Sep 18, 2013
Title: Stay With Me
Author: Elyssa Patrick
Publisher: Elyssa Patrick
Publication Date: August 2013
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
New Adult/Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 17 and up.
With one look, I’m his . . .
With one touch, he’s mine . . .
With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .
I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.
When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.
But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.
Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.
Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.
Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.
Stay With Me was a breath of fresh, new adult air. It takes a commonly used plot of a rock star and normal person, and makes it seem new. It was mostly unique in that the rock star was a female.
I loved Hailey. I felt like she was a true person. All she wanted was to be able to find herself, and stay away from fame and what it brought her. Fame was a tool that Hailey’s mother used against her. All her mother cared about was making Hailey her meal ticket. There’s a big revelation in the book, that shows just how manipulative her mother is. While I don’t normally agree with what Hailey did, I can understand how she was pushed into that decision. I know in many ways what happened hurt Hailey, but it was good to see she wasn’t broken. Hailey was such a strong character and had been through so much, in a way even I was proud of her.
Caleb was the perfect guy for Hailey. He was kind and caring, and it was always evident that he cared about Hailey for who she was. I really liked the fact that he was stubborn, because it meant that he wasn’t willing to let Hailey push him away. Caleb was also incredibly mature. When the big revelation came out he kept his cool, and got Hailey to talk to him instead of leaving and causing the situation to be worse. If he hadn’t already convinced me, that would’ve done it.
I also enjoyed the fact that these characters were real. Both Hailey and Caleb were sexually active before each other. There were no hurt feelings around that. They were both experienced, and I honestly loved that. In the real world most girls aren’t virgins or sexually inexperienced until age 30. So it was refreshing that both of them knew what they were doing, and didn’t pretend otherwise.
Elyssa Patrick created characters that were engaging, and even made me care about the side caracters. Stay With Me was remarkable because of it’s characters. It would not have been the same book if Daphne, Nick, Jamie, and Griff weren’t in it. These side characters showed a depth to the book that would’ve been missing without them.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a light fun read, and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. It was exciting to read something that wasn’t similar to other books out there. I think that Elyssa Patrick has done a wonderful job with this book, and I will definitely be looking out for the next one.
4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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