Come to Me Quietly

Closer to You, Book 1
Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn, Tanya Eby
Series: Closer to You Series, Book 1, Closer to You, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (637 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It's been six years since she's seen her brother's best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it's time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…Just when she opens her heart to her friend, Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can't resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he's begging to be saved from his demons - the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly's judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?

©2014 A.L. Jackson (P)2014 Tantor

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My Review:

Overall.... 3.25
Performance... 4.0
Story.... 3.0

I'm a girl who loves angst in my stories, but something about this one was just too over-the-top emotionally for me. I spent a lot of the story rolling my eyes at the characters...and I'll be honest, I'm not sure that would have been the case if I hadn't been listening to it in audio. I don't think it would have bothered me near as much if I had just been reading the book...although I don't think that would have solved my issue completely. This was my first audiobook in the New Adult genre and I just think that's not ideal for me.

I do like the way this book was done with two narrators though. The book alternates the first person pov chapters between Jared and Aleena and there was both a male and female narrators for those chapters. I liked that and truly enjoyed both narrators. They stayed on character and had great distinctive voices for all the various characters in the story.

Then there was the romance. Like I said, it was a bit over the top for me, but that's the way that the NA genre is written it seems. The story did work for me with the characters backgrounds and it definitely had credible conflict. I enjoyed the way the author wrote the flashbacks and intertwined them throughout.

This definitely wasn't my favorite book ever, but the book is written in the normal way for the new adult genre. I think if you generally enjoy that genre, you will like this one too. My heart did break for Jared and his self-loathing at something that was simply a mistake. I had issues with how other's dealt with him when it all happened, because hands down, they were wrong and did him wrong as a result and really ruined a kid's life. He didn't deserve that.

I also really enjoyed the moments with Ally drawing. I liked that she saw Jared behind all the rough and sometimes harsh demeanor.

Not my favorite book, but it wasn't bad. Lesson learned...listening to an audiobook in the NA genre is not for me.

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Waste of a credit.

I have liked other books by this author but this was a shocker. It was a single thought dragged (and I do mean dragged) out for far too long. The monologues were excruciating and I only persevered because I was hoping something interesting would happen. Spoiler - it didn't!

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Beautifully written story

What did you like best about this story?

I like Aly's relationship with Jared when they were growing up. How she always loves him, even when she was young.

Any additional comments?

The concept of this story is not something new but it was beautifully written. This story is about second chance. I could feel Jared's guilt and heartache. I was so sad for his lost but also how he blamed himself. I could feel the chemistry and love between Jared and Aly. I thought the relationship they had growing up was very special. Made me wish that I have someone like Jared growing up; someone who always be there for me and stood up for me.

I look forward to the next book. I hope that Jared learns to let go of the past and guilt.

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Downer

The author who i usually like, took a dark turn in this book. The characters were painfully full of victimization and couldn't get over the tragedies of the past throughout the entire book.

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Full of angst

This was a really angst packed story. The hero is full of self hate because of an accident when he was 16. The heroine has loved him since she was a little girl and he's been gone for years, without anyone knowing where he was. He comes back and they are instantly attracted to each other, though he fights loving her because he feels he doesn't deserve to be happy. Good ending and great narration!

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needs work

I think this could have been a great romance novel had it no just drug on. I don't mind a long book as long as it can keep my attention. It really just took to long to get to the point of why the guy was so self loathing and honestly could have been so much better had half of their flash backs been taken out and then added a little something about what comes next after he finally gets over the mess in his head.

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Very anxiety ridden audiobook

I thought this was a good audiobook. The narrators were excellent. I thought it was a bit too long. This book is a Psychiatist or Psychologist's dream. Jared is so messed up. I think their relationship from childhood is pretty cool, but the things that happened to him is revealed too slowly. Reason for it being so long. My anxiety was high throughout.

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Interesting Storyline!

What did you love best about Come to Me Quietly?

The back and forth tug a war wondering how they would get together

What did you like best about this story?

Second chances for people who made mistakes

Have you listened to any of Todd Haberkorn and Tanya Eby ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Bad narration

I couldn’t finish the audible version. The narration was horrible. So I read the kindle version and it was really good.

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On the Fence

Still not quite sure how I feel about this book. It had a lot of potential with some really emotional and touching moments. It didn't quite get there for me. Jared is a seriously tortured character and I think it took too long for me to understand what his exact issue was. I'm not sure if maybe I zoned out because it was hard to keep up with the back and forth between past and present. At the end, my heart broke for him. He is well and truly damaged and no one even tried to help him as he spiraled.

I guess I liked Aly. I didn't dislike her and I liked that she never judged Jared by anything in his past. She reached out to him with open arms and understanding. I liked their history together of her always tagging along with her brother and Jared. He was always looking out for her. I thoroughly enjoyed their connection.

I really liked Tanya Eby as Aly. Todd Haberkorn has this great deep voice that truly spoke like Jared with how tortured is character is. It was a very enjoyable listen.