Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: June 19th 2014
My rating: 4 stars
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.
There are only a handful of New Adult books that I can say I truly enjoyed, I don’t know why but this genre and I really haven’t been able to click. So I’m always a little wary going into New Adult books, but when I first heard about Mila Gray (Sarah Alderson) deciding to step into this genre, I couldn’t wait to give this genre a try once more. Alderson has always guaranteed to bring the swoon, so I couldn’t wait to see her game with this book.
Jessa has liked her brother’s best friend Kit, but she knows he just probably sees her as his best friends little sister, also if he did see her more than that she’d know she was out of bounds because of her over protective brother. But things change when Kit comes back from Sudan for a couple of weeks, there seems to be a spark between Jessa and Kit and one which both seem to notice and for once it seems like both want to make the most despite the consequences. I was glad Kit and Jessa both decided to finally take a chance with each other, it was clear that they both had strong feelings for one another, which they’d been holding back on for a long time, and they were afraid of getting caught especially by Jessa’s dad who’d never been a huge fan of Kit for some reason to begin with. But I always seem to enjoy books which have characters in a relationship sneaking around, I know it’s not one of the healthiest things and things could hit the fan afterwards, but the secret meet ups between Jessa and Kit was a lot of fun to watch.
I liked how Gray decided to give us this story too, we’re given snippets at the beginning of bad news, but we don’t know the complete story, we’re then thrown into the past, slowly building up to the present day, the whole time we’re on tenterhooks dreading what the bad news could be. I kind of had a feeling early on which way things would go, but despite knowing this, I was hoping that things could change some way. Also the beautiful story and relationship that Gray gave us between not only Jessa and Kit but Jessa’s brother Riley and his girlfriend made me dread the build up to the bad news even more.
Come Back to Me, really was a gorgeous but heart breaking read, I loved watching the relationship between Jessa and Kit develop, it really was one of those relationships that only comes around once in a while, but ends up leaving a huge imprint. Mila Gray has definitely gone on to show that she can deliver both solid reads as a YA and New Adult author. I for one can’t wait to read more from her if she decides to delve into this genre once more.