“Come back to me. Promise you’ll come back to me.” She whispers…
******** Note: This book was originally self-published in the summer of 2014 (with a different cover). That was when I first posted about and reviewed it (my original review date was July 9, 2014). However, shortly after it was picked up by a major publisher and they set a date to rerelease it on December 8, 2015. That is the reason some of you either already have copies of it, or think it sounds familiar etc, and that is also why it now has a different cover. But fundamentally, it is the same book.
I absolutely LOVED this book!!!
It was so much more than I ever expected. Deeply emotional, sexy, funny, romantic… and it had that special heart-pounding intensity to it that only my favorite books give me. I highly recommend it!!
The story was a forbidden romance about a Marine, Kit Ryan, who was home on leave and drawn to the one girl he couldn’t have, Jessa Kingsley… his best friend’s little sister. But even though he was only home for four weeks before he was going to be sent out again for another nine month deployment, they couldn’t deny their feelings for each other so every second they had together was stolen and precious.
“I just had to see you again,” he murmurs.
The emotional impact hit right from the start. The prologue actually made cry. The reason I find that so impressive is that it means that even without any prior connection to these characters, without knowing their histories or relationships or anything personal about them, the author was able to have me so feeling so strongly for them in a matter of only a few pages that it brought tears to my eyes. To me, that’s a sign of really good writing.
I loved the way the story’s timeline was built. The prologue introduced the reader to the story at a crucial, heart-stopping cross-road with a life-altering question hanging in the balance. Then the first chapter went back three months to the start of Kit and Jessa’s summer, where their relationship began, and took us through their gorgeous forbidden romance… then it caught us up to the prologue and went beyond into the future and wrapped up with a beautiful epilogue.
Right from the first chapter, this book made my heart race. I just felt that kind of breathless intensity and connection to the story that I’m constantly searching for in books. I had a huge smile on my face and my review notes are pretty much filled with “OMG LOVE”, “SO MUCH AWESOME”, “I LOVE THIS”, over and over again.
I also really loved this author’s writing style. It was the kind of writing that just allowed me to get lost in the story as opposed to having the story told to me, y’know? I felt like I was experiencing the story along with the characters.
The forbidden aspect of their relationship was so thrilling!! The reason it was forbidden was two-fold. First, Jessa’s father (also in the military) ruled the house. His word was law. He unfortunately was also suffering from PTSD (which he refused to see anyone for) and while he was never physically abusive, it was definitely an unpleasant environment to live in. And for a reason (that was later revealed), her father strongly disliked Kit in particular. Also, there was the whole thing about him dating his best friend’s little sister — Riley was a very protective brother and Kit had a bit of a colorful past so there was that aspect too.
I won’t give spoilers but there was a backstory which was revealed and incorporated into the story later on that really rounded everything out in a way that gave it a lot of added depth and I was really impressed with the way every piece of the story was dealt with.
Kit made me SWOOOOOON!!!! He was a hot, protective, kind, loving, young Marine who was totally falling for a girl completely off limits to him in about every way you could think of but who loved her enough not to care. She was worth it to him and he was going to do whatever it took to be with her.
“If you ask me do I want you to be waiting for me the day I get off the plane? Yes. Do I want to talk to you every night on the phone and know you’re my girl and that I’m coming home to you? Yes. Am I going to be thinking of you every single moment while I’m gone? Yes.”
Jessa was a really sweet heroine. She was quite sheltered in many ways and had grown up in constant fear of the consequences of her actions so she was a total ‘good girl’ but I loved the way Kit challenged her to go after the things she wanted and dreamed about. There was so much she hid from the world and Kit made it his mission to bring the real her out.
Throughout the whole first half of the book, during their summer together, there was that constant feeling of time slipping away. Every single second was precious and every happy memory they made took them one step closer to him leaving…
“I want to take a piece of her with me and leave a piece of me with her. How do I get enough of her to last me a year?”
Oh gosh… this book really just had gorgeous emotions!!! I didn’t expect the story to be so deep but it really just reached right into my heart. I love a wide range of books but the ones the are my most favorite are the ones that make me FEEL with all my heart and that was what this book did.
The last quarter of the book had a different vibe to it (understandably, given the turn of events) but I loved it just as much. Things got a lot more serious and my eyes were rarely dry in the last few chapters. I was constantly choked up and on the verge of tears — just feeling so much. I really, truly loved it!!
Now, just to be completely honest here… there are things I could nit pick about in the book if I wanted to but the reason I’m not is that overall, none of them matter to me. The thing that is most important to me is that I genuinely “bought” this whole story, if that makes sense? I believed it. I felt it. I loved it. And that’s all that matters to me. It was a gorgeous romantic escape and it’s absolutely a new favorite of mine.
This was exactly the kind of book I was searching for!! It was romantic, sexy, emotionally intense, and it swept me away in the story. I highly recommend it!
Rating: 4.5 — 5 stars!! Standalone New Adult romance. HEA.
PS: graphic below is based on the original cover
OMG this sounds exactly like what I was looking for! *One-click*
Sweet!!! I hope you love it <3
I’m halfway through and totally loving Kit!!
He’s so swoony! I loved him too 🙂
Thanks, Amanda :))
Beautiful review Aestas. I just added this to my TBR!
Thank you, Kimberly! It’s worth bumping up your list 🙂
Tnx. One-clicking too! Cant wait to start:)
Welcome!! Happy reading! 🙂
Mila Gray says
Thanks so much for the lovely review!
So glad you loved it. 🙂
You’re very welcome! Thank you for writing such a gorgeous book ♥
Kim Box Person says
Wonderful review!! I’m on vacation with my Mom visiting my sister and showed her your review…I had been going back and forth about buying this one!!! Well you convinced me so I totally one clicked 🙂
Thanks, Kim!! I’m so excited that you’re going to read it 😀
Lucy Miller says
Thank you so much for recommending this book.. I truly loved it and enjoyed it. Totally my type of romance. Your reviews are fantastic! I just started to read from your recommended lists, and will start from 2012 list. You really have the gift as a reviewer , and I totally appreciate your talent. Thank you.
wow thank you so much, Lucy!!! I hope you find lots of new favorites on those lists. Happy reading 🙂
Andrea Vazquez says
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It made me laugh & cry lol I want to read more books like this!!!!
I do too!!! I love this kind of book 😀
Jackie Griffith says
This is just a general comment, but I love you website and the emails I get. Your book reviews are always so good. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much, Jackie!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it 😀
Hi, just read your review on here and was wanting to read this book. But when you go to amazon it says there is no pricing information available. There’s no 1 click to buy it. Just didn’t know if you knew what was wrong with it? Thanks
I just asked the author about it. This book is temporarily unavailable for purchase in the US (likely until next year). If you live in the UK though, you can purchase it from Amazon.co.uk
I’ll definitely add this to my to-read list!
Barbara Murray says
The review on this book so so amazing that I waited an entire year for the book to be released in the US. It did not disappoint!!
This was such a great book, thanks for the review.. After reading had to go and buy this book and Mila Gray’s follow up This Is One Moment….. it’s only available in the UK but purchased through the Book Depository and it is a must read…..I loved Come Back to Me but This Is One Moment is even better-Military romance with wounded soldier with DiDi from Come Back to Me..
oh god, I wish I could skip the time from my final exam in april till college announcement. there are a bunch of books in my-soon-to-be-read-list
Marissa Garcia says
I read it and I fell in love!! Its like my heart melted into the book. I LOVED IT!!!
So glad you loved it!! 🙂
Marissa Garcia says
Only sad thing is that every time I go to Barnes&Noble they never have the other two following books. But I totally recommend this book?
There are no other books available at this point.
Hey my name is Shannon and I read this book and this book changed me see my brother is in the Marine Corps and in the end of this book it’s like was hard but this book I swear best book I’ve ever read and probably of a will
I just loved this book. I described it as a heartbreak, an amazing heartbreak!! I was left in pieces afterwards and I was not emotionally ready to start the next book. I LOVED IT.
Glad you loved it!! 🙂
man love this book. totally took me up to a whole new world and ocean of emotions I never knew I had within me