ARC Review: Stay With Me (With Me, #1) by Elyssa Patrick

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stay with meTitle: Stay With Me
Series: With Me, #1
Elyssa Patrick
Date(s) read:
August 5, 2013
New Adult Contemporary
Author (ARC)


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.

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Thank you to Elyssa Patrick & NetGalley for an ecopy of this book for review!

I know I’ve said it before, but I love books about music and musicians. So really, when I saw the cover of this book after the author mentioned it was on NetGalley, I was sold. I mean, a girl and a guitar? How can it not be awesome?

OK, so there can be bad music books, but I’m happy to say that this wasn’t one. Mainly because it took me by surprise. The main character is a famous musician — but she doesn’t want to be that person anymore. She just wants to go back to school, get her degree, make some friends, and be a normal person. Of course, that’s a hard thing to do when everyone who looks at her sees only her famous personality.

I loved Hailey’s character and really felt for her in her determination to just be a normal person — is it something that could be possible? Thankfully, we get characters like Caleb and Daphne who see Hailey for HAILEY, not for Hailey Bloom — Musician and Superstar! And of course, there’s romance and lots of sexytimes going on — LOTS of sexytimes. It seems to be a thing that might not occur in New Adult books — or it might occur in vast quantities. Not that I’m complaining, especially since Caleb was QUITE the character.

Aside from that, we also had a focus on family — from Caleb’s awesome sister Daphne, to Hailey’s overbearing mother, and, really, to all those people who we make family. It was such a great book to see Hailey’s journey to find what really matters and who really matters to her.

I wouldn’t say that this was my favourite New Adult book, but it was definitely enjoyable. I loved the characters and felt that the story was easy to read and kept my interest for the whole day I spent reading it. I would be interested to see what Elyssa Patrick comes up with next. Seeing that this book is the first in a series, I’m intrigued to see what the next book brings. Will we get more of Caleb and Hailey — or maybe another character? At any rate, it’s bound to be good!


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6 thoughts on “ARC Review: Stay With Me (With Me, #1) by Elyssa Patrick

  1. Haha, I’ve read this one as well, though I think you liked it better than I did. I think that may be attributed to the fact that I’m a Young Adult and this was my first New Adult book– I just wasn’t that comfortable reading this one yet XD I liked Hailey’s character, though I think I liked Daphne so much better, just because she was funny and was someone I could relate to (I’m not a rock star or anything after all!). Caleb was beautiful. That was the only thing running through my head, really XD This was by no means the best book I’ve read, but I think it deserves credit for being better than expected 🙂 I think I might want to read Go With Me and Dream With Me more than this one, because both Nick and Griff seem interesting! 😀 Great review 🙂

    • Some New Adult books are good at bridging the gap between the YA and the Adult books … but some definitely think that NA means “include all the sex.” If you’re not used to it, it can be quite jarring! I’m not sure if I’ll continue on, but we’ll see! 🙂

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