Saturday, January 4, 2014

ARC Review: Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You #1) by A.L. Jackson

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: NAL Trade
384 Pages

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.

“I see beauty and pain. Joy and sorrow. I see the good and I see the bad…and I love it all.”

Jared, Christopher, and Aly all grew up together. Jared and Christopher were best friends, Aly was Christopher’s little sister and secretly in love with Jared, their parents were best friends, everything was good. Then an accident takes the life of Jared’s mother and sends him on a downward spiral throwing everything into chaos. Jared disappears leaving Christopher and Aly to pick up the pieces of their torn apart families. 

Time passes, Chris and Aly move into together and are going to college, successfully getting on with their lives. All that changes when Chris finds Jared in a bar and brings him back to his apartment. Jared’s arrival brings back all of Aly’s old feelings for him and she realizes that she never got over the him – the boy who protected her when she was a child, the boy who always made sure she was never left behind, the boy who made her feel safe.

I am a sucker for broken boys and Jared is definitely broken. He’s haunted by events in his past, events that he feels responsible for. And for once, I feel like his pain has a substantial base. Most tortured males in YA/NA are torn up over something that wasn’t their fault, they just choose to internalize it. What happens here is actually Jared’s fault, and even though it was something that could have happened to anyone, it happened to him. The result of this turns his life upside down and it just gets so out of control that by the time he comes back into Aly’s life, he sees no way out.
The story was told from both POV’s of Aly and Jared so that we could see what each of them were thinking. Weaved into this were glimpses of their past. I loved the little peeks into when they were children. I felt it made the bond between Aly and Jared so much more powerful and when he finally decides to let someone in, it makes sense that it’s her. Their bond is written beautifully and I reveled in their time together. However, just when it seems to be going good, everything has to come crashing down. 

Now, I knew this would happen. There always has to be the big blow-up and crying and heart-wrenching pain. I expected it and it did not disappoint. Jackson’s writing style had me feeling everyone’s heartbreak, not just Aly and Jared’s. When you lose someone important, it doesn’t just affect the intermediate family, it affects everyone around them. Jackson showed loss from all sides and pain from all sides, and then she showed growth and how people move on but never forget.
This was a 4 star book for me up until the end. The author took the story to a place that I honestly didn’t expect her to take it, and I honestly felt like it wasn’t needed and took me out of the scene for a minute. After reading the plot for the next book, I’m hoping it wasn’t just added for dramatic purposes. 

A great start to what seems to be a series I will continue. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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