Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR ~ Come to Me Recklessly by AL Jackson

About Come To Me Recklessly

From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Softly comes another irresistible new adult romance in the Closer to You series.

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, he’s convinced everyone that he’s satisfied—everyone but himself.

Samantha Schultz has moved on with her life. Finishing her student teaching and living with her boyfriend, she’s deluded herself into believing she’s 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.

“No one tells a story about "The One" with as much beauty and tragedy as AL Jackson does. You can't read her words without having them sink deep inside of you and sticking around like a favorite memory.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover


I am a huge fan of this series. I have been waiting patiently to get Christopher's story and I was not disappointed. I knew there was more to Christopher. He was a caring brother who loved his sister fiercely, so I knew there had to be a girl out there that he once loved, but he was hurting.  

When reading Come to Me Recklessly, we get both Christopher and Samantha's POV. Which I have to admit, I loved.  We see that Samantha is still in love with the boy who broke her heart. Samantha's heart has always belonged to Christopher even though she has tried to move forward with her life.  But it is hard to move forward and try to love someone else, when your heart only loves one person. The person who she feels betrayed her.

Christopher has been struggling for years trying to erase the one girl from his life that meant the most. The one girl who stole his heart when he was just a teenager. Jared, Christopher's best friend isn't the only one in this series that is fighting the demons of his past. Christopher is haunted everyday by them. He uses woman to try to heal his wounds, but rather than healing them, they are only making them deeper. 

Samantha's life is turned upside down when she runs into someone from her past, Ali, Christopher's sister.  Could she have a relationship with Ali?  Would having a friendship with Ali, stir up her feelings that she has been trying to suppress for years?  

When Christopher comes face to face with his past, his world comes crashing down around him.  How could Ali be friends with Samantha after all these years?  Christopher still has feelings for Samantha, that is obvious. She's always belonged him.  Not a day went by that he didn't think of her... yearn for her.  A few words he said to her years ago has haunted him to this day. "Just you and me and forever."  Those words haunted Samantha as well.

Samantha is still in love with Christopher, but will she ever trust him again?  Will she open herself up to him after what he did to her? Can she give him her heart again, even if he has had it the entire time?  She lost him once, could she survive losing him twice.  
"You broke my heart once. You don't get to do it again." ~ Samantha
When the two of them seem to be running into each other a lot, things begin to change. Christopher refuses to share Samantha. After all these years, he saw a slight glimmer of hope that he could possibly get the girl who he has dreamed about back.
"If I take you back to my place, it means you're mine, Samantha.  You understand what I'm telling you?  Otherwise I'm taking you straight home." ~ Christopher
With getting each of their POVs, we quickly realize that they both are harboring ill feelings toward each other.  We don't exactly know what it is. Christopher blames Samantha for their brake up, where Samantha clearly blames him for shattering her heart into a million pieces. What we have are two very hurt individuals that have been carry a lot of pain for years.  Will they give each other the opportunity to explain?  Will they continue to push each other away?  Can Christopher continue to fight the pull Samantha has on him? Can he continue to resist her or will he follow his heart?  Will Christopher open his heart again to the idea of love? Can Samantha forgive Christopher? Will the two of them be able to get past their pasts and have a future together?

This is one of my favorite scenes of the book which pretty much summed up the book for me. This is a scene with Christopher and his mom at Ali's house when he sees Samantha.

"You want to know what I walked in on ten minutes ago?"

"No, I really don't."
Ignoring me, she continued on, "Two very confused, very hurt people. Two people who obviously need to forgive each other. Two people who are trapped somewhere in the past. You think I didn't know you were torn up over her, Christopher? You think I didn't see you change after the two of you broke up?"

"I changed when my best friend tried to kill himself and got himself sent away."

She huffed in disappointment. "That scared you, Christopher.  Hurt you.  What happened with Jared made you question everything in your life.  It did that to all of us. But I know there was so much more to it than that...  and I know it had everything to do with that girl outside."

This was one of my favorite scenes in the book. His mother knew the heartache that Christopher had. She wasn't pushing her opinion on his, she was simply telling her what she observed. That these two individuals needed to forgive each other in order to move forward. They both needed to let go of the past in order to learn to love again... to feel alive again.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased my own copy from Amazon.

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About A.L. 

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 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.

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