Title: Come to Me Quietly
Author: A. L. Jackson
Series: Closer to You
Publisher: NAL Trade (Penguin)
Published: January 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult Comtemporary

Synopsis: 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.

3.5 stars Don’t hate me but I’m not flailing over it. It was just ok for me. There were great elements, but I never got absorbed and vested. Maybe I’m the one with no soul right now…

First, let’s talk about this insanely gorgeous cover. It’s stunning. It’s eye catching.  It’s soft and sweet, and just a little sexy. It’s totally perfect for Aly.

This story is about a chance for love with a childhood crush, a chance to find love and be redeemed. It’s the kind of story I love when I pick up a New Adult novel. It also has a very tortured, brooding, self-hating bad boy with a lot (and I mean A LOT) of tattoos.

The chemistry in this was good, and had a great push-pull feeling, but I can’t put my finger on the why I didn’t always love it. Sometimes I did, though. I think it was all the hot and cold so I never got into a groove.

I know we needed the flashbacks, but I didn’t love those chapters and probably read them too quickly. I know they were important though, because it showed just how much history Jared and Aly had. I know, I know, I’m so picky!

Why not more stars? I’m thinking {for me} that it was the execution. There were words telling me how deeply they felt, but I didn’t want words, I wanted actions…and I think that is where I got tripped up.

Would I rec this? Absolutely. While I didn’t flail and fangirl, it was still a great read, and for almost everyone else out there it was a total home run. If you love New Adult with characters that are damaged goods, it’s a must for your TBR.

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