{Review} Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson

{Review} Come to Me Quietly by A.L. JacksonCome to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson
Also by this author: Come to Me Softly, Come to Me Recklessly, Wait
Series: Closer to You #1
Also in this series: Come to Me Softly, Come to Me Recklessly
Published by NAL Trade on January 7th 2014
Genres: College Romance, Dark Romance, Falling for Best Friend's Sibling, Friends to More, New Adult, Opposites Attract
Character(s): Bad Boys, Reclusive Heroes, Tattooed & Pierced Bad Boys
Pages: 384
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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.

Kassiah: I read these books out of order, so I did kind of know a little bit about where this was going before I started it. Still, I was late to the game, and I’ll be forever sorry for that because I realized I absolutely love A. L. Jackson.

You already know that I love stories that feature guys who fall for their best friend’s little sister, and I was super excited to read this one after reading Come to Me Recklessly. Aly has been in love with her brother’s best friend for all of her life. After his mother died, Jared’s life went spiraling down and he disappeared. Now, years later, he’s back and moving into Aly and Christopher (her brother)’s apartment until he gets on his feet. The spark is still there, and there’s nothing either of them can do about it.

“It was always you, Jared. Always. I can’t remember a day in my life when I didn’t love you.”

But beneath all that chemistry and history is a dark part of their pasts that looms over them. Can they find love this time or will the darkness overtake Jared again?

“I don’t get to have this. I already told you… you deserve someone who can love you, someone who will be good for you, and you know that’s not me.”

I love that this story was told in dual POV. I loved the characters, the pacing, the story, pretty much everything. My one complaint really was that there’s this big secret that everything is leading up to, but we, the readers, are the ones who are kept in the dark. Both Aly and Jared knew about it. It just seemed dumb that they would think about this huge thing but not actually think about what that huge thing was. I know, we can’t know all the secrets right away, but I felt like it could have been handled differently. There was a lot of back and forth here, but the chemistry between Jared and Aly was off-the-charts, and I couldn’t get enough. But gah! That ending. o.O

New Adult fans will go crazy for this series, and rightfully so. You’ve got to pick it up, for real.

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Overall: 4

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