Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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


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.
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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I haven't read the rest of this series but I want to now.  I enjoy a series that you can read each book as standalone but love it more if you've read them all.  Seems like this is one of those series'.
Ash is the life of the party - that fun guy that's always smiling.  But that's how he hides the pain in his heart.  He's convinced himself that he doesn't deserve the happy he sees happening with his band mates.  So he'll live his life in the fast lane with a smile on his face.  That is until a group of guys jump him and leave him for dead.  No spoiler here - this happens at the beginning of the book. 

Enter Willow.  Ash was lying outside her shop when she found him.  She called 911 and waited with him for the ambulance to come.  Those eyes captured her and she felt the pull.  But they couldn't be more different.  He's a party loving rock star that lives in the lime light.  She's a private person that's struggling to keep her restoration shop going.  Nothing can come of the pull.

And so the story begins.  Better have a few tissues around because this one is emotional.

Tucked inside this book is a little pretending.  I adore pretending.  It always seems to open two people up to the possibilities they are denying themselves.  And once that happens, sparks and hearts change minds.  I love that whole trope so much.  And I totally enjoyed Ash and his pretending.

I enjoyed meeting all the members of the band and truly want to read their stories.  These characters are great and are such an amazing family.  There was a flowery writing style that was some what of a surprise.  Since this is my first book by this author, I don't know if it's just her norm or what.  But I'm not sure it's really a rock star style.  As for the story, I enjoyed it.  There is a bit of twist that I felt was revealed a little late in the game.  It was so carefully hidden that it became obvious.  It was also the most emotional piece of the story.  

Also, I may never look at a dandelion the same way again!

There was one part that I just didn't feel was resolved.  Maybe Zee's story will clear that up for me.  Since it is my first book by this author and in this series, I'm not sure if she carries over issues from one book to the next.  

Definitely need to read the rest of this series.  Gotta love the rock stars finding their happy even if the road is paved in pain like this one was.  



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