From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Quietly comes a scorching new adult romance in the Closer to You series.
A second chance at life…
A second chance at love…
Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?
To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
'CTMS is an emotional, powerful and deeply compelling story of love, redemption and second chances. Simply stunning!’ - Kelly, Perusing Princesses Blog.
This sequel is everything I imagined it to be. Everything I wanted it to be. And more!
Come To Me Quietly / Come To Me Softly may be a love story in the traditional sense, but don't be fooled — it is so much more than that! This is a story of friendship, family, heartbreak, loss and new beginnings.
I don’t want to go into a full overview because this story is one that deserves to be nurtured and cherished. It depicts a very deep and emotional picture of a man who is broken, but who knows what it is to love and hold tight to the desire of change. The inner voices, the doubt, the guilt, everything is laid bare for the reader with no sugar coating in sight; it is rather melancholic that way, and yet at the same time, profoundly beautiful.
I drowned in A.L Jacksons words; in her deep portrayal of Jared's internal suffering and Aleena's selfless beauty.
Jared - a broken young man who believes himself undeserving of anything.
Aly - a strong woman determined to prove that he deserves it all.
Yin and Yang, yet synchronised in perfect harmony. These are two characters that you will have no choice but to fall in-love with as they meddle through the good, the bad and the ugly.
Jared, with all his inner demons knows that the only way he can truly give Aly what she needs, what she and their unborn baby deserves is to fight the battle and face his challenges head-on. Finding his Father and younger sister is a terrifying prospect. He remembers the day his Father walked away, leaving him to defend for himself shortly before he was carted off to Juvenile Hall, the look of hatred in his eyes has haunted him for as long as he can remember. Sometimes though, a shove in the right direction by a loving hand can help lay those ghosts to rest… The only question is, is Jared ready?
‘Volatile yet pure.
Corrupted yet worthy.
My beautifully broken boy’. - Aly
'Days without Aly were darkness, and I was done surrendering to it'. - Jared
“Since I was just a little boy, this has beat for you. Even before I knew what it meant. Now I know it means everything.” - Jared
‘My heart had begged for him. Whispered and pled for him. But God, did my body ever ache for him.’ - Aly
Like I said… Beautiful!
The next instalment in the Closer to You series will focus on Aly’s Brother, Christopher and I. CAN’T. WAIT! <3
Emma - 4.25 Crowns
Book 2 in the Close To You series - you must read Come To Me Quietly before embarking on this sequel.
So we have reached the climax of Aly and Jared's story.
As we know the ending of book 1 wasn't so much a cliffhanger, more a 'how do they move on and make a life together and as a family'.
This was always going to be a emotional sequel. It was very clear at the end of Come To Me Quietly that Aly and Jared share a deep, all consuming and loving connection; the trouble will always be that to make a life filled with happiness, you must find forgiveness, redemption and be able to love yourself.
This book really looks at how someone can support and love another when they don't love and care for themselves.
Aly as we know is pregnant and ecstatic at Jared's return to her. He sweeps in and ensures that she has all the security that she needs, making it his mission to ensure her happiness. Aly however knows that Jared's troubles are far from over and that he is just papering over the cracks. Christopher also recognises his best friends pain and tries to convince him to seek help; but it is in fact Aly's parents that prove the final straw and things certainly come to a head for both Aly and Jared.
When people rock the life that Jared has carefully constructed, will it be the final nail in the life he is trying to create to cover his never ending guilt and self loathing? Will he lose the only person that matters? Or will he seek the redemption and healing he needs to finally let the past go?
I was never in any doubt that this would be an emotional journey. It's A.L Jackson's signature after all. This book is different to the 1st in that we start to see Jared recognising the need to build a life. A need to be there for Aly and his unborn child and him questioning himself and others on how to do that.
For me Jared very much takes centre stage in this book. Yes of course, this is also about Aly; but Aly is where she wants to be, she has Jared, albeit still as damaged as ever. The question is can Jared stick around and find happiness for himself?
I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed following Jared's pursuit of happiness. If I am being super critical, I would at this point mention that I found the inner dialogue a little too much. It doesn't however distract from what is another fabulous book; it just slowed it down in places for me.
If you loved CTMQ, this book is a must read. It really is a brilliant sequel and I feel honoured to have read such a emotionally charged masterpiece from Ms Jackson.
The ending, well of course that was just fab; but the best part - knowing that this is NOT the final book in the series. We will have Christopher's story next; I have loved his character in both the 1st 2 books and I seriously look forward to a whole book dedicated to him.
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
Wow Amy... Just wow!
Jared and Aly... it's just... I have no words on how beautiful this broken man and this sweet sweet girl are!
The one thing that I am completely head over heels with is how Ms. Jackson writes, how it is almost a self monologue of each of the main characters. We are soooooooo extremely inside of Jared's mind that you swear you are in his soul... And Aly, her beautiful heart... just amazing.
This story takes you the most amazing climb up the mountain and getting there truly hurts. This is Jared's Everest. And sweet lord, the world is not making his climb easy.
Will he fall or will he make it??
Can't wait for you all to read it!!
Come To Me Softly (Closer to you, #2) by A.L Jackson