Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You #1) by A.L. Jackson
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 knew what I was in for before I started. A.L. Jackson always writes beautiful stories of love, strength and loss. Therefore I was not shocked when she had me crying! As a matter of fact I was expecting it!!
How did I get so lucky to receive an ARC?? Bless you A.L. Jackson!
Come to Me Quietly is a beautifully written story of friends turned lovers.
This story is filled with tenderness, heartbreak and love.
Told in dual pov (which is the best), mostly told in the present tense with flashbacks to when they were kids.
With the flashbacks, you get a glimpse at the sweet and innocent boy Jared once was. He was always taking care of Aly, watching over her and loving her. I LOVED the way he would hold onto a piece of her hair!! So sweet!
Jared now is a broken and damaged man. He isn’t worthy of love, friendship, trust or even a happy life. At least that’s how he sees himself. He is in purgatory and must pay for his sins!
Aly is beautiful, sweet and pure. She embodies everything he cannot have. She also reminds him every day of his past life. How it felt to be loved, happy and carefree.
He struggles with his feelings, wanting her and knowing there's no way in hell he can have her.
Despite the shocking tragedies and tortured character, I found the story sweet and easy going. The shock and tears came much later in the story, almost at the end. That's when she hits you with it all at once!
Not a cliffhanger per say... but you are sort of left hangin'!
Can't wait to find out where the journey leads in Come to Me Softly.