Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Come to Me Softly (Closer to You, #2) by A.L. Jackson

Title: Come to Me Softly
Series: Closer to You, #2
Author: A.L. Jackson

Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult

Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.

My Review:

Oh, how I love and adore this series and the characters within. Their story is a beautiful, heart wrenching, touching, and powerful tale; one that has moved me since the first book. This is definitely a unique, heartfelt, and hopeful series.

A. L. Jackson has a really beautiful writing style; it has captured my attention since her first book. And as I had mention in my review of Come to Me Quietly, her worlds flow like poetry. Deep and very powerful. The way the words and actions of the characters flowed and moved throughout the story was beautiful. I loved that. And I think it was not only the really gritty, raw storyline, but the characters had me glued to the pages.
“I've always been your girl. You just didn't know it.” 
The characters are each powerful, deep, raw, and gritty in their own way. Jared has grown so much since the first book, and watching him finally overcome his final demons in Come to Me Softly was very powerful, a wonderful experience to behold. Watching him learn to love, to forgive, and to move on did indeed bring me to tears at quite a few places. Jared is a deep and emotional person, tormenting by so much, so watching him find his inner peace and love was beyond a wonderful experience.

I have loved Aly since the first book, mostly because of her faith, her love, and her insight towards Jared. She accepted Jared, flaws and all, his dark and gritty past. However, her strength comes from being able to stand by his side and prove he is worth love and forgives. I think that strength shown through when they both were being tested throughout the book.

And of course I can’t write this review without mentioning the love between Jared and Aly. Oh, what a beautiful and powerful love they share. The whole friends-turn-lovers aspect wasn’t a big thing for me, but lately, and especially since reading this series, I have come to realize I love that aspect! Their relationship was so well written; it felt real and natural. I could feel how both Jared and Aleena cared for each other and I could see and feel it growing even more. Some many times I could actually feel their souls connecting and I can't forget the steamy factor. These two are a really steamy couple!
“I can't live without you, baby . . . can't sleep without you . . . can't breathe without you."
The book developed at a wonderful pace, leaving me turning each page and gabbling up the words. The build up and resolution was a thrill to read and to experience. Once I started, I couldn't put this one down. Watching the characters grow, flourish, love, and step into their futures was a wonderful experience. At moments my heart rejoiced for them and at others it broke. 

All in all, this is a beautiful, raw, powerfully deep, and emotionally investing series. Come to Me Softly was a worthy, beautiful conclusion for two remarkable characters who have grown and overcame so much. I truly adore this series and the characters within! I highly recommend this series! 


  1. Oh Magen I seriously cannot wait to read this series. I have the first book and it jus sounds absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic review my love!

  2. Great review, Magen. I love emotional reads about second chances. Sounds good!

  3. Oh wow girl! You have sold me! This series sounds fantastic... emotionally charges, but I know I would like it! Great review my friend!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  4. I really enjoyed the first book in this series... for the most part. There was just something that kept me from truly loving it even though the writing was gorgeous. The ending of book one along with this INCREDIBLE review have made the decision for me: I'm definitely reading this conclusion. The quotes alone gave me goosies. The second quote almost did me in!! Your love for this one is contagious, and I have caught the fever. To Amazon I go. xo

    1. I'm sorry to hear that, but I do understand! :) Glad you did enjoy it though and I do feel this one was a bit better than the first. I do hope you enjoy it more than the first book!

      Thank you for your honesty and your wonderful comment! *hugs*


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