Slowly she began to approach, and I sank further back into the chair the closer she came, my knee bouncing harder as she timidly inched up in front of me. Her movements were slow, hypnotizing, and I couldn’t stop myself from watching those legs. My eyes darted to her hands. She was rubbing her thumbs over her fingertips as if she were searching for some kind of friction or maybe looking for confidence. My gaze flicked up to meet her face. A color I didn’t understand had darkened her eyes. There was no looking away as she crossed the room, and my head continued to tilt back, locked on her, lost in this place where I knew I absolutely shouldn’t fucking be.
She stopped just a breadth from me.
My hands dropped slack, dangled at my sides.
Everything became heavy. My fingers twitched, and I had to force the air in and out of my lungs.
I swore I could actually hear Aly’s heart beating as she hovered in hesitation an inch away. She blinked hard, squirmed before she looked at me with determination. “Jared, I don’t want you to leave.”
“Aly. . .I. . .” What was I supposed to say? Because I didn’t want to leave either.
I had to.
Erasing the last of the space between us, Aly allowed the front of her legs to touch my knees, and she groaned as if the contact seared her. She wavered, before she reached out to run the back of her hand down my face, testing me. Tempting me.
I stopped breathing altogether when she slowly straddled my lap and murmured close to my ear, “Please. . .don’t leave me.”
This was bad, really fucking bad. And I knew I should push her away, make her stop because what she was doing was only bringing us a little closer to the edge. She held onto the chair behind me, her warm body pressed into mine. There was no chance she wasn’t feeling just how much I wanted her.
“What are you doing, Aly?” My hands went to her slender hips with the intention of edging her off my lap. Instead my fingers dug into the soft skin.
A shudder sped up my spine when she trembled above me.
Wetting my lips, I tried to move her back, but only managed to brush up against her further. Her expression was severe but soft, her movements shaky but sure. She searched my face, her eyes burning a path as she left me utterly exposed. And I could smell her, and the memory of the way she tasted, the way she felt, overwhelmed every last one of my senses. She didn’t even have to move, and she was already touching me everywhere.
She swallowed, then spoke. “Did you want to kiss me last night?”
“Last night was a mistake, Aly. I—”
Her hands went to my face, and she held me there, forcing me to look up at her.
“I didn’t ask you if it was a mistake. I asked if you wanted to.”
A frustrated sound worked its way free of my throat, and I shifted again, which only brought her closer. Right then I knew there was not a fucking thing I could do because nothing else mattered in the world except for the way she felt pressed up tight against me. My fingers dug further into her hips, and we were nose to nose, Aly’s hands firm on my face. I realized we were moving, our bodies subtly rocking.
I groaned. “I’ve wanted to kiss you every single second of every single day since the moment I opened my eyes to find you standing over me, Aly.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
If you know anything about A.L. Jackson's books, you know that she pulls out emotion in you that you never knew that could exist while reading a book. If I want to FEEL what I'm reading, her books are my go to. Come To Me Quietly was no exemption. This beautiful, heartbreaking story was raw, genuine, and I could not put it down!
We meet Jared at a bar, as he returns home for the first time after he fled. He harbors a lot of guilt and anger regarding his past in his hometown. He ends up running into a childhood best friend, Christopher, who also lives with his little sister Aleena (Aly). All three grew up together. As Jared runs into Aly again, he quickly realizes she's not the little girl she left behind. Aly realizes that Jared shattered her heart when he left, and was never put back together. That that ache in her heart never went away because there is no one but him.
“I can’t remember a day in my life when I didn’t love you.”
Giving in is easy. Giving yourself to another is hard. As much as Jared loves Aly, he continues to fight his inner demons daily. He doesn't believe he can truly love and be loved. Aly fights to show him that he deserves love and so much more. This is not your average second chance romance. It is painful and you will go through every emotion as you read this. Your heart will break for Jared. Your heart will break for Aly as well. Two people so completely and irrevocably in love, but their past is determined to keep them apart.
“I don’t get to have this. I already told you… you deserve someone who can love you, someone who will be good for you, and you know that’s not me.”
The writing? Intoxicating. Flawless. A.L. Jackson truly has a gift of writing. Her writing flows in a way that putting down the book is not an option. You fall completely into the book and it's characters. I didn't read this book. I LIVED it. It's as if every word chosen in this book contributed to the story. I was completely invested in Aly and Jared's book from beginning to end. Their beautiful love story captivated my heart in that it is so deep, passionate, and will leave you breathless.
Aly and Jared's story is far from over. The book didn't end in a cliffhanger, necessarily, but we have so much more to look forward to. So many unanswered questions. I truly enjoyed this story and am counting down the days until the second book is released. Aly and Jared proves that love is above all things. Love never fails. Love endures all.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review
I'm a HUGE A.L. Jackson fan. I can honestly say she's one of my favorite authors. Her books have made me ugly-cry more than once and I LOVED it!! So, I was obviously going to read Come To Me Quietly as soon as possible.
This time around we meet Aleena & Jared. They grew up together along with her brother, Christopher. Aleena has had feelings for him since she was around the age of fourteen. Now, six years later, Jared comes crashing back into her life. I loved Jared. He feels guilt, hate, pain and lots, lots of anger; all aimed at himself. He doesn't feel worthy of Aleena and doesn't want to end up hurting her.I just wanted to grab him and give him a big hug. He broke my heart.
Their relationship slowly grew throughout the book. From him protecting her and caring for her when they were kids, to something more as adults. With the dual point of view and flashbacks, we get to see what each is thinking and feeling; not only in the present, but also as kids.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It had some things that I enjoy like the bad boy hero and a girl that tries to save him. The writing itself is amazing and I cannot wait for book two!
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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