April 9, 2015

Review - Come to Me Recklessly by AL Jackson

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, hes convinced everyone that hes satisfied—everyone but himself.

Samantha Schultz has moved on with her life. Finishing her student teaching and living with her boyfriend, shes deluded herself into believing shes 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 send 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.

And I knew I should run. Flee. Because Id never been in greater danger than I was at that moment. His gorgeous face shifted from one dark expression to the next, his hair untamed, wild, as wild as the green eyes cutting me through as he jumped from the truck.
Are you crazy? I demanded against the wind, pounding my fist at my side, this man a raging contradiction.
Bitter laughter seeped from him while he glared across at me. Crazy?
Five excruciating seconds passed as we stood there, the storm gaining strength, gaining speed, beating at our senses. Before Christopher broke.
He closed the space in four long strides. Demanding fingers dove into my hair, pulling me flush against his body.
All defenses evaporated the second his mouth found mine. This wasnt a sweet kiss. It was rough and angry, his tongue commanding. His teeth bit and nipped. Those flames licked and jumped, fueling the fire that years ago he had lit, and my tongue fought back, fighting a war I knew Id lose.
Frantic, his hands roamed, cupping my neck, sliding down my shoulders and arms, thumbs flicking across my breasts. My nipples hardened, and a moan raced up my throat. Christopher groaned and swallowed it down then he gripped me by the hips. 
He slammed my back up against hard, hot metal. Pinned to his truck, I gasped, his body towering, consuming, devouring me the exact way I knew he would. His erection strained against his tight, tight jeans, pressing between my thighs, pressing into my stomach. My body trembled with the idea of setting him free, the idea of what hed feel like pulsing inside of me, taking me right here, in the dark against his truck.
He closed his mouth over my bottom lip, sucking it hard, a direct tether to my sex that clenched, begging for more.
Fuck. The word reverberated like a moan from deep within his chest, the urgency in his touch finally tugging at my common sense that had gone numb with the assault of his mouth.
And he felt familiar and right and totally, incredibly wrong, this man I didnt even know, because I never really had.

He rocked against me, and all those little pleasured places inside of me cried out in tortured relief as my spine grated painfully against metal. My legs tightened their hold on his waist, my hands just as desperate to feel and remember as my heart. But another part of me  screamed to stop. To remember

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 If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014. 

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. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. 

My 4 Star Review

Come to Me Recklessly is the third book in the Closer to You Series. In this installment we get Christopher and Samantha’s story.

'Would I risk it all on a boy who was the ultimate risk?'

I love a second chance romance and I think AL Jackson is one of the best authors at these types of stories. I love how when I start I always know what to expect in regards to me getting plenty of anxiety, but I never know what to expect in regards to how things will play out for our couple.

Christopher and Samantha were high school sweethearts, but more than that they helped each other through difficult times. Despite their love being real and genuine, things happened and they broke up. The story picks up years later and Samantha is in a relationship with another man and Christopher is enjoying the single life.

Regardless of where they are today or how happy they are, once they see each other again all bets are off. The love story between Christopher and Samantha was difficult and frustrating at times, but real. While reading I was able to empathize with the characters and my heart hurt for them.

“You’re my world, Samantha. Everything I do, from now until the end of time, I’m going to be doing it for you.”

This story kept me captivated from the beginning. At first I wanted to know what caused this breakup and to see how they ended up where they are at. We are able to see this as the story is told in dual POV and alternates from past to present. I enjoyed seeing all aspects of the story and also getting both their thoughts.

AL Jackson’s writing has a way of just completely breaking my heart, in the best possible ways. Her characters are identifiable and easy to relate to, I think that’s why it’s so easy to get attached. I highly recommend if you are looking for a heart warming read with tons of heart and lots of steam.

“It was always supposed to be you.”

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews 

1 comment