Saturday, January 25, 2014

[Musing Maddie's Review]: "Come to Me Quietly"

Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson
Publisher: NAL Trade (January 7, 2014)
Series: Closer to You, 1
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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.

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Musing Maddie's Review:

In A. L. Jackson's Come to Me Quietly, I was riveted. From the first page. Jackson's talent to pull a reader in immediately is extraordinary.

Aleena, or Aly was a wonderful heroine. She was incredibly talented as an artist, yet hid behind a facade of safety, both in her chosen studies to be a nurse, and in her boyfriend. She kept herself aloof, seemingly fearful of deep associations. But, Aly had a man with whom she had always felt intensely connected.

Jared had grown from playful, protective and outgoing boy to dark, morose and isolated man. Fiercely private, desperately broken. A devastating yet magnetic pull for Aly. Of course, she had felt that for many years by the time they meet up as adults. Aly wanted to rescue the boy she once knew, and Jared tried to remain aloof, instinct dictating that he protect her from his darkness.

Come to me Quietly was an emotional and heart-wrenching story, told in both Jared and Aly's POV, first person, past tense. Typical of Jackson's intelligent and accomplished prose, the story was captivating, compelling, and will enthrall. Her characters were strong, and so intimately described, that you will cry with the depth of emotion you will experience. I truly appreciated the way the story developed, where the cause of Jared's pain, his traumatic history, was slowly unveiled throughout. The gentle yet riveting love story between Hero and heroine left me breathless, and the twist at the end, magnificent.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who can handle angst, depth, love and an ending that will partially satisfy, but also make you want more. You will not be disappointed.

     5 STARS!


Musing Maddie received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.


Meet Musing Maddie:

Musing Maddie is an avid reader, who mainly devours all things romance. She loves series, but only when the story warrants a few books rather than one. A strong, intelligent female with a bit of sass and wit is the preferred heroine in the books she reads, and some sizzle between the sheets is welcome too. Well, ok...more than welcome! Well, not just between the sheets is just fine too! She’s from Down Under, so her humor is on the crazy side. Captivating storylines, with well developed plot and yes, hot, hunky Heroes, is definitely a preference, but she loves it when the characters are damaged, and their story brings hope and restoration. Yes please to HEAs!

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Thanks for the review, MM! Wow, it's on my list now, what a wonderful review!

Have you read A.L. Jackson before? What was the emotional rollercoaster of a book that you read?


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Kame said...

Sounds like a great book - I love that you find ones I have never heard of! xo

Wickedly Delicious said...

Great review. I have heard all good things about this story. So excited got my copy and look forward to an emotional and heart wrenching read.