Published by Simon Pulse on December 8, 2015
Series: Come Back to Me #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, contemporary
Source: ecopy from Publisher
In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.
When a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door, Jessa’s heart breaks—someone she loves is dead. Killed in action, but is it Riley or Kit? Her brother or her boyfriend…
Three months earlier, Marine Kit Ryan finds himself back home on leave and dangerously drawn to his best friend Riley’s sister, Jessa—the one girl he can’t have. Exhausted from fighting his feelings, Kit finally gives in, and Jessa isn’t strong enough to resist diving headfirst into a passionate relationship.
But what was just supposed to be a summer romance develops into something far greater than either of them expected. Jessa’s finally found the man of her dreams and Kit’s finally discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.
When it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither one is ready to say goodbye. Jessa vows to wait for him and Kit promises to come home to her. No matter what.
But as Jessa stands waiting for the Marine Chaplain to break her heart, she can’t help but feel that Kit has broken his promise…
Riley or Kit? Kit or Riley? Her brother or her boyfriend? Who’s coming home to her?
Come Back to Me is the first in a new adult contemporary romance series, called (you guessed it)-Come Back to Me by Mila Gray. Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson’s new adult and adult books. I have read and really enjoyed some of Sarah’s other books and I have to say this author is immensely talented. I have read a side splitting-funny book (The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft)) as well as a mystery/thriller (The Sound). And now she brings us a heart wrenching love story in Come Back To Me. I love how talented and versatile both Mila and Sarah are. 😉 Even though all of her books are very very different, they are each so wonderfully well done.
When I first found Come Back to Me, I read the summary and filed it away in my brain as a tear jerker, and to only read when I was in the right mindset. (Is that strange that I like to be prepared for potentially sad books?) But then I put it on my review calendar and promptly forgot all my warnings. So yes, even though the summary clearly states that at the beginning of the book, the main character- Jessa, finds out that either her brother or boyfriend have died in the line of duty, when the book started out with that humdinger of a chapter, it shook me. I was in for a rough journey. Because they don’t tell you who it is then! In fact, right after that crazy first chapter, they go back in time and tell the story of Jessa and Kit and their romance.
I absolutely loved their story. Mila Gray has such a way with words. But in the back of my mind I just kept thinking- Riley or Kit? Just like Jessa was in the first chapter. I was always ready for the other shoe to drop. Eventually I forgot the worrying in the back of my mind and fell into the romance of the story. I can’t say enough good things. The characters come to life before your eyes and you feel every single emotion they do. I ran the emotional marathon in this story. I was all over the place. If you love great romances- this is a great romance. Jessa and Kit will steal your heart. But Come Back to Me may also break it. (and put it back together. And break it again, etc.) Come Back to Me is an emotional read- but one that is so worth it! I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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