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Come Back to Me

(Come Back to Me #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  9,930 ratings  ·  1,180 reviews
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
Paperback, 373 pages
Published June 19th 2014 by Pan Macmillan
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Jamie It looks like it is not on sale in the US until December :(

My first NA novel COME BACK TO ME came out JUNE 19th, 2014 in the UK, published by Pan Macm…more
It looks like it is not on sale in the US until December :(

My first NA novel COME BACK TO ME came out JUNE 19th, 2014 in the UK, published by Pan Macmillan and it’s getting lots of lovely reviews for which I’m so appreciative (thanks so much if you’ve already left one on Amazon)!

It will be out in the US and Canada in December ’15… I know, I know, it’s soooooo far away. Sorry. It’s all about the rights deal and when Simon & Schuster can schedule it along with my YA books. BUT…don’t despair, you can get the UK edition NOW!(less)
Mary Yes, it is told from the point of view of the 2 main characters.

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Aestas Book Blog
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely LOVED this book!!!

It was so much more than I ever expected. Deeply emotional, sexy, funny, romantic... and it had that special heart-pounding intensity to it that only my favorite books give me. I highly recommend it!!

The story was a forbidden romance about a Marine, Kit Ryan, who was home on leave and drawn to the one girl he couldn't have, Jessa Kingsley... his best friend's little sister. But even though he was only home for four weeks before he
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading this author and it definitely won't be my last. Wow !!! I went through every emotion reading this book ! The last part of the book my hand was to my heart the whole time and my tears would not stop falling !! Just so damn beautiful!!!

Hands down .... I LOVE books about my best friends little sister/brother. That storyline just makes my heart melt! Then you throw in there the military aspect and the " I've loved you since I was a child " ..... It's my reading Achill
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - "You're the reason I made it home." Stars!

I fell 100% in love with Come Back to Me. It's one of those books that although doesn't really offer any major surprises plot-wise, you get lost in it. The story and it's development as well as the easy to like characters just pull you in and make you forget the world around you for an afternoon.

"I'm a little partial to stories about forbidden love."

Kit Ryan and his best friend Riley Kingsley, have pretty much done everything together since they we
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was in a reading slump and this book was perfect to get me out of it.This a beautiful and emotional book I was crying at 4 a.m while finishing it . Kit and riley friendship was beautiful , I am officially hooked on military romances. I can’t wait to read didi’s story.
Sarah Alderson

This is actually me (Sarah Alderson) writing as Mila Gray for Pan Macmillan. It's my first new adult novel and I'm so excited about it. It will be out on June 19th as an ebook and then as a paperback in the UK in August exclusively to WHSmith before general paperback release in October. For anyone who read Hunting Lila and loved that then you should also like this - it's set in Oceanside, just like Hunting Lila and is ab
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Come Back to Me started off with a burst of emotion, and then slowly started to enrapture my heart.  Before I knew it, I was in the midst of an emotional powerhouse that floored me.  I can happily say that this is one of my favorite books of the year.  And that's saying a lot, since we are currently in December.  But once you start to see how breathtaking, emotional, butterfly inducing and entirely addicting Come Back to Me is, then it becomes clear why I loved every minute of this story!

Jessa a
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are only a handful of New Adult books that I can say I truly enjoyed, I don’t know why but this genre and I really haven’t been able to click. So I’m always a little wary going into New Adult books, but when I first heard about Mila Gray (Sarah Alderson) deciding to step into this genre, I couldn’t wait to give this genre a try once more. Alderson has always guaranteed to bring the swoon, so I couldn’t wait to see her game with this book.

Jessa has liked her brother’s best friend Kit, but
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful and emotional book! It is kind of a forbidden love story but also so much more. Kit is attracted to his best friend, Riley's little sister Jessa. Riley doesn't want anyone looking at his little sister especially someone he considers a player like Kit. I love Kit and Jessa together. I love the way their relationship developed and how they were together. This book pulls you in from the very beginning and it was such a heartbreaking and beautiful story that once you start you ca ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to -ya by: Buddy read with Maida
Things that have moved me in this novel:

Kit, the Marine hero.
The friendship between Kit and Riley.
The amazing service and sacrifice of our nation's military families.

Make-out scenes dominated in the first half of the novel.
Epilogue is not needed: Cheesy. Unbelievable.

Jessa was only 18, but I couldn’t help rolling my eyes at her indecision and some of her actions. She should have fought for Kit when he was drown in his nightmare.

The storyline had a lot of potential, but it lacked in-dep
Kylie Amber
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read
I haven’t cried reading in the longest until this book
Annie Brewer
5 north star stars!!

Wow. I loved this book. Such a sweet, sexy, emotional tale of loss, love and second chances. It was perfect!!! I highly recommend for the romance lovers!!

*review to come*


"Come back to me. Promise you'll come back to me." She whispers…


Awwwww, I loved this book so much. I gotta say first, I'm an Army brat. My dad served in the Military for most of my life and he was deployed all over. So I could totally sympathize with these characters. As far as all t
Julie Zantopoulos
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2018
You know from page one that either Jessa's boyfriend or her brother have died while serving in the Marines overseas and the rest of the book is spent building up to that moment and introducing you to all the characters.

Trigger warnings for war, death, grief/loss, substance abuse (drugs and alcohol), PTSD, and suicidal thoughts.

This was a pretty touching book for a contemporary. It wasn't "fluffy" and it wasn't graphically sexual either (though it does have some sexy time). There's a bit of a t
Rhea Dsouza
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
There are books that you love the concept of but fail to execute the ideas…and there are books that execute these concepts well and read like a dream.

And Come Back To Me is the kind of book that falls in between these two types.

The book is perfect because it captures a Forbidden Romance perfectly. The stolen moments, the fear of being caught, the wanting to cram a lifetime into the limited time together. But not forgetting that Come Back To Me is also a Military Romance and it includes the dou
"Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water, and everone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes you cannot even breathe deeply, and you have cried yourself to sleep enough times that you are down to your last two percent, but nothing is infinite, not even loss."

Actual Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Ahhh. This book has so many cliche parts that I can't keep count but what I like you guys to know is that I ENJOYED IT! Some scenes here I think, I have seen something like those befor
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ever since I bought this book from Book Outlet over a year ago (a TOTAL cover buy), it has been sitting on my shelf, calling my name. Unfortunately, I never picked it up until I finally put together a TBR strictly of books that I've been dying to read for the Booktubeathon in July. Now, I can't believe I waited this long to read this amazing book!

Jessa has always had a crush on Kit Ryan, her older brother's best friend, but she's never been able to do anything about it. Until now. Back home on l
Ayushi Agarwal
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
'4.50 stars'
Heart-melting story.
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

I have absolutely no idea where to start reviewing this book. I have only 7 sentences worth of notes because I was too busy inhaling the book in one go to take any. So I’ll start by saying this: if you’re a fan and you're reading this book because you love everything Sarah has written (kind of like me), don’t go in expecting it to be like her other works. It won’t be. I mean we all know Sarah is talented when it comes to writing hot romance
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”Come back to me. That was the very last thing I said to him.

Always. The very last thing he said to me.”

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with as much kissing as this one, and for some reason, I’m not really mad about it.

Jessa has been in love with Kit Ryan ever since she was fourteen. And despite his denials, Kit feels the same way. The problem? He’s her brother’s best friend. That and her overbearing, emotionally abusive father would never allow his perfect little princess into a romance
Danielle (Love at First Page)
3.5-4 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So it’s a little alarming that I’ve read four New Adult books in the span of about a week. It’s a genre I’ve always been wary of, despite its heavy focus on romance and me being the epitome of a hopeless romantic. But I’m a very picky, moody reader, and New Adult tends to either be too angst-driven, too poorly written and/or edited, too full of stupid, annoying characters, or all of the abov
andi ❀
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Is it bad that I was kinda hoping the other person died instead of the one who actually did?
This is a beautifully heartfelt story that captivated me from the very start. It’s a sweet, funny, sexy, and deeply emotional romance combining some of my favourite types of stories – forbidden romance with a big brother/best friend set up, and a military theme. Jackpot!

4.5 “wait for me” stars.

Jessa has been in love with her big brother’s best friend, Kit, for years. But he has never noticed her, and instead she has had to watch him manwhore his way around town before joining the Marine Corps wi
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book opens right up with a bit of a shocker and you know some heartbreak is coming. But then it's three months earlier and Jessa's brother Riley and his best friend Kit are back for a month but will be redeploying. Jessa has been crushing on him forever and we get to switch to Kit's POV and see that he has also had feelings for her. I love the sweet life long friendships that turn to romances. It's a whirlwind romance with so many romantic, swooney and sexy scenes.

It was also such a great st
I'm a HUGE fan of Sarah Alderson, she writes such incredibly hot YA boys so the second I found out that she was writing her first NA book under the name of Mila Gray it went to the top of my wish list! When Sarah sent me a very early copy of Come Back to Me I can't tell you how excited I was to read it, I had high expectations for the story and she utterly smashed them.

Just reading the prologue gave me goosebumps and put a knot of fear in my stomach. You know that something terrible is going to
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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For some reason I seem to have read a lot of books featuring PTSD lately, looking at it objectively (snort me objective) I think tackling the topic of PTSD and military families is a reflection on today’s society and the number of conflicts taking place in the world at the moment. A topical issue whereby stories such as Come Back to Me allow a deeper understanding of the trials and tribulations faced not only by the soldiers on active duty but also the impact it has on those closest to them. The ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

**Come Back To Me generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. **

This New Adult standalone provided an enjoyable read. Come Back To Me gives us the journey of Kit and Jessa, two long-time friends admiring each other from afar for years. Told from dual POV’s, the reader gets inside look into both Kit and Jessa’s minds. I’m glad the author told the story from both characters POV as it was interesting to learn of Kit’s reservations about their blooming relationship.

Kit has b
Marla Mei
2.5 stars. Just not for me. Reminds me a lot of Nicholas Sparks. I have yet to read any of his books but I've seen some of the movie adaptations and yeah, this book reminds me of them. ...more
Kris (frantic4romantic)
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is legitimately one of the best love stories I have ever read. Anything I read is a variation of romance, so that’s saying a lot.

It’s hard to put into words exactly how this book made me feel. It was like being young again and falling in love for the first time. It took you through all of those intense feelings and nerve wracking firsts. It was beautiful. I couldn’t stop smiling as I reading it.

It’s rare that you get a book that focuses so much on the love story. Typically it’s a side step
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
5/5 Stars

Come back to me by Mila Gray is a young-adult contemporary romance following Jessa and Kit as they deal with falling of for each other even when no one wants it to happen. Kit Ryan has been best friends with Jessa’s brother Riley since they were young and Riley has always made it known that Jessa was off limits. In high school Kit had reputation of getting together with a lot of girls, which Riley always knew about, and is the reason he kept Jessa far away. Though to her brother’s dism
Anne's Corner Book Blog (AC)
Crap! I must enjoy torturing myself... How did I manage to read another tearjerker on Christmas weekend???

Full Review:
Come Back to Me by Mila Gray ~ 5 Emotional North Stars!!!

“Come back to me. Promise you’ll come back to me.”

WOW WOW WOW!!! Just finished this book in one sitting at early hour in the morning. I am so emotional right now. I LOVE LOVE this book so much!!! I have a sample on my kindle for a few week and once I started I could not put it down. I mean just read this descriptio
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Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila, Losing Lila, The Sound, Fated and Out of Control.

Originally from London she has lived in Bali for the last four years with her husband and daughter.

As well as writing young adult fiction under the name Sarah Alderson and adult fiction under the name Mila Gray, she also writes screenplays.

You can find out more at

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he thinks about? Does he tell you that he lives for you?
That he breathes for you? That he dreams of you every
damn moment, awake and asleep? Does he tell you any
of that?’ He pauses to look at me and I try to keep a blank
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