19 April 2015

Tour, Review & Giveaway: Come To Me Recklessly

Come to Me Recklessly - Closer to You #3
by A.L. Jackson

What they say: From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Softly, another irresistible new adult romance in the Closer to You Series.

His heart was turned off…

Until she turned him on….

Christopher Moore gave up on the idea of love years ago. Now, his life is an endless string of parties and an even longer string of girls. Enjoying the physical perks with none of the emotional mess, he’s convinced everyone that he’s satisfied—everyone but himself.

Samantha Schultz has moved on with her life. Finishing her student teaching and living with her boyfriend, she’s deluded herself into believing she’s content. But there is one boy she never forgot—her first love—and she keeps the memory of him locked up tight. She will never allow any man to break her the way Christopher did.

When Christopher’s sister and her family move into a new neighborhood, Christopher is completely unprepared to find Samantha living at the end of the street. Memories and unspent desires put them on collision course of sex, lies, and lust. But when guilt and fear send Samantha running, Christopher will have to fight for what has always been his.

“No one tells a story about "The One" with as much beauty and tragedy as AL Jackson does. You can't read her words without having them sink deep inside of you and sticking around like a favorite memory.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover

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I received a  copy from the author (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

What I say: In keeping with my current trend of reading book series out of order, I hadn't read the previous two books before starting Come to Me Recklessly. It really didn't matter because it works as a standalone. 

In the third instalment in A.L. Jackson's Closer to You series, the plot follows Samantha and Christopher (Christopher is the older brother of Aly and friend of Jared, from books one and two) as they reconnect years after a terrible breakup. 

Christopher is fiercely protective of his family and adores his sister and baby niece, but he's been holding on to a lot of bitterness surrounding Samantha. Samantha is trapped in a boring and controlling relationship. Her only lightness is her brother Stewart. When they find themselves forced back into each others lives, they have to come to terms with the past and sort out their problems. 

Come to Me Recklessly is about second chances and misunderstandings. A vast amount of their problems came from outside influences and people interfering in their relationship. I kept hoping they'd open up and be honest with each other.

The book features a great mix of secondary characters - I loved Aly, Ella, Jared and Stewart. I have to admit I wasn't a fan of her parents and I took an instant dislike to Ben. 

It was nice to see Samantha moving on from her insecurities. Christopher's determination to prove himself and to convince her of how great they'd be, was one of my favourite aspects of the book. I liked the glimpses at their past which helped to fill in a lot of gaps.

Make sure you have the tissues at the ready because some parts of the story are really heartbreaking. A.L. Jackson does a great job of bringing out the feels. The drama and angst is high but well handled and I ended up feeling hopeful. 

4 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

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, Come to Me Quietly, and Come to Me Softly.
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.

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Read on for Excerpt & Giveaway...


Then I turned and rushed to the sliding glass door. I went to duck inside, when my path was obstructed by an imposing figure at the doorway, the man a full foot taller than my five foot four. I didn’t want to look up, but I couldn’t stop myself from being drawn, and his warm breath washed over my face.
Chills cascaded in a dizzying wave down my spine, before the venom in his voice lifted the hairs at the nape of my neck, the words cold and deathly quiet. “What the f**k do you think you’re doing here?”
Lost in the searing anger blazing in his green eyes, I stammered for an answer. “I…I…”
I swallowed hard and he leaned in closer, his nose brushing mine, and I was suddenly drowning in everything Christopher Moore—the way he smelled, clean, like a breath of the morning’s freshest air, but still something else entirely intoxicating, like sex and lust and everything I’d ever wanted but knew I shouldn’t have.
My thoughts went fuzzy as I got lost in it, before that wicked voice snapped me back. “Stay away from my family.” Like a caress, he trailed his finger along the line of my jaw, lifting a line of goose bumps in its wake; before he hooked it under my chin, bringing his mouth a centimeter from mine.
There was no stopping the way my lips parted on instinct, as if they’d forever been waiting for his. His heat spread across my face, and I felt myself leaning forward.
“And stay the f**k away from me.”
Stunned, I stared, my mouth gaping open with offended shock and my body reeling from the need he’d spun up in me. 


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