Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Elyssa Patrick: Stay With Me (ARC)

Title: Stay With Me
Author: Elyssa Patrick
Series: With Me #1
Release Date: August 30, 2013

My Rating: 4 Stars

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.

My Review:
I had the great pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Stay With Me. All I can say is WOW! Hailey Bloom has been in the spotlight since she was a baby and it took her losing herself to finally break free of that suffocating world. After she decides to enroll in college and make a life away from fame she has to fight her celebrity at every turn. She is stared at and talked about in her classes, her professors think very little of her and she refuses to enjoy the one thing she has excelled at in college.. art.

Then she meets Caleb and her life is turned upside down once again. She wanted to do this on her own, but Caleb calls to her and their chemistry is magnetic. Stay With Me is a true coming of age story, with one difference. Instead of being stubborn and independent Hailey lets Caleb and his friends in and finds the family she has always wanted. Hailey discovers that she does not have go it alone and that one "breaking news" story will not send her new found friends, or Caleb, running. Stay with Me does not have that "cookie cutter" feel to it. You can tell that Ms. Patrick made this story her own and ended up with a book that will no doubt delight her readers.

The secondary characters in this book are hilarious and I cannot wait for their books! Daphne, Nick, Griff, Kai, Jamie and Dylan are the perfect comedic relief to counter Hailey and Caleb's romantic pull. This book did not have the typical "break-up get back together" trope. I get a little exhausted with the huge secret reveal and then there is this obstacle to overcome. These kids are in college and on the verge of adulthood, and Ms. Patrick did a wonderful job of showing their maturity and still writing a wonderful story that I could not put down! Don't misunderstand though, they are in college and there is plenty of college fun to be had by all :)

Caleb teaches Hailey how to be a non-celebrity and enjoy the life she has wanted to live all along. Hailey, with one minor two second exception, is a strong-willed character that refuses to let the drama of her mother or the rest of Hollywood get to her. She is determined to complete college and prove everyone else wrong, but she also learns to enjoy the experience as well. Stay with Me has the humor, drama, love and hotness that will have readers flocking to it. If you have fallen in love with the New Adult genre Stay With Me is a fantastic addition, and if you haven't it would be a perfect beginning. Stay With Me is available NOW.
*ARC provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review*

Happy Reading!

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