Title: Come To Me Quietly (The Closer to You Series, Book 1)
Author: A.L. Jackson
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
From the acclaimed bestselling author of Lost to You and When We Collide comes a new adult novel of one woman’s obsession: a man who’s as passionate as he is elusive—and as tempting as he is trouble…
Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…
Just when she opens her heart to her friend Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can’t resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he’s begging to be saved from his demons—the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly’s judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?
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A.L. Jackson has a hauntingly beautiful writing style, with the ability to convey deep, heartfelt emotion in almost every word. She builds a world that is so real it feels as if you can climb into it and walk amongst the characters.
Come to me Quietly was simply gorgeous. The story of a love between two people that began before they even knew what to be in love was, and of the struggle and consequence of a traumatic event for that love.
I truly loved Aly in this story. She was a strong and yet vulnerable young woman - guarding her heart without ever fully understanding that that was what she was doing. Aly was looking for something in her life and it wasn't’t until Jared turned up on her sofa that she began to understand just what it might be.
It goes without saying that Jared is to die for: a hot, tattooed bad boy - swoonworthy on all counts. But Jared is terribly broken, torn apart by events at the age of sixteen, he is tortured, guilty, lost. Inexplicably drawn to this home town Jared reconnects with his best friend Christopher and Christopher’s younger sister, Aly. It is through is re-connection with Aly that Jared’s greatest challenge arises:
“If I believes in soul mates or any of that shit, I knew she was mine. I could feel it, this connection with her I couldn't possibly share with anyone else. Like we fit, this fucked up puzzle that made no sense until we aligned the pieces. But it wasn't possible. I didn't get the happy ending, and even if I could, I’d only ruin it.”Convinced he doesn't deserve anything good in life Jared battles with his connection to Aly - a connection borne from a childhood friendship that give each of them knowledge and understanding of each other like no other.
What transpires between the two is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting and devastating. Have your tissues at the ready, you will absolutely need them as you read Come to me Quietly.
As I finished the book I felt an odd mix of happiness and sadness - yet I felt satisfied with the story and what had become of the characters I had grown to love. There is a second book in the series - Come to me Softly - and I am very much looking forward to reading the next installment in this story, although I’m happy to wait, almost as if I need a break from the intensity of emotions Come to me Quietly evoked. Just to be clear, there is no cliffhanger - you get a conclusion to this story that left me happy to walk away from these characters, for a little while anyway.
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, and If Forever Comes.
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.
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Look for Come to Me Softly,
book two in the Closer To You Series,
coming June 24, 2014