Wait For Me by K.L. Grayson
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Wait for Me, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by USA Today bestselling author K.L. Grayson.
My life is a mess. Literally.
I’m a single dad, which means If I’m not cleaning up spilled milk or changing a diaper, I’m pulling gum from my daughter’s hair. I barely have enough time to eat—let alone sleep.
And women? Forget about it. That ship sailed two years ago along with my ex-wife. My brother says I need to get laid. I say, screw that. I’m content with my life, until pop star Nora Hayes walks through my best friend’s front door and flips my world upside down.
She’s beautiful, famous, and completely off limits.
My life is a headline waiting to happen. Literally.
It all started with fishnet stockings and ended with a baseball bat to boyfriend’s Porsche, putting me on the front page of every newspaper and gossip magazine in the country.
My life is spiraling out of control and I’m ready to make some serious changes. What I’m not ready for is a hunky man to strut his jean clad tush into my life. Grayson Calhoun is as rugged as he is sweet. He’s also way in over his head with his kids, and I have an offer I’m hoping he can’t refuse.
What starts as an agreement, turns to a friendship, and quickly escalates to stolen kisses and heated nights spent wrapped in each other’s arms. What we have is temporary. I promise him that I won’t fall in love.
But I make that promise already knowing it’s a lie.
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I’m a huge fan of the single dad trope; there’s just something so sexy about a dad who loves his kids and does whatever it takes to ensure their happiness and safety regardless of how difficult it is to go about things on his own. Grayson Callhoun is one hell of a father to his three kids, and while he may not be the best chaos coordinator at times due to his personal and professional responsibilities, it’s easy to see how much he adores his children, how they keep him going when he’s ready to quit. They’re his lifeline; they’re his everything and that’s made abundantly clear throughout the story.
Nora Hayes has never been able to just be herself. For far too long, her public persona has dictated every move she makes and leading that kind of life has been incredibly lonely as well as exhausting, so I truly can’t blame her for acting out a bit at the beginning of the story, taking back control of her life – something she hasn’t had since she was young – and taking some time to figure out exactly what she wants for herself, and as luck would have it, she takes time away from the limelight in the perfect place, and while she wasn’t looking for anything more than a break from everything that controlled her, Nora finds out that she belongs surrounded by three amazing kids and a man who shows her the meaning of family and just how easy it is to be yourself with the right people.
Nora and Grayson are great characters and it’s clear, early on, just how much chemistry there is between them and how it’s only a matter of time before they give into what’s been developing between them since their initial interaction. But regardless of their attraction, there are a lot of variables to consider, so the slow burn of their romance is perfect for what these two were sorting through in their own lives. Becoming friends and then something more ensures that both Grayson and Nora have dealt with their respective pasts, figured out who they are and what they want and deserve, and then going after it, knowing they’re all in for the long haul, making themselves a family in all ways possible.
I have to say that Grayson’s three kids stole the show, so to speak. Jack, Emma, and Henry are so darn cute, and the way they light up when Nora enters their life, showering love on them that they’re so desperate for made me have all the feels every time they were together.
K.L. Grayson is a new-to-me author, so I was excited to dive into Wait For Me and learn how Grayson crafts her stories, constructing dynamic main and secondary characters as well as creating a plot line that progresses seamlessly and realistically based on who her characters are and what conflicts they need to overcome. And after reading Nora and Grayson’s story in all of its sweet and slow burn glory, I can wholeheartedly say that I’m so glad I signed up for this book, and I’m definitely one-clicking more of K.L. Grayson’s books as soon as possible.
4.5 Poison Apples
What is all of this?” she asks, flipping through the pages of my chicken scratch.
“Ideas from Marnie.”
“The manager I spoke with. Keep up, Jessa.”
“Sorry. Tell me about her.”
“There isn’t much to tell. She was nice. We talked about what went wrong with Becky, where my career has been, and the direction I want to take it. And get this, she outlined a plan for making it happen. We video conferenced for almost three hours, and I’m really impressed with her.”
“So, what happens now?”
“I told her I’m not ready to go back to LA, and she agreed. I’m going to spend the summer working on some of my own songs for the next album. She’s going to talk with the music execs and make sure they’re on the same page as us.”
“And if they’re not?”
“Then we’ll go somewhere else. They aren’t the only label in town. Anyway, Marnie thinks it’s a good idea to lay low after what happened with Todd—let the media interest die down while she works on putting our plan in motion, and when I go to Todd’s premiere, Marnie and I will meet in person.”
“You still have to go to Todd’s premiere?”
I groan and drop onto the bed beside Jessa. “Unfortunately.”
“It is what it is. I shouldn’t have bashed the hell out of his Porsche or stolen his BMW, although it felt great. Lesson learned. Next time I’ll beat up the guy, not the car.”
“Let’s hope there isn’t a next time. I thought your brother was going to lose his mind when you called and told us what happened. He was ready to hop a plane and hunt Todd down.”
I smile at the thought. Nick isn’t a fighter, but I know he’d go head to head if it meant protecting Jessa or me. “Thank you again for letting me crash here.”
“Stop thanking us. You’re family. This is your home too.”
I rest my hand on hers and squeeze it gently. “Love you, Jessa.”
“I hate to break up the chick fest,” Nick says, appearing in the doorway, “but I’m starving.”
“What are you doing home from work?” I ask.
“Didn’t you hear me? I’m starving. I was hoping one of you would make me lunch.”
I give Jessa a nudge. “He’s your husband.”
Nick holds out his hand and pulls Jessa into his arms. The way they look at each other, with stars in their eyes, is absolutely adorable, and also a little disgusting.
They kiss, and Jessa melts. I want what they have.
When Nick deepens the kiss, I throw a pillow at their heads.
“Can you take that into another room, please?”
The two lovebirds laugh and stumble out, but the giggling doesn’t stop. I hear another door shut and then a thump, followed by a moan. I cover my ears and flop back on the bed.
This is going to be a long summer.
About K.L. Grayson
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained
daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she
writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the
day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males,
brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that
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