Come to Me Quietly : Closer to You

  • by A .L. Jackson
  • Narrated by Todd Haberkorn, Tanya Eby
  • Series: Closer to You
  • 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It's been six years since she's seen her brother's best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it's time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chanceā€¦Just when she opens her heart to her friend, Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can't resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he's begging to be saved from his demons - the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly's judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?

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Full of angst

This was a really angst packed story. The hero is full of self hate because of an accident when he was 16. The heroine has loved him since she was a little girl and he's been gone for years, without anyone knowing where he was. He comes back and they are instantly attracted to each other, though he fights loving her because he feels he doesn't deserve to be happy. Good ending and great narration!
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- Jonella A. Moore

B- overall rating...

My Review:

Overall.... 3.25
Performance... 4.0
Story.... 3.0

I'm a girl who loves angst in my stories, but something about this one was just too over-the-top emotionally for me. I spent a lot of the story rolling my eyes at the characters...and I'll be honest, I'm not sure that would have been the case if I hadn't been listening to it in audio. I don't think it would have bothered me near as much if I had just been reading the book...although I don't think that would have solved my issue completely. This was my first audiobook in the New Adult genre and I just think that's not ideal for me.

I do like the way this book was done with two narrators though. The book alternates the first person pov chapters between Jared and Aleena and there was both a male and female narrators for those chapters. I liked that and truly enjoyed both narrators. They stayed on character and had great distinctive voices for all the various characters in the story.

Then there was the romance. Like I said, it was a bit over the top for me, but that's the way that the NA genre is written it seems. The story did work for me with the characters backgrounds and it definitely had credible conflict. I enjoyed the way the author wrote the flashbacks and intertwined them throughout.

This definitely wasn't my favorite book ever, but the book is written in the normal way for the new adult genre. I think if you generally enjoy that genre, you will like this one too. My heart did break for Jared and his self-loathing at something that was simply a mistake. I had issues with how other's dealt with him when it all happened, because hands down, they were wrong and did him wrong as a result and really ruined a kid's life. He didn't deserve that.

I also really enjoyed the moments with Ally drawing. I liked that she saw Jared behind all the rough and sometimes harsh demeanor.

Not my favorite book, but it wasn't bad. Lesson learned...listening to an audiobook in the NA genre is not for me.

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- Smitten with Reading

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio