Series: Closer to You #2
Published by Penguin Source: Purchased
Genres: Best Friends Sister, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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A second chance at life…
A second chance at love…
Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?
To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.
So this book is a continuation of the first book in the series, Come to Me Quietly. I really liked the first book in the series, I remember reading it quickly and not wanting to put it down. Aly and Jared’s love story is not made of candy and butterflies, it’s definitely one of the harder romances I’ve read, but at the end of the first book Aly is pregnant and it seems like Jared and Aly have found a way to be happy together. But of course, it turns out, it’s not that easy.
Jared is one of the more damaged characters I have read. He definitely has carries a lot of guilt within him as well as has isolated himself to the point where he really doesn’t have any kind of support system, with the exception of Aly and her family (and even that is tenuous at best). I liked reading Jared, and in a lot of ways I felt like this book, and this series is way more about Jared than it is Aly. Jared has a lot to work through in this book, and I have to say I really liked watching Jared put himself together and try and make a life for him and Aly. But what happens when you bury your issues, they always rear their ugly heads. While there were certain point in the book where it was hard to read what Jared was going through, I have to say I enjoyed going along the journey with him, I loved watching him grow and heal through his experiences, and find a way to come out on the outside of the darkness.
I do love Aly’s character, just like I did in the first book. But for me, she’s much more of a supportive character to me. I loved how great she was at being a partner to Jared, but also how willing she was to stand up for herself and know when to say enough. I loved that about her. She’s really a great character, but she’s even better when she is Jared’s counterpart. I think the chemistry between the two of them is fantastic, and they are one of those couples that you just can’t help rooting for throughout the entire book.
This is definitely a good follow up to the first book in the series, and if you liked the first book, you will definitely enjoy this one as well, so check it out.