(Website, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: Come Back to Me #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on December 8th 2015
Genres: Dating & Relationships, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Depression & Mental Illness, Family, Love & Romance, Military & Wars, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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?
My throat is sore from shouting “No!” a billion times over toward the end of the book. This book stole my heart. With the busy Christmas season, I picked it up and didn’t have time to read more than a few chapters. When I finally had the time to sit down and spend quality time with this book, I could not put it down. I didn’t want to put it down. I read the last 270 pages in one sitting nearly. You better be emotionally rested for this one because it will drag you this way and that.
Jessa Kingsley was the quiet, Catholic schoolgirl secretly in love with her brother’s best friend. What she didn’t know was that Kit Ryan had also been pinning after her for the last two years. Everything changes on the night of her eighteenth birthday, and I loved watching Jessa’s story unfold, not just her story with Kit. She tells half of their story and had her own to tell. Her father, for instance, had been scarred by the war, his PTSD a constant terror that his family fell victim to just as much as he did. I loved reading as Jessa became someone new and fell into herself. I liked her character and wanted her to have her happily-ever-after. The only problem was I wanted everyone to have a HEA, and the first chapter made sure I knew that wasn’t the case.
Kit told the other half of the book, and he was an instant charmer. He had me seeing hearts. He treated Jessa with respect and love, and it broke my heart with the possibility of him being the one that wouldn’t make it back home. It would have been impossible not to fall for him, but I did want to pummel him in the later half of the novel. The decisions that he made infuriated me, and I read the last one hundred pages so fast the words practically blurred together.
I didn’t want anything to happen to Jessa’s brother, Riley, either. This book will break your heart because one of these men does not make it home. I fell for all of them, and even with all of their faults, I loved the family. Kit’s dad was a much-needed presence in the novel, and he was established as an important character in the first chapter. Basically, if you’re a crier, have a box of tissues at hand. I was ten seconds away from throwing this book across the room.
The author describes this as her new adult romance, and it fits rightly in the category. It has a more mature young adult feel and deals with MCs that are eighteen and twenty-one. It’s raw and real, and I flipped so fast through the pages I’m surprised I didn’t get a paper cut—or ten.
Come Back to Me not only has a beautiful cover, but a magnificent story to match. Stay With Me is already bumped its way onto the top of my TBR, and I can’t wait to read more of Sarah Alderson’s, writing as Mila Gray, works.