Author: Sarah Alderson writing as Mila Gray
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, 373 pages (June 19th 2014)
From: Netgalley eBook from Publisher
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NOTE: This is a "New Adult" novel. Due to mature content this title is recommended for ages 17+
Synopsis: Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.
But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.
What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.
When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.
Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.
A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.
Review: 4.5 stars - Come Back to Me is the first New Adult book from Sarah Alderson, writing as Mila Gray, and I hope it’s the first of many.
The book starts with a cliff-hanger. The beginning of the book leaves an unanswered question, which if I’m honest I pushed to the back of my mind while reading. I was so engrossed with the story and didn’t want to think of anything bad happening; even though you know something has.
Jessa has been in love with her brother’s best friend Kit since her early teens. Kit has always been there for her, the friend she can talk to and rely on for a listening ear.
Kit and Riley (Jessa’s brother) are “Inseparable. Closer than brothers”; which is where they may have a problem. Kit knows he shouldn’t go there, but on Jessa’s birthday they find themselves drawn to each other.
They only have weeks until Kit is redeployed to him next post with the marines. So any time they have together needs to be well spent and a world wind secret romance commences.
This book is guaranteed to play with every emotion; on more than one occasion I was brought to tears. The love story between Jessa and Kit develops through little events and actions, and although it is only a matter of a few weeks, you feel like you’ve been witness to their relationship for months. There’s one particular moment in the book- a quote in an email. Prepare to need tissues!
I’ve read a few NA novels, and sometimes sexy scenes come across as inappropriate and are there for the sake of it. Thankfully Gray’s scenes are well written and romantic and only help to build the relationship between Jessa and Kit and how the reader bonds with the characters.
Come Back to Me has a solid story line, lovable characters, heartbreak, tragedy and the ability to keep the reader wanting more, page after page.
Having read and loved Alderson’s other books, I applied for the ARC of Come Back to Me with high expectations and it did not disappoint. There was something when reading it that has left a ‘mark’ with me that I know I will never forget.