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Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You #1)

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Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.

Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.

Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himse
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by NAL Trade
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Aestas Book Blog
Jan 11, 2014 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites



**** FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ****

If you're a fan of tortured bad boys and second chance romance, you will absolutely want to check this one out!!

I can't even tell you how excited I was when I first heard about this book. AL Jackson is one of my most favorite authors. Her writing is beautiful and evocative and her way of conveying powerful, heart wrenching emotion through her words is an absolute gift. I will read anything she writes!

Second chance love stories have always been my favorite and th
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A.L. Jackson
Feb 11, 2013 A.L. Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: one-of-mine
So excited to bring you all Jared and Aleena's story.
Lisa Jayne
Apr 12, 2014 Lisa Jayne rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa Jayne by: Anna
FIVE YOU'RE PERFECT STARS.

"Everything about him was dangerous. Just as dangerous as he was beautiful.

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This story broke my heart, what an amazing love-filled story of sacrifice and healing. I can't imagine anyone reading this book and not feeling touched by this authors talent in some way. 'Come to me quietly' is a journey; an emotional account of a couple that are drawn together by passion, attraction and pain. For months this book has been sitting on my 'to be read' shelf and as a 'new to me a
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Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
4,5 BEAUTIFUL,SWEET,BROKEN STARS

" You were my first crush."
"And my only love."
"I've been waiting for you my whole life."


Come to Me Quietly was such an emotional and amazing book!! I loved every minute of it! I was so consumed by the emotions around Jared and Aly... both characters were so tortured from their past.
This is the story of two friends who turned to be lovers.

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Aly has been living an empty life for the past six years after Jared her best friend and love of her life, was sent to juvi
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Christy
5 Stars!!!

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Can anyone tell me why I haven’t read anything by this author before??? Seriously! For some reason, she’s flown under the radar for me but no more. I just went on a one click spree and bought several of A.L. Jackson’s other books. Come to me Quietly was a beautiful, emotional, gut wrenching and powerful story. It is a story of forgiveness, moving on and giving your first love a second chance.

Jared Holt. I love my damaged men and he is definitely that. Damaged and tortured from his pas
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Anna


Jared Holt was here.
A whisper of a smile curled my lips. He was real, no longer a veiled mystery that I'd hidden away in my heart. He lived. He breathed.
And God, if he wasn't the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.


I LOVED EVERY WORD OF THIS BOOK



But underneath all his armor, I did know him.
Beneath the anger, I recognized the boy I'd known so long ago.
I was pretty sure it was Jared who didn't know himself.




"Aly, you're killing me."

"I don't get you, Jared. Did you think you could stay her
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Molly McAdams
Sep 25, 2013 Molly McAdams rated it it was amazing
AL Jackson is my all-time favorite author aside from Nicholas Sparks. There's never been a book of hers that I didn't absolutely love. But this? This book? Oh my word, y'all...

COME TO ME QUIETLY is her best book BY FAR! Unputdownable, heartbreaking, sexy, damaged, beautiful ... GOD I can't even think of the right words to describe this. All I can say is you will love Jared and Aly, and adore their relationship that is anything but perfect and easy.

Must buy. Like, MUST MUST MUST. If I could give
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3 STARS

*shakes fists at Jared*

What started out as an amazingly emotional, poignant, and heartfelt romance between a girl and her brother’s best friend plateaued into a pile of unnecessary drama that drove me batshit crazy. Still, the writing was incredible and for that and the great first half of the story, I'm rating it 3 stars.

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Aly lives a quiet, uneventful life for the past 6 years and rooms with her brother Christopher when Jared reenters her life. Unknown to others, Aly’s carried a torch for
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Vrsha (PeekAtMyBookReview)
Oct 13, 2014 Vrsha (PeekAtMyBookReview) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
3.5 ‘It isn’t worth it if it doesn’t hurt a little’ Stars

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Hearts have a way of finding their way home...

I had mixed feelings for this book, there were things that I liked and things that did not. I do not like giving negative reviews, I write only what I felt. This is solely my personal opinion.

I was a fool if I ever thought I could let it go.

The attraction that both Jared and Aly felt for each other was Wow and the author back that up with glimpses from their childhood which I really liked.
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Jennifer Kyle
Jan 13, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it
3.75 ~ 4 Stars

This is one of those books that I still think about and go back and forth with my rating...

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I consider myself a HUGE A.L. Jackson fan. I LOVE her writing and this story was really well written, the delivery of the story was excellent, I just didn't love the story but I didn't hate it either.

I found Kade's misery and self-loathing to be a complete DOWNER. I love broken guys but his pov was exhausting and repetitive.

Their relationship was way too predictable for me. On the otherhand
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Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 10, 2014 Jacqueline's Reads rated it it was amazing


5 FINDING – LOVE – AGAIN STARS

Come to Me Quietly (CTMQ), is a beautiful, finding-yourself, searching-for-love kind of read.

Aleena has been in love with Jared since childhood. Jared was best friends with Alenna’s brother Christopher. Something happened and Jared left town. Now, Aleena is older, she’s living with her brother Christopher and is trying to move on with her life. Jared comes back into town and crashes on Christopher and Aleena’s couch until he can find a better place to stay. Jared d
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Sarah

This was a NA contemporary romance with a bit of a tortured male lead.

Jared was in so much emotional pain in this book, it was clear he blamed himself for whatever accident had happened, and it was so sad that he felt like he didn’t deserve love.
Aly was what Jared needed whether he liked it or not, and they worked well together.

The storyline in this was mainly about the romance, with a bit of mystery over exactly what the accident was that Jared was so torn up over. The pace in this did feel qui
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☆ Sammy ☆彡
"It was like Jared and I were in this constant tug-of-war that neither of us knew how to play, pushing and pulling, attracting and repelling."

Come to Me Quietly is the story of two people, Aly and Jared, who were very close friends when they were kids. Jared was always there for Aly and took it upon himself to protect her. A tragic event separated the two of them for years until one day Jared returns to town and ends up staying with Aly and her brother Christopher.

Aly has had feelings for Jared
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J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*
3.5----Stars!

I guess I didn't realize this book was going to be quite the Debbie Downer that it was. But damn Debbie that was a DOWNER!

Jared come here now...



Come to Me Quietly is book 1 of the Closer to You series. Jared, Aleena (Aly), and Christopher were childhood friends. Aly and Christopher are brother and sister. It's told in dual POV between Jared and Aly and we get flashbacks to their childhood and the tragedy that Jared experienced causing all of the pain in his life.

Poor Jared....



He's
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Patrycja
Jan 15, 2014 Patrycja rated it liked it



Title: Come To Me Quietly
Series: Closer To You #1
Author: A. L Jackson
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)




"It was always you, Jared. Always. I can't remember a day in my life when I didn't love you."


Everybody seems to love this story and while I do get why it holds so much appeal and leaves readers extremely pleased, it didn’t fulfill me as much. I did enjoy it, but I didn’t love it. I have no idea why this
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♥Rachel♥
Jan 18, 2014 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing
I’m a sucker for unrequited love stories. Something about that yearning from afar that brings a little sadness and always pulls at my heart strings.

Jared and Christopher were neighbors and best friends from a very young age with Christopher’s little sister Aly always trailing behind. Jared was always Aly’s hero, looking out for her and including her even when Christopher thought she was nothing but a pest. Aly’s heart never stood a chance and she fell hard and deep for Jared early on. Sadly, tr
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jan 09, 2014 Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS

Let me start by saying that we all have our go to authors. Ones we know will never disappoint us and always leave us gasping at the end. I personally don't have many. I hold my favorites close to my heart and it takes a lot for me to be absolutely stunned. But, I find that AL Jackson's that author for me. Every book I've read that she's written has left me feeling jarred, moved, and blown away. I've said it before and I'll say it again!!!! THE WOMAN CAN FREAKING WRITE. Her words are int
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AJ
Jul 26, 2014 AJ rated it it was amazing
“Hearts have a way of finding their way home.”

AL Jackson has once again delivered a beautifully poetic, highly emotive book that had me sucked in from the very beginning, and completely swept away by the romance and drama. Jared and Aly’s story is heartbreaking but beautiful, and I absolutely loved it!

Jared and Aly grew up together. As the best friend of Aly’s older brother, Christopher, Jared was a constant part of Aly’s life, and took on the role of her protector and defender. Their childhoo
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Jessica's Book Review
Nov 27, 2013 Jessica's Book Review rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
“There are just some boys who are so broken they can never be tamed, and in the end, they just end up breaking you.”

Holy Moly! Where do I even begin with this amazing, spectacular, beautiful book by A.L. Jackson? My heart and my mind are all over the place and I am trying to come down on this high I am on after reading Come to Me Quietly. I think anything A.L. Jackson is a masterpiece because she is able to create such dark, passionate, yet unique characters in all of her work; Come to Me Quie
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Paula
Oct 27, 2015 Paula rated it liked it

Aleena Moore grew up in a good home with loving parents and two brothers she’s close to. She lives with her brother and attends college. Her life is normal but she has a hard time committing to anyone. There is a boy from her past that has always owned her heart, but is no longer in her life. Then her brother Christopher is out one night when he runs into his old best friend, Jared—the one who owns Aly’s heart. Christopher asks Jared to stay with them until he can get his own place. Aly is stunn
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Plamena
Jan 11, 2014 Plamena rated it really liked it
4 Stars

“This – this was our deception, where I wanted to live until the day I died. Where nothing was real but the secrets we whispered in the night.”

This is how I can summarize Come to me quietly- a story about loss, pain, love and forgiveness. A story about how an awful tragedy has the power to damage and change the lives of a group of people. It’s a story that shows how one person can become self destructive because of guilt. And that the key to fight the darkness and despair is just one: L
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Rach  *Feisty kitty*
Jan 19, 2014 Rach *Feisty kitty* rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: torture hero lovers
Recommended to Rach *Feisty kitty* by: Vishous
3 1/2- 4 STARS

*SIGH* Finally finished and can put it behind me!
I know so many people loved this book and don't get me wrong the writing is AMAZING! A.L. Jackson does an amazing job of writing tortured and damaged hero's who suffer inner turmoil. But...

Sadly I couldn't take anymore of Jared's thoughts of how f*cked up he was. As it is dual points of view you get to hear EVERY TWISTED THOUGHT from inside his head!!! I love damaged characters as it warms me inside to see how they overcome their i
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Brianna
Wow, just... Wow. I'm at a lose for words at the moment. I was getting so frustrated come the halfway mark and not knowing about Jared's past. It was literally driving me insane! You don't find out until the last 100 pages or so and as soon as the truth comes out, it completely goes downhill from there. Holy crap, this book was nothing like I expected. My heart is completely shattered for Jared and knowing what happened in his past. I had an idea for what could have happened, but turned out to b ...more
Paige
The title of this book is perfect. Aleena and Jared's story was quietly intense and beautiful. Their connection was palpable even when their pasts started getting the way. A.L. Jackson is able to weave a story that made me flip the pages yet wanted to stop and really absorb the words at the same time. Jared may rival Christian as my all time favorite A.L. Jackson BBF.
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I will say Jared gave me a thumping headache!! I wanted to take my cast iron frying pan to his head to make him stay!! God he gave me whiplash the amount of times he walked away!!
At least one swipe of my frying pan would've made him stay in one place (Just saying)!! lol
 ♥  Barb ♥
Jul 02, 2014 ♥ Barb ♥ rated it really liked it
review to come! loved x
Andrie
Jul 14, 2014 Andrie rated it really liked it
«Οι καρδιές έχουν το δικό τους τρόπο να βρίσκουν το δρόμο τους», αυτή είναι η καταλληλότερη πρόταση με την οποία θα μπορούσα να συνοψίσω την υπόθεση του Come to me quietly.
Αυτό το βιβλίο ήταν πραγματικά πολύ ευαίσθητο και νομίζω δεν είναι αυτό που περιμένει να διαβάσει ο αναγνώστης. Το πρώτο μισό ήταν αρκετά αργό κατά την άποψή μου, αλλά από τη μέση και μετά δεν προλαβαίνεις να πάρεις ανάσα και να χωνέψεις αυτά που σου περιγράφονται. Οι αναδρομές στο παρελθόν είναι πολύ καλά εναρμονισμένες μέσα
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Chris- Bookaddict
This story is simply beautiful. It is full of emotions, love, hurt, pain, angst. This story is so raw and real. Amy has definitely out done herself with this story, It is so beautifully written & truly amazing.

If I write a review there is no way I can do this book any justice. It is simply one I feel you need to buy, read and experience yourself without other’s telling you all about it.

I will say this I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this story and I cannot wait for more of Jared and Aleena!!! I will be p
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~ Becs ~
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Hearts have a way of finding their way home.

This is my first book from A.L. Jackson. Last year her Regret series caused a huge splash in the Blogosphere and I had a nagging feeling that I was missing out so, when I was offered the chance to review a new book from her, and a first in a new series at that, I jumped at the chance and I’m so glad I did. This may be my first book from A.L. Jackson but it definitely won’t be my last.

If you like a whole lot of angst and emotional pain with your new adu
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Bethany
Jan 03, 2014 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
Come to Me Quietly was such an emotional and amazing read. I loved every minute of it and couldn’t put it down. I was so consumed by the emotions that circled around Jared and Aleena. They were both so tortured by events in their past.

Aleena Moore grew up following her older brother and his best friend Jared around, always wanting to be part of their fun. Jared Holt had everything he needed growing up, great family, best friends Christopher and his little sister Aleena. Aleena was younger and al
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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 em
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“I see beauty and pain. Joy and sorrow. I see the good and I see the bad . . . and I love it all.” 36 likes
“And it killed me because I could never forget him. Couldn't because he'd permanently etched himself to me, left a part of himself forever within me. For so many years I'd loved him, but when he'd gone this time, he'd taken a part of me captive too, a piece that could never be retrieved because it would always belong to him...” 17 likes
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