Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Come to me Softly by A.L. Jackson

Come to Me Softly is the second book in the Closer to You series by A.L. Jackson - and it is available now!  Those of you that have already red Come to Me Quietly will need no encouragement to pick up the continuation of Jared and Aly's story - those that haven't started this series you really, really should!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Quietly comes
a scorching new adult romance in the Closer to You series.

A second chance at life…

A second chance at love…

Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?

To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.

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I said this in my review of Come to Me Quietly, but I'll say it again, A.L. Jackson has a hauntingly beautiful writing style.  I loved Come to Me Quietly and the story it told, and I loved Come to Me Softly just as much.  I often worry when the first book in a series has been wonderful - it sets the bar high for me, but it became apparent very quickly I was not going to be disappointed by Come to Me Softly.

While this was absolutely the story of the next stage of Jared and Aly's relationship, it was more so the story of Jared's journey to forgiveness.  The guilt, anger and sadness he carried from the death of his mother was so deeply ingrained, such a huge part of who he was and such a huge block to achieving true happiness in his future.  Despite Aly's gentle encouragement Jared insists that he doesn't need to face his past, rather he wants to look forward to their future together.  He throws himself wholeheartedly into providing a future for his 'family' and continues to bury his pain and regret, all the while wearing his tragic past as a story for all to see, tattooed across his skin.  He clings so fiercely to his love for Aly, adoring everything about her and yet always doubting he is worthy of her.

Even though he questions it, The connection between Aly and Jared is undeniable, their bond is strong and their understanding of each other so intrinsic it's as if they are one.  They must now face the world together and share their relationship with Aly's family and friends.  While Christopher, Aly's brother has known for some time, the rest of Aly's family is unaware of what has blossomed between Aly and Jared and Aly's father in particular is confronted by the depth and extent of the relationship.  As the two deal with Aly's father's reluctance to accept their relationship, not to mention the questioning of their relationship and choices by others,  Jared's past increasingly begins to steal his nights, haunting his sleep and tormenting him until finally it explodes in a way that has dire consequences for him and Aly.

Come to Me Softly was beautiful.  The emotions it evoked in me were vastly different from Come to Me Quietly.  As much as there was sadness in this story, it wasn't of the heartbreaking nature I experienced as I read Come to Me Quietly.  Rather I found a thread of hope woven through this story, which for me gradually strengthened until reaching the final pages and leaving me feeling very satisfied with the path Jared in particular travelled. 

Throughout Come to Me Softly we get to see more of Christopher, Aly's brother.  A feature in Come to Me Quietly and an unending support to Aly in both books, my curiosity as to his story was definitely piqued further in Come to Me Softly, so I was thrilled to read that there will be a further installment in this series and it will be Christopher's story.  The Closer to You series is one that I love and one I think everyone should read. 

5 out of 5 stars 

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, and Come to Me Quietly.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

Look for When We Met: Behind Her Eyes coming soon.

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Buy Book #1 in the series - Come to Me Quietly

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.

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