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
Blog Tour hosted by: Shh Moms Reading, Literary Mania Reviews, and Brandee’s Book Endings
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?
*ARC Provided By NetGalley
From the moment I began this book I was instantly enthralled with these highly enigmatic characters and the stunningly fluent and poetic writing of A.L. Jackson. And let me tell you why.
Aleena Moore is simply elegant. A wonderfully modest and talented young woman who is left broken after the one person she ever felt truly connected to in life is torn away, leaving her. But when the man who forever held heart and haunts her existence resurfaces, he is not the same boy she once fell in love with.
Jared Hold is a gorgeous young man tormented by the heavy weight of misplaced guilt and lament. Living a life of reckless destruction, he is a man who is utterly broken and lives with the notion that he deserves to suffer for the sins of his past.
When these two very lost individuals come into each other’s lives again there is a dynamic shift in their relationship, as they both realise each holds the unprecedented power to completely shatter the other. Jared constantly struggles to fight the feelings Aleena has for him while equally keeping his own at bay. But Jared soon realises their connection is too deep to deny. How can you teach one to be loved though, when the pain and destructive nature of their past threatens any chance they have at leading a healthy future?
I didn’t think it was possible that a book could utterly tear my heart to shreds, engulfing me in emotion and melancholy and yet at the exact same time, completely capture my heart. But this book certainly did.
Come To Me Quietly is a stunning tale of torment, connections and the healing that ensues from not only acceptance, but from unconditional and relentless love. This is also a novel that contains the perfect amalgamation of; love, sensuality, angst and heartbreak. The writing is simply stunning, transporting you into this narrative world and into the lives of these highly realistic characters. A.L. Jackson allows you to not only empathise with Jared and Aly, but feel deeply connected to them and the situations and events they have each faced together and separately.
Aly is a heroine who exudes such tenderness and compassion, yet she is a strong and determined young woman as well. The way in which she loves Jared at first from a far and then throughout the years of their separation will utterly melt your heart.
Jared Holt is one of those rare, all consuming male characters. He is one of the ones that you can never truly forget. The destruction, heartbreak and brutal events of his past turn him into a broken and very damaged man that you cannot help but love. It was the way in which he protects Aleena all throughout her life that will make you fall even more in love with this gorgeously enigmatic and very tormented man. It is also those tiny snippets of the past A.L. Jackson provides through pivotal flashbacks that make you realise how fantastically written this book truly is.
While there Come To Me Quietly concludes without a real cliff-hanger, it definitely sets up the precedence for the sequel Come To Me Softly, Releasing June 1st which I am so excited for and impatiently patiently waiting to read.
I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. It truly tells a story that will leave you reeling well after you have finished it, and is also PURE. PERFECTION. I feel as though 5 stars do not do this novel justice, for its complexities and beauty it deserves 6 Brilliantly PERFECT STARS.
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Come To Me Quietly Book Trailer
Come To Me Quietly Writing Playlist
You Won’t Know ~ Brand New
White Blank Page ~ Mumford & Sons
Closer ~ Kings of Leon
Search and Destroy ~ Thirty Seconds To Mars
Hurt ~ Johnny Cash
Secrets ~ OneRepublic
Stay ~ Rihanna, Mikky Ekko
A.L. Jackson Bio:
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.
Look for Come to Me Softly, book two in the Closer To You Series, coming July 1, 2014
Be sure to enter the COME TO ME QUIETLY Blog Tour Giveaway!!
Grand Prize: A.L. Jackson Complete Signed Paperback Collection (all six titles) + Come To Me Quietly Poster and swag
Second Prize: Come To Me Quietly Collection, which includes a signed copy of Come To Me Quietly, a Come To Me Quietly poster, keychain, and custom bookmark
Third Prize: A.L. Jackson Fun Pack stuffed full of A.L. Jackson book swag
Fourth Prize: Audiobook Gift Set from Audible.com of The Regret Series (Lost To You, Take This Regret & If Forever Comes)