Come Back to MeSeries: Come Back to Me #1
by Mila Gray
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse on December 8th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.
When a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door, Jessa’s heart breaks—someone she loves is dead. Killed in action, but is it Riley or Kit? Her brother or her boyfriend…
Three months earlier, Marine Kit Ryan finds himself back home on leave and dangerously drawn to his best friend Riley’s sister, Jessa—the one girl he can’t have. Exhausted from fighting his feelings, Kit finally gives in, and Jessa isn’t strong enough to resist diving headfirst into a passionate relationship.
But what was just supposed to be a summer romance develops into something far greater than either of them expected. Jessa’s finally found the man of her dreams and Kit’s finally discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.
When it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither one is ready to say goodbye. Jessa vows to wait for him and Kit promises to come home to her. No matter what.
But as Jessa stands waiting for the Marine Chaplain to break her heart, she can’t help but feel that Kit has broken his promise…
Riley or Kit? Kit or Riley? Her brother or her boyfriend? Who’s coming home to her?
Come Back to Me is a new adult romance that called to me. It said over and over, “You’ll want to read a sweet, young romance for a mental break during the holidays… make sure to read me then…” (use a ghostly voice when you read this). Come Back to Me was just the distraction I needed during these stressful days before Christmas.
The story has a fantastic, unconventional opening. We meet Jessa as she opens the door on her impending future. The military chaplain is on the other side of the door waiting to deliver the news: either her brother or her brother’s best friend has died while serving their country overseas. This was such a hook for me and I was immediately drawn into the story and just kept on reading.
From there, the story goes backwards to three months prior when Jessa’s brother, Riley, and his best friend, Kit, are home on leave. Jessa has almost always had a crush on her brother’s best friend. It’s when Kit finally gets the courage up to take a chance, break the “bro-code”, and make the moves on Jessa that the romance between these two takes off.
Kit was so sweet to Jessa because he saw all her potential and encouraged her to go after her dreams. He was such a protective and romantic guy. I liked Jessa, too, because she was so behind the ball on everything in life, basically wasn’t allowed to live the life of a teenager because of her parents. I enjoyed watching her character’s obvious growth (thanks to Kit) throughout the book.
I thought the supporting characters were written really well. When a bad guy really makes you hate him, and you simply can’t figure out what his problem is, and then you later understand him…. I think that’s good character writing. Granted, Didi sort of got on my nerves but I think that was her purpose in the story. Jessa’s mom really surprised me the most, though.
There’s more to this story, a bit of mystery in the history, that I don’t want to let on to here in my review. But suffice it to say, at the end of the book, when all the loose plot threads are all tied up, I really wanted to spend more time rolling around in the ending, the part before the epilogue. I wanted more of the “resolution”. There just wasn’t enough, IMHO. It felt slightly rushed and “hurry up, we need to wrap this story up”.
But despite the quick ending, Ms. Gray was able to keep the story on the lighter side and execute her plot without losing my interest. Even considering how many aspects there were to this story (young love, loss, and survival within the military and the “don’t date my sister” code added into the mix), I was never lost and the story kept me distracted from my own life… for a while 😉