Closer To You Book Three
Can Be Read As A Standalone
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.
I have not had a book affect me like this in a long time. I probably spent about 80% of this book with a pain in my chest, and a flutter in my stomach. How Ms. Jackson managed to make it both steamy and heartbreaking at the same damn time, I do not know, but I am in awe of it. Second chance romances are a favorite of mine and this one was utterly superb.
“When it came to Christopher, foolish was all I’d ever been.
Just a foolish, foolish girl.
And I swore I would never be her again.”
Samantha grew up in one of the worst conditions–as a daughter of a man of the church. She is ridiculed, bullied, and rumored about for this. Her parents are very much strict on who she sees and what she wants. Samantha never gets to have the freedom a child needs to express oneself or to figure out who they are. She wants nothing more than to be free and when she’s with Christopher, she is. She gets to experience feelings, people, herself. He’s a safe place for her for expression as a girl. She’d never had a boy pay attention to her, especially one so popular, but she cherishes the way he makes her feel and in turn she’s willing to risk punishment for being with him. Too soon they’re ripped apart both by life, circumstance, and bad choices. Seven years later and the pain is still excruciating.
“His hands roamed up my sides, and his voice grew deep as he moved to murmur near my ear, ‘You see…there’s this girl who’s on my mind every second of every day, and she drives me kind of crazy because I don’t really understand the hold she has on me. But she has me in a way no one else ever has and more than anyone else ever will. And this girl…she needed me, and I didn’t think twice about that jump, because getting in deep with her is the only place I ever want to be.'”
Christopher had quite the reputation growing up. And he’s not finding that reputation to be worthy of someone like Samantha. He doesn’t realize that he should have waited for it all with her, but he’s going to make sure the future always holds that. As tragedy strikes with his best friend Jared (from the prior two books), his world also spins out of control. It sets into motion a horrible change that’ll affect both Samantha and Christopher. But what it makes Christopher become is the opposite of what he ever wanted.
“‘No, Samantha. You just make me better. You can’t see all my ugly when I’m surrounded by your light.'”
The emotions were so incredibly poignant in this book, with tension that was sticky and wild. Two characters who never had their happily ever after are pushed together by fate (cruel or not) that sets into motion a wild train of sexual tension and damaged souls coming back together. It should have always been them, if life had gone smoothly, but because it didn’t these two destined mates had to suffer apart. For a book with no danger, I found myself reading incredibly quickly because I was desperate for them–desperate for love to overrule and conquer. Beautiful words with a sorrowful story created an adventure that I wholly ate up. I could feel their emotions like a living thing, and not many authors can accomplish that physical response. Not many can make me feel that deep ache in my gut, and sometimes it was so intense I had to close the book and just take a deep breath. It was magical, simply, and the blend between past and present was just right. Highly recommended.
Standalone. There is cheating (but you won’t care).
(Books One and Two Are About the Same Couple)
Closer To You Book One
Closer To You Book Two
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
A.L. Jackson first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.