Come Back To Me by Mila Gray (Sarah Alderson), published and available to purchase.
Read: August 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Contemporary/Military
Source: Purchased – eBook
Get It Now: Wordery
Goodreads Synopsis: Come back to me. That was the very last thing I said to him. Always. The very last thing he said to me.
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.
I did a buddy-read with this one, so myself and Brandie from Brandie is a Book Junkie are bringing you a joint-review today. Be warned – this post contains spoilers!
R – Starting with the main storyline – it definitely was a slow-burner for me until around 20-25% of the way into the eBook. Overall though, I thought it was a really good book. From around the 45% mark, I struggled to put it down. For me there was the slightly obvious cheese-factor that comes with a romance, but it was kept to a minimum, it wasn’t overly cringe-worthy, and many aspects of it felt “real” – like they could happen in real life. The storyline outside of the romance was strong too, with good character development throughout the novel, and not just with the MCs.
I also really liked the structure. There is practically a cliff-hanger in the first few pages and then we go back to discover what happened during the build-up. I have zero real-life military experience or family-in-the-military experience, but I have read a few books that feature it, and this was definitely one of my preferred ones, and the fact there was an action scene in there, it was really good.
B – I agree. The book started off slow for me as well. I think I was more like 40% into it before I had any interest in finishing. My major issue in the beginning was I did feel like there was a cheese-factor that I couldn’t get past. The writing style had me rolling my eyes a bit. BUT!! I got over it! The story sucked me in from that point on and all of my issues faded away – and it was enough to pull me in and give it 4 stars. So, that’s saying a lot – I would recommend readers not to give up on this book if you start feeling the urge. It’s worth pushing through!
I loved how the book started off with such a major cliffhanger. That is a seriously perfect way of getting a reader hooked. I really enjoyed the military storyline. I have a brother in the military (and I miss him terribly), so I’m a little familiar with how hard it is on a family. I don’t think I could ever fully understand the depth of loneliness and fear a spouse or significant other feels when their loved one is in the military, because I haven’t lived that aspect, but the author seemed well educated on the subject and made me feel for the characters.
R – I really liked that the “adults” and their stories are included in this novel, they weren’t just an afterthought thrown in there for good measure, and I had feelings and opinions on most of them. Jessa’s father definitely underwent the biggest transformation, and I went from loathing him, to beginning to understand his character.
R – I still need some time to get my thoughts together on this one. Kit is just yum.
B – Kit IS yum! Lol. What made him so wonderful was how patient and considerate he was, IMO. He wanted Jessa, but only on her terms without putting any pressure on her. He adored her and it was obvious and so sweet. By the time their relationship heated up, I was completely invested in their love story and had butterflies in my stomach every time they were together.
R – I really enjoyed the ending of this book, though I have to say the epilogue was just slightly off-putting for me. I can’t remember what the time lapse was, but it felt just a smidge too “happy-ever-after” and it lost a bit of it’s realism for me.
“What about you? Are you doing what you love?’ He looks across at me before turning back to the road. ‘I was,’ he says. ‘And now?’ I ask in a whisper, because that’s all I can manage. ‘Now, I have to leave you.”
“I mean… Fuck, Jessa. If you ask me do I want you to be waiting for me the day I get off the plane? Yes. Do I want to talk to you every night on the phone and know that you’re my girl and that I’m coming home to you? Yes. Am I going to be thinking of you every single moment while I’m gone – yes. But it’s not fair on you asking you to wait.”