Review: Wait (Bleeding Stars) by A.L. Jackson

My Thoughts

A beautifully written story about broken hearts
and unshakable longing, about second chances and
third chances and a whispered hope for a happily ever after.
Intensely felt on every level, Edie and Austin’s story will own you.

5stars

Synopsis

WaitShe is his strength and he is her weakness. And this time he won’t let her go.

Edie Evans is gorgeous.
Sexy.
Kind.
She’s also the definition of off-limits.
But that didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.

But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.
The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.
Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

Austin Stone is dangerous.
Alluring.
Tempting.
He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.

It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.

Our desire is overpowering.
Our need unrelenting.

She is my hope.
He is my weakness.
We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.

My Review

Every A.L. Jackson story bleeds emotion—every word, every page felt deeply. Her poetic writing style adds impact to a narrative already heartbreaking, gut wrenching. Every moment laced with longing and desire.

Wait is no different, and in fact, I felt Edie and Austin’s story more acutely than those of recent memory. Theirs is a story shaped by brokenness, tragedy, loneliness and an impossible grief. They both wait for the pain to recede, they wait for a time when their heart can feel at ease, at peace. But only together do they find respite. And although their story begins in their youth, their connection strengthened by a shared hurt, a shared hope, four years apart have left them existing without really living.

“I’ll wait. I’ve been waiting for you forever.”

Edie had shared a secret with Austin. A secret which cut deeply and scarred permanently. A secret he was supposed to keep but instead one he tossed out there, like it meant nothing, when it meant everything.

And so Austin had shattered her, crushed every dream and promise they’d shared for a life in which maybe things wouldn’t hurt quite as much.

Four years later, fate brought them together again, opening wounds that had never healed and stirring up feelings that had never burnt out.

“I’m so fucking sorry, Edie. I know I wrecked it. That I wrecked us. For the last four years, I’ve woken up every single day regretting it. Gone to sleep wishing I could take it back. But right here… with me… this is where you’re supposed to be. Where you’ve always belonged.”

History had a way of repeating itself, however, and in fits of rage and surging emotions, the same mistakes would threaten the fragile hope of reconciliation.

Both Edie and Austin have individual stories that will wreck you. Austin’s burden was impossibly heavy and he had to find his own way through his pain, his past. Edie had been torn apart by moments that would continue to haunt her until she could find some kind of resolution.

Their story is just so heartbreaking, but also beautiful because of what they mean to each other. Together they find some semblance of peace and happiness, and a hope for a life no longer defined by pain.

Their story will own you. Absolutely beautifully written and deeply felt.

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Cover and Trailer Reveal + Giveaway: Where Lightning Strikes (Bleeding Stars) by A.L. Jackson

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Feast your eyes on the gorgeous, sexy cover of Where Lightening Strikes, the latest novel in the Bleeding Stars series from one of my favorite authors, A.L. Jackson! These books are a captivating mix of sexiness and emotion, with a rock star edge to keep things more exciting. This time, it’s Lyrik’s turn to share his story. Where Lightening Strikes is coming March 22nd and can be read as a standalone.

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Synopsis

Do you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape.

For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door.

He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves.

Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King.

The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite.

But is it worth the cost of getting burned?

She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream…

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Series Reading Order

The first two books should be read together, but the third one can be read as a standalone.

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Review: Drowning to Breathe (#2, Bleeding Stars) by A.L. Jackson

Intensely sexy and heartfelt.
A great conclusion to Shea and Baz’s tumultuous romance.
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Synopsis

The danger in pretending is it becoming real…

Sebastian Stone, Sunder front man and guitarist with a rap sheet about ten miles long, escaped to Savannah, Georgia, to get away from the trouble he’d caused.

Not find more of it.

The moment he saw Shea Bentley, he saw beneath all her sweet and innocence to something that went deeper.

Darker.

Their relationship was built on secrets; their love built on lies.

Sebastian never imagined how deep her secrets went.

When the past and present collide, Sebastian and Shea find themselves fighting for a future neither believed they deserved. Their passion is consuming and their need unending.

Now, holding the truth in his hands, Sebastian is faced with sacrificing everything he’s come to love to protect Shea and his family.

Two pasts intertwined.

Two lives bound.

Will their demons drown them or will Shea and Sebastian finally learn to breathe?

My Review

A.L. Jackson is one of my favorite authors. I love the way her words bleed emotion, the way her stories make your heart ache. This latest release proves it once again. She delivers the conclusion of Baz and Shea’s story with intensity, as hearts are bared open and betrayal runs deep.

“Do you really think you don’t know me, Sebastian? Do you really think you don’t know every single thing that counts?”

Sebastian feels his relationship with Shea has been a lie. But without her, he’s a shell—desolate and heartbroken, needing her despite it all.

Shea, too, is broken. With her daughter and Sebastian gone, her world blurs in chaos, complication and pain.

Baz finally reacts, however, and helps Shea fight Martin to win Kallie back.

“… they were worth everything. I’d give up anything and everything to protect them.”

Drowning to Breathe centers around Baz and Shea opening up completely to each other… past and present. Much of the plot revolves around their fight to get Kallie, with suspenseful notes woven in when it comes to Martin and his shady actions. We see their lives twine even tighter and tension escalates on every level.

All in all, sexiness, suspense and emotion blend together to deliver a conclusion that is satisfying and well-earned. Lots of moments of tenderness with a wonderful epilogue that will have you feeling even happier.

“And here I stood, covered in all Shea’s light, cloaked in her darkness, lost beneath the surface where she became the air. Drowning to Breathe.”

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Review: Come To Me Recklessly (#3, Closer to You) by A.L. Jackson

My Thoughts

A gripping, emotional, beautifully written second chance romance.

5stars

Synopsis

come to me recklesslyHis 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, hes convinced everyone that hes satisfied—everyone but himself.

Samantha Schultz has moved on with her life. Finishing her student teaching and living with her boyfriend, shes deluded herself into believing shes 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 send 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.

My Review

“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?”

A.L. Jackson concludes the emotional Closer to You series with Christopher’s story… a story which is rife with regret, misunderstandings, pain and an almost unbearable, aching, soul-deep desire. It’s a moving second chance romance about two people who loved each other deeply, but whose love shattered in the aftermath of tragedy. As always, I love A.L. Jackson’s lyrical style, her heartfelt words, the emotion she evokes. Her romances seem larger than life, but in her trademark approach, she first breaks our heart before she can repair it beautifully.

“From the moment we met, he always had the power to bring me to my knees. I should have known his control over me would never diminish or dim. I should have known it would only intensify. Maybe I should have run. But somewhere inside, I knew he’d never let me get far.”

Christopher and Samantha had made promises to each other that were supposed to last a lifetime. As teenagers, whispered words of love and forever had painted a bright and happy future. Christopher was there for her during a time when she felt caged by her family, during a time when her younger brother fought for his own life. But when Jared Holt’s life spun out of control, his best friend Christopher felt lost as a result. His entire world turned upside down as his emotions raged between sadness and anger, pushing him to make mistakes he could never take back… Unfortunately Sam was there to witness and experience those mistakes. They cut her deeply. As a result, hearts lay broken in the wake of the chaos.

“Ashes. That’s what had remained after he was finished with me the first time. After he’d promised me forever.”

Years passed and destiny made a play bringing Sam back into Christopher’s life. Anger resurfaces and feelings feel raw and fresh all over again. Everything is different, yet familiar emotions surge as both struggle to suppress the inescapable longing they feel for each other.

“Fire and light. Heaven and hell. The most exquisite kind of torture. And I couldn’t see. Could only feel.”

Their story is all about finding their way back together, but only if they can face their pasts and figure out what—and whom—truly makes them happy. I love that we get to see Aly and Jared all over again, seeing their happy lives continue. The novel is deeply emotional, sexy and heart wrenching. And if you love A.L. Jackson’s work, you’ll undoubtedly be again swept up in her words that deliver all the feels.

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Reading Order and Links

Come To Me Recklessly can be read as a standalone.

 

About A.L. Jackson

IMG_0618TUA.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She 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 children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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