Saturday, January 11, 2014

COME TO ME QUIETLY by A.L. Jackson: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


COME TO ME QUIETLY (Closer to You #1)

By: A.L. Jackson

A New Adult Contemporary Novel 

Release Date:  January 7, 2014


From the acclaimed bestselling author of Lost to You and When We Collide comes a new adult novel of one woman’s obsession: a man who’s as passionate as he is elusive—and as tempting as he is trouble.…
Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…

Just when she opens her heart to her friend Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can’t resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he’s begging to be saved from his demons—the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly’s judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?


A few minutes later she returned. She’d changed out of her work clothes and into the same sleep shorts she chose to constantly taunt me with night after night. 
God, the girl had the best legs I’d ever seen. 
She was twisting her long hair up into a high ponytail as she walked barefoot into the kitchen. The mixture of her skin and the food she’d brought smelled like heaven. 
She cracked open the fridge. “Either of you want another beer?” she asked as she bent down to dig through the fridge. 
In my head I was screaming at myself to close my eyes or to look up or to look down or to just look the fuck away. 
I didn’t. 
Instead I watched.
A curl of lust twisted my stomach into the tightest knot, so tight I had to struggle to get a breath of air into my lungs.  
Christopher’s voice broke my trance. “Yeah, I’ll take one.”
I cut my attention in his direction, and eyes so much like Aly’s stared back at me. 
I dropped my gaze and mumbled, “Sure, I could use another.”  
Aly stood and knocked the door closed with her hip. She had three beers woven between her fingers, their caps pressed together. Maybe there was something inherently wrong with me, but I thought it had to be one of the sexiest moves I’d ever seen. 
She set them down on the table. “One for you.” She passed one to Christopher, grinned as she slid one across the table to me. “And one for you.” 
“Thanks,” I said.  
She twisted the cap off the third and plopped heavily into the chair as she tipped it to her mouth. 
“Long day?” Christopher asked as he arched a brow at her. 
“Oh, yeah.” She released a long breath. “It was super busy.” A little shrug lifted her shoulders. “Made good tips, but I couldn’t wait for my shift to end.” She began opening the take-out box lids. My mouth watered when I was hit with the heavy aroma of thick red meat sauce and pasta. 
I stood. “Here, let me grab some plates and forks.” 
She threw a soft smile up at me as I passed. “Thanks, Jared.”
“Yeah, no problem.” 
Even though it was only three feet away, I stumbled into the kitchen as if it were some kind of oasis in the desert. For a second, I dropped my head as I pressed my hands into the counter and filled my lungs with the deepest breath of air I could find.
Get a grip, Jared.


★ ★ ★ 

Man, reading Come to Me Quietly was like taking your heart and twisting it tight, then seeing how many tears could leak out of your eyes during one book.  I am emotionally wrung out!  Come to Me Quietly was my first A.L. Jackson book and now I know, for the next time (Come to Me Softly release summer 2014) to have tissues and alcohol on hand!  
This book teeter on the edge of just too much angst for me, but the writing was so addicting I couldn't put my Kindle down.  A.L. Jackson unfolds this story in such a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat praying that she won't go where you think she is going with the story and then gasping when she does.  I have to say, Jared and Aleena's story was so tragic, yet sweet that it was worth the drama and I am very glad I got to experience their journey.

If you are looking for an emotional book, then this will definitely be the book for you!  Jared is a tortured hero that is so full of self-hate and anger but when he is with Aleena, he is the person that women sigh over.  I loved watching/reading about Jared and Aleena and I can't wait to get back into their story later this year in Come to Me Softly!  

Grab the kleenex, some chocolate and order pizza for dinner because once you start Come to Me Quietly you will be reading until you get to the end.  

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Meet the Author:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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Grand Prize:  A.L. Jackson Complete Signed Paperback Collection (all six titles) + Come To Me Quietly Poster and swag

Second Prize:  Come To Me Quietly Collection, which includes a signed copy of Come To Me Quietly, a Come To Me Quietly poster, keychain, and custom bookmark 

Third Prize:  A.L. Jackson Fun Pack stuffed full of A.L. Jackson book swag

Fourth Prize:  Audiobook Gift Set from of The Regret Series (Lost To You, Take This Regret & If Forever Comes)

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And don’t miss the DAILY blog tour giveaways on A.L. Jackson’s Facebook accounts! All kinds of fun stuff will be given away ~ ebooks, gift cards, and much more! EVERY DAY from January 7th – February 7th!!

Coming Summer of 2014....