Come Back to Me
Series: Come Back to Me, #1
Author: Mila Gray
Publication Date: December 18th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Summary from Goodreads: 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?
Every now and again you come across a heartbreaking story that is also beautiful in just about every way – it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it awakens all kinds of feelings in you that make the book a great read.
Come Back to Me by Mila Gray is one of those special books that really knows how to tell a story. When I first picked this book up and started reading, I knew I was in for a treat. The characters in this book are what make it feel real…they’re so well written and developed, and the challenges they face create a story that is raw, gripping, and inviting.
Jessa has had a crush on her older brother Riley’s best friend Kit for a while now. Riley and Kit have been friends for years, and now they are serving in the Marines together. When they come home for four weeks, Jessa and Kit decide that they can’t hide their feelings any longer – and they start out on a relationship that is heartwarming and real. While trying to hide their relationship from Riley, who Jessa is convinced will never approve of (he’s very overprotective of his sister, and since Kit tends to “get around” a bit), and from Jessa’s dad, who hates Kit (for reasons that we don’t quite understand until later in the book). Sneaking around and falling love, Jessa and Kit do everything they can to spend as much time as possible together before Kit has to leave again. When it does come time for Kit to leave again, Jessa tells kit to always come back to her.
After Kit and Riley leave again, things are pretty normal at Jessa’s house, until Kit’s father shows up at the door, and Jessa realizes that either Riley or Kit must have passed away. Terrified to hear the name of who she will be forced to carry on without, her loving brother or the guy who has her heart, this novel is is as heartbreaking as it is sweet.
I want to throw this out there…this book has a lot of sexual content in it…there are a lot of steamy scenes with Jessa and Kit. I’m not used to reading a lot of New Adult novels, so this actually came off as a surprise to me. It didn’t ruin the story or anything, though/
I cried while reading this…especially the last half of the book. I honestly wasn’t sure which way I wanted this one to play out…if I was hoping it was Riley who was okay or if it was Kit who was okay. This book messed with my emotions big time, and made me appreciate those I have in my life even more. The fact that there is a second book in this series is fantastic, and I can’t wait to read it!
Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila, Losing Lila, The Sound, Fated and Out of Control.
Originally from London she has lived in Bali for the last four years with her husband and daughter.
As well as writing young adult fiction under the name Sarah Alderson and adult fiction under the name Mila Gray, she also writes screenplays.
Prize: 1 finished copy of Come Back to Me by Mila Gray. Giveaway open to U.S. Residents only. Winner will be notified via e-mail, and has 48 hours to respond or I will choose another winner. Good luck!