Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: Come Back to Me by Mila Gray

Title: Come Back to Me
Author: Mila Gray
Publisher: Pan Macmillion
Publish Date: June, 19th, 2014

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 by Mila Gray—pen name of Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila—is a fast read, mostly because it's impossible to put down. It's addictive, and may also cause tears, lots and lots of tears. It's told through the alternating points of view of Jessa, a recent high school graduate, and Kit, her brother's best friend. Kit and Jessa's romance is the kind of bittersweet tale I've come to except from good New Adult novels and if crying into the pages of a book because "it's just not fair!" is something you enjoy–Don't lie. We all do it and we all love it–then Come Back to Me is a must read.

The story starts off quickly enough with Jessa and Kit admitting to having feelings for each other and deciding to enter into a secret romance so as not to anger her overbearing father or her overprotective brother, Riley, who also happens to be Kit's best friend. I really loved how Jessa and Kit falling in love with one another takes up a great deal of the book. No insta-love here. You could feel the tension coming off of these two from the get-go, but it morphs and evolves into something so much more than that. Jessa and Kit's romance is the starry eyed kind, all sparkly and innocent. And, while that's not usually my cup of tea, it's sweet. Until things happen and we see their adorable romance turn into a total tearjerker. It's probably easier to list the chapters I didn't cry during, but that was just part of Come Back to Me's charm.

One of my favorite parts about Come Back to Me was that Kit, while being a Marine with some very heavy stuff weighing on him, never becomes the angry, possessive bastard hero of so many New Adult novels. He's a hurt, lost, young man who is going through something awful, something palpable and real. And I loved the way people rallied around him—even people he never would have expected—to help him get through such a devastating experience. I have to give Jessa some love here too. Though she's docile and obedient around her father, when she's with Kit it's like someone lit a fire under her. That's what I loved the most, how Kit came into Jessa's world and fundamentally helped her in a way no one else could, just by loving her. There was only one moment I can recall that made me a little angry with Jessa, and while she was totally within her rights to feel the way she did, I just couldn't get behind her decision to react the way she did. Vague, I know, but I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say Kit and Jessa have quite a few obstacles to leap before they're finally able to make it back to each other.

If you're like me and like your New Adult romances to be gritty and real, while still being sweet and not just tamed down erotica, then Come Back to Me is the book you've been waiting for. That being said, there is still sex in this book. So if that's not your thing, then be warned. But Gray does somehow manage to keep things in hand while still serving up the heat with her first foray into New Adult. I could list so many other reasons to read Come Back to Me, but instead I'm just going to point you below to the but links and give you a meaningful wink. (*wink, wink*)

For more about Come Back to Me check out these sites!

Amazon • Goodreads


  1. Thank you for the beautiful review! So happy you enjoyed it.

  2. I have an e-ARC of this but the print is teensy-tiny and I'm not sure my eyes will make it. But you have given me inspiration to keep trying!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. Oh I've been wanting to read some good New Adult and this one sounds right up my alley! And that cover is just breathtaking. I so need to get my hands on this book. I am up for the tears because the story sounds to good not to cry over. Beautiful review! Can't wait to read this one. :)

  4. I do like some bittersweet romance from time to time. ^^ Haven't read many NA lately so will look forward to reading this one. Oh, I had absolutely no idea Sarah used a pen name for this book. This review has been quite informative; love it!

    Lola @ Hit or Miss Books


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