Hello lovelies! Welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal! I read Come Back To Me by Mila Gray back in July (yes, July) when it first appeared on Edelweiss and I squealed at the synopsis
a bit. And today I finally get to be one of the first people kicking off this blog tour, and I’m so excited to share my thoughts with you! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway 🙂
In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.
When a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door, Jessa’s heart breaks—someone she loves is dead. Killed in action, but is it Riley or Kit? Her brother or her boyfriend…
Three months earlier, Marine Kit Ryan finds himself back home on leave and dangerously drawn to his best friend Riley’s sister, Jessa—the one girl he can’t have. Exhausted from fighting his feelings, Kit finally gives in, and Jessa isn’t strong enough to resist diving headfirst into a passionate relationship.
But what was just supposed to be a summer romance develops into something far greater than either of them expected. Jessa’s finally found the man of her dreams and Kit’s finally discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.
When it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither one is ready to say goodbye. Jessa vows to wait for him and Kit promises to come home to her. No matter what.
But as Jessa stands waiting for the Marine Chaplain to break her heart, she can’t help but feel that Kit has broken his promise…
Riley or Kit? Kit or Riley? Her brother or her boyfriend? Who’s coming home to her?
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 doubt and fear and longing and uncertainty that involves being in love with someone from the military. But to me, what set the book apart was the fact that inspite the fact that the book was chock full of clichés and tropes, I actually found myself enjoying it. I actually enjoyed a book whose story I could predict as soon as I had the synopsis in my hand.
Fucking unbelievable, I know, but believe it because it’s the truth.
Straightaway at the beginning, we know that something terrible is about to happen. It’s heart-breaking to read, especially since you’ve literally just opened the book and you heart already hurts for these characters. The book then flashes back to three months before the event, where Kit and Jessa are meeting again, after Kit and Jessa’s brother Riley are back home for a month’s leave before re-deployment. Jesse has always had a huge crush on Kit, and she’s starting to feel like maybe he likes her too. But he’s never made a move at her and she suspects that this summer will be the same.
Jessa is dead wrong because, this summer, Kit’s decided that he’s had enough. He’s going to pursue Jessa and woo her, even if it means that Riley would flay him alive. And after a meeting filled with terrific sexual tension, Kit does exactly that. He pursues her and woos her. Fucking finally. Kit was such a sweetheart, you guys, and it was such a nice change from the bad boys and the rebels! I love me some bad boys, mind you, but Kit was a complete breath of fresh air with his gentle demeanour, and his military discipline and the way he absolutely adored Jessa when the story shifted to his POV. But the thing I loved most about Kit the way he was with Jessa. He didn’t like the situation in her home any more than she did—her tyrant father, her mother who wouldn’t stand up for her children and the feeling of betrayal she experienced whenever Riley left her to deal with their parents. And Kit always, always urged her to stand up for herself. Never once did he let her be crushed, so to speak, by her father’s intentions and Jessa not as afraid as she was before Kit. He was loving and kind and pushed her to follow her dreams.
I’ve read a few reviews online where many reviewers complained of Kit being a bad influence on Jessa—helping her bend and break rules, disobey her parents. But from what I read of Jessa, I’d say this girl needed to break some rules. Gather ye roses (rosebuds?) and all that. Not once was she in any form of mortal danger or at the risk of the elements. Everything Jessa and Kit did together was consensual and Kit took very, very good care of Jessa. So, no. There are no complaints from me on this front.
The book was very predictable in its clichés and there was the required amount of drama and misunderstanding. I’m usually a hater of banality in Contemporary novels but I actually found myself enjoying it, almost hoping that certain tropes would play out the way I wanted them to. I suppose the writing makes all the difference, especially in a type of story that’s been done many times over and Mila Gray managed to keep me cheering and crying for and laughing with every character in the book. Come Back To Me has a kind of a Dear John-ish feel to it (complete with letters, albeit in the digital form) but I daresay the former was much better where it came to keeping me engaged in the story. I wasn’t only a passive reader, I was an active participant in the lives of these characters and I felt as lost, as sad, as empty as they did in certain parts of the book.
I hear there is another book in the series (about Jessa’s best friend Didi) and since I’m officially a fan of both Mila Gray and her military men, I can’t wait to dig into that one 🙂
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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.