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Come Back to Me by Mila Gray

Published December 6, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Come Back to Me (Come Back to Me #1)

by Mila Gray

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: December 8th 2015

Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama, War, Fiction, Death

Rate: 4 Stars

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 was an emotional story about Jessa, who is in love with her brother’s best friend. It takes us through their love story from beginning to end.

This story did give me chance to reel in my emotions from the start. The prologue was just as emotional as the rest of the book. After reading it, I knew I was in for a ride.

I don’t read a lot of forbidden love stories, but this one was great. I loved all the stolen moments and their secret get togethers. There was so much to Jessa and Kit’s story, and reasons why people don’t want them together, but their love was so strong.

Kit was great and I can see readers falling in love with him just like Jessa did. There was something about him that was so sweet, even if others didn’t see it. Also, I think Jessa turned out to be a very strong character; she had gone through a lot and got stronger with each obstacle she was faced with.

I also liked how PSD was introduced and spoken about. Jessa and Riley’s father has his issues, which he has never worked out, making him emotionally abusive. It was also interesting to see how things changed with Riley and Kit once one of them came back from the war.

I know if I keep talking about this book I will give away major events, so I will leave you with this, I am so glad I was given a chance to read this story, and can not wait to read more from this author.


A whorl in the glass distorts the picture, like a thumbprint smear over a lens. I’m halfway down the stairs, gathering my hair into a ponytail, thoughts a million miles away, when a blur outside the window pulls me up short.

I take another step, the view clears, and when I realize what I’m seeing, who I’m seeing, my stomach plummets and the air leaves my lungs like a final exhalation. My arms fall slowly to my sides. My body’s instinct is to turn and run back upstairs, to tear into the bathroom and lock the door, but I’m frozen. This is the moment you have nightmares about, play over in your mind, the darkest of daydreams, furnished by movies and by real-life stories you’ve overheard your whole life.

You imagine over and over how you’ll cope, what you’ll say, how you’ll act when you open the door and find them standing there. You pray to every god you can dream up that this moment won’t ever happen. You make bargains, promises, desperate barters. And you live each day with the murmur of those prayers playing on a loop in the background of your mind, an endless chant. And then the moment happens and you realize it was all for nothing. The prayers went unheard. There was no bargain to make. Was it your fault? Did you fail to keep your promise?

Time seems to have slowed. Kit’s father hasn’t moved. He’s standing at the end of the driveway staring up at the house, squinting against the early morning glare. He’s wearing his Dress Blues. It’s that fact which registered before all else, which told me all I needed to know. That and the fact that he’s here at all. Kit’s father has never once been to the house. There is only one reason why he would ever come.

He hasn’t taken a step and I will him not to. I will him to turn around and get back into the dark sedan car sitting at the kerb. A shadowy figure in uniform sits at the wheel. Please. Get back in and drive away. I start making futile bargains with some nameless god. If he gets back in the car and drives away, I’ll do anything. But he doesn’t. He takes a step down the driveway towards the house, and that’s when I know for certain that either Riley or Kit is dead.

A scream, or maybe a sob, tries to struggle up my throat, but it’s blocked by a solid wave of nausea. I grab for the banister to stay upright. Who? Which one? My brother or my boyfriend? Oh God. Oh God. My legs are shaking. I watch Kit’s father walk slowly up the drive, head bowed.

Memories, images, words, flicker through my mind like scratched fragments of film: Kit’s arms around my waist drawing me closer, our first kiss under the cover of darkness just by the back door, the smile on his face the first time we slept together, the blue of his eyes lit up by the sparks from a Chinese lantern, the fierceness in his voice when he told me he was going to love me forever.

Come back to me. That was the very last thing I said to him. Come back to me.

Always. The very last thing he said to me.

Then I see Riley as a kid throwing a toy train down the stairs, dive-bombing into the pool, holding my hand at our grandfather’s funeral, grinning and high-fiving Kit after they’d enlisted. The snapshot of him in his uniform on graduation day. The circles under his eyes the last time I saw him.

The door buzzes. I jump. But I stay where I am, frozen halfway up the stairs. If I don’t answer the door maybe he’ll go away. Maybe this won’t be happening. But the doorbell sounds again. And then I hear footsteps on the landing above me. My mother’s voice, sleepy and confused. ‘Jessa? Who is it? Why are you just standing there?’

Then she sees. She peers through the window and I hear the intake of air, the ragged ‘no’ she utters in response. She too knows that a military car parked outside the house at seven a.m. can signify only one thing.

I turn to her. Her hand is pressed to her mouth. Standing in her nightdress, her hair unbrushed, the blood rushing from her face, she looks like she’s seen a ghost. No. That’s wrong. She looks like she is a ghost.

The bell buzzes for a third time.

‘Get the door, Jessa,’ my mother says in a strange voice I don’t recognize. It startles me enough that I start to walk down the stairs. I feel calmer all of a sudden, like I’m floating outside my body. This can’t be happening. It’s not real. It’s just a dream.

I find myself standing somehow in front of the door. I unlock it. I open it. Kit. Riley. Kit. Riley. Their names circle my mind like birds of prey in a cloudless blue sky. Kit. Riley. Which is it? Is Kit’s father here in his Dress Blues with his Chaplain insignia to tell us that my brother has been killed in action or that his son – my boyfriend – has been killed in action? He would come either way. He would want to be the one to tell me. He would want to be the one to tell my mom.

Kit’s father blinks at me. He’s been crying. His eyes are red, his cheeks wet. He’s still crying, in fact. I watch the tears slide down his face and realize that I’ve never seen him cry before. It automatically makes me want to comfort him, but even if I could find the words my throat is so dry I couldn’t speak them.

‘Jessa,’ Kit’s father says in a husky voice.

I hold onto the doorframe, keeping my back straight. I’m aware that my mother has followed me down the stairs and is standing right behind me. Kit’s father glances at her over my shoulder. He takes a deep breath, lifts his chin and removes his hat before his eyes flicker back to me.

‘I’m sorry,’ he says.

‘Who?’ I hear myself ask. ‘Who is it?’


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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.

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Book Review: Abby and the Cute One by Erin Butler

Published December 4, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


Title- Abby and the Shy One

Author- Erin Butler

Publisher- Entangled Crush

Release- November 16, 2015



He’s cute. He’s famous. And he could ruin everything…

Every member of Seconds to Juliet has a girlfriend-except for Nathan Strong. Now the band’s manager is leaning hard on “The Cute One” to play the role of the band’s heartthrob. With the band’s sales in decline, it’s up to Nathan to keep the fans’ fantasy alive.

The plan is to stage a fake relationship and a fake breakup, and then let the fans fight to be the one to mend Nathan’s broken heart. Just one problem. There’s another girl in the picture-one Nathan can’t stay away from. In private, Nathan’s stealing kisses with the band’s new opening act, Abby Curtis.

If they’re caught, no one wins. Abby will be fired, and the band might not recover the success they need to survive. But even with the pressure mounting, Nathan and Abby can’t stop themselves from stealing one more touch, one more kiss. And it’s only a matter of time before it all falls apart.


What a fantastic way to end a fantastic series! I’m extremely sad that it has come to an end, but delighted that it ended just how each of the other books were.

Ms. Butler did a great job telling Nathan’s story. He is known as the “cute one”, but now that he’s the last single one in the band, his manger is putting a lot of responsibility on him. He’s willing to go along with everything that is until he meets Abby. Abby is a sweet girl who loved to sing, but she doesn’t have the experience. After meeting Nathan and winning the opening act spot on tour, Abby begins to flourish.

I do have to talk about Abby’s audition song, its one of my favorites! It had me listening to Cristina Perri for the next week on repeat. I thought A Thousand Years was a great choice to win over our favorite Seconds to Juliet Boys.

Just like the first four books, this was an easy read that is hard to put down. It was also a very sweet one. Abby and Nathan had such great chemistry and it was a joy to read their story.



Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.

She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine–in that order.

Erin is the author of BOUND IN BLOOD, a YA paranormal novel, HOW WE LIVED, a contemporary NA novel, and the YA contemporary romance titles, FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION and FALLING FOR SHAKESPEARE. Find out more about her at or @ErinButler on Twitter! You can also sign up for her newsletter here:

Release Day: Restless Waters by Jessica Park

Published December 1, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
We are so excited to celebrate the audio release of Restless Waters
by Jessica Park! 
Author: Jessica Park
Narrated by Arielle DeLisle
Music by Troy
Release date: November 2015
storm is coming, and with storms come restless waters.
Pulled from the depths of catastrophe and
depression, Blythe McGuire has learned to escape from her past while embracing
the future. A future now entwined with the Shepherd siblings.

With Chris, she shares a staggering romance
that kicks heartbreak’s ass.

With Sabin, she shares an intense friendship,
one that’s becoming more complicated than either had expected. A friendship now
being put to the test because Sabin’s brutal past still haunts him. Because
trauma is the gift that keeps on giving without mercy.

Now Sabin is the one left drowning and
struggling to breathe, and his turmoil threatens to send all three into dark
currents they cannot escape. Even after going through her own hell, saving
Sabin will take much more than Blythe had anticipated. Their connection and
their love could help, but getting him to reach for her hand could be Blythe’s
biggest challenge ever.



From Author Jessica Park
Gah! I am so excited for the release of the Restless Waters audiobook! It’s always
exciting when a book I’ve written comes to life in a new form, but this project
snowballed into something more beautiful than I could have imagined. I wasn’t
sure I was even going to do an audiobook, but then I reconnected with my
fabulous Left Drowning narrator,
Arielle DeLisle. Once she was on board, my enthusiasm for creating this version
of my book soared. She understands my characters as well as I do, and she’s the
only person in the world I would entrust to deliver their voices.
So, as thrilled as I was to have her attached
to this project, there was one idea I had to present, and I wasn’t sure how it
would go over with her…
includes lyrics from my friend and
phenomenally talented musician, Troy. Beyond that, he actually wrote a song for me! Er, well, for the
is the powerful single he created, and everything about it reaches into my
heart. More music from the book is available on his recently released EP,
The Lights Came
, and he’ll also be releasing more music
from the book soon!
So, I couldn’t imagine having these lyrics
narrated… I mean, it’s one thing to read the lyrics in the context of the
book, because it’s sort of the equivalent of poetry, but I felt sure something would
really be lost if they were read aloud. More than that, we had an opportunity
to do something incredibly unique and dynamic.
Because Arielle is a sassy rule breaker and a
rebel, like I am, she agreed: We would ask Troy to record acoustic versions of
his music to incorporate into the audiobook.
And then Troy agreed.
And then suddenly the three of us were
working together seamlessly on this production! An indie trifecta, each of us
bringing something different to this work, and all of us supporting and
cheering on the other. It was an extraordinary experience.
Troy and I have been trying to work together
for years (his former band, In Like Lions, is mentioned in Flat-Out Love!), and we finally got our chance. Troy is, without a
doubt, the voice of Sabin. Nobody sings with Troy’s level of passion, emotion,
depth, soul, and beauty. It was an honor to use his lyrics in the text of the
book, but hearing his voice as Sabin’s in the audiobook is phenomenally moving,
and I am so grateful for all the work he put in. Troy also narrates the chapter
titles and opening lyrics, and I think it’s just perfect having him as Sabin
doing those introductory pieces.
As far as the three of us know, an audiobook
that incorporates music as the Restless
one does hasn’t been done before, so that’s another thrill for us!
Listeners not only get to savor Arielle’s perfect narration (Man, does she
capture these characters and all the ups and downs of the story!), but they get
to hear what it would be like to be right there with Sabin as he sings and
plays guitar.
We are so proud of this audiobook and
terribly excited for fans of the Left
series to take a listen!


From narrator Arielle DeLisle
Restless Waters was a project I held very
close to my heart. The timing of how it came together for me — as a narrator
and collaborator and fan of the prequel I’d recorded 2 years ago — was truly a
beautiful experience for me. It’s one of my favorite projects I’ve worked on,
ever. To say this was an intense recording experience would be an
understatement! Not only was this thick with emotion and depth, which required
a lot from me as a narrator, a challenge I absolutely loved, but it also is an
exceptionally unique multimedia audiobook. I could not imagine a better suited
team, all of us with our own personal connections to the work, and all driven
toward the end-product being as great as we could make it. 
Working with Troy and his producer, Dante, to
get just the right feel and timing to allow the story to unfold around and on
top of the music was a beautiful enhancement to this already moving story. I
have a background in commercial production and was able to facilitate this
collaboration, and Jessica and I were on the same page — if we break the rules
of how audiobooks are produced, it has to have meaning and it has to be
perfect. The script informs the narration, introducing the music adds dimension
to the tone, and the blend of narration and music work together to create an
atmosphere that you just don’t get when it’s only one piece or the other. I
love what we’ve done and couldn’t be happier with how it all came together.




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About Jessica Park
Jessica is the
author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the
companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New
Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys
and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On
the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.
Please visit her at and on Facebook at and Twitter @JessicaPark24

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Release Day Blast: Just Close Enough by Elizabeth Marx

Published December 1, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog


We’re celebrating the
release of Just Close Enough by Elizabeth Marx! Check out the excerpt, teasers,
and tour giveaway!


Title: Just Close Enough (Alabama Secrets Series #2)
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Mature NA Contemporary Romance


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A man out for revenge…
When Alexander Volkow
raced into Crossroads, Alabama and bought up half of Broad Street, the entire
town questioned his motives, but he didn’t care. He did it for one reason and
only one reason — to find the man who went AWOL from the military with his brother,
Kon. Knowing Kon, something is terribly wrong, and Alex is set on retribution.
But when all roads lead to
the town’s favorite daughter, who just happens to be the missing man’s fiancée,
Alex can’t help but be mesmerized by her alluring southern charm and sexy
little snort.
A woman searching for a
way out
No amount of bartending,
snake charming, or organic cotton growing can stop the fear blooming inside
Polly Anna Coots. She knows if her MIA fiancée is found alive, he’ll want to
follow through with their marriage plans, but she has had a change of heart —
and not just because of the new man she can’t get out of her head. If her
fiancée returns and she reneges on their future, she’ll end up DOA.
When one of Polly Anna’s
snakes runs Alex off the road, sparks fly, and the two embark on a steamy
collision course in a small town filled with secrets that add fuel to the
smoldering fire.
Can either one of them get
just close enough to acquire what they need from the other without falling in
*Can be read as a stand


They say revenge is a dish best served
cold, but I think I’d like mine hot, hot and bothered for me.
My car was parked behind a stand of
cattails, just beyond the dilapidated-looking barn so I could admire the muscles
in her legs when she put her boot in the stirrup and boosted herself up and
into the saddle. Her breasts bounced when she landed, taunting me further. Her
hair was as flaxen blonde as her horse’s mane, it streamed through the breeze
behind her as she urged the animal into a gallop. She leaned over the horse’s
neck and whispered words in the animal’s ear. I imagined her lying over me, her
silky hair cascading over my bare shoulders as she used encouraging words to
urge me on.
In pursuit of my prey, I’d discovered
her. I had come here after Billy Buford, the man I was certain would lead me to
the whereabouts of my big brother. Whether Kon was dead or alive the trail went
cold in Crossroads.
          Day after day, I searched every backwoods shanty and
abandoned still in Marshall County, Alabama, but Billy Buford was nowhere to be
found. I should admit that I’d come up empty-handed and chalk it up to another
dead end. I convinced myself I’d trekked into the armpit of this county so I
could locate Billy, but I had been sticking around to keep an eye on her.
            I’d met
Billy once over a beer with my brother. He was thick through the neck and thick
in the head, he was a bruiser and bully. I thought of him as Billy goat gruff.
I couldn’t figure out what my brother Kon saw in the guy, before Billy had
finished his second beer he was chasing some skank. After he left with her Kon
told me Billy was engaged to a beautiful girl — belle of the south — Kon called
her. I gave my brother a double take — how could anything that shallow acquire
anything of worth?
            Dumb luck
was the only explanation I came up with because she was the most tantalizing thing I’d come across in Alabama. But
I’d never been desperate enough for female companionship that I’d stalked an
unsuspecting female. I expelled a heavy breath into the thick air and the
rearview mirror fogged up. I chuckled at the thought of her body hovering over
mine, telling me what to do. When had I ever needed directions? Especially from
a sweet little piece wearing frayed Daisy Dukes. 
binoculars felt slippery in my hands as I pushed them over the leather on the
passenger’s seat. I had to stop this; I chastised myself as I rearranged myself
in my seat. I was obsessing over her as much as what I’d come to this backwoods
town for in the first place.
was here for revenge. Retribution. I’d take it hot or cold, maybe I’d have a
serving of each.  





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About Elizabeth Marx


Elizabeth Marx writes
deeply emotional romances that take her readers on a roller coaster ride
through desire and despair. She is not afraid to push you over that first drop
just when you think you know what’s going to happen next. Her writing is
described as hilarious, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. Her characters achieve
the ‘happily ever after’ through a journey of poignant and passionate moments.
Elizabeth resides in
Chicago with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into
believing they’re really dogs.
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