Series: With Me

Lightning Review: Stay with Me by Elyssa Patrick

Posted July 1, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Lightning Review: Stay with Me by Elyssa PatrickReviewer: Holly
Stay With Me (With Me, Book 1) by Elyssa Patrick
Series: With Me #1
Published by Elyssa Patrick
Publication Date: August 30th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary, Coming of Age
Pages: 276
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two-half-stars

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 didn’t connect with the heroine of this book or enough of the story. I enjoyed the hero and the college setting, but the rest of the details were too hazy to pull me in. Hailey was a child star who just retired to go to school, but there’s no press or fangirling going on? Several of her dirty secrets come out in the news and there’s no backlash?  She fears being recognized everywhere she goes but it never happens? Or when it does she brushes it off? None of those things added up.

Caleb was a good character and the romance portion of the story was kind of sweet. I liked that he pushed to know  Hailey as a person and was genuine and down-to-Earth.  Though it had potential, in the end it fell flat.

2.75 out of 5

This book is self-published. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

two-half-stars

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