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I Belong


Review: Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson

Come to Me QuietlyTitle: Come to Me Quietly

Author: A.L. Jackson

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Closer to You (Book #1)

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451467965 (Penguin/NAL)

ISBN-13: 978-0451467966 (Penguin/NAL)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.

Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.

Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.

Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.

Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.

Quick & Dirty: Passionate new adult contemporary read with lots of drama, emotions, and romance. I enjoyed this, but it was very similar to a lot of other books I have read in this genre.

Opening Sentence: Dashed lines blur until they become a solid line.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Aleena Moore or better known as Aly has a great life. She is attending college to be a nurse, has a great group of friends, and a very loving older brother that she lives with. The only thing missing is a boyfriend. When she was younger she fell really hard for her brother’s best friend, but she hasn’t seen him since she was 14. She has dated a few guys over the years but no one has ever made her feel the way that Jared did. She never expected to see him again but he is back in town and her brother invited him to stay with them. As soon as she sees him again she knows that she is a goner, but the boy she fell in love with doesn’t exist anymore. He is broken now and getting involved with him can only lead to one thing: heartbreak!

Jared Holt doesn’t know why he has decided to return home after all these years, but here he is. Back to the place where he destroyed his entire life and lost everything he has ever cared about.  When he runs into his childhood best friend Christopher, and is invited to stay with him Jared decides he doesn’t have any better plans. But when he runs into Aly he knows that he should run the other way. She was always a cute kid but she grew into the most beautiful women Jared has ever seen. Jared doesn’t do relationships, he isn’t capable of loving someone and doesn’t deserved to be loved by someone else. As he spends time with Aly he starts to finally feel like maybe things could change, but soon Jared remembers that he ruins everything he touches.

Aly was a sweet girl that I really liked, but there were a few things about her that were a little annoying. MY favorite thing about her was that she was consistent. She always knew what she wanted and she never wavered from it. But she was also really naïve which at times became frustrating. I get that she is a pretty inexperienced girl especially when it came to love, but I thought that she should have been more cautious. She just jumped right into a relationship with a very broken boy and she knew that things weren’t going to be easy. I do respect her for sticking with Jared even after all he has gone through, and overall, I really did end up liking her as a character.

Jared is a very tortured young man and to be honest it took some time for me to like him. At first his pity party was a little annoying because all he does is feel bad for himself. I realize that he is racked with guilt with everything that has happened in his past but I felt that it was overdone. But the more I got to know him the more I started to warm up to him. He has shut everyone out of his life for so long because he doesn’t think he deserves to be loved. As he slowly lets Aly into his life you get to see a much more likeable side to him. He can be really sweet and charming. In the end, I was pretty taken with Jared and I am interested to see how he progresses in the next book.

Come to Me Quietly was a passionate, raw and emotional story. I wouldn’t say that it was very original because I have read plenty of other books that were just like this one, but it was still a good read. The best part about it was that it actually felt realistic. The romance developed slowly and was filled with tension and sexy times. The characters were easy to connect with on an emotional level which is so important in these kinds of books. I did enjoy Jackson’s writing, she did a wonderful job grabbing your attention and keeping it through the whole story. While I didn’t love everything about this book, I did enjoy it and look forward to reading the next book in the series. I would recommend this to fans of new adult contemporary books with lots of drama and romance.

Notable Scene:

I was still trying to reconcile the memories of my brother’s childhood friend, the one I’d fancied as my own even if I had only been a delusional little girl, with the man I’d caught a glimmer of as I stared at him in the dark last night. I tried to make it all add up, the real man who was here with the fantasies I’d played out in my mind over the last six years, the images I’d conjured of Jared as he’d grown and I’d wondered and prayed that one day our paths would cross again. With just the glimpse I’d caught, I knew my imagination didn’t even begin to come close.

His movements were slow as he inched around the bar and into the kitchen. For a moment, we stood in awkward silence, tension radiating between us. He finally mumbled a low “Good morning.” His voice was thick, hoarse. My stomach knotted in anticipation as the sound slipped across my skin.

“Good morning,” I whispered back. I took another sip of orange juice as I steeled myself. Then I finally gathered the nerve to look over my shoulder.

And I froze when I was able to finally really see him.

Closer to You Series:

1. Come to Me Quietly

2. Come to Me Softly

FTC Advisory:  NAL Trade/Penguin provided me with a copy of Come to Me Quietly. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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