Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Stay (Bleeding Stars #5) by A.L. Jackson: Review Tour & Giveaway


Blurb:

From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next sexy, gripping Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…

I’m Ash Evans.
The life of the party.
Hot. Rich. Charismatic.
A tattooed rock star with the world at my feet.
I burn through women faster than the strike of a match.

I’ve embraced my lifestyle and live it to the fullest.
Until the day my lifestyle caught up to me.

Willow Langston found me at my lowest.
Literally.
Facedown in a puddle of my own blood.

I owe her my life and I have three months to repay that debt.
What I never should have done was touch her. Kiss her. Take her to my bed.

Love wasn’t supposed to be a part of the equation.
I gave up that nasty complication a long damned time ago.
Now I want her more than my next breath.
But she doesn’t know what I know.

Do I leave to protect her? Or can I face my demons and ask her to Stay?


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Author Bio:

A.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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Review by Michelle:

After four stunningingly beautiful rock star books in the Bleeding Stars series, can A.L Jackson continue to bring all the heart, raw emotion, and captivating charm that we have experienced with each previous Sunder boy? If you have read a single A.L. Jackson book or know anything about this author then you know, without a doubt, that she most certainly can. And does! Stay is heartbreaking and heartwrenching, heartwarming and heartening. Stay is fun and amusing, sweet and mesmerizing, and oh, so very sexy. Stay will have your pulse racing in more ways than one and running the entire gamut of emotions all while loving every single second.

Now, I like my heroines sassy and bold, but something about the pure sweetness of Willow, her shyness, her innocence, and the way she comes alive with the love of a strong man as well as the confidence she gains in the light of that love really sucked me in, captivated me, and kept me coming back for more and more. All in the hopes that this woman would finally get all of the wonderful things she truly deserves as well as embrace the ability to share all of the strength and confidence she actually already possesses, just rarely shows the world.

Ash is all the playful diversion, all the alluring sultriness, and foul-mouthed bad boy we have come to know and love thus far. What we soon find out though, is that he is also a secretive man with a broken past who uses sex and humor to numb the pain.

When these two worlds collide, you won't be able to look away from the chemistry, the undeniable connection, and the resounding emotion that looms with each and every interaction. You are sure to be floored once you realize that these two hurting individuals who couldn't seem to be more opposite have so much more in common then you could ever imagine.

While I truly loved Willow and Ash's story, the twist was just a little too on the farfetched side for me. I refuse to give anything away so please excuse the extreme vagueness, but I feel the need to explain my not quite perfect rating for a story that had real potential to be my favorite Sunder story yet. I would have really loved a bit more believable way for the situation to be possible instead of being completely unrelated in any way which just so happened to have taken place in very different times and places, with one in a million chances of the twist being true, and with no inkling as to what the surprise is then or now after it is far too late.

Not only is Ash and Willow's story gripping and heartfelt, but I absolutely adored the intricate way all of the missing pieces from all of the previous Bleeding Stars stories are connected in Stay to give one clear picture of a catastrophic time for all the members of the band all revolving around Ash. All of our questions are finally answered, all the pieces are finally in place, everything circles back to that one time and it is both clever and fascinating.

Stay is yet another beautiful, wondrous masterpiece by the Queen of powerful, poetic prose. With every emotion you could hope to feel, and even a few you'd probably prefer not to, this might just be the most emotional book of the series yet packaged in a sweet and healing enchanting love story.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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