Review – Go With Me by Elyssa Patrick

Go With MePublisher: Self-published
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: eARC from author

I, Daphne Fox, have a few things to confess:

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.
*Blurb from Goodreads*

I really liked Patrick’s first NA novel, so I was excited to see where she would go next with the large cast of characters.

Daphne has always thought her brother’s best friend Nick was hot, but she couldn’t stand him most of the time, until he kisses her in New Year’s Eve. After that kids, Daphne can’t deny the attraction to him, or the fact that Nick makes her feel better after the horrific accident that almost claimed her life, and took away her boyfriend and best friend. But dating Nick comes with complications daphne isn’t ready to face, especially her own emotions.

Nick has always loved Daphne from afar, after kissing her on New Years, he isn’t content to sit around and wait anymore. He wants Daphne with him always, even if it means risking his friendship with his best friend and her older brother. The biggest obstacle will be convincing daphne that taking a chance on them is worth it.

I enjoyed this book, I liked the fact that Daphne was more than a little screwed up. The accident she survived was horrific, and the poor thing went through so much grief and anger and guilt that I’m surprised she was as functional as she was. I liked watching her struggle through her emotions, and finally admit to her parents, nick, and her brother the problems she faces on a regular basis. It was real and genuine and a little heartbreaking.

I thought Nick was a great hero. He stuck it out with Daphne through all her crap, and refused to give up on what he knew could be an amazing relationship. He was kind and supportive and pushed her when she needed it. Although I don’t mind the first person POV from the heroines perective, I do wish we could have more time in Patrick’s heroes head. I would have liked to know more about what makes Nick tick, and why daphne turned him on as much as she did.

The romance between these two was more of a slow burn, especially since Daphne constantly fought her feelings for Nick. They had a bit of a two-steps forward, one back kind of relationship. While these romances sometimes drive me bonkers, I found that. It didn’t bother me as much here. I could understand Daphne’s reaction given her history, and she really needed to work on fixing herself before she could make anything work with Nick.

Despite the large group of friends and characters to keep track of, I really enjoy the dynamics of their group. Between the guys and the ladies who are joining their group, I’m really wishing that I had a large group like this to call my own. It reminds me a lot of a group of friends I had in college, and I love them all the more for it.

All in all, I enjoyed the second book in the With Me series. I adored Daphne and Nick, and can’t wait to see more of them in future books. I love the large cast, and can’t wait to see what comes next for this group of friends.
I give Go With Me a B+

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