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Come to Me Quietly

(Closer to You #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  11,815 ratings  ·  1,269 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by NAL Trade
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Aestas Book Blog
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


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
A.L. Jackson
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: one-of-mine
So excited to bring you all Jared and Aleena's story. ...more
• Lisa •

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


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
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

" 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.


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 juv
Dilek VT
Something between 2 – 2,5 stars

The plot and the tone of the book:

COME TO ME QUIETLY sucked all the life energy out of me with its OTT depressing tone.

It is the story of a guy named Jared, who is drowning in his own sorrows and self-hatred.

All along the book, he is whining.

After a while, his pity party becomes suffocating.

Jared lived a traumatic event when he was 16 and resorted to drugs. He was in juvie for a while.

Then, he just goes on wasting his life until, 6 years later, he comes back t

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.


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
Molly McAdams
Sep 25, 2013 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
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

*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.


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
Jacqueline's Reads
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing


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. Jare
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 31, 2013 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...


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
Sarah Elizabeth

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
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

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....

Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Okay, well I was actually going to give this four stars since I really liked this one but I have to dock off a star because of how melodramatic it got.

It started off good, nothing special, but enjoyable for me to actually consider giving it four stars in the end. But we kept progressing and things got even more dramatic and over-the-top, and I really couldn't stand it anymore. After first, I understood where Jared's self-pity was coming from but it just kept going on and on and building on top o
Nov 14, 2013 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
☆ 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
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Jan 01, 2014 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
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I miss Miss Jackson's book. Even her works sometimes not my liking, but Come to Me Quietly is wonderful. The writing is not as OTT poetic dramatic like her signature. The chemistry is enough to build the romance.

Jared is broken and Aly is his heroine who finally saves him. Their story is tender and vulnerable. Not so graphic on the sex too. Again, tender.

Overall this is a good read for me.

4 stars
“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 childh
Jessica's Book Review
Jun 30, 2013 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 Qu
Nov 13, 2013 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
Jan 08, 2014 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:
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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
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
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Kim Karr
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Come to Me Quietly” is raw and real. It’s an achingly beautiful story about a man with a ravaged soul and his chance at a life he never thought he deserved. A.L. Jackson has written such an emotionally impactful story that grabs you right from the start…

“What am I doing? There is nothing here for me. I know it. I’ve already destroyed it all. I destroy everything I touch. Still, I can do nothing but press on. ~Jared Holt <3
♡Karlyn P♡

DNF @25%, but I might try again later.

Honestly, I just wasn't in the mood for this amount of non-stop inner-dialogue and their chronic over-thinking about life. It was bogging the story down and kept the plot from moving anywhere. I realized that at 25% pretty much nothing substantial happened in this story other than the hero made it to town and moved in with his old BFF. When/if I am in the mood for this type of teenager angst, I might try again.
 ♥  Barb ♥
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
review to come! loved x
Come To Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson
Series: Closer To You #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: January 7th 2013
Print Length: 384 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Overall Rating: 6 UN-FREAKIN-BELIEVABLE STARS!!!!!!!


I don’t think I have ever been anxious before about writing a review. I mean it’s just my opinion, right? Well when it comes to this book I feel the need to get it right. To make people understand just how AMAZING this bo
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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, FIGHT FOR ME, CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART, FALLING STARS, and REDEMPTION HILLS novels. Get her latest enemies-to-lovers, second-ch

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