Published by Pan on October 23rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Come back to me. That was the very last thing I said to him.
Always. The very last thing he said to me.
Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.
But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.
What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.
When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.
Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.
A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.
Having read this book a month ago, I’m still finding myself thinking about it & swooning over the love story shared between Jessa and Kit.
Jessa has a big crush on her brother’s best friend, Kit. He’s been around for as long as she can remember and has always felt like part of the family. At least to Jessa, her mom, and brother, Riley. Jessa’s dad, on the other hand, is an entirely different story.
Kit and Riley are both in the marines and have recently returned home for a brief leave. But this time, Kit sees Jessa as more than just Riley’s little sister. He finally looks at her and allows himself to feel all of those feelings he’s been holding back. Of course, Kit knows how protective Riley is and that dating Jessa would be even more dangerous than the situations he’s encountered as a marine. And with her dad not liking him, the situation gets even trickier. Somehow though, he doesn’t care.
I loved watching the chemistry between Jessa and Kit grow and intensify. It was obvious from the moment they see each other again, that their feelings were going to be hard for them to control. However, they had to keep their relationship a secret, but we all know that couldn’t possibly last too long without someone getting suspicious. With a timestamp on their summer relationship, I was curious to see how things worked out for them, once Kit had to return overseas.
Of course, this book, from the moment you start it, will leave you sitting on the edge and wondering just what happened.
*I can’t and won’t spoil it for you!*
Ohmygoodness! Mila Gray knows just how to capture her reader’s attention from the moment you crack open the book. I wanted to race to the finish just to find out what happened, but the more I read, the more I wanted time to slow down so I could really enjoy this beautiful story that evokes so much emotion. I wish I could blame pregnancy hormones for all the crying I did while reading this book, but let’s face it, this story has so many heart wrenching moments that will leave you thirsting for more and reaching for a tissue.
Kit is a young man to admire. I love the way in which he adores Jessa and wants to respect her. But he also worries about her and doesn’t want her spending her time missing him the way Riley’s girlfriend, Jo, does. Kit genuinely wants what’s best for Jessa and he wants more with her than he’s ever wanted with any girl before.
Jessa has such an innocence about her, yet there are times she seems wise beyond her years. I think the way in which she has to tiptoe around her dad and his moods is what’s made her grow up so fast and want more out of life. She’s so very supportive of Kit and is willing to wait for him, but at what cost?
In this beautiful story of first love, heartbreak, and devastation being a military family can bring, Mila Gray captures such raw emotion that is felt throughout the book. I absolutely loved this book, heartbreak and all, and will most certainly be reading more from Mila Gray.