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Come to Me Recklessly: The Closer to You Series by [Jackson, A. L.]
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As always, A.L. Jackson knows how to tap human emotion. Every word she writes bleeds meaning ... Simply breath-taking Gail McHugh, New York Times bestselling author Intense ... touching RT Book Reviews

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Softly, 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 put 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.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451472012
  • Publisher: NAL (April 7 2015)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
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I am not very good at writing reviews or good with words. But i want to everyone to know how awesome AL Jackson. She writes the most amazing books, she makes you fall in love with her characters and their stories. Come to me Recklessly is another home run in my opinion. Christopher and Samantha's story is one you will love. I recommend that everyone read AL Jackson's novels. She also the sweetest person and dedicated to her fans... Keep them coming Amy xoxo
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HASH(0xa8f34fcc) out of 5 stars Beautiful Second Chance Love Story April 7 2015
By Wendy LeGrand - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been waiting so long to read Christopher and Samantha's story and now that I've read it I feel like I want to erase my memory so that I can read it all over again for the first time! We first meet Christopher in book 1 of The Closer to You series, Come to Me Quietly, which is Aly and Jared's story. He's a secondary character but we get enough of him there to know that he is a party animal who is basically a manwh0re with a different girl every night. Come to Me Recklessly can be read as a standalone, but if you haven't read books 1 and 2 already, I highly recommend reading this series in order, you will get a more rounded vision of the supporting cast of characters in Christopher's book.

The story is told in alternating points of view, both past and present between Christopher and Samantha, so we get their feelings and emotions first hand. Samantha was raised in a strict household, being a Pastor's daughter. She and Christopher dated in high school but her family did not approve of Christopher at all, feeling he was a bad influence on her. Christopher is trying to deal with the aftershocks of his best friend Jared spiraling out of control from a family tragedy. Coupling this with outside influences and miscommunications, Christopher and Samantha are pulled apart and go their separate ways.

Fast forward 7 years and Samantha has just become a teacher's aide and is living with her boyfriend. She tries desperately to convince herself she is happy and doing what is expected of her. She runs into Christopher's sister Aly and her world comes crashing to a halt. All of the feelings she has tried so hard to bury for the past 7 years come bubbling up and even though she knows she shouldn't, she quickly becomes friends with Aly again and immerses herself in Aly's family. Of course this leads to the eventual first meeting between Christopher and Samantha. Christopher is truly awful to Samantha. First of all, he's with another woman and he says some really horrible, hurtful things to Samantha. Right then, I was like, "Whoa...back this bus up!" What has happened that has caused this horrible reaction from Christopher?? I couldn't wait to keep reading to find out about their past.

In typical AL Jackson style, she reveals the past slowly throughout the story, taking the reader from past to present and giving us both Christopher and Samantha's thoughts and feelings on what has occurred. It takes Christopher a while to finally realize what has been missing from his life for the past seven years, where he was constantly trying to fill the hole in his heart with an endless string of women, only to come to the conclusion that Samantha is the only one who can accomplish this.

It was very endearing to see how Christopher tries to regain Samantha's trust and how protective and possessive he becomes over her. She is still with her boyfriend and she has major decisions to make on where her heart really lies and what it is that she wants for her future. AL does a great job of bringing these two forward, slowly starting out as friends again before building the emotion and finally making them realize they can't live without each other. And finding out what happened in the past that tore these two apart? That nearly broke me! AL writes in such a way that I was completely drawn into the story and felt like I was standing in the room with Christopher and Samantha, watching everything unfold before my eyes.

If you are looking for a book that will run the gamut of emotions and put you through an emotional wringer, this book is for you! You will laugh and cry, your heart will hurt, your stomach will clench, you will have many "awww" moments! I know this quote will probably be repeated a thousand times in reviews for this book, but I have to leave you with this one from Christopher:

"What does it take to delete the past?
A thousand apologies?
A million regrets?
A litany of prayers?
If I shouted them, would you hear?
If I whispered them, would you believe?
If I fell at your feet, would you forgive?
If I asked, would you start again?”

I've probably said too much already but I can't help myself with this book!! This is must read!! Once you've read it I know that Christopher and Samantha will cement themselves in your heart.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8d68234) out of 5 stars Beautiful second chance romance April 10 2015
By Misha - Published on Amazon.com
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4.5 stars. The first two books in this series are my absolute favorite of A.L. Jackson’s work, so naturally I had high expectations for Christopher’s story. I am not surprised that I loved every single page of Come to Me Recklessly. Once again I was captivated by Jackson’s gorgeous writing and ability to make me feel the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She is a gifted storyteller who draws you immediately into her characters’ lives and never lets you go. I adore second chance romances, especially ones filled with the heightened emotions of this one, and the delicious slow burn between Christopher and Samantha made this book one to remember.

In Aly and Jared’s story we saw that Christopher slept around and was not interested in a relationship. Come to Me Recklessly helped us understand why he was that way. I admit that he didn’t win any points with me early on in the book. Christopher was a wonderful brother, uncle, and best friend. However, the way he treated Samantha in the beginning was infuriating. What had she done to him to fill him with so much hate? As we learned more about his past with Samantha and saw a shift in his actions, I felt myself melting. She had meant everything to him and still did. There was a depth and beauty to their love that moved me and stole my heart.

I spent a good deal of this book wanting to jump into the pages and give Samantha a big hug. Christopher had absolutely devastated her, shattering her young heart and irrevocably shaping her future. Although she was in a committed relationship (with a controlling jerk), she had never even remotely felt the some passion as she had with Christopher. Her internal struggle was palpable. Samantha was still in love with Christopher, but how could she trust him again? The relationship between Samantha and her brother was heartwarming. Even though he was young, I loved that he completely understood her and encouraged her to follow her heart.

There were parts of this book that hurt deeply, but I can always trust Jackson to heal those wounds. The past and present scenes were intertwined perfectly to highlight the emotions of the story and cause me to wonder if Christopher and Samantha would be able to find their way back to each other. Christopher’s intensity and Samantha’s heart were what truly made the book for me. It was wonderful to spend time with Aly and Jared again and see how their lives intertwined with those of Christopher and Samantha. Come to Me Recklessly was a beautiful and powerfully emotional story. This book is the perfect addition to the Closer to You series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8d681f8) out of 5 stars ' I love a second chance romance and I think AL Jackson ... April 7 2015
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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Come to Me Recklessly is the third book in the Closer to You Series. In this installment we get Christopher and Samantha’s story.

'Would I risk it all on a boy who was the ultimate risk?'

I love a second chance romance and I think AL Jackson is one of the best authors at these types of stories. I love how when I start I always know what to expect in regards to me getting plenty of anxiety, but I never know what to expect in regards to how things will play out for our couple.

Christopher and Samantha were high school sweethearts, but more than that they helped each other through difficult times. Despite their love being real and genuine, things happened and they broke up. The story picks up years later and Samantha is in a relationship with another man and Christopher is enjoying the single life.

Regardless of where they are today or how happy they are, once they see each other again all bets are off. The love story between Christopher and Samantha was difficult and frustrating at times, but real. While reading I was able to empathize with the characters and my heart hurt for them.

“You’re my world, Samantha. Everything I do, from now until the end of time, I’m going to be doing it for you.”

This story kept me captivated from the beginning. At first I wanted to know what caused this breakup and to see how they ended up where they are at. We are able to see this as the story is told in dual POV and alternates from past to present. I enjoyed seeing all aspects of the story and also getting both their thoughts.

AL Jackson’s writing has a way of just completely breaking my heart, in the best possible ways. Her characters are identifiable and easy to relate to, I think that’s why it’s so easy to get attached. I highly recommend if you are looking for a heart warming read with tons of heart and lots of steam.

“It was always supposed to be you.”

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8d68588) out of 5 stars A.L. Jackson at her best and proving once again why I love her books. A second chance romance like you have never read!!! April 12 2015
By H BestSellersBestStellars - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely love reading books by A.L. Jackson. The impacts her intensely emotional journeys have on me are everlasting and can never be replicated. What she creates with each unique story continuously shocks me with how powerful written words can truly be. Come to Me Recklessly proved once again why I will always read anything she releases. This second chance romance rivals the best of the best and definitely comes out on top.

If you've read the first two novels in this series, then you're already familiar with Christopher since he is Aly's older brother as well as Jared's best friend. Going into this book, I knew a bit about his backstory since he played such a huge secondary role in Aly and Jared's journey. If you haven't read Come to Me Quietly and Come to Me Softy, you most definitely can jump straight into Come to Me Recklessly but I highly recommend reading the entire series.

Christopher Moore is self-destructive, broken, and jaded so I instantly felt this yearning to take his pain away. He has always been wild and careless but how he has been for the past seven years gives new definition to the term detached. Christopher doesn’t allow true feelings to escape his hardened exterior and often spends his nights getting swallowed by darkness. The bright spots in his life are very few and far between but he has sadly gotten used to suffering.

Samantha Schultz isn’t a stranger to gut-wrenching pain and burying genuine emotions deep down. The only man she loved destroyed her and she has never gotten those broken pieces back. Samantha has spent the last seven years existing but not really living. Her days blend together and she begins to realize she handed control over to her boyfriend long ago. Ben was conniving and deceitful. I felt my lip curling in disgust as his true colors continued to be revealed. He plays the villain in hiding very well.
Samantha is finished being run over and losing her voice, especially when unforgettable people from her past emerge to move her forward.

The connection between Christopher and Samantha is volatile and hostel at first since there is an endless amount of pain piled up between them. They were ripped apart as teenagers when their future together was bright and hopeful. It was excruciating to witness them apart and to slowly understand what led to their demise. The perfectly placed portions from the past only added to this already hyper-charged story.

There is so much hurt, confusion, and unanswered questions floating around. The tension and angst is extremely high whenever they share a scene. Their dialogue was always explosive and heated so I couldn’t turn away for a second. Samantha and Christopher can try all they want to hide the true love burning between them but it is glaringly obvious they are meant to be.

This story really resonated with me and brought me to tears several times. My thoughts and emotions were constantly scattered as this epic journey continued to unfold. This book is a must read and should not be passed by. The pure affection and undeniable passion between Samantha and Christopher needs to be experienced in order to believe the true beauty. I am once again left speechless by how extraordinary this author’s talent is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8d689e4) out of 5 stars Struggled a bit with this one... April 7 2015
By T. Zautner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 Stars

Do you have one of those authors who are an automatic buy? That is A.L. Jackson for me. She is an ultimate favorite of mine; if Amy’s name is on it, you bet your bottom dollar I am reading it. There is no question, in my mind; she is an absolute story telling genius. The worlds she creates wrap you up and hook you along for one hell of an angsty, emotional journey, which is why it utterly kills me to say that Come to Me Recklessly did not work for me.

Just an FYI, Sam has a boyfriend throughout the book. Granted said boyfriend is a scumbag of epic proportions; nevertheless, he is still her live-in boyfriend. I honestly could not wrap my mind around why she did not leave him to begin with. Cheating does not usually bother me depending on the situation, but this time around it did. I could not justify her staying with that douche bag, especially while she was trying to figure out things with Chris.

Sadly, this duo's dynamic did not jive for me. They were just so angst ridden, which Amy’s well known for, but this time around, the characters did not captivate me. I did not find anything special about their connection or chemistry for me to connect with. Which is surprising, I have never left an A.L. Jackson book without tons of feels and love for at least one of the characters. I love me some angst. In fact, I thrive off it. With these two, there was nothing exceptional for me to feel, other than frustration over their loooooong bout of fight and flight. The harder I tried to connect to their characters the more frustrated I became.

When I look back and compare Chris and Samantha to Christian and Liz, they unfortunately fall flat. Christian and Liz were FULL of angst, but Christian and his little girl drew me so far into the story I was beyond wrapped up in them. It didn’t matter how much hate I had for Liz, they gave me all kinds of sweet moments that allowed me to experience a myriad of emotions while walking through that land mine of angst. All I felt for Chris and Sam was exasperation. Samantha was a huge runner. We would get a tiny bit of peace and happiness and her indecisiveness would have her running for those damn hills again.

While I did not enjoy them much as a couple, I did really like them as individuals. I loved seeing their interactions with family and friends, Samantha especially. She was amazing with her brother. The moments between her and Stewart made my heart ache; those were the tender and sweet examples I was looking for between her and Chris. With Stewart, Sam and Chris showed us completely different individuals. If I had to pick my favorite character (outside of Jared) it would most definitely have been Stewart. He was an AMAZING secondary character!!

Chris and Sam’s issues grew throughout the book due to their lack of MAJOR communication. The fact that they did not talk about anything of importance (meaning them, the current boyfriend, and their past) KILLED ME. If they had just communicated a little bit I think my love or lack thereof for this book would have been much different. Due to this and the lack of chemistry, I felt as though there wasn’t anything to grasp on to other than a whole hell of a lot of angst, cheating, and tension. And all of those eventually became overwhelming. This couple failed to provide me with enough good, happy peaceful moments to balance it all out. Even at 81% there was still no real fulfillment to grasp onto. Come to Me Recklessly had me missing that perfect blend of tension and swoon worthy moments Amy’s characters have never failed to provide. Without that blend, Chris and Sam’s relationship stressed me out and left me feeling overly antsy and wrapped with up with my own anxiety.

It wasn’t until the last 15% when I felt the emotion I had been waiting to feel regarding these two the entire book. I even got a little teary eyed. I am glad I decided to hang in there and finish the story; Chris and Sam, in the end, finally had me invested in their ever after.

Outside of Chris and Samantha, one of the things I did really enjoy was getting to spend some time with Jared and Aly again. I loved getting a glimpse of them in a much better place. It made their HEA that much sweeter!

Thank you, PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW, for the complimentary copy of Come to Me Recklessly.