Book Review: Come Back to Me

Come Back to Me by Mila Gray, Sarah Alderson: 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.

**Come Back To Me generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. **
This New Adult standalone provided an enjoyable read. Come Back To Me gives us the journey of Kit and Jessa, two long-time friends admiring each other from afar for years. Told from dual POV’s, the reader gets inside look into both Kit and Jessa’s minds. I’m glad the author told the story from both characters POV as it was interesting to learn of Kit’s reservations about their blooming relationship.

Kit has been the best friend of Jessa’s older brother, Riley for years. Jessa has always wanted Kit to notice her. The time Kit finally notices Jessa for more than his best friends kid sister, he’s deployed to Sudan for nine months. Upon his return, Kit and Jessa embark on a journey of hidden love forever changing each of their lives.

This story starts with a cliffhanger and I loved the author’s choice in doing so. We’re left to wonder throughout their story together. Kit and Jessa are characters to whom everyone can relate to at least a bit. New adult often focuses on young, first loves and this book follows that premise. We all can remember those times so it’s fun to reminisce through two exciting, engaging characters what first love feels like. Here the looming deadline of deployment, a dad who’s suffering and hurting those around him and an overprotective brother clouds their summer together. But the moments when these characters find freedom in each other are quite gratifying. All the secondary characters in the story provided more depth to the main characters. It was interesting to see the story play out for all the characters.

What I didn’t love about this story was the military story line for Kit and parts of Jessa’s story line involving college and her future. Firstly, mostly all romances I’ve read where the hero/heroine serve in the military there is a patriotic connection of pride in that character. In this story, I wasn’t feeling that much. Kit and Riley both had circumstances changing their outlook on their military careers and something just felt off about the writing in for this plotline. For Jessa’s future she wanted to be a dramatic actor. This plot felt like it evolved from nowhere, we never got a lot of depth or feeling about it except that it was forbidden. The two together just didn’t feel right.

Overall, Come Back to Me, provided a relaxing, easy, entertaining love story between two characters who are figuring out their lives both apart and separate.

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Lori L. Clark

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