Here’s the thing about JLA books that I will always learn the hard way: you love them, you hate them, you want to scream, and you want to throw your phone. That’s what Stay with Me is like, in a good way of course.
Where do we start? We met Calla back in Teresa’s book and it was hinted that she had a tumultuous past—she suffered tragically and lived through her moms drug abuse. Calla’s mom stole her money for college, ran up a huge debt in her name, and now Calla is on mission to find her mom, Mona, and right the wrong.
But things aren’t as they seem when she returns home and finds the bar her mom owns, Mona’s, being run by another JLA holy hotness creation named Jax. What’s worse is that Mona is nowhere to be found and stepping into her old home meant some shady people would come knocking.
Jax is stubborn, determined, and completely enthralled by Calla—so when he finally convinces her to let him help, all bets are off. He is there, even when he is pushed away, because he truly knows what they are up against. Jax is extremely selfless and it’s shown throughout the book.
Calla is the kind of girl that you would want as your friend. She’s gone through some stuff, she has a horrible scar and some self image issues, but she is so kind and compassionate. I think that’s what I love the most about her and Jax’s relationship: it’s put through the ringer and they have nothing but respect for each other.
Stay with Me was action packed and had me at the edge of my seat from the beginning. From Calla, the fearless detective just wanting to right the wrong, to Jax who has proven time and time again he would take a bullet for Calla.
Calla quickly learns you can run from your past but you can’t run forever. The question remains: what consequences linger from Mona’s shady choices?