Published: June 19th 2014 by Pan Macmillan AU
Format: eARC, 373 pages
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.
But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.
What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.
When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.
Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.
Come Back to Me is my favourite kind of NA story. It’s about more than just a hot romance. It’s about family and friends and dreams and love in all its incarnations. I think it’s a beautiful story and have really enjoyed reading it!
This story is largely a flashback – we see something life-changing about to happen to Jessa and then skip back three months to when her brother Riley and his best friend Kit were back from deployment in the US Marines. I think it’s a great way to tell the story, but it does make a large chunk of it predictable. You basically know what is going to happen, and your reading experience becomes more concerned with how.
Which is awesome, because I think I paid more attention to Jessa, Riley, and Kit, knowing what was going to happen in three months’ time. Jessa is a likeable character who always ends up sacrificing what she wants to keep the peace in her household. She’s quite and a little oppressed, but take her out of that setting and she’s fun and bubbly, daring and adventurous. She’s had a crush of Kit since like … forever … but he’s her brother’s best friend, and a rather notorious player besides, and she tries to get over it.
The last time Kit was on leave, he noticed Jessa for the very first time, and he hasn’t been able to get her out of his head. Kit is a really nice, caring guy. He’s always concerned with what Jessa wants and needs, he’s really generous, and I loved basically everything about him as a love interest! Riley is also awesome. He’s grown up in the same household as Jessa and although he’s gotten out it’s obvious that certain things have changed him forever. He also has a very cute relationship with his girlfriend, which I liked.
Like I said, the draw of Come Back to Me isn’t what happens, it’s how it happens.
Kit and Riley come back from leave and things heat up between Jessa and Kit almost immediately. It’s really sweet and cute, although it’s complicated by having to keep their relationship a secret from everyone around them. It’s also rather steamy without being confronting (in my opinion). But of course, secrets always come out, and there are things to deal with – like Riley and Kit’s friendship and the fact that Jessa’s dad hates Kit.
But it’s when Kit and Riley have gone back to deployment that things really change. The writing style switches to a series emails between Jessa and Kit, and I found them more personal and emotional than the exposition style used earlier. Especially after the event hinted at in the first chapter – everything is more heartbreaking because of the way the information is presented in the book. I don’t usually cry when reading (like seriously, the last time I cried reading a book was ages and ages ago), but a few tears slipped out during this part.
I really liked that Come Back to Me isn’t just about Kit and Jessa and their hot sexy times. It’s about them and their friends and their families, and how they learn who they are both as individuals and as a couple. It’s a rare thing to read these days in NA, so I’m a huge fan of this book for the way it explores all kinds of relationships and loves.
Come Back to Me is the NA story you’ve been waiting to read. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!Blogging Outside the Box is a feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers.