Wait (Bleeding Stars #4)
by AL Jackson
Release Date: August 23, 2016
5+ RUIN ME CROWNS
If I could, I would rate this book 5 MILLION CROWNS. It has absolutely everything I love in a great romance novel: flawed and broken characters, redemption story line with some suspense, chemistry that is off the charts, and phenomenal writing. It is the epitome of excellence!
The boys of Sunder have stolen my heart, and I don’t want it back! Each of them is complex and broken in some way, paying a self-inflicted penance for some atrocity he feels he has committed. And while I love all the boys, especially Lyrik, I couldn’t wait to get Austin’s story, and it was completely worth the WAIT. What I love most about these boys, and, of course, Austin is they are good down to their core, even if they don’t see it. His protective nature and need to care for Edie is one of his best qualities, and his acts throughout the book truly exemplify his love for Edie. His road to redemption is also very heartbreaking. If you read the series, you know what he is seeking atonement for, and seeing him struggle makes the reader just want to take care of him. The reader roots from him to see his true self-worth, and we desperately want Edie to get him there. Even though Edie is Austin’s light, she is fighting her own darkness. The trials this girl has gone through make her empathetic to Austin and more sympathetic for the reader. At the end of the story, I truly admired this heroine’s fortitude to face her demons. These two characters fit together perfectly. The chemistry physically and intellectually is portrayed authentically, creating complete buy-in from the reader and an acute desire in the reader for these two characters to get their happy ending together
The plot of this story will suck you in, so be prepared to put all other aspects of your life on hold when you begin this book. It is perfectly paced, providing the reader the opportunity to see their relationship develop. The flashbacks to the time period when they first met are beautifully utilized to develop not only the characters but also the relationship between Austin and Edie. And the climax of the story is action packed, sending me into a state of panic and anxiousness over how the event was going to play out. Additionally, the excellence of this story-line only continues with the epilogue, leaving the reader with a smile on his/her face as she shows us a tiny glimpse into the future.
The last element of the story that I would like to touch upon is the writing style of the author. It is refreshing and beautiful. Her words make me feel as though I am living the story with the characters. Their pain and heartache and their joy is written so vividly that I felt as though I could reach into my Kindle and touch it, and, at times, as though I was experiencing their journey with them. Ultimately, the conclusion I drew after binge reading this whole series is that A.L. Jackson is truly a one-of-a-kind writer.
This whole series is great, and I feel like each book just keeps getting better and better. So, if you haven’t picked up Wait, make sure you do. You will absolutely fall in love with Austin and Edie, as well as their story.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
From NYT & USA Today bestselling author comes a new Bleeding Stars stand-alone novel…
She is his strength and he is her weakness. And this time he won’t let her go.
Edie Evans is gorgeous.
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.
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.
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“Meaningful. Mesmerizing. Magnificent…5 but should be 10 beautiful, broken, brilliant, and imperfectly perfect stars .” Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog
“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.” Vilma, Vilma’s Book Blog
“Beautiful. Sexy. Dripping with tenderness. I felt the emotion in this story all the way to my toes.” Mia Sheridan, NYT Bestselling Author
“6 Stars – Wait is equally devastating and beautiful! A.L. Jackson has a way of pouring words onto a page that makes you crave every piece of a story.” Molly McAdams, NYT Bestselling Author
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“Shit,” I hissed, bracing myself against the spray of the icy shards pelting from the shower head.
I sucked in a breath, released it between clenched teeth, and forced myself fully under it.
Head dropped and chest heaving as rivers of ice-cold water slicked down my shoulders and back.
But it did nothing to lessen the need. Gave me no sanity or pacification.
Because all I could think about was the girl on the other side of the door.
In my bed.
Wearing just her panties and my shirt.
An angel I wanted to dirty.
I always had.
Love was messy like that.
All of my restraint scattered. I gripped my cock. Squeezed the base. My mouth dropped open at the pressure of my hand against my rigid length.
A fool thinking it might be enough.
God, I was a bastard, but there was nothing I could do before I was giving in, leaning forward and bracketing my forearm above my head to hold my weight.
Water pounded down on my head and back while I pounded my fist against my dick.
Trying to keep silent when all I wanted was to moan, teeth digging into my bottom lip as I pictured the girl spread out for me.
My breaths were coming short.
Panted and hard.
I gave into imagining the sounds she would make when I finally got to bury myself in her body.
A soft, soft gasp.
I slowed, trying to convince myself that throaty sound was all in my mind.
Just another part of this fantasy.
Until I heard the small thump against the wall.
I mashed my eyes closed, like it might hide me.
Conceal the depravity of my actions after I’d just been comforting her hours before.
Heart thrashing, I turned and moved far enough to peek out the small section where the fabric shower curtain hadn’t been drawn fully closed.
It was just a little sliver that left me exposed.
But it was enough. When I peered out, I was looking right at my girl pressed up against the wall.
She stared right back at me.
And I wanted to be horrified, my mind scrambling to conjure every weak apology I could summon. Ready to fucking grovel to keep her from turning and running once again.
Because that’s exactly what I expected her to do.
But her expression…her expression clutched me in the center of the chest and sent what little brain function I had left stampeding south.
Red, lush lips were parted, her hand pressed to her hollow of her throat, pupils dilated so big that her hooded, cerulean eyes appeared black. Needy breaths were coming at me from that sweet mouth like a goddamned freight train.
Desire swelled in the confines of the too-tight room.
She pressed deeper into the wall as if it might support her weakened knees. Head rocked back. Thighs squeezing together.
My hand shot to the shower wall to steady myself. “Warning you, Edie, you need to get out of here. Right now.”
About the Author:
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, as well as the newest BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for the next installments, WAIT and STAY, coming in 2016.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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