Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Release Day Review & Giveaway: "Come To Me Softly" by A.L. Jackson

Happy Release Day to A.L Jackson as we celebrate her new book Come to Me Softly!!
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Quietly comes
a scorching new adult romance in the Closer to You series.
A second chance at life…
A second chance at love…
  Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed? To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.
This book is seriously erotic, and not in the way that you think. Jared will make you feel things that many other characters can't. His emotions are dark, vibrant, sexy, and disturbing. The love he feels for Aly is so true, so full, that it scares him. Yet, it's a magnet that pulls him always to her, trying to be better. I love that this is done in both Aly and Jared's view points. It brings a depth to the story that one point of view just couldn't give. Both characters are intense and though we know there is a dark side to Jared, I always feel like there's one to Aly too wanting to break lose from the torment she's seen at the injustice of his life.
This isn't a book full of rainbows and mad passionate love.  This book is full of pain, disappointment, desire, and fear. Fear of the past, fear of the future, and fear of failure. This books shows more of the other characters as well. We see more of Aly's mom, Karen, and how Helene's death affected her. The death didn't just turn Jared's life, it changed everyone's surrounding him.
The last chapters had me in tears. Forget the box of tissues, have something bigger handy. I seriously feared that this story wouldn't be finished in this book at one point. Guess what though, it is and it ends beautifully. It all comes together and the descriptions at the end gave me goose bumps.
This was a very emotional 5 star book. It reached a depth that is hard to imagine until it's sitting in front of you. I am already sitting on pins and needles for Christopher's book and hoping that Megan has one as well. A.L. Jackson has a writing style that is all her own and it grips you, pulling write into the pages for the entirety of the story.

*Enjoy the trailer created by the wonderful Becca the Bibliophile*

Be sure to join us for the Come to Me Softly Read Along Party! We’re kicking off the celebration on June 24th with a ton of prizes, then the read along begins. Daily prizes all the way up to grand prize on July 2nd!
Grand Prize: Coach Bag stuff with A.L. Jackson Goodies!
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Come to Me Softly Release Celebration Giveaway!
Grand Prize: Coach Bag, Kindle Paperwhite, and A.L. Jackson Swag
Second Prize: Come to Me Quietly Custom Charm Necklace
Third Prize: A.L. Jackson Swag Pack
come to me quietly

Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside. Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain. Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own. Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate. Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.
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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, and Come to Me Quietly. She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Look for Come to Me Softly and When We Met: Behind Her Eyes coming soon.

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