1. I hate Nick Brady. Loathe. Abhor. Can’t stand him 95% of the time. 2. That other 5%? I’m not talking about that at all. 3. People think I’m lucky for surviving the car crash. I disagree. 4. Nick is the only guy who makes my nightmares go away. 5. I won’t love him, though. Love is not worth the pain.
I, Nick Brady, have a few confessions of my own:
1. I don’t hate Daphne Fox. At all. 2. I find her scar sexy. Just like the rest of her. 3. I may be her older brother’s best friend, but that’s not going to stop me. 4. I love her. 5. And I’m going to do everything I can to have her.
New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a HEA - Recommended for ages 17 and older.
☆I received an ARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours on behalf of the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!☆
Go With Me solidified my fandom for Elyssa Patrick’s work. It was quick, fun, and entirely refreshing!
Basically, while one person is hating on the other; the other is trying to win the other over. What a f*#cked up situation to be in right? It’s like a love-hate relationship gone mad! Lol.
Go With Me kind of reminded me of the saying, “there’s a fine line between love and hate.” I think it proved to be case between Daphne and Nick in their love affair, don't you think? Now add on some jaded past issues and heartbreak to resolve and you got yourself a story!
Great job Elyssa! I really loved this installment!
Once again author Elyssa Patrick has drawn me back into a new adult story that was heartbreaking, hopeful, and filled with so much love that my heart is bursting. The second book in her With Me series features Daphne Fox and Nick fucking Brady (the heroine’s words not mine). Nick is Daphne’s brother’s best friend and a pain in her ass, or so she says. However, one night and one kiss change all that but Daphne has scars and not only the visible ones left from the car accident that left her clinging to life and three of her closest friends dead. Nick however, is a very persistent young man and intends to make sure Daphne once and for all see herself the way her sees her. A book of acceptance, of healing, of hope, of forgiveness, and most of all love Go With Me is a wonderful addition to this series. Daphne is one of those heroines you can’t help but like and would no doubt love to party with. After surviving an accident that the probably shouldn’t, Daphne has no problems living life to the fullest but safely. She’s smart, like really smart, sarcastic, witty, and doesn’t back down easily. I love the determined side of Nick. Nick might be Daphne’s brother’s friend but he’s always liked Daphne and is determined to show her just how much. I loved that he didn’t push her on anything, he might have nudged her a few times but he was careful to let her figure things out and then share. He showed remarkable restraint most of the time considering Daphne isn’t the easiest person to be around. I admired the fact that he wasn’t afraid to share his feelings despite knowing Daphne was closed off and had issues she didn’t want to deal with. I really enjoyed watching these two get to know each other on a different level that their previous one of agitating one another beyond belief. Nick was quite the romantic and it was fun to watch him fluster Daphne time and time again. I loved that he let Daphne know he wanted her scars and all; that he thought she was beautiful inside and out. There were a few times Daphne drove me a little nuts but I had to remind myself she was nineteen years old and had been through a life and death situation that most adults have never been through. While not an easy story, it was steady. The author put these two through the paces of figuring out what it takes to be in a relationship; the joy, the sadness, the trust, the ups and downs, and the grown up decisions that you must make. While not completely pretty, this story felt real and that’s what sets this author above so many out here. Go With Me is another fantastic offering from Elyssa Patrick and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.
I could... if I was brave enough... love him. I could open my heart and fall in love with him. In some ways, it would be so easy to let him capture me.
Go With Me, is an enjoyable, immersive and easy to read romance. I loved Daphne, in Stay With Me (book one in this series), she was snarky, sassy and swore like a sailor, and although she is still for the most part all those things in Go With Me, I feel we lost her essence a little bit at times, due to some overly long and rambling inner-monologues, and the excess of drama between her and Nick itself.
"I Keep expecting to lose the ones I love the most."
Daphne is carrying around some serious scars, some are visible to the naked eye and some are buried deep within her. The only survivor of a horrific car crash, she hides her true self and the struggles that she is having behind an overconfident and brash exterior.
I say I can’t remember. I’ve lied. I haven’t forgotten. I remember everything. I wish I didn’t.
Nick ‘Fucking’ Brady see’s past all of Daphne’s bluster and bravado, to the damaged and insecure woman that is lurking beneath. Daphne doesn't like the feelings of vulnerability this exposure causes, or the extreme emotions that Nick brings out in her, so she tries to hide in the only way she knows how to – behind sarcasm and arguments.
The secretive nature of their relationship didn't really work for me, especially as at the end there was only really one person who didn't actually know. I understand why Daphne felt she needed to keep things to herself, but with all the other issues this couple were battling, it was extra drama that I kinda felt their story didn't need.
I still enjoyed it, I am still dying to read the rest of this series, Elyssa pulls you into her stories, makes you feel a part of the story, and I like that in a book. Jamie is up next, I have to say I have a little soft spot for the Joker in the Pack, I have a feeling there is more to him than meets the eye!
Try With Me - Due for release later in 2014.
ARC generously supplied by the author, in exchange for the above honest review.
This author caught my attention when I stumbled onto Stay With Me and I fell in love with the whole gang. I thought that Hailey and Caleb's story was good but Nick and Daphne's story was so romantic and sweet and I just loved it.
This was my idea of what a Nice Romantic Movie would be like. What Daphne went through was just so sad, but I loved that Nick was there from the beginning and all he did was wait until she was ready to come to him. For some reason all through this book, I kept hearing Secrets by One Republic in my head :-)
OMG I was so excited to see that Go with me was Daphne and Nick’s story!! I knew from the first book that their story was going to be a knuckle dragging, barb throwing all-out battle of wills, and let me tell you Miss.Patrick delivered. With Nick’s protective, witty and all out hotness and Daphne being a self-proclaimed “Funny girl, whose swearing could make a sailor blush” this book is a riot and a heartbreaker. When these two aren’t trading insults and witty com backs they are burning the pages up with innuendos and out right sexiness.
In the first book we learned about the tragic accident that Daph was in that almost cost her her life. She may have lived through the accident and gained a lot of scars that everybody could see daily but it was the scars on her heart and soul that kept her from really living. That night she lost her first love, her best friend and her friend’s boyfriend, all because someone made the choice to drive drunk. After the accident she decided to start being who she really was but to keep her heart locked up so she would never have to feel that loss again. It was easy enough to keep everyone at bay, all except her family and the extended family that her brother has brought in. Then enter one…..
“Nick fucking Brady”
Nick has been Daph’s brother’s best friend and roommate for a long time and he has watched, loved and wanted Daphne from afar for just as long but he doesn’t want to wait anymore and is more than willing to make sure she knows that.
“Nick leans forward, his voice dipping low. “But don’t forget, Daph, what I said you’ll be with me—“ “when hell freezes over.” His jaw firms with determination.” Hell is about to freeze over, then.”
I love Nick he wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to Daphne. Even though she is dragging her feet and being as stubborn as a two year old in a grocery store about the way he feels for her and the way he knows she feels for him. “Maybe I’m just not interested in you.” “And maybe the pope isn’t Catholic.”
The way these two go at it had me laughing out loud one chapter and fearing my kindle would combust in the next! I tell you nick knows how to wow a lady and made her feel like she is the only one in the world that can keep him alive. I loved the fact that he never questioned his feelings or interest in Daph, even when she was telling him otherwise. The author did a great job with the struggle of Daphne letting go and moving on, at no point was I so frustrated with her inner turmoil that I wanted to quit reading and that is a big feet in my opinion because I have had other books that I literally had to put down in fear of throwing my kindle across the room because I was so annoyed with the “should I’s and the shouldn’t I’s”. “And every time you walk into a room, I can’t breathe. Every time you smile, I can’t think. Every time you look at me, I can’t function—and yeah, that even happens when you’re glaring at me.”
This book was also rounded out nicely with the other characters that I have grown to love. Jamie the smart ass, Casanova. Griff the silent and broody. And of course the couple that started the series Caleb and Hailey. We get to catch up with them all and even learn a little more about my favorite smart ass, whose story I’m so excited to read in the next instalment. So in closing because I could go on for ever about this book and every single character……This is a must read and I Miss.Elyssa Patrick has a fan in me for life Now I just wanna leave you all with my favorite line in this book that I have actually started using in my everyday life….. “Keep calm and kiss on.”
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from Author and Xpresso Book Tours
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.
*Sighs* Oh Nick you are just too much of a smarta** for your own good, "why?" he asks. "Is there something of mine you would like to....bite?" I loved his overall attitude and the attitude he had when he was around Daphne, "hmmm." Nick glances around our room, his eyebrows drawing together when I hastily turn to shut my laptop and rub my freezing hands together. "I can see this might take awhile. I probably should get comfortable." He's also not one to mind voicing his opinions on what his girl should wear, "no," he says firmly. "Although I won't complain if you get yourself in some...tight clothing." He also is something else when naughty time rolls around, "he laughs. "I'll take my Godzilla size c*** as a compliment. It'll start to feel good. Promise." I liked reading this book and seeing the familiar faces from book one it's always great to see how other characters are getting along. I can't wait for more.
*I received an eARC of this from the author in exchange for an honest review. *Full review can be found at Part of that World.
I absolutely loved the first book in this series! I loved Hailey's and Caleb's story and romance. I also adored the secondary characters so much and was glad that the series was a string of standalones featuring the different ones. I liked Daphne's and Nick's story, but I guess I was just looking for something a little more.
Rating: 3 Steamy Stars!
Nick and Daphne were two of my favorite characters in the last book, and I couldn't wait to explore the sexual tension between the two of them. But, I guess I just wasn't as invested with them as I was with Hailey and Caleb.
Daphne Fox is Caleb's little sister and a fighter. A survivor. Though, she hates people who call her that. But she is a survivor. She went through an unimaginable tragedy when she was in high school. She lost her boyfriend, her best friend, and her best friend's boyfriend. She was driving that car that night; she did everything right. But she didn't count on someone deciding to take a drive while drunk. And because of that, Daphne is scarred for life and is left feeling survivor's guilt over being alive. She's seemingly all put-together. She's fun, sassy, and hilarious. But she spent this whole book taking "baby steps" when it came to hers and Nick's relationship and talking about the guilt that comes with wanting to live her life. I think she actually needed to go to therapy, because this girl still has issues to work through.
But Nick was there to help her through it. Oh, I absolutely adore books where the guy falls in love with his best friend's little sister. In the first book, he's this mysterious womanizer who loves to tease Daphne. They "hate" each other. Or so Daphne thinks. But I seriously don't know anything about Nick! He loves Daphne, is best friends with Caleb, has a pet ferret named Spartacus, his dad had a heart attack, and he has a sports blog with his friends. That's all I know about him! He was such a one-dimensional character. Sure, he's likable and funny. But this story wasn't about him; it was about Daphne and her finding the strength to move on from the accident. His character development got left behind in the dust.
Like I said, I love the falling in love with the best friend's little sister scenario. It's one of my favorite romances. Their relationship changed from "hate" to want to like to love in a believable timeframe. And it was so steamy!
The secondary characters, though, ruled this book! I absolutely love it when all of the friends are together, even Dylan and Kai. Jamie is my favorite, and I can't wait to read his story! But yeah, their dialogue and interactions together were my favorite scenes of the book. Not the romance.
The plot was simple, but I was never truly bored. I love the pop culture references the author uses and the refreshing dialogue between these college students. It makes them feel real, like this is what other groups of friends do together in their spare time and how they talk to each other. It was natural and flowed smoothly. Honestly, I thought for sure the author would have thrown in another accident, one involving Nick, so that Daphne would have to face her fears and admit her feelings for him. I was so positive that would happen, but it would have made me mad and wouldn't have felt like a natural direction the story would take. Glad it didn't. Although, the whole deal with Nick's father having a heart attack didn't fit with the story, especially since nothing was ever said about it again.
Go With Me was a steamy and delightful read about pushing through the pain and discovering that love is worth all the risks in the world.
This is a very enjoyable stand alone book in a series of stand alone books. I like that. There is a central cast of characters, and each book seems to focus on a different pair. So in each new story you get to revisit old friends, but from a new person’s perspective. It’s fun.
Elyssa Patrick, you are killing me with continuity issues.
I liked this book so much that after finishing it I immediately picked up the first in the series, Stay With Me. And promptly learned that this second book, Go With Me, starts on a lie.
Ms. Patrick, how can you do that? HOW???
How can you start this book with the premise that Daphne hates Nick, or at least that she says she hates him, and won’t even admit to herself that she thinks he is hot, when in the last book she outright stated that she liked him but wanted him to work for it? The whole backstory in this book about Daphne and Nick involved them constantly bickering and her thinking they hated each other.
Then, there are the gloves. Nick gives Daphne a pair of fingerless gloves for Valentine’s Day - a gift with great meaning, chosen with great consideration. Nevermind that in the previous book that takes place only a few months earlier she was wearing fingerless gloves. Did she lose the gloves she had? If so, no mention of that was made when she received the new gloves from Nick. Instead, it seemed like she never had fingerless gloves, and Nick getting them for her was like The Most Considerate and Thoughtful Gift Ever.
Lastly, there is the issue of The Accident. A horrific crash which occurred over a year before Go With Me begins, and in which everyone but Daphne died. Of course Daphne is dealing with some demons from the accident - survivor’s guilt, being smothered by concern from her brother and all of his friends, that kind of thing. The only demon she doesn’t seem to have developed after being the sole survivor of a fatal car accident is Drivers Anxiety. That’s right, Daphne was driving when her car was struck by a drunk driver, and her boyfriend, best friend, and best friend’s boyfriend were all killed. And although she doesn’t drive but once in the entire three months covered by this book, that one time (in which she is rushing a family member to the hospital), she steps up to the plate to drive when others are too frazzled and anxious to drive. That seems likely, right? Her whole existence is fraught with accident-related issues and anxiety, but the whole driving under pressure thing? Not a problem.
I cannot express how much these gaffes in the storyline bother me.
The story itself was pretty good. Daphne is cool, although her mental dialogue is a bit much. She is so casual about some things - like her lack of sexual experience and the fact that she came close to dying in that accident - yet gets overwrought about other things that I consider less important. The “big secret” that she keeps from Nick, that she is sure he will hate her for if he ever finds out falls into the “mountains out of molehills” category. However, Nick is super hot and so enamored with her, and she is generally lots of fun, so I can overlook her immature psychoses for the most part.
The continuity issues? Not forgivable.
I want to read the rest of this series. I really do. Daphne, her brother, and their friends are so entertaining and fun that I am curious to read how everyone else’s love story plays out. I am more than a little wary, though, of what I will find in the next stories. Will there continue to be major deviation from book to book? Will the author continue to show a cavalier indifference for what she has already written? There are at least four other characters whose stories are presumably waiting to be written.
Ms. Patrick, please, please, PLEASE keep the stories true.
Go With Me is a companion novel of Stay With Me. It follows the story of Daphne and Nick. FYI, Daphne is the sister of Caleb while Nick is his best friend.
Daphne Ariadne Fox was once a cheerful and lively teenage girl who seems so lucky to have it all – a wonderful family, sweet and loving boyfriend, and of course her best friend. She has a lot of dreams and one of those is to become a theater actress. She even scored a full scholarship ride to Juilliard. But all of those change when a drunk driver crushed his speeding car towards her car while they went out to celebrate. Her boyfriend, her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend, died instantly. Luckily, she survived that night and woke up to tell the tale. Since that night, nightmares meet her at night. She still feels guilty. She still questions God why she survived while the others did not? It would have been easier if they all died that unfaithful night. Every emotion she felt about that accident were bottled up inside. She chose not to share. She chose to let the memories torment her alone. She had already caused much damage. Every time she faces a mirror, she sees the remembrance of what happened that night. She dropped her scholarship to Juilliard and chose to go to the university his brother attends. She has scars over her body that will constantly remind her of that accident. She knows appearance is important in acting and in that decision, she realized she had a chance to pursue her real passion, writing.
Nick Brady may be a player but once he finds the woman he can see a future with, he won’t stop until he gets her. And the her, in his case, is his best friend’s little sister, Daphne. Big effin problem. Daphne thinks he hates her and she’s not that convince about his real intentions. How will he explain the years of pestering her? Of annoying her just too get her attention? It’s kind of pathetic actually, if you come to think of it. He had been in love with her for a long time, he’s afraid she might not return his feelings. Will it be enough if he admits that he loves her?
Daphne always hated Nick. He had given her enough reasons for her to hate him? It’s stranger now that he told her his intentions. As Nick puts effort into convincing her to give them a chance, she starts to see him in a new light. She starts to accept that she may also be as in love with him as he is to her. The problem is, she’s afraid – of her brother’s reaction, of losing a part of herself, of losing someone she loves. Is their love for each other enough to surpass their bigger problems?
I really had a good time reading this book. I love Daphne’s wits. I love her sense of humor, and her swearing tongue. She amuses me. I love her banters with Caleb’s friends. Even though she projects herself as a strong woman, I know she loves it when Nick becomes overprotective of her. I like her direct to the point personality. She obviously doesn’t sugar coat things.
I love Caleb’s gang. I love their union. Their tight and always look after each other. It’s like, if you mess with a member, you mess with the entire group. Jamie is adorable. Despite his self-confidence, he also has his insecurities. I also liked that Hailey and Caleb are still included in the book. It brings out the sense of familiarity. I cannot wait to hear Jamie and Zelda’s story. I’m guessing it would be as awesome as think book seeing that Jamie has one of the foulest mouths. Keep it up Elyssa!
Fourteen months ago Daphne suffered a tragedy that haunts her and keeps her from moving forward in her life due to the extreme amount of guilt that she carries around. She keeps it to herself and doesn’t allow anybody to enter her thoughts and help clear her conscience. Besides her constant guilt, she also is reminded daily of the tragedy when she looks at herself in the mirror and sees the scar.
I don’t want to burden anyone with what I went through – or have them know how it still haunts me to this day. Some secrets should always remain secrets.
Daphne is now at college and has tremendous support from her older brother, Caleb. Caleb has wonderful friends who help keep an eye on Daphne and regard her as their little sister. One of those guys has always rubbed Daphne the wrong way and the feelings she harbors for Nick Brady are not any of friendship.
It’s New Year’s Eve and the gang is celebrating together. Caleb and all his friends gather along with Daphne. The clock strikes midnight and guess what happens?? Nick and Daphne kiss. This changes everything between them because it’s not just a little peck on the lips announcing the New Year’s arrival. Nope…this is a complete makeout session.
It’s like a planet bursting into life in the galaxy – I never knew a kiss could be like this until now. Until him.
Now everything changes. The charade of hatred between the two is over and they need to decide if ruffling Caleb’s feathers is worth the chance at finding out if Nick and Daphne stand a shot at making it together. Nick wants to tell Caleb about their relationship, but Daphne still isn’t ready for her brother to know about them. Nick’s patience can only hold out so long and after that he begins to question whether they have something real or if it’s just a “dirty little secret.”
I felt like the entire book was about keeping the secret from Caleb and didn’t give me any depth to the characters. The secret burden that she was carrying as a result of the tragedy built up the story but yet when she finally spoke about it the conversation was only a page long. The secrets held too much of the storyline and then stopped the story with their revelation. There is a previous book in this series regarding other characters and there will be more books in this series spotlighting additional characters.
After reading Stay With Me, I couldn't wait to read the second book in the series. Note, you don't need to read the first one to understand what is happening in this novel, however, I highly recommend reading the first book (Stay With Me) to get to know the characters.
I absolutely loved Daphne in the Stay With Me and couldn't wait to read Go With Me. The sexual attraction between Daphne and Nick was so obvious in the first book, I was excited to see how their story would go. There were times I was laughing so hard, times that I felt like I could cry for her and times where Daphne would make me so mad, that I wanted to throw my tablet!
Elyssa Patrick has done a great job in creating a series of great characters that the reader instantly falls in love with and feels a connection. Not only are they all interesting, but they all have a back story and are not flat characters. Patrick is such a talented writer and I can't wait to read more of her stories.
I definitely would recommend this novel to anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone who is forbidden. A friend of a friend, a siblings best friend or someone who is just so out-there … Daphne and Nick teach us that sometimes love will surprise you, sometimes you need to fight for love, and most importantly love can conquer all.
Solid 4.5 read. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I totally fell in love with Nick and the whole gang in Stay with Me and loved to see Nick and Daph's story in Go with Me.
Daphane lives with the guilt of surviving a horrific accident. She is constantly being watched by her older brother and his roommates and friends. Feeling like she is being treated with gloves or as if she will break at any moment. And the one person who gets on her nerves the most, just so happens to be the one guy who will rock her world. Nick Brady is her brother Caleb's best friend...who also happens to be in love with Daphane. Although she has feeling for Nick she just can't seem to shake her past or the fears she has of love.
This was a fun and swoon worthy read and I am on. pins and needles for book 3. I highly recommend this series.
What one will do to keep proving and showing his love. But how much can Nick do to keep showing her? Will he give up? Will Daphne keep ignoring his ways or will she open her eyes and see what's right in front of her? You will have to read this one to see what all happens!
Nice book,quick read and sweet. I really like falling for brother's best friend stories and this book was nice too but it was just too sweet for me and all the loving stuff too soon.When I first read the plot I was immediately drawn to it but I expected more conflict between them before they start a true relationship and for nick to declare love. Overall it was good and I would recommend it.
The thing I liked most about this book was how it wasnt just the whole boy meets girl guy gets girl and then problems happen sort of thing. I liked this because the whole the guy gets the girl in the first few chapters thing is a bit played out and its nice to have a chance of pace.
Once I got stuck into this book it had me hooked line and sinker i just couldnt stop I would take it everywhere with me just because i couldnt get enough.
I really loved how the characters seemed not just grow together as a couple but as individuals.
this book reminded me a little bit of Kelly Elliott's Saved but with less screaming and sex.
I will definitely be buying the next book in the series when I have a bit more money because I am hooked on Elyssa Patricks words and how she brings the characters to life and i really want to know what happens to the rest of the group though I do have a sneaking suspition on a pontential couple in the works from what I've read so far.
I had a difficult time finishing this book. The writing was all over the place that it was hard to keep track. The heroine says she is worried about her brother finding out about her relationship with his best friend, but then she ends up going to the cemetery to visit friends and an ex-boyfriend who died in a car crash that she survived. I get that she has survivor's guilt but how does that have anything to do with telling her brother? In addition, two other characters in the story mentioned how selfish she is and how she likes to portray herself as a martyr. These were definitely true assessments of her character but it was never addressed in the book. Like I said, the writing was all over the place. I wish I had not wasted my time reading this book.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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.
*Received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
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.
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.
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!
Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Brilliant companion story to Stay With Me. I adored reading Daphne and Nick's story! Full review to follow.
Edit. Full review.
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. 5 Stars!
* Review copy was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours review opportunities, in exchange for an honest review.*
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.**
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!
This was a very sweet new adult read and was a strong follow up to the first book. I didn’t love it like I hoped I would, but I did enjoy it a lot and I really liked Nick and Daphne’s story. Those two are great.
Daphne has not had an easy few years. She has become closed off and is very hesitant to take any sort of risks. I wished she would open her eyes a bit, but I can’t fault her for feeling the way she felt. Besides this though, Daphne was a ton of fun. She is smart and witty and I loved her smart mouth.
Then there is Nick who is full of swoon. That boy is determined. He has decided he is finally going to go after Daphne and he is relentless in that pursuit. He clearly adores her and is willing to go above and beyond to prove that they could be great together. These two have wonderful banter and I loved how they go back and forth. Their conversations were so much fun.
I think my absolute favorite thing about the book though was the relationship between Daphne and Hailey. I loved how strong their friendship was. Boyfriends didn’t get in the way and they were always there for one another. I think that was such an important aspect. I love when a book shows that you can have great friends who aren’t just looking to tear you down.
While I really enjoyed Go With Me overall, I did have some hang ups. While I loved the banter, some of the dialogue felt a bit choppy and forced to me and I just could not picture some of the dialogue ever being said by anyone. It just didn’t fit. Also I felt like the writing could be a bit “we did this then we went here and then this happened.” There were a good amount of moments that told and I wanted to be shown. Also Go With Me was a bit similar to another book I read recently and I just adored that other book, so there was some bad timing on my part.
All in all, Go With Me is an enjoyable read and I really liked watching Daphne and Nick grow together. It’s a very fun and sweet new adult read.