Wait for Me (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Wait for Me (With Me #1)
Author: Kris Jacen
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Military, Romance
Page Count: 202
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


The hardest job is waiting.

Master Sergeant Jeff “Mackey” MacNamara has been waiting for THE ONE for years. First it wasn’t too safe to find a partner and now his schedule is a nightmare with training soldiers and deployments.

Scott Ash has found where he always was meant to be after a brief bout of idealistic do-gooder after college. He loves his job as a child care director, if he could just find someone to love — perfect might cover it.

A chance meeting when Scott is doing a favor for a friend starts them on a journey that could take them to forever, it’s just a matter of waiting.

This just really worked for me. Coming from a military family myself, I found this story really well done and delightfully refreshing.

Jeff Mackey is currently home from deployment with his Heptad (7 of his Army buddies) and at a bar, celebrating another upcoming wedding. The last minute bartender, Scott, catches his eye and quickly becomes the focal point of his evening. When he asks him to be his plus one to the wedding the next night, Scott can’t refuse.

There was a ton of military jargon in this book and the POV switched throughout, which got kind of confusing at times. It was easier to understand as the story continued on and as Jeff deployed to the sand box.

I really loved how adult this relationship was. From the start Scott and Jeff knew that they had something worth figuring out. They took slow steps, even though they only had a month before Jeff was leaving for a full year.

The fact that the Septad was there, constantly, and knew everything that was going on was both creepy at times, but also super supporting. The concept of Army Wives is a true thing and it was really brought to light here as Scott was accepted into the fold and given the mantle of family.

This story had romance and heat, but for me it was the honesty and obvious long-term love that was unique that really spoke to me. It was mature and real and raw at times. I really enjoyed this read and I’m excited to continue on with the With Me series.

With Me series

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Galley copy of Wait for Me provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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