué or anything, but it definitely isn't bubblegum by any means- just perfect for the content of the book- highly recommended and even more highly anticipating the upcoming works in the series!!
5 stars!!!!

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