Come Back to Me (Come Back to Me #1)
by Mila Gray
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama, War, Fiction, Death
Rating: 4.5 stars
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…
Oh my gosh, what did I just read? Guys, I was up all night, because I just could NOT put this down.
I don’t read books about war, going to war, loving soldiers, etc. Not on principle, it just doesn’t happen. I think my heart knows it will break and I am preserving it a little bit. I also don’t know anyone in the military and it’s just never been a bookish theme I was drawn to. But when I read the synopsis for this book, I just couldn’t help myself. How can you not be a lover of romance and NOT want to pick up this book? I don’t know, because I couldn’t do it.
From the first moment of the prologue, I was hooked. And I knew I was going to be shattered. And, I was. This book is painful. It hurts, but it is a good kind of hurt. It’s the kind of hurt that wraps you in a warm cocoon of love and pain and guilt and all the other feelings that come with a love like this. Also, that prologue is going to leave you with questions you MUST HAVE ANSWERED. Hence, the not sleeping and furiously reading.
I never had a brother, but if I did, I can see myself falling for his friends. Maybe that is why I’m a sucker for the falling for your brother’s best friend trope in books. Either way, I liked the way the author explored this idea. It didn’t feel recycled or cliche. It felt real. Sometimes TOO real.
Even though this book is gripping, it has some really sweet and beautiful moments. I found myself smiling through the falling-in-love parts. They were so cute. It’s definitely an amazing relationship and while this book kinda fell in the new adult category, it didn’t feel new adult in the way where everyone was messed up. I guess you could say they were actually normal, healthy people having a normal, healthy relationship. And for me, that really worked.
Side note, this is the third book I’ve read THIS WEEK where there was a male character named Riley. That’s just random and weird. While it has nothing to do with the book, I just felt compelled to share.
While this book is obviously focusing on the romance of Jessa and Kit, there are a lot of other things going on. You’ve got the family dynamics (a father with PTSD, a sibling away in the military, etc.) I liked that there were clearly other things happening and that world didn’t swallow up into the pinpoint of the romance. Even though the romance was a main point of the book.
I’m basically getting chill bumps writing this review, just remembering how great the book was. That doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I know I have to relay the message. I’ve kind of swore off new adult books, but if they were all like this one, I’d spend SO much more time reading them. All in all, the biggest thing I can say is, you want to read this book. READ THIS BOOK!
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