Title: Come to Me Recklessly
Author: A.L. Jackson
Series: Closer to You #3
Release Date: April 7, 2015
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.
Somehow A.L. Jackson has managed to outshine herself once again. Come to Me Recklessly is an incredible addition to the Closer to You series, and my favorite so far. I’ve been awaiting Christopher’s story since the moment we got to know him in Come to Me Quietly. His reckless lifestyle providing clear evidence of some underlying pain that continued to torture him. Come to Me Recklessly brought me much needed insight into who Christopher Moore really is. While he seems to live his life unapologetically and without feeling, Samantha has stopped living life altogether, floundering in an existence she never really wanted. The tension between these two fuels a story of unconditional love and an unwavering belief in fate that holds a significant emotional weight you won’t be soon forgetting. Come to Me Recklessly had my head spinning as my heart ached for true love to find its way out of the wreckage.
“Christopher Moore was his own brand… the kind I was pretty sure I wanted to wear forever.”
A.L. Jackson has a true talent for crafting characters that stick with you. Christopher was revealed to be so much more than I could have imagined and I loved getting to know every dark and twisted facet of him. His pain was palpable, as was his conflicting anger and attraction, drowning me in this character until he was permanently stuck. His emotional depth was overwhelming as we finally got to see the pain he’d been carrying from everything that had happened with his best friend. In her own way, Samantha was a just as hopeful and heartbreaking. The layers of her story built a brilliant picture of this hurt and scared woman desperately fighting to feel. When these two run into each other again, things sizzled. A.L. Jackson gave Christopher and Samantha an undeniable chemistry that raised the intensity of their story ten notches. The passion between them ensured that they fought hard and loved harder, while their emotional connection seared them on one another’s soul permanently.
“You know the greatest wish in my life? That you’d find happiness in yours.”
I was so glad we see so much more of Aly and Jared in this story as well. I get so much joy out of seeing how far they’ve come on their own journey. Christopher and Samantha’s journey is unique and devastating, beginning in their teenage years and continuing to shape their view of love into adulthood. Their battle to undo the damage from their youth was full of incredibly explosive highs and absolutely crushing lows, taking us on an emotional journey that tore at my heart. The story that unravels in Come to Me Recklessly is gripping, beautiful, and unquestionably representative of everything Christopher is. His journey with Samantha is messy, gritty, and a whole lot reckless, but the honesty and devotion of their story ultimately sparkles. A.L. Jackson has written another novel that will immediately consume you, drawing you into her world and making your heart beat faster. Finding myself completely addicted to these stunning characters, I can’t wait to see which character we might be hearing from next.
There are few things that hurt so much as a broken heart.
It doesn’t matter which way you slice it, analyze it, or add it up, you’ll always come up with the exact same sum. The worst part is there is no antidote for this affliction.
They say time mends all things.
I say they are liars.
Maybe it subdues, burying it beneath all the new memories we make, tucked under the burdens and joys and new experiences that life layers on over the years.
But that broken heart?
It’s always right there, lying in wait. Ready to crush you when you’re slammed with that errant, unexpected thought.
But nothing could have prepared me for this—what it would feel like to look up and find him standing inches from me.
From the moment we met, he always had the power to bring me to my knees. I should have known his control over me would never diminish or dim.
I should have known it only would intensify.
Maybe I should run.
But somewhere inside, I know he’ll never let me get far.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Closer to You Series:
Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You #1)
Come to Me Softly (Closer to You #2)
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 Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.
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.
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