Come Back to Me by Mila Gray

Posted December 4, 2015 by Erica || 4 Comments

come back to me

Welcome to my stop on the Come Back to Me tour hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club! A story of romance, friendships and lots of tears! Make sure you check out the giveaway!

Come Back to Me by Mila GrayCome Back to Me by Mila Gray
Published by Simon and Schuster on December 8th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Dating & Sex
Pages: 352
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher

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?

“Come back to me,” I whisper.
“Always,” he answers, kissing me for the last time.”

If you read the synopsis to this before diving in you surely know some tears will be shed. The prologue to this book basically shares with you what the synopsis does. You have the wondering fear throughout the whole book, who will it be? Kit, her brother’s best friend, her boyfriend or will it be Riley, her brother? Who will come back to her and who will pass away? This whole idea had me intrigued from the get-go. The fact that Mila did the prologue this way was pure genius. It gets her readers ready to go and has them so deep into the book they want to finish in one sitting. I was definitely one of those people.

You all may be going, “Erica, you read this in one sitting and you were so intrigued, why only the 3.5 star rating?” I know, it sounds like I absolutely adored this book, but some things just didn’t sit with me. As I did happen to like the characters, the romance and the flow of the book I couldn’t necessary connect with any of it. That was my main problem with it all, when I can’t fully connect it hinders the experience I have with the book. That was the problem with this book. Connection. That’s it. Everything else was so well done. My low rating has a lot more to do with me than the book and that’s what I’m focused on here.

I don’t want to put people off from this book just because of my average rating. The writing was well done, the characters were well developed and the relationships (whether it be between Kit and Jessa or Kit and Riley) were amazing. You could see that Kit and Jessa truly loved each other, it was so deep and precious. Not only could you believe the love relationship, but the bond between the best friends was definitely amazing to see. You could tell how much respect the two guys had for each other and I really enjoyed that.

Definitely a comfort read that brings tears. So be prepared to stay up late and have a box of tissues!

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About Mila Gray

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.

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Erica is 22 years young & she loves to read, obviously. She not only loves books, but she is fond of sweatpants, sweets, & Netflix. She hopes to one day open up a bakery, put a smile on everyone's face & marry Killian Jones (who cares if he's fictional). ♥
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  • I started this one and while I liked the writing a lot, I couldn’t go through the book because I couldn’t connect to the characters. Plus, I knew who was going to die already and I don’t know, I didn’t feel like reading about it. I think I’m just not that good with sad books.
    I’m sorry this wasn’t all that for you but I’m glad there were parts you enjoyed!
    Lovely review, Erica!

  • I liked this one but totally can see about not completely connecting with the characters. I agree I liked the writing as well. Grat review!

  • Sorry you couldn’t completely connect, it sucks when that happens.

  • I actually enjoyed it but the insta-love and the lack of connection lead me to lower my review. Still, it was good so I definitely agree with you 🙂 Lovely review!