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Posted September 24, 2014
Go With Me is book #2 in the With Me series by Elyssa Patrick. It's a wonderful New Adult contemporary romance. This book centers around Daphne Fox (her brother was the love interest in book #1). I'm really glad Daphne got her own book. I really liked the first book in this series, but I loved this one.
In this book, Daphne falls for her brother's best friend Nick. She has known him for years and has secretly had a bit of a thing for him – but has had trouble admitting it to herself. Mostly, she's convinced that she hates him. He drives her crazy. They fight all the time. Nick, her brother Caleb, and Caleb's other friends are all very protective of her. Ever since she almost died in a horrible car accident, her brother and his friends practically smother her and it drives her nuts.
The synopsis is a little misleading in the fact that this book is only from Daphne's point of view. I thought the synopsis made is sound like it would be a dual point of view. I'm not disappointed though. I liked the book just the way it was, and leaving it to Daphne's POV made Nick a little more mysterious.
Daphne is a great lead character. She's very smart and sassy. Physically, she's not perfect. She has a lot of scars from the car accident. Also, she's a little on the short side and she is curvy instead of skinny. I love how she's not afraid to eat all of the time – even around the guys.
The chemistry between Nick and Daphne just leaps off the pages. I love them together. Their relationship is HOT and swoonworthy. The love scenes were pretty steamy and graphic, so this is definitely an adult read. I love the way that Nick was watching Daphne from afar – patiently waiting on her to deal with her grief (including losing her boyfriend in the fatal wreck). However, he is pretty determined to make Daphne his – and in the beginning of this book he lets her know just how he feels. Daphne eventually admits to herself, and to Nick, that she likes him. Unfortunately, she knows that her brother will flip out if he finds out about her and Nick. She doesn't want to come between her brother and his best friend.
I just love all the characters in this book. I hope they all get their own stories. I'm really looking forward to Jamie's book, which is coming out next. And I think I will just die if Griff doesn't get his own book. He is so quiet and brooding – so it's hard to tell what he's thinking. Elyssa Patrick has several other books out that I will have to try. I believe this author will be going on my must-read list.
Posted September 19, 2014
Ok, so I don't know if the NA genre is growing old for me our I'm just been jaded lately but this book didn't do it for me. I really liked the first book so I was excited to read this one but in the end it was just ok. Cute but ok.
I liked the idea of the book but it just got a bit tiresome for me with ....we hate each other , now we like each other, oh girl has issues (that weren't even that dramatic but did she milk them yes Daphne did), boy likes girl more than girl like boy, girl is afraid of basically everything then boom all of a sudden girl is just as head over heels in love with boy then way to lovey dovey for me then a tiny blow up then lovey dovey again. (wow maybe I am jaded. Hmmph!)
It was a cute book and if I was in the age of 17 to 19 I think I would have loved it, but sadly I am WAY older and it didn't quite cut it for me. It had sweet elements, I feel like it was trying to be too steamy and didn't quite fit in between all the lovey dovey stuff. Nick was a sweetheart and I got a bit tired of Daphne's issues but the idea and premise were decent.
Posted August 30, 2014
While Go With Me was an endearing read, it didn't quite pack the emotional punch Stay With Me did. I was so excited that Daphne and Nick were getting their own story. I fell for both of them in Stay With Me. And I enjoyed getting to know them even better.
Daphne Fox is smart, opinionated, and foul-mouthed. She's also bearing some emotional scars to go along with the physical ones she obtained in a car accident that claimed the lives of her best friends. She puts on a good show but her smart-assed wit serves to deflect attention from those things she doesn't want to relive or share.
Nick Brady is a hunky, loyal, and very observant guy. He's best friends with Caleb, Daphne's older brother, and has maintained an antagonistic relationship with Daphne. Nick has been hiding a pretty big secret though. And he sees so much more than Daphne would like him to.
I really enjoyed the antagonism between Daphne and Nick. They make a nice couple and some people have always seen that. But not Caleb, and a part of the tension in the story revolves around Daphne not wanting to tell Caleb about her and Nick. Mostly though, this story is about Daphne dealing with her baggage in order to fully commit to Nick. While I really wanted them together, I never quite felt the emotions about Daphne's trust issues. Yes, I understood her fear of trusting because she might lose that person, but I felt Ms. Patrick told me rather than showed me. This prevented me having a deeper emotional connection with Daphne. Also, since the story is told in first person, present tense, we get a lot of Daphne's inner monologue. And it irritated me at times - I felt it made Daphne out as immature. However, she is only 18..."almost 19."
One thing I like about this series is its great cast of characters. The full cast is present in Go With Me and I was delighted to get better acquainted with Jamie and Griff, but Jamie in particular. We got a glimpse into this 'fun' guy's more serious side and I'm eager to get his story, which is next.
Overall, I did like Go With Me. Despite feeling like my connection with Daphne could have been stronger, she did do some maturing over the course of the story, particularly emotionally, and that was a pleasure to watch. And I truly enjoyed the burgeoning relationship between she and Nick.
**I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**
Posted August 30, 2014
A combination "brother's best friend" and "enemies to lovers" story--yay!
I really enjoyed Daphne and Nick's story (though now of course I have to go back and read Hailey and Caleb's (Stay With Me)--and am dying for Jaime's (Try With Me) to come out!). It nicely blends of two really fun troupes, and features a eminently likable extended cast of characters--and their quirky pets :)
(I love Spartacus the sock-stealing ferret! Not enough fictional characters have ferrets. But I digress...)
Daphne is Caleb's oldest younger sister and Hailey's best friend. When she was seventeen, she was the driver in a fatal accident--her boyfriend, best friend, and best friend's boyfriend were all killed when a drunk driver collided with them head-on. She's had some hefty physical scars ever since, but the emotional ones are even worse. Heavy with survivor's guilt, she has lied to everyone close to her and claims that she remembers nothing of the accident even though it has given her panic attacks and nightmares for almost a year and a half now.
Nick has loved Daphne almost as long as he's known her, though he's tried to resist out of respect for his best friend, her older brother Caleb. He's been biding his time for quite a while, but New Year's Eve has him ready to make a move. He's very patient with Daphne, willing to take things slow as she comes to terms with the fact that she's really been lusting after the "Nick f*cking Brady" she's been complaining long and loudly about, but he's not willing to be her dirty little secret. He wants to tell Caleb--heck, tell the entire world--that they're an item from the start.
The "I-can't-tell-my-brother-he'd-freak-out-and-try-to-kill-you" drama does go on a touch long--seriously, everyone else and their brother practically knows, and it's amazingly unfair to poor Caleb--but Daphne makes nice with her apology. Overall it's not too far out of the realm of believablility; just aggravating. Nick is amazingly patient--an excellent book boyfriend--though he does eventually reach the end of his rope.
He is, however, very good at apologizing and gift buying. Bonus!
I read this one in a single day, and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to see what happens next for this cast of characters--bring on Jamie's story, I'm ready!
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 20, 2014
Posted August 17, 2014
After reading and enjoying Elyssa's first book in the series Stay With Me, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Daphne's story. We got a brief glimpse of her and Nick interacting in the first book and I have been cheering these two on from the beginning.
Pacing: I liked the pacing of the book overall, but I did feel Daphne and Nick's relationship was a bit fast. They are clearly attracted to one another, even though they bicker and fight like crazy. Nick has been in love with her for some time now, so his feelings shouldn't have come as a surprise to me, but for some reason I almost felt it was a bit rushed. I also felt some of Nick's dialogue was a bit awkward for me. It was more flowery than I would have pictured, and while I'm all for laying feelings out on the line, I think it was a bit overkill.
Storyline: It has been a little over a year since a tragic accident changed Daphne Fox's life forever. Not only does she bear physical scars that serve as brutal reminders, but she has emotional ones as well. She is attracted to her older brother's best friend, Nick, but refuses to entertain the thought that the two could actually be something together. Nick, however, has been sweet on Daphne for some time, and is finally stepping up to the plate and putting his feelings out there to her. As things heat up between the two, Daphne is insistent they keep their relationship a secret. She still carries a lot of guilt from the accident and fears that she won't be able to give Nick what he wants: her heart.
Characters: I liked Daphne, even though she drove me a little crazy with her not wanting to tell her older brother about her and Nick. She is afraid of ruining their friendship if things between them go south, which I get. It also hurt Nick, as he didn't want to be her dirty little secret. She is a survivor though and she has been through more trauma than someone should ever have to deal with in their lifetime. Nick is extremely supportive of her and he really is a good guy through and through. She is afraid to completely let him in for a multitude of reasons, but the greatest one being that Nick makes her vulnerable.
I really like that the side characters played such a pivotal role in the novel. I enjoyed seeing Caleb and Hailey again, as well as how close Hailey and Daphne have become. I also like that we got to see a bit more of Jamie in this book, as his novel is coming up next. He is the easy going, jokester of the group, but we also see that Jamie has a more serious side as well. My fingers are also crossed for Griff and Kate, as I hope they get a story!
Final Thoughts: I thought this was a cute read, even though I had a few issues with the dialogue. I do like the college feel to this book though and I felt the friendships between the characters was such an important part of the book. Nick and Daphne's relationship is sweet and I'm glad she was able to start making peace with the past and move forward with her life.
Posted August 13, 2014
I know the characters were college age but they seemed way too juvenile. The dialogue was high school maturity at best. Daphine was a whiner and she was very wrapped up in herself. If anyone called her out, it was a tragedy and that person was horrible and vile for telling her about herself. I did not bother with the first in the series and will not continue with any more of these books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2014
I have waited SO long for this book, and boy was it worth the wait. Let's start off with- Elyssa Patrick sure knows how to feed my trope obsessed mind. Go With Me is the ever adored my best friend's sister trope, and a fantastic on at that. Wit, love, substance, lust, angst. This book is truly a all-in-one new adult top pick.
Daphne Fox has had her trials. After a devastating accident left her with severe survivor's guilt she's learned to internalize everything lest her overprotective friends and family hover any more than they already do. Part of that overprotective group is Nick Brady. He's that friend Daphne volleys back and forth with. Always exchanging pleasant snark with one another, she's never wanted to delve deeper to understand her real feeling for him. Much less expect him to turn the table on her out of the blue and try to turn their relationship into something she never dreamed she'd have or deserve. Yet, as Daphne has only been living half a life since the accident she has a lot of cleaning up to do before she can freely be with Nick. With the hiding, secrecy and guilt Daphne finally breaks. She's forced to reveal all and it may cost her some very dear relationships in the process. The love she never expected may be strong, but can it survive the truth and the time it takes to get there?
Here's my thoughts- Daphne, lovable character who was handed a crappy hand and did the best she could. She did teeter on the obnoxious tightrope a time or two, but all in all I loved the growth she experienced throughout the book and her interactions with Nick were both sweet and steamy. Nick- there is absolutely nothing I don't love about this guy. Patient to a fault- check. Hunky and hot- double check. Sexy and adorable- quadruple check. My only question is- Where in good tarnations is my own Nick Brady?! Ms. Patrick it is simply not fair that you create this magnificent man and not share him more wholly with the world. But moving on, the chemistry between Daphne and Nick was sweet and hot, yet not overbearing. Mixed in with the story, this book was the perfect recipe for me to devour. And another sigh of relief on my end? I don't have to wait another year until the next book! Yes, that is me cheering you hear. I simply can't wait for the next installment with this funky cast of characters!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Posted July 5, 2014
4.5 out of 5 stars
This was a pretty incredible story and I was invested from the beginning!
Daphne and Nick were great characters and I enjoyed the ups and downs they experienced and the growth of their relationship. I felt so much for Daphne and could totally understood where she was coming from with so many things. My heart hurt for her, I cheered for her, I got frustrated with her, and I really, really liked her. Nick is just so sweet and fantastic and I loved all their interactions, from their animosity in the beginning to their lighter, more entertaining moments. I do wish I would have learned a little more about Nick’s past and what it was like when he and Daphne knew each other pre-story.
I thought Daphne’s character had nice development, I like how it was all laid out. I could feel her moments of vulnerability and growth. She totally came into her own in this story and I loved how everything played out and her accepting who she is. This strong young woman who always put up a front finally lets her defenses down to let people in. It was awesome!
There was some really nice heat in this book. I liked that there was a true build to everything, it made it seem very realistic to me. Nick was such a charming and sexy gentleman. Those hot times are hot, no doubt about it.
I really enjoyed all the other guys. I feel like we got to know a lot more about them which was nice. I really liked Jamie's character and am looking forward to his story. I loved that Hailey and Caleb were in this as well, not just a side note either, they were really integrated well. It's nice to see them together. I thought Daphne and Hailey's relationship was really fun and that provided for some entertaining moments. I thought the book had an even pace and there were bit of drama throughout that kept me turning the page because I wanted to know what happened next.
An engaging and sexy story filled with love, growth and vulnerability. Nick and Daphne are adorable together!
Complimentary copy received for honest review.
Posted June 29, 2014
I was excited to read ‘Go With Me’ ever since I learned that Daphne would be getting her story told, and I knew that if Elyssa Patrick drew me in as she did during ‘Stay With Me’ I would be a very happy reader. Needless to say, I finished ‘Go With Me’ with a huge, content smile on my face, very much sure that I have found another favourite author to add to my must-read list.
Daphne’s character intrigued me throughout 'Stay With Me', and in this novel, we see a whole other side to her than what she showed Haley in book one. There was a deep sadness and pain within her, and the psychological aspects of her past and how these were still weighing heavily on her were written to perfection. This story didn’t need lots of action to make it exciting, as the most rewarding part of this story was seeing how both Daphne and Nick developed not only as a couple, but as young people who were struggling to make the most of their present.
Daphne always provided some light relief in book one, so it was brilliant to see the added humour in this book as well. Daphne’s wit and the verbal sparring that her and Nick engage in had me in stitches, especially when their relationship becomes more sexual and they fire innuendos at each other left right and centre. It was also great to see how Daphne originally used humour to deflect her true feelings, but as the story went on, she felt more comfortable being honest about her pain to her brother’s and friends, making the moments of humour more meaningful as they showed the extent of her recovery from her past trauma.
Getting to see Nick more closely was so great, and he is firmly on my list of top book boyfriends. I loved the devotion and passion he had for Daphne and how he had to make personal changes to protect Daphne in a way that she could accept and didn’t find overbearing. I loved that Nick was the first to admit his feelings and that the author didn’t rush Daphne’s response, instead allowing her the time to reach those feelings herself, without feeling pressured to respond immediately, to spare Nick’s feelings.
This was a fantastic, funny, at times emotional, and overall heart-warming read which has stayed with me long after finishing it.
*Review copy was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours review opportunities, in exchange for an honest review.*
Posted June 20, 2014
This is such a sweet story. daphne is haunted by her tragic accident and Nick has loved her for years...their romance is just sigh-worthy! This series is so good! Looking forward to the next book...Jamie's story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2014
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Posted June 19, 2014
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