Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review: Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson

Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You, #1)Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Current Goodreads Rating: 4.33

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.

Looking at the Goodreads high rating, it seems that I'm the odd one.

Characters: Aleena and Jared are extremely bland as adults. Jared is not witty and is aloof.  The only time he opens up is when he sneaks into Aleena's room, but Jackson doesn't explore their conversation enough to make me fall for either of them.  Frankly, I thought the two were giant cowards, never telling Christopher about their relationship.  Telling your old best friend that you are into his sister is difficult, but it seemed to me that Jared didn't feel guilty about the secret.  However, I did really enjoy the flashbacks because Jared was super sweet to Aleena who was always trying to tag along with him and her brother.  Jared always let her come though Christopher didn't want her around to ruin their plans.

Plot: There was a little plot twist toward the end, but I am so sick of either rapes or car crashes in NA books.  NA authors, no! 

Would I recommend this to a friend? No, I wasn't a fan of the characters or the plot.  I probably won't read the sequel.

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