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?
There are authors who write pain very well and yet still give us a story which is full of beauty and love. A.L. Jackson is one such author. This is a book that will bring you to your emotional knees. You will feel the depth of pain Jared bears deep in your soul. You will feel the quiet hope that is Aly.
Jared Holt was here.
A whisper of a smile curled my lips. He was real, no longer a veiled mystery that I’d hidden away in my heart. He lived. He breathed. And God, if he wasn’t the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. ~Aly
This is a story of guilt and torment because as much as Jared cares about her, he doesn’t believe himself worthy of forgiveness, let alone the love that Aly is willing to give him.
“You make me fucking crazy, Aly. Dangerous. It’s like all I want to do is protect you even though I know I’m going to end up hurting you. And God, it kills me to think of hurting you.” ~Jared
I loved that Aly didn’t give up…she was determined that Jared get beyond his demons and give himself the chance to be happy, the chance to be loved and to love in return.
“But underneath all his armor, I did know him. Beneath the anger, I recognized the boy I’d known so long ago. I was pretty sure it was Jared who didn’t know himself.” ~Aly
This is a book I could not put down. I was thinking about it hours after I finished reading it, and it’s a book that I’m giving a high recommendation that you read. It’s a beautifully written story of what might be termed a dark romance, but I promise there’s light at the end.
This is the first book I have read from this author, but it won’t be the last. She’s earned a place on my favorite author’s list for sure!
My rating for Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson:
5 big fat hearts
**I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**