Published by Simon Pulse on December 8th 2015
Genres: New Adult
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I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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?
Think about this: your older brother and the boy that you love are both serving in the Marines. One day, a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door. Immediately, she’s heartbroken that one person that she loves is dead. Which one is it that is gone forever and which one is still alive? The subject matter was both heartbreaking and also a unique storyline. This is a wonderfully written New Adult book that is very much an emotional roller coaster but a worthwhile one at that.
Personally, I haven’t read many romance books that involve the military. However, there was just something about this book that instantly captured my attention. I think it was the tropes that are found in this story that I loved. Some of these include: the love interest being your brother’s best friend, childhood friendships, and overbearing. While I’m not a huge fan of dysfunctional parents, this was still done in a subtle fashion that didn’t bother me at all. My all time favorite trope is the falling for your older brother’s best friend one. In “Come Back to Me,” this trope is definitely well done to say the least, but I’ll get into that more in the next paragraph.
Kit was beyond swoony and let’s be honest, I don’t blame Jessa at all for falling for him in the first place. As for the relationship itself, it did seem like it moved a little bit too fast. On one page they are completing avoiding the attraction that they feel for each other, then the next they are sneaking out and getting together. The couple did have a ton of chemistry which I did enjoy, but again, I would have liked to see a bit more of a buildup between them. As individual characters, I really enjoyed both Kit and Jessa. The book is split up into dual point of views, which I think worked extremely well and gave us insight into exactly what they both are thinking and feeling along the way. Jessa’s brother Riley was also a likable character and I became really invested into his own story. Getting to know both Kit and Riley made everything so much more difficult considering that we already know that one of them doesn’t make it, so I think that the author did an incredible job at making you love both characters since it wouldn’t work quite as well if you liked one more than the other.
To conclude, this was a seriously enjoyable read and I didn’t want it to end! I really believed in the story and the romance between the two main characters. I loved the writing and I want to read more from this author right away. My only problem is that the next book in the series is a love triangle, but I still enjoyed the writing as a whole. “Come Back to Me” pulls on your heartstrings from the very first page and never lets up until the last one. If you like NA books with a rather steamy romance that also has a lot of emotion, I recommend this fabulous book.