Title: Come To Me Quietly (Closer To You #1)
Author: A.L. Jackson
Published: January 7th 2014 by NAL Trade
Source: Finished copy courtesy of the publisher for an honest review
"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."
First line: "Dashed lines blur until they become a solid line."
Thoughts: There is nothing in this world better than a book that both feels real and brings out those raw feelings in you. From the minute Jared enters the picture (i.e. the first sentence), you're tossed into this world filled with angst, sexual tension, love, and self-hatred. It's intense, and did I mention raw? Okay, well it's worth mentioning again. I fell hard into this world, and I'm not sure if I want to stay or go. Does that make me like Jared? Let's see!
The novel is told through both Aly and Jared's point of views. It's clear from the beginning the two have chemistry and are longing for each other. From trying to find their friendship to maybe becoming something more, the two must unlock emotions in each other that neither have ever felt. Both of them want to save the other and want to be saved. I don't care what Jared says. He IS someone worth fighting for. He IS someone worth loving. It was so frustrating having to read about him trying to either run or pull away over and over again. Entertaining but frustrating. I kept constantly wishing he would just let go, be with Aly, and open himself up. Alas, his past follows him everywhere, and he can't simple let it go.
I love how Aly brings out the best in Jared. She reminds him of what he use to be and kind of fills this void in his life. Yes, he says she can't, but we all know that's not true. On top of that, Aly's brother Christopher is such a great friend and roommate. He's not involved in the novel as much as I would prefer, but I love that he does simple things like giving Aly a kiss on the forehead. It's a little reminder that he's her big brother, he loves her, and he's there for her. The fact that he even wants to help Jared after all of this time, even after Jared's bad boy reputation, speaks volumes of his character and Aly's.
Overall, I really enjoyed COME TO ME QUIETLY. I didn't expect it to be as dark as it was, but I really loved reading about Jared's past, his anguish, and his relationship with Aly. Her thoughts make this novel even better, because those small, rare, sweet moments between the two are just incredible. COME TO ME QUIETLY reminded me of why I fell in love with New Adult novels in the first place, and I recommend it to people looking for a gritty story about overcoming the past (which will probably happen more in the second novel), and finding love at the end of a very dark tunnel.
“I see beauty and pain. Joy and sorrow. I see the good and I see the bad . . . and I love it all.”
“And it killed me because i could never forget him. Couldn't because he'd permanently etched himself to me, left a part of himself forever within me. For so many year I'd loved him, but when he'd gone this time, he'd taken a part of me captive too, a piece that could never be retrieved because it would always belong to him.”
“Mom once told me Aly had me wrapped around her little finger. She’d been wrong. Aly had held me in the palm of her hand.”