#ReleaseBlitz & #MBreview “Stay” by A.L. Jackson

“Stay is a power, heart-wrenching story that will consume you heart and soul, leaving you utterly breathless days after the last page is read.” – Kelly Elliott New York Times bestselling author

STAY by A.L. Jackson

A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel

Release Date: January 23rd


My musings…

5 DANDELION CROWNS

The complexity and layers of this book, of these characters, and of the author’s words make this book so much more than just a romance.  It is beautiful. It is raw. It is poignant.  The complexity and layers of each character and storyline is unparalleled and exactly what I have come to expect from A.L. Jackson’s Bleeding Stars series.

These characters, particularly Willow and Ash, stole my heart, but what really draws the reader in is the dichotomy of their characters.  Willow seems weak and broken.  Life has beaten her down and left her for the dead, metaphorically, but this heroine is so much stronger than she seems on the outside.  The pain she has endured, the times she has been knocked down only to rise back up, and the loss she has suffered hasn’t broken her.  She may be set back temporarily, but this girl is a fighter.  Her kindness, her compassion, and the peace that emanates from her is soothing to Ash, to the group, and even to the reader.  Just like Willow, Ash is not anything that he appears to be, and while readers expect this from the men of Sunder, Ash’s mask he wears may be the hardest to bear.  Readers of the series know Ash as the life of the party, always looking for a good time and ready to throw down when needed, but there always seems to be something hollow, something missing, and when Ash finds it, he cannot let go.  The self-loathing, the lack of self-worth is not something that I ever expected to get from the cockiest members of Sunder, but this is a side that he keeps suppressed.  His vulnerability, his pain, and his desperate need for redemption will make readers want to reach out and hug him, because at the core of who Ash is he is a good man. The layering and fully developed characterization of both Willow and Ash not only showcases the incredible talent of A.L. Jackson but also is one of the many reasons readers will fall in love with Stay.

I know A.L. Jackson wrote these two characters for each other, but there are just some couples the fit in every single way.  Willow and Ash are this couple.  She soothes his soul, gives him peace, and makes him long for a place to stay, even if he feels he doesn’t deserve it.  She makes him better and more stable, and provides him with a place to come home.  As Willow helps Ash, he improves her life just as much. Ash brings Willow to life, makes her step out of her comfort zone, and forces her to take a leap of faith.  He heals her inside, working to improve her self-confidence in all avenues of her life.  These two souls are both so broken, and yet they find love and redemption within each other’s’ arms. Their chemistry and interactions, physical and emotional, are simply beautiful.

This story, like every other story in the Bleeding Stars series, is emotional.  A.L. Jackson’s words will destroy readers’ hearts, and makes them ache for her characters.  They are beat down and tortured, and with every single sentence and every single word she makes readers feel it.  The brokenness of each character is raw and tragic, and leaves the reader hoping for these two broken characters to heal.  What I love, though, about this author is that she heals her characters, thus healing the hearts of her readers.  This tortured souls in her books always find redemption in themselves, in their lovers, in the arms of their friends.  A.L. Jackson leaves them whole and complete, and at the end of every story my heart is full and warm.

I cannot get enough of A.L. Jackson’s words.  This woman’s talent as a writer never ceases to amaze me.  Her words, ideas, and themes hit me straight in the heart, and she is one of the few writers that can get to me emotionally. She puts me on a tumultuous rollercoaster EVERY SINGLE TIME! Her writing is just beautiful, authentic, real, and her books, particularly this series, should be sitting on every single bookshelf of romance reader.  It is just that good!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


Synopsis:

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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Excerpt:

Her lips parted, and her expression churned in confusion.

Lust. Need. Want. Fear.

All of them played out across her delicate features.

I shouldn’t have. I knew I shouldn’t. But there was nothing I could do to stop myself.

Always, always in the moment.

That was me.

I pressed her harder against the wall, my straining cock eager against her jean-clad pussy.

Desperate for friction.

Anxious for relief.

Everything sparked, and I could have sworn the room spun, the ground shifting below our feet.

She gasped out in surprise, eyes so damned wide. Her nails pricked where they dug into the flesh of my shoulders.

Hanging on.

What was this girl doing to me?

I leaned down, my mouth close to her ear. My voice came on a rough murmur. “Do you want me?”


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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 installment STAND, coming Spring 2017.

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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