Friday, January 17, 2014

Come To Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Lost to You and When We Collide comes a new adult novel of one woman’s obsession: a man who’s as passionate as he is elusive—and as tempting as he is trouble.…

Title: Come To Me Quietly (The Closer to You Series, Book 1) Author: A.L. Jackson Release Date: January 7, 2014 Genre: New Adult Romance Blog Tour hosted by: Shh Moms Reading, Literary Mania Reviews, and Brandee’s Book Endings


Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…
Just when she opens her heart to her friend Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can’t resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he’s begging to be saved from his demons—the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly’s judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?

Fred's Review

"Thunder rumbles, in the distance, a quiet intensity."  These opening lines from Painting by Chagall by The Weepies somehow capture for me the slow-building and immensely powerful development leading to the delicious denouement of this emotional and sensitive second chance romance. The story of the tortured bad boy and the sensitive good girl who loves him are not an unknown trope in our beloved genre- just as the I,IV and V chords of the classic blues are a familiar framework for musical expression.  But in the hands of a master, those elements are recreated and reignited, in a way that moves and reminds us of the crazy depths, delusions and demands of the heart.  When A.L. Jackson works her mojo, it's like music, only instead of words and sound, she uses emotions. Well, technically she does use words, okay. But in a tender and subtle way that leads to that lovely throat-constricting, tear-duct squeezing state of catharsis that her readers have to come to know and crave. Amy crafts that catharsis with her characters and poetic language, true, but also with the help of two artistic elements that never cease to create that old feeling in me. First, secrets which even though kept with the best of intentions, become black holes of emotion, threatening to draw everything into their destructive power; and second, the slow revelation of "the event," that thing that happened to Jared way back when, which now similarly exerts such a distorting gravitational pull on those who survived it.  The tension between the desire to know what happened, and the desire to look away, in sadness and shock, is almost unbearable at times.   

A.L. Jackson is at the height of her not inconsiderable powers in this dark but redemptive adult contemp. I really can't recommend it highly enough!

Painting by Chagall, The Weepies

About author A.L. Jackson

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

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    1. Thank you, Amy, for letting me be a little part of the excitement!

  3. Megan loved this one so I know I have to read it. I'm on a YA kick right now but it's on my NA tbr when I'm back in the mood for it :)