Happy Release Day to A.L Jackson as we celebrate her new book Come to Me Softly!!
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.
*Enjoy the trailer created by the wonderful Becca the Bibliophile*
Melanie’s 5-Perfect Stars Review:
There’s something to be said about a book that could thoroughly inhabit your entire being from the very beginning until the very last word. A.L. Jackson’s follow-up, Come To Me Softly left me awestruck and dumbfounded. I was in a complete trance the entire time, drowning in her beautiful story telling so worth the wait.
In this book, we are reminded that the best and most worthy type of love are ones where people put everything on the line and have absolutely everything to lose. Jared Holt and Aly Moore come in full force– their story continually told in the most prolific of ways. Time and time again, A.L. Jackson proves just how brutal of a story teller she is– extraordinarily poignant and strikingly melodious. The pace of this entire book is laid out incredibly well, drawn out enough to keep you captivated while miraculously avoiding disinterest. My mind cannot comprehend how this author could create such heartfelt, well written books over and over again. As I’m typing this review, my head cannot contain it’s side to side movement because it’s just so unbelievable to me how naturally talented she is– honest to goodness, A.L. Jackson is as praise worthy as all of the 5-star books she has written.
Come To Me Softly is the continuation of Jared and Aly’s tumultuous love story. Now that they have finally found their way back to each other, we see their daily interactions as a couple which of course comes with a heavy dose of emotional turmoil. Jared’s character continues to struggle with the guilt he’s harbored for many years and though he bravely tries to convince Aly and Christopher that he’s OK, those demons eventually catch up to him. My heart broke ten fold for him– this beautifully broken man who so desperately wants to find peace and live an untainted happily ever after with Aly. Jared’s belief that he’s unworthy of love shattered me because I felt how resolute he was about it and how much it pained him to be loved by a lot more people than he could ever imagine.
“I’d gone without it for a lot of years. It was like this hole had been hollowed out inside me, begging for anything to fill it. Like hunger pangs when you’re starving and your body eats at your insides, searching for satiety when there’s no sustenance to be found. The idea of it’d become a vague memory, there to taunt me with what I could no longer have. Mocking me with the loneliness and desolation, reminding me I’d lost the right to be loved.”
One of the most impressive scenes in this book was the confrontation that took place between Jared and Christoper. I was blown away at how A.L. was able to capture such a testosterone filled moment between these two alphas– how she managed to keep the masculinity yet the dialogue permeated with genuine concern and emotion between them. This was a knock out, punch in the gut scene we as readers are so used to reading either between two female characters or between lovers and rarely unearthed between male characters.
” I sat back, staring up at the venom pouring from his gaze, welcoming it because I knew I had this coming.”
And of course Aly. Sweet, faithful, and unwavering. There was so much growth to her character that I was drawn to her beyond what I had expected; because quite honestly, she was already book wife material in CTMQ. Though her love for Jared remains unrelenting, she finds her voice in this follow-up. Her intuition is on point throughout this entire book and she becomes what Jared so desperately needs while at the same time, finds her own way to become the person she wants to be. Aleena Moore grew up to become a woman who held so much strength and harbored so much power that it becomes truly limitless.
“I had to be strong and fight for our family when he didn’t have the strength to do it himself. Even if that meant letting him go.”
I know from talking with A.L., she worried about this book because she had never written a book where the hero and heroine were already a couple, afraid that she couldn’t do justice to it– I am here to tell her, that she had absolutely NOTHING to stress about. This follow-up over exceeded any expectations I had. The love between Jared and Aly burst through the pages in an unforgiving gait. I quivered when they spoke of each other and to each other– the adoration was never lost and their passion could never be misinterpreted.
“The connection between us was so profound I was sure I’d been created from a tiny piece of his soul.”
A.L. Jackson is known for her gut wrenching, emotionally driven stories and she stays true to them. Many times over, the tears wouldn’t stop and my throat would become so dry from the heaving that I’d had to pause and take a swig of cold water as a way of reprieve. Jared’s story is dark and many times, despondent– this is so adequately captured that you are left with no choice but to go down that bleak road with him. And though there are many of these somber moments which this author is known for, she veers off the beaten path and gives us a more sultry side that we don’t see much of in previous books. As I was, you too will be amazed at how successful she was in conveying the physical hunger between Jared and Aly– where I had to look over at my hubby and give him the eyebrow wag. LOL. I was taken aback by these provocative parts which are still so new and unexpected from an A.L. Jackson book but added so much more depth to her characters relationship.
” My walls grasped him as I slid up and down his length, meeting his hips as he rocked into me, straining as I coaxed the need from his body.” “He just watched me, touched me. He’d been the only one who ever could.”
The journey is long and heart breaking but at the same time, joyful and full of unadulterated love. You will fall madly for every part of this riveting conclusion to Jared and Aly’s story. In one word, Come To Me Softly is perfection. A.L. Jackson should be unabashedly proud of her work and I commend her wholeheartedly. I would recommend this series to anyone and everyone.
We Like It Big Tunes:
Demons -Imagine Dragons (This song will FOREVER remind me of Jared)
Latch – Sam Smith (I can’t help but smile and swoon and of course think of Aly and Jared when I hear this song.)
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Be sure to join us for the Come to Me Softly Read Along Party! We’re kicking off the celebration on June 24th with a ton of prizes, then the read along begins. Daily prizes all the way up to grand prize on July 2nd!
Grand Prize: Coach Bag stuff with A.L. Jackson Goodies!
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Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.
Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.
Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.
Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.
Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.
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, If Forever Comes, and Come to Me Quietly.
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.
Look for Come to Me Softly and When We Met: Behind Her Eyes coming soon.