Lead Me Home
A second-chance, friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance
in A.L. Jackson’s Fight for Me series…
5 Dragonfly CROWNS
I am not surprised in the least that I love this book. Lead Me Home is not only a beautifully written love story, but it is one of self forgiveness and recognizing your worth.
Like most of A.L. Jackson’s books, Ollie and Nikki’s story focuses on broken characters who want to be together, but their pasts stop them. Ollie will absolutely break your heart. From the moment readers meet him, it is clear that his predominate characteristic is his protective nature, which stems from losing his sister and the responsibility he harbors for her loss. His self loathing of his failed attempts to protect her makes him feel unworthy of love, particularly that of Nikki; however, it is clear that he has a good heart and soul and that he is worthy of love. Readers want him to recognize that he is capable of love and of living a full and complete life with Nikki. Like Ollie, Nikki has spent years trying to move on from the loss of her best friend, because not only did she lose Sydney but she also lost Ollie in the process. There relationship is one of push and pull, as he battles his need to stay away from her and his need to protect her and she fights to keep her heart safe. Both, though, seem to be stuck in this stall pattern, unable to move on from each other and to let go of the past, but readers will want them to start living because these characters are honorable and good.
A.L. Jackson doesn’t start slow with this story; she throws you right into the plot with a bit of danger and intense sexual attraction. With the dual point of view, it is clear from the very beginning that these two are undeniably attracted to each other, and readers also get to see Ollie’s struggle with denying his feelings and Nikki’s fear of him shattering her heart again. There is also this outside element of danger that is lurking, adding an impetus for these two to get together. There is a bit of surprise to their story that I didn’t see coming, but I enjoyed how it plays out and that the conflict comes from an outside source versus within the couple since they have struggled to come together for years. The ending of the story is perfection. Jackson really exemplifies that people need to be able to take chances, trust their hearts, and fight to live a life they want, to live a full life.
A.L. Jackson’s Fight for Me series has been one of redemption and love. She has shown that we are capable of healing, that second chances are possible, and that we can find our happily ever afters, no matter how hard or difficult life has been, and Ollie and Nikki’s story fully encompasses everything this series has taught readers throughout all three books.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
“A TOP 2018 & LIFETIME ROMANCE!” ~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog
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