Come Back to Me
by Mila Gray
Publisher - Pan Macmillan
Release Date - 19th June 2014
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Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.
But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.
What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.
When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.
Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.
A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.
“Does he make you see stars?’ he asks in a low voice. ‘Does he call you his north star? Because that’s what you are to me. You’re the reason I made it home.”Gray begins her novel on a very crucial and emotional twist in the plotline, leaving you kind of up in the air... but soon goes back to the moment where everything all began... Under the household of soldiers, Jessa has always kept her head and eyes down. Her father presenting a problem for her family, has a tendency to lash out at any given time. After he was relieved from duty he became almost, locked in in himself, making Jessa's life controlled by his demands. When Jessa's brother and his best friend Kit, arrives back from a tour in Afghanistan for the summer, hidden fires between Kit and Jessa explode! Jessa has had a crush on him for years, but dating a marine like Kit would certainly make living at home unbearable. As much as she loves her family, she just want to face her father and let her rule her own life for once and Kit shows her how to live it to the fullest.
Now Kit... if you saw my last post you will definitely know what I mean. Kit is your very swoon-worthy soldier, hard on the outside yet kind-hearted and gentle on the inside. You will melt every time you see or read him, wonderful, le sigh! However, he could be irrational at times where he would strike first without thinking about the consequences later, or considering other peoples feelings. But for me throughout the book, he told me cared in what he believed in and not necessarily the things around him. Kit has grown up with his father, previously in the marines, his mother died a long time ago. What was a different twist to such a traditional sort of character as his is that he loves to cook. I believe his pastries are his forte, having a soldier built chief also leaves your day-dreaming.
“I'm going to inform her father from a separate state, maybe even from a separate continent. And I'll still be sure to wear a bullet-proof best because that man has connections.”Kit has always had eyes for Jessa, regardless of his reputation with girls when you hear it from her brother. But Kit sees the real her and can see the difficulty she lives with at home. Between them, Kit is your very sweet, down to earth and cute boyfriend. He is totally a romantic! Together, they are like gold, precious, rare and shining. Although they only have 6 weeks, their time is truly endless within the arms of each other.
Gray's writing is faultless, between the alternate POVs which I enjoyed immensely, she is able to really capture the raw, emotional passion between all of the character relationships not just between the two MCs. Although there is a love-hate relationship between Jessa and her father, there also lies the humour between herself and her brother, clearly he is over-protective of his little especially when it comes Kit! The humour breaks up the tension and other pressures of the plot line.
Whilst suffering the highs and lows of marine life, this novel is bursting with uncontrollable passions and hot, steamy soldiers, it will make you continuously blush throughout the whole book. Under the pen name of Mila Gray, Sarah Alderson clearly knows how to weave plotlines, genres and characters at her own will, there is no denying that she has started into New Adult with high expectations.
Rating - 5