Blog Tour: Review of Stay With Me by Elyssa Patrick

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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 quick and easy read! The plot really begins the second you start reading it and beyond. There were no fillers and/or slow parts.

It centers around a 17 year old girl named Hailey Bloom who has spent her entire life in the spotlight, having people fawn all over her simply because of the backlash of attention they'd receive themselves by being near her. Therefore, it's caused Hailey to become protective of herself and her assets and defensive to all of those around, including her own mother.

When she meets Caleb Fox, it's no different. Her first natural instinct is to protect herself, believing that everyone is only looking out for their own greed and not her well-being. But something in the way he looks at her... Well, let's just say: Hook, line, and sinker!

Oddly enough, I haven't yet read a book with a premise like this one before, and I can definitely see the appeal. The entire idea (Famous girl, wishing for a normal life, goes to a small-town college, and falls in love with a local boy) is extremely delicious, and this book delivered it well.

Downsides: There was insta-love in this novel. Hailey and Caleb meet on the first page, and there is this burning, split-second, otherworldly attraction between the two.

Although I will say, this fast chemistry does sort of go with the pacing of the novel. Like I say before, this is a quick book so it makes sense that their relationship is also jump-started in a hurried way.

But if you're looking for a fast romance novel that has some hot and steamy moments, then definitely pick up Stay With Me!

Cute quote:
He steps closer to me, a glint in his eyes. "I'm a distraction?"
"A huge one."
"Good." He's so close to me that his breath whispers over my hair. His lips are almost touching my ear. "Because you're definitely distracting, too."
I put my hand against his chest and feel his muscles tighten in response. "Well, then we're in perfect agreement."
"And what's that?"
"Distractions"I jump when I feel his mouth skate over my earlobe"are not needed, and that w-we sh-should..."
His lips enclose on my lobe, tugging it gently. "You were saying?"


Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


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