Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Where Lightning Strikes (Bleeding Stars #3) by A.L. Jackson: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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…

WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES, a Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel

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Bright lights blinded from above and gleamed against the stark white floor. I hurtled down the narrow hall, desperate for escape.

With every pounding step, I felt the separation grow. A chasm rending and ripping until I felt myself splitting in two.

Gasping for breath, I stumbled out of the building and into the vacancy of the deep, deep night. Wind gusted, tumbling along the surface of the ground, a stir of agitation at my feet.

Above, the storm raged. Clouds dark and heavy and ominous.

Lightning struck. A crackle of energy shocked through the air. Wrapping me in coils of white-hot agony.

For a moment, I gave into it and let myself feel. I lifted my face to the tormented sky, hands gripping my hair as I screamed.

Screamed in anguish.

Screamed in regret.

Screamed loud enough I would never forget.

A crack of thunder opened the sky.

Rain poured.

My hands fisted at my sides, and I buried the memory of the way he’d felt in my arms, the memory of his face, in the deepest part of me, sealed it off and cemented my heart.

My spirit grasped and wove with the promise I had made him.

I will never fall in love again.

Not ever again.

Not after tonight.

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:

Wrecked. After meeting Tamar and Lyrik in the previous Bleeding Stars books, it was easy to see that they each had a story to tell. Who could imagine the magnitude of those closely guarded, deep, dark secrets though? Secrets that wrecked and tormented me. Secrets that broke my heart and consumed my mind. If tall, dark, and tortured rocker is your thing, Lyrik is everything you are looking for. If you love a sassy siren with a soft heart, and if, like Tamar, you like your men tatted and screaming then Where Lightning Strikes is just the book for you. A perfectly matched couple, a searing connection, a beautifully written story, powerful and poetic prose, feels that overwhelm, ignite, and excite, and a love that conquers all, this book has everything you could possibly want and more.

As always there are feels aplenty as A.L Jackson writes a broken character like no other. Broken characters times two in this case. Tamar's story is heartwrenching and the secrets of this incredibly strong and confident woman are a complete shock while Lyrik's agonizing past left me a blubbering, snotty mess. I know full well from ample experience all the emotion that A.L Jackson and her stories can pull out of you, I've experienced the entire range of feels she can unleash, but this barrage, this was something entirely different. Something so strong, so fierce, so brutal, I was forced to step away to catch my breath with an ache that sat so heavy in the pit of my stomach, it was all I could think or feel.

When two thoroughly broken characters come together there is so much more than cute and sweet or swoony and romantic. Are those moments there? Absolutely, in abundance even. But then there is so much more; hurt and ache so palpable it feels like your own, animosity and rejection, attraction and tension so thick you could cut it with a knife, denial and avoidance, and finally a love of epic proportions that overcomes, heals, and shelters from any storm.

Beyond the highs and lows, all of the laughter and, yes, the sorrow, there is an electricity constantly simmering, a darkly seductive vibe beneath every word and every encounter that makes this book the most deeply sensual and intensely provocative of A.L Jackson's yet. Smooth, sultry and total sex on a stick, everything Lyrik does is tempting and inviting and downright fever inducing. If this hot rocker doesn't get your blood pumping and your pulse racing, I don't know what will. Add in the blistering attraction with Tamar and you have a kindle melting perfect storm of chemistry, sexual tension, and sweltering passion.

An engrossing rollercoaster ride of love, heartbreak, loss, and pure heat, A.L. Jackson delivers another electrically charged, deeply emotional, exceptionally touching story. If you enjoyed the first two books in the series, Where Lightning Strikes will have you asking, "Baz who?" and falling head over heels in love with this man, this couple, and this incredible story.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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