September 11, 2013

Review: Stay With Me by Elyssa Patrick

Stay With Me
by Elyssa Patrick
ebook, 270 pages
Published August 30th 2013 by Elyssa Patrick

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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.

I really wanted to love this one. It had a great start, but then slowly it started to die for me. One second the story climaxes, the next it slows down and I found myself wanting to skip pages.

I loved the plot a lot. Famous girl decides to try and live a normal life. She moves to a college in Vermont – which by the way, I love Vermont! She becomes really close with a couple of the students and starts her college experience. I loved that the author didn’t write the story where she pretended to be someone else. Like a Hannah Montana situation. Everyone at the school knew exactly who she was. Her friends didn’t really treat her any different.

The romance with Caleb was a bit instant, but I really liked him. I loved his personality and thought he was very well written. Hailey on the other hand was just okay for me, and I think that is part of the reason why I wasn’t able to enjoy the story as much as I would have liked.

Maybe it’s just me, but her reasons to keep Caleb at a distance weren’t enough for me. When the truth was finally revealed I thought to myself really? That was it? I mean I’ve never gone through what she did and I am not famous, but I just could not get a feel for her. I also think my beliefs played a role in this.

The other characters, however, I loved. Daphne, Nick, Jamie and their quiet friend Griff made this book enjoyable for me. The romance between Caleb and Hailey was fun to read, too. It was sexy and the buildup between the two was entertaining.

Overall, I did enjoy it and wouldn't mind reading a story about any of the other characters. Aside from it being a bit slow, I think others might enjoy this read as well. It’s New Adult and an easy read.

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